Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive eye condition and one of the most common causes of blindness in Australia. This eye condition causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain resulting in a gradual, often symptomless loss of vision.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is excited to be working with the NSW Government on the new Canine Court Companion Program, with our Therapy Dogs set to provide comfort and companionship to court users. We are now seeking enthusiastic volunteer Therapy Dog handlers to join the program from this September.
Koda is a beautifully natured yellow Labrador and quite the celebrity around the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia. The Guide Dog Training Team will often refer to Koda as the ‘freakishly adorable gentle giant’ and he’s among the most memorable and honoured Labradors to date.
Growing up, Lindy’s dream was to stand on the podium with a Gold Medal around her neck. When Lindy was suddenly diagnosed with a rare eye condition, she was determined to continue to live a full and active life and prove that age and vision loss are no barriers for participation in sports and in life.
As September is National Therapy Dog Awareness Month, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the life-changing services our Therapy Dogs have been able to provide to people in difficult, stressful or traumatic situations.
It takes close to two years to raise, train and transform playful pups into brilliant Guide Dogs - a journey only made possible by the monthly support of people like our Puppy Sponsors. This weekend, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT hosted a Puppy Play Day at the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia, as a special thank you event for these wonderful Puppy Sponsors.
Oral Health Therapist Louise and Owner of Plumbing Company Sam are a newly wedded couple that have always had pet dogs growing up and talked about having a dog of their own. After tying the knot last year, they became fur-parents by volunteering as Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and are now raising three–month–old Kingsley.
Today is a proud day for five Graduating Guide Dogs as they received their very first harness at a special Guide Dog NSW/ACT ceremony in Port Macquarie after completing five months of intensive training at the Guide Dog Centre. This is the first time a Guide Dog presentation ceremony has taken place in the Mid North Coast which is an exciting way to mark the conclusion of Guide Dog Training and the start of the next life-changing chapter for these incredible dogs.
Walking your dog is so much more than just a physical activity. In addition to the health benefits from getting active, it’s also extremely beneficial for behaviour training, socialisation and developing the bond between the dog and their owner. To assist all pooches and their owners with daily dog walks, we’ve asked our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Eddie Sullivan, to share his top three dog walking tips.