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AL­THOUGH LOS­ING HER SIGHT MEANT THE END OF ARTIST JULIET JACK­SON’S LOVE AF­FAIR WITH PAINT­ING, IT SPARKED A NEW- FOUND PAS­SION FOR THE WRIT­TEN WORD

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An ac­ci­dent may have robbed Juliet Jack­son of her sight. But it cer­tainly didn’t steal her courage

DOG AS MY CO- PI­LOT An­other tool that has helped Juliet nav­i­gate her new nor­mal is her seven-yearold guide dog Stacey. Juliet’s com­pan­ion for the past five years, stan­dard poo­dle Stacey gives the labradors a run for their money. To­gether Juliet and Stacey can nav­i­gate six routes, in­clud­ing catch­ing a bus to Toi Ora. “Guide dogs don’t come with GPS. Un­for­tu­nately, I can’t plug her in and ask for a spe­cific ad­dress but she can find bus stops, buzzers and can avoid ob­sta­cles in my path. We have an in­cred­i­ble bond; I got so lucky. She’s af­fec­tion­ate, uplift­ing and loves me un­con­di­tion­ally.” The Blind Foun­da­tion’s Red Puppy Ap­peal takes place on March 24 and 25 – find out more at blind­foun­da­tion.org. nz

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