Published On: Tue, Jun 29th, 2021

Dog news: How ‘buddy dog’ has transformed life of girl with visual impairment


Two-year-old Labrador, Shani, is a part of the ‘buddy dog’ scheme with Guide Dogs. The buddy dogs are given to children with sight loss to help develop self-confidence and social skills. On Sky News this morning, Kay Burley introduced mum Francesca and 11-year-old Nancy Cawood, who has been paired with Shani as part of the scheme.

Francesca said: “This is Shani and she is Nancy’s ‘buddy dog’. We have had her for two-and-a-half months, and she has brought enormous joy to all of us.

“Nancy has found a real friend and companion with Shani. Nancy has always been interested in animals, particularly dogs. Shani has had a really positive impact on her confidence and they have developed a really amazing relationship of trust.

“Shani is incredibly gentle and tolerant. Nancy has got learning difficulties and a visual impairment, but Shani is really tolerant about things like treading on toes or her tail, that kind of thing.

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