21 Dec '11, 3pm

S'pore's second guide dog for the blind settles in

S'pore's second guide dog for the blind settles in

SINGAPORE: Singapore's second guide dog for the blind has arrived. Bred and trained in Australia, she has found her new home in Bukit Panjang in central Singapore. Esme looks just like any two-year-old Labrador, but she's not a pet when she has her working harness on. For vision-impaired Cassandra Chiu, Esme acts as her pair of eyes, and an indispensable guide. So too much friendly attention is not always a good thing. "This is a working dog, it would be best if she's not distracted with pats and treats because she has to stay focused on what she's doing in getting me safely from one place to another," said Ms Chiu. Singapore law allows for guide dogs on trains and buses, and also in restaurants. But not everyone welcomes Esme. Dr Francis Seow-Choen, chairman of the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind, said: "Cassandra, in the last few days has been going on the MRT, buses...

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