Having low vision since childhood due to Myopia and Nystagmus, attending school and working with a vision impairment were daily struggles for D’Arcy. After retirement his vision continued to deteriorate. Despite this, D’Arcy has remained active and involved in the community, embracing his new duties as a presenter on community radio and as a volunteer for Diabetes NSW.
Oregon, D’Arcy’s third Guide Dog, is a perfect match for his personality and active lifestyle. Never one to sit still, D’Arcy and his wife Allison, together with Oregon, enjoy going to concerts, theatre and meeting people from all walks of life.
D’Arcy is also a Public Speaker for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, visiting schools, clubs, and community groups with Oregon to talk about what it’s like having a Guide Dog, and the different ways the organisation assists people with vision loss to get around their communities safely and with confidence.
Oregon is no ordinary Guide Dog. Not only does he give D’Arcy the freedom to enjoy a full, independent and active lifestyle, he also does the supermarket shopping!
“Years ago Allison and I decided we would make this weekly chore a source of fun for our dogs, and us. We started to teach them where our usual grocery items were located, what their names were and what they looked like. With Oregon, we began with one or two items and gradually added more until he could locate nearly everything – from the brand of yoghurt we prefer, to washing powder, Weet-Bix and tea bags!”