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Shauna & Esme

When I needed a hand, I found a paw.

Before Esme entered my life, I never liked to leave the house much. I always felt the need to be with someone or would have someone do something for me.

I started college in September 2019 and I think that’s when I knew I really needed a Guide Dog. I found it extremely difficult on the bus as I travelled to and from college each day from Wexford to Waterford. I was a white cane user but as a teenager not many of my age group knew what it was for. I never felt confident.

With Esme I feel more confident than ever and never hesitate to go anywhere by myself. I enjoy going out more and I have become so much more independent. Life with Esme now is like a walk in the park…literally. She gets me up in the mornings and we start our day.

I never realised how lost I was before she came into my life.  Having a Guide Dog has changed my life in ways I could never imagine. When I needed a hand, I found a paw.

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