THE OWNER of Edmund the guide dog has said his new best friend has given him the chance to become part of the community again.
Peter Summers, 58, has looked after ‘Eddie’ – a guide dog paid for with £5,000 raised by the Bury branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind – for the past six months.
Peter, who began losing his sight in his early 30s, lives in Sheldon, near Birmingham, with his wife Hazel, Cavalier King Charles spaniel Rosie, two cats and Travis, his retired guide dog.
Peter said his life had been changed since the Labrador-retriever cross, entered his life.
He said: “He helps me out with everything, from walking me to the bank to helping me meet new people. Before I had a guide dog I couldn’t even get past the front gate of my house.
“I had used a cane before but the difference with having a guide dog is that you also get a friend. People don’t come up to you when you have a long cane but they do when you have a dog with you.
“Eddie has helped me to become part of the community again, a guide dog like Eddie helps you feel whole again. He is such a quiet and well behaved dog, he just wants to be friends with everybody.”