ENJOYING new-found freedom thanks to her guide dog and new best friend Scully, is Piggabean senior Freda Wilcock.
ENJOYING new-found freedom thanks to her guide dog and new best friend Scully, is Piggabean senior Freda Wilcock.

Scully gives Freda a lead



NOT many dogs have their own social club membership, take their owners on holidays or love to shop - but Scully the labrador is not like most dogs.

The pampered pooch provides Piggabean senior Freda Wilcock with her eyes, after she went progressively blind 12 months ago and decided to get a guide dog.

"I used to get around with a cane a little bit," she said.

"Scully got me a life that I didn't have before. Now I can go outside by myself."

Promoting International Guide Dog Day, held today, Mrs Wilcock said it cost around $30,000 to train a guide dog and few people understood how to handle them.

"I underwent a lot of training and never thought I would get through it. A lot of people don't realise a guide dog is working when its harness is on and shouldn't be patted."

With the training behind them, the pair are now a familiar sight and enjoy attending social club activities and watching Inspector Rex.



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