GUIDE DOG

First News - - THE WEEK AHEAD -

Han­nah Steven­son first got her guide dog Os­car the Labrador re­triever (Oz for short) when she was 15. Since then, he goes most places with her! We caught up with Han­nah to find out more about life with a guide dog.

“Oz makes life eas­ier! Be­fore I had him, it would some­times be dif­fi­cult to get around, although it wouldn’t stop me, since I’m stub­born. Life’s eas­ier with Oz.

“You’re much more pop­u­lar with a guide dog. I was told when I first got Os­car that if you just want to nip to the shops quickly, just go with your white stick! You do no­tice it, though – peo­ple aren’t as keen to talk to you when you’ve got your white stick. Os­car changes that.

“Hav­ing a guide dog gives you con­fi­dence to go out and do things you might not oth­er­wise want to. One time, when at an air­port, I wanted to go to the cafe. I could hear it was up­stairs, but wasn’t sure how to get there.

“Just say­ing: ‘Where are the stairs, Oz?’ got me there!”

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