Firm friends already
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.