Annalise was a successful manager, outgoing and adventurous until 2017 when she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her sight. Annalise was diagnosed with a condition known as Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) which means the nerves that carry signals to the brain are affected.
Unable to work, Annalise was lacking the independence and the confidence she had always enjoyed. The loss of her sight, career, and independence was devastating.
“Before I got Alfie I was in a rut, I did not leave home much but my sister said, this is not you, you should look into a Guide Dog,” Annalise said.
When Annalise was introduced to Alfie she instantly fell for the lovely golden Labrador.
“We hit it off immediately. We are much alike. Alfie is clever, smart, outgoing, adventurous and has a cheeky side too. Alfie is the perfect match for me – I can’t fault him,” Annalise said.
With Guide Dog Alfie by her side, Annalise has her independence back and is very active again in the community. Each morning starts with a swim, and a walk home from the pool, then Annalise and Alfie are ready to take on the day. Alfie accompanies Annalise shopping and out to various cafes and restaurants. On weekends he joins the family on their regular camping trips away. The bond between Annalise and Alfie is deep.
With Guide Dog Alfie by her side Annalise has her independence back.
In harness, Alfie is ready and waiting for the next command and to guide Annalise to her destination. . “He is a smart dog who loves to be busy and on the go. He picks up new routes and destinations quickly and easily. At the end of the day, after Alfie has rewarded me all day, I reward him. It is time for his daily brush and he plays with his toys, before getting onto his bed, ready to recharge for the new day ahead,” Annalise said.
It takes a about two years and costs over $50,000 to train a Guide Dog like Alfie and Guide Dogs WA is reliant on the support of the community to fund the Guide Dog training program. You can help support the training program and make a donation here.