Gidgee to hang up paws

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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