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Labrador Retriever Guide Dog Helps Blind Owner Take 500 Mile Hike!

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Trevor Thomas’ four and a half year-old black Labrador Retriever, Tenille, just wants to hit The Colorado Trail.

“And we’re allotting about 38 days to finish it,” Thomas said.

Labrador Retriever Guide Dog Helps Blind Owner Take 500 Mile Hike

Thomas and Tenille plans to trek 500 miles from Denver to Durango.

“Everything that we need to survive we take on our backs. Shelter. Food,” he said.

But even before the hike began, a problem delayed their plans. The Platte River was running high and there is no way to get around.

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“Due to weather, which happens a lot when you do what I do, the first two sections were closed,” Thomas said.

But Tenille – a specialized Labrador guide dog—and her hiking partner are no strangers to these problems.

“At the age of 35, I was diagnosed with a rare, incurable eye disorder. Eight months after I thought I might need glasses, I had no more sight,” he said.

The loss of his sight hasn’t stopped Thomas from becoming an accomplished long-distance hiker.

Thomas trekked more than 18,000 miles on some of the most rugged and remote trails in North America, many with the help of his trusty and adventure-loving Labrador, Tennille.

“I do hiking to see what’s humanly possible for a blind person,” he said.