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The Difficult Goodbye When A Guide Dog Retires


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For seven years Ray Lambert’s guide dog Dayne has been by his side. Now Dayne is ready to retire and the goodbye for Lambert is difficult.

Lambert began losing his sight 25 years ago. Today he has no peripheral vision and can’t see color or anything at night. Seven years ago Dayne came into his life and has been helping Lambert through his life. “It’s a very, very close relationship,” said Lambert. Although Dayne could probably work another year or two but Lambert wanted Dayne to retire. “I wanted to give him away to somebody while he still could be a dog and be healthy,” said Lambert.

Ray is being trained with a new dog and Dayne will now spend his retirement with a retired woman and will spend some time working as a therapy dog at nursing homes and most importantly enjoying being a dog and relaxing. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Lambert. “I’m really going to miss him.”