We never forget our best friend
By remembering the dogs that changed your life, you can help change someone else’s
All dog-lovers know the amazing difference a four-legged friend can make. Whether they’re your permanent sidekick, a listening ear or a face that always makes you smile, we know dogs change lives.
From that puppy that first stole your heart to the companion who grew old with you, our dogs are always there for us no matter what. And that’s especially true for those who have known the love of a guide dog – specially trained companions who give people with sight loss the freedom and confidence to live the life they choose. By leaving a gift in your Will in the name and honour of the dog that changed your life you’ll be helping Guide Dogs carry on their vital work changing more lives for people with sight loss.
‘It’s a magical friendship’
Over 40 years, Dave, who is completely blind, has known the love of several guide dog companions. Starting in the Seventies, he says his first guide dog Elma, gave him the confidence to plot a brand-new future. “Since then, all the dogs I’ve had have played their part in affording me a quality-of-life I could hardly have dreamt of otherwise and all had their own special personalities as varied as a box of licquorice allsorts,” says Dave. Today, Dave’s latest best friend is labrador retriever, Chad who’s a hit with everyone he meets. “Like the others before him, no job is too big or small, for Chad. And being out and about, guided by my best friend, leading the life I choose, is always magical.”
Dave has been able to have the love and freedom from his guide dogs thanks to gifts in Wills, as two out of every three guide dogs are only here thanks to these special gifts. By remembering all the dogs you’ve loved with a gift in your Will, your legacy, and theirs, will be able to provide the guide dogs of the future.
Life transforming: Dave with his faithful guide dog Chad
Dave with Chad and retired guide dog Quince