The Rotary Club of Hamilton heard all about the work of the Guide Dogs charity at their meeting last week.
Members heard from Elaine Perry that she was registered blind in 2012 and her suitability to receive a guide dog was assessed.
She was successful and started her training with Ricky in October 2013. The pair are now inseparable.
The club also heard that, from birth to retirement, it costs £58,000 to fund a guide dog. Less than one per cent of the charity’s funding comes from the government, so they rely on the generosity of the public.
It takes around 20 months of specialised training to transform a puppy into a confident guide dog.
They will normally work until they are aged around ten.
Hamilton Rotary Club meet at Hamilton Golf Club every Thursday, 6.15pm for a 6.45pm start.
Visit Elaine Perry of Guide Dogs with Rotary club president Mark Williams