A loyal companion

After speaking to a friend of mine who works for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, I learnt that the organisation was looking to reach out to people from the Asian community who may benefit from having a guide dog. To find out more about the ways a dog can enhance the life of partially sighted and blind people, I met up with Huddersfield father-of-two Toseef Ahmad.

According to Toseef, his guide dog Pedro has improved his confidence and helped in social situations. When he got his first dog, he was shadowed by an instructor to see how the two would work best together.

"It's all about teamwork and guide dogs are great readers of body language and pick up on subtle nuances of the voice too," he explained.

"Most people who have a guide dog are asked to make a one-off contribution of just 50p. Things like vet's fees and food are all covered by the Guide Dogs Association."

To read the full article at The Asian Express newspaper site, please click here and visit page 8.

A loyal companion