Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Northern NSW regional manager Jeremy Hill with Pottsville resident Nate Quinell and his guide dog Keno.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Northern NSW regional manager Jeremy Hill with Pottsville resident Nate Quinell and his guide dog Keno. Liana Turner

Guide dog makes huge change in Nate’s life

GETTING around in public by yourself doesn’t seem like a luxury for most.

But for those with low vision, like Pottsville resident Nate Quinell, it would be nearly impossible without the assistance he’s received from Guide Dogs NSW.

Mr Quinell now uses public transport and travels to unfamiliar places with the assistance of his guide dog Keno, as well as a GPS smart phone app, both of which he says have changed his life.

Guide Dogs NSW regional manager Jeremy Hill brought the world’s largest guide dog, a statue named Gulliver which is so large it has its own trailer, to Tweed City Shopping Centre recently in a bid to raise awareness of their work.

He said many people, even in the retiree-heavy Tweed Shire, didn’t realise Guide Dog’s free services went far beyond assistance dogs, with 11 mobility instructors in Northern NSW.

“If you have any sort of eye problem we can help,” he said.



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