And then I saw this and my heart melted….
This little girl – Rella – is in the first part of her training to become a guide dog. I felt a little sorry for her because while these dogs get treated amazingly, they are kind of already working dogs from a very young age and I think they needed to be serious quite a lot of the time. Although this little one was still very excitable, playing with sweet wrappers and barking at other dogs. I fully commend people who take these ops to train them – I would never be able to let go.
If you want to know more visit the South African Guide Dogs Association website – it is fascinating what these dogs do to help people. I always freak out when I drive in the Pretoria CBD because there are a lot of people who don’t stop at the red lights, which is incredibly dangerous for many of the people living with disabilities who move through the CBD in the mornings. I once almost saw a woman and her guide dog get hit because they were crossing the road at the correct time while some imbecile didn’t bother to stop at the red light.