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For instance Bob, a retired father of five, and young Caleb, an aspiring Paralympian.

While Bob is looking back on 53 years of a close and supportive relationship with Guide Dogs Victoria…

The eldest of nine children, Bob was born prematurely and with low vision.

“In those days a lot of what you learnt was through talking to people. Today there is much more accessibility to information, especially through technology and computers.”

Bob has been with Guide Dogs Victoria since leaving school at 15.

“Guide Dogs Victoria do what they say they do. It doesn’t matter who you are, you get treated well.”

Over this time Bob has been partnered with seven Guide Dogs. His current Guide Dog, ‘Fella’, has such a caring and protective nature that even Bob’s partner’s cat loves him! When Bob was working in car producing factories, his Guide Dogs kept him safe.

“Guide Dogs are great companions and they make it so much easier, safer and quicker to get out to work, travel and socialise.”

14 year-old Caleb looks forward to building his future with the support of Guide Dogs Victoria

Caleb lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma, a form of cancer that affects the retina, when he was just one-year-old. He has no memory of vision.

However, that did not stop Caleb from taking up Paralympic sport goalball, which is played using a ball with a bell inside. He has earnt a key spot on the Victorian Junior Team and travelled the country to compete in various championships.

A staunch supporter of the Geelong Cats, Caleb met ex-player Cam Mooney who backs him in his dream to one-day represent Australia at the Paralympics:

“What Caleb has been able to achieve in the last 10 years is incredible and I’m unbelievably proud of him.”

A Guide Dogs Victoria Instructor is teaching orientation and mobility to Caleb who hopes to learn to walk to high school by himself with his white cane. I hope that one day soon we will watch him walk to the Paralympics podium with his Guide Dog to collect a gold medal!

When Fella retires, Bob will need a new Guide Dog to make the best of his own retirement years. When Caleb is 17, we hope to have a Guide Dog ready to lead him on to a new chapter in his life.

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