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Guide Dog Goes Blind, So Man Gets New Dog to Lead Them Both

Mar 20, 2011 – 7:01 AM
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Mara Gay

Mara Gay Contributor

Sometimes, man's best friend needs a little help of his own.

Graham Waspe counted on his guide dog, a yellow Labrador named Edward, for six years. So Waspe wasn't about to give up on him when cataracts left Edward blind.

Blind guide dog
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When Graham Waspe's guide dog, Edward, lost his sight, new guide dog Opal, right, came along to help both of them.
The 60-year-old man and his wife, Sandra, kept the loyal four-legged helper and adopted a second dog to help lead both man and dog together. The new Labrador, a 2-year-old female named Opal, has become fast friends with her predecessor.

"They've become quite good friends and get on happily together," Waspe, who lives in England and is partially blind, told the New York Daily News. "There are certain times I'm sure where Opal will help and Edward is happier by having another dog around."

The trio now visits local schools to raise awareness for the blind and guide dogs, and Waspe says Edward is still much beloved. "He is still very popular -- just as much, if not more than before," Waspe told the Daily Mail in London.

Waspe said the family is going to stay together, no matter what, and told the Daily News he and Sandra would care for Edward "until the day that either we go or he goes."
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