FOR vision impaired people in the city, it’s a matter of putting one paw in front of the other to get on with life.
Northern NSW Guide Dogs held a training day in Armidale yesterday to give people a chance to interact with guide dogs.
Manager Jeremy Hill said originally training was only offered in major cities.
“We just thought we would try it out here and we have had five people who are really quite interested in just seeing what it is like, they are all cane users as well,” Mr Hill said.
Tayla Fitton was one of the five people in Armidale to train with a guide dog.
Ms Fitton said meeting with Pierce the dog was an awesome opportunity.
“I got to walk a guide dog for technically the first time,” she said. “So it was very unique experience.”
Currently, 10 people across northwest NSW use guide dogs.
Mr Hill said it cost about $30,000 to breed, raise and train guide dogs, which were provided to a person free of charge.
Donations can be made to help train puppies at www.guidedogs.com.au/help-us/donate