Firm friends al­ready

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

BARRY Mur­ray is no stranger to the life-chang­ing im­pact of a guide dog.

Mr Mur­ray was born blind has had guide dogs through­out his life, and the com­pan­ions have seen him through his child­hood, ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and his ad­mit­tance to the bar.

The bar­ris­ter has wel­comed Pluto into his life af­ter the re­tire­ment of his long-term guide dog Ike.

Mr Mur­ray said hav­ing a guide dog was a con­fi­dence booster.

“My guide dogs have given me more con­fi­dence that I wouldn’t have had oth­er­wise, and that per­me­ates through ev­ery part of my life,” he said.

He said his work col­leagues em­braced his furry com­pan­ions.

“My work em­braced Ike, and they’ve done the same with Pluto. Pluto and I have be­come team mates and part­ners,” he said.

Pluto helps Mr Mur­ray not only in get­ting to work. He will ac­com­pany him in to the court room - just as Ike did.

“The dogs are great ice­break­ers when talk­ing to wit- Friends for­ever: Barry Mur­ray with Pluto. nesses, es­pe­cially ones,” he said.

Last month, Mr Mur­ray and Pluto took part in a ma­jor mile­stone to­gether, grad­u­at­ing in a Bab­bin­gur Cer­e­mony hosted by Vic­to­ria Park-based young Guide Dogs WA.

Bab­bin­gur is a Ny­oon­gar word that de­scribes a ‘very loyal and de­voted friend­ship.’

Mr Mur­ray said it was a great way to cel­e­brate their new union.

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