In Florida, two Labrador guide dogs guided a blind a couple all the way to the altar.
In 2007, Mike and Eva Truelock met at Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. after Eva returned to the school because she was having trouble with her dog. Mike was already in the school with his then first guide dog. Their paths only crossed for a week but they exchanged numbers.
Soon, they found themselves talking on the phone. After a three year long-distance relationship, Mike, 48, moved to Florida and married Eva, 45, in 2010.
Mike has been legally blind since he was 28 years-old. He has Retina Pigmentosa while his wife was born with a cancer of the retina and became legally blind as a toddler.
“I know that Eva tends to be very outgoing and bubbly while Mike is calm, cool and collected,” said Suzy Wilburn, the director of admissions and graduate services at Southeastern Guide Dogs. “The two complement each other perfectly. The unique part is that their dogs have also been the yin and the other’s yang, which makes for a very happy household.”
According to The Ledger,Mike and Eva’s two black Labradors are also a perfect match. Sandy is more energetic while Romeo is calm and laid back.
Mike and Eva said their guide dogs have changed their lives in so many ways.
“Sandy and Romeo are basically our right hands,” said Mike. “You find your trust and loyalty with these dogs really quick. There is a lot of training that goes into getting the dogs into the shape they are in today. They wear special harnesses when we are out in public when they are in work mode but when we bring them home they are not in the harnesses.”
With the help of her guide dog, Eva got two master’s degrees, one in counseling and another in visual disabilities.
“Having a guide dog meant the difference between going to college in Orlando and staying at home,” she said Eva. “I didn’t know the first thing about using a cane. How did I expect to go to college by myself and cross campus?”
Source: The Ledger