Seeing-eye dog can see into owner’s heart
25th December 2018
by Hu Min
Shanghai resident Hu Lin, 36, and her dog never go anywhere without one another.
Blinded at the age of 13 by a medical procedure gone wrong, for the past 10 years, Hu has relied on Fang Ru, her Labrador retriever.
“She is like a daughter to me,” said Hu.
Fang Ru was the first guide dog in the city and understands commands in English, Mandarin and Shanghai dialect.
“When I first met her, I was very nervous,” said Hu. “I had no idea whether she would be able to help me.”
Fang Ru began her training at Nanjing Police Dog Research Institute when she was 4 months old. In 2008, Hu spent a month at the training center getting to know Fang Ru.
Trust between a blind person and a guide dog is essential. “For a totally blind person, it’s natural to have a sense of fear toward everything,” said Hu.