NEW EYES, NEW LIVES
Last Friday, four blind people from Liaoning, Shandong and Zhejiang completed co-training lessons at the base and took their dogs home.
Chen Xin, a masseur came from Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, became the first man to own a guide dog in his province. Chen and his new partner, golden retriever "Betty," have cooperated well in their one-month training period.
"I'm very excited and feel so lucky that I can have a guide dog. And now, he is my eyes," says Chen.
Betty can not only fulfil commands such as "sit," "stand up," "forward" and other simple movements, but also guide Chen to places he wants to go.
Chen notes, "I always depended on my relatives and friends in the past, and I will be freer in the future whenever I want to go out."
Each qualified dog can remember 40 locations. It will stop or bypass when it encounters objects including steps, crossings, puddles or utility poles. And the dogs are taught several ways to reach their destination in case roads are inaccessible, explains Wang Jingyu.
Chen says the dog only listens to his orders. Even strangers distracting Betty with food can not distract her, he says.