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

Two year old Labrador, Shani, is part of the guide dogs’ Buddy Dog program. The Buddy Dogs are given to children with vision loss to develop self-confidence and social skills. On Sky News this morning, Kay Burley introduced mom Francesca and 11-year-old Nancy Cawood, who was paired with Shani as part of the program.

Francesca said, “This is Shani and she is Nancy’s ‘buddy’ dog. We have had it for two and a half months and it has given us all tremendous pleasure.

“Nancy has found a real friend and companion in Shani. Nancy has always been interested in animals, especially dogs. Shani has had a very positive effect on their confidence and they have built a really amazing relationship of trust.

“Shani is incredibly gentle and tolerant. Nancy has learning difficulties and a visual impairment, but Shani is very tolerant when it comes to toe or tail kicking.

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