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Meet the Roma dog with his own seeing eye person

BEST FRIENDS: Cindy Colborne and her beloved blind labrador Zulu spending some quality time together. Photo Stephanie Kay / Western Star
BEST FRIENDS: Cindy Colborne and her beloved blind labrador Zulu spending some quality time together. Photo Stephanie Kay / Western Star Stephanie Kay

LABRADORS are known around the world as seeing eye dogs, but this pooch has his very own seeing eye person.

Cindy Colbourne's dog Zulu's eyesight rapidly deteriorated when he was about six years old, leading to a diagnosis of Progressive Retinal Atrophy and the eventual removal of his eyes in April this year.

"We noticed he was getting green eyes in the light and he was bumping into things in the night," she said.

A specialist vet in Brisbane told Cindy there was nothing that could be done for him.

"I remember just crying all over him," Cindy said.

"I thought I couldn't let him live with blindness."

 

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Euthanasia was considered, but the family decided they would instead shower their dog with their love. 

The very happy Zulu, now eight-years-old, has an improved sense of smell and hearing and Cindy has developed ways to guide her dog.

When swimming in the dam, she throws pebbles to guide him in the right direction and has trained him to listen for commands to keep him safe while walking.

Cindy is also considering adding a new Labrador to the family, to be an extra companion and new set of eyes for Zulu.

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