In Wales, a Labrador guide dog is the ring bearer at his blind bride’s wedding.
Kirsty Williams lost her sight three years ago due to a rare eye condition.
Bass, a black Labrador, was given to Kirsty just before Christmas. She says Bass gave her her life back.
Kirsty recently tied the knot with Tom James. At the wedding, Kirsty wowed her 90-plus guests with a stunning gown covered in Swarovski crystals. But it was her Labrador Bass who stole the show – swapping his regular harness for a specially-made collar and tie for his ring-bearer role.
“I would never have been able to plan this wedding in the way I did without him,” said Kirsty. “He has enabled me to get out and about and visit different shops. We work so well together that I don’t feel blind any more. I think it hit me when I took Bass for a run on my own for the first time. I felt the sun on my face and realized I had the freedom to go out on my own terms instead of being stuck in the house. I’m a better me than before I lost my sight. I now feel genuine happiness.”
The two-year-old Labrador regularly accompanies Kirsty to work as a complementary therapist for the Cancer Careline in Blackwood. Even her colleagues have fallen in love with the Lab.
“My boss made him the special collar for the wedding and Bass seemed to like it,” said Kirsty. “We showed it to him before the ceremony and he wagged his tail as if he was proud to be wearing it.”
The groom has always loved Bass as well.
“I think having Bass has helped our relationship. Tom is no longer my carer. Now we’re able to walk down the road holding hands with Bass by our side,” Kirsty says. “I want to help other young girls with sight loss and tell them you can still do normal things and enjoy life.”
Groom Tom said Bass has also made a big difference in his life.
“He has given Kirsty independence, dignity, happiness and joy in place of isolation and loneliness, which enables us to be a couple,” he said
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