Gary was diagnosed with glaucoma and began losing his sight in his thirties. He became fully blind in April 2016.
In 2015, his friend referred him to Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd. He received Orientation & Mobility training before being assessed on his suitability to be a guide dog handler. Thereafter, he was officially paired with Jordie on 5 May 2015.
“Life with Jordie has changed things for the better. He can be likened to a biological white cane, enhanced with affection and emotions. He has made a positive impact in my life and brings a lot of joy not only to me, but also to my family members. I feel a sense of pride after being paired with him as he is an amazing dog who is also highly intelligent. Jordie has been my source of encouragement and motivation and he makes travelling a whole lot easier now. He is indeed my best friend!” – Gary, with his guide dog Jordie
I often say Jordie is my third son. Jordie guides me everywhere. He can recognise steps, doors, lifts, escalators and gantries. I feel lost when I’m out without him.
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