Friday, 22 August 2008

Beijing Olympics Gold (en) with a difference...

A registered Assistance Dog brought a new meaning to Olympic Gold when he made history by celebrating the opening ceremony in style at the Chinese Embassy in London.

Caesar the Golden Retriever, trained by Dogs for the Disabled, was at his usual place by his owner, Wendy Morell's side as she travelled from Dorset to attend an Olympics reception in the UK capital. Previously, the two had been proud Torch Bearers, carrying the flame across London Bridge.

In attending the party, Caesar became the first assistance dog ever to enter the Portland Place premises. Along with Wendy, he met Olympic Torch Bearer and Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying, and mingled with dignitaries, athletes and diplomats at the gathering.

Wendy commented:

“It was an honour to be invited to the Embassy to celebrate the opening of the games, and also in accompanying me, Caesar showed many who had not encountered assistance dogs before, the vital role these dogs play in the lives of many people with disabilities in our community”.

Despite the many distractions, Caesar's training and intelligence showed as he exhibited impeccable behaviour. He became acquainted with Wendy as part of her determined recovery from a horrific sports accident in 1989 which has left her with a serious brain injury. Wendy went on to win the Samsung "Better Life Hero" competition in recognition of her efforts to enhance the lives of others by campaigning for access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

You can find out more about Wendy's brilliant efforts by reading the full article online in K9 Magazine.

No comments: