Gidgee to hang up paws
GUIDE Dogs WA’s veteran ambassador dog Gidgee will celebrate his birthday on Friday – his last in the role.
Gidgee’s training started well, but he was diagnosed with a medical condition early in life.
After a successful operation to treat the bones in his front legs, Gidgee was assigned a new career.
A bright and obedient young dog, Gidgee was an ideal candidate to represent Guide Dogs WA, and became the ambassador dog in 2011.
Since his career change, Gidgee has seen it all. He’s been on an aeroplane, on stage and attended festivals.
Most importantly, he’s been the face of the Guide Dog program in Western Australia.
Gidgee’s hard work has helped Guide Dogs WA to fundraise and support this vital program.
After his birthday, he will put his paws up full time as a dog of leisure.
As his final goodbye, Gidgee will host a retirement party at his office in Victoria Park in June.
It takes a minimum of two years and costs more than $35,000 to train a guide dog, and Guide Dogs WA is reliant on the support of the community to fund the guide dog program.
More than 40,000 West Australians are blind or vision impaired, and this figure is expected to double by 2020.