Gloria Miller is an ordained minister who was often on trips for her global missions. With time, she developed retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which is a genetic disorder that leads to blindness. Despite her disability, Gloria is very positive and wants to encourage blind people to make life more beautiful.
The best way to do that, she says, is by getting oneself a guide dog. Seeing-eye dogs are a special kind of service dog trained to help totally or partially blind people. The most popular ones are the Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and Golden Retriever/Labrador crosses. Gloria got her first guide dog, Dougie, a yellow Labrador.
There is no specific breed that makes an excellent one. The most important thing is that guides embody the personality and behavior that are vital to help and keep safe the person that they are guiding.
Dougie, Miller’s yellow doggie, has a calm temperament. He is quite intelligent. His size range is also ideal for Gloria.
In the past, Gloria took care of her ill husband, her senile mother, and her rescue dog, Susie. After she lost them one at a time, she thought of getting herself a guide dog.
In many ways, Gloria’s life transformed for the better when her guide dog entered her life. Having a companion has enormously helped her with mobility and eased her freedom. Now that Dougie is around, she can go to places without being scared.
Gloria feels that having a guide dog is like winning a jackpot. She says that being helped by a personal seeing eye dog gives her a sense of dignity, without relying on others for help.
Despite her progressive disease, Gloria is happy to have a furry companion as she goes through frustration, fear, and depression. Having an understanding doggie is like heaven on earth.
Source: Southeastern Guide Dogs via YouTube