A Service Dog for Two


Photo: Alex Fairfull/Daily Mail

Opal isn't your average service dog.

He leads not only his blind owner, but also his owner's former service dog.

Graham Waspe and his first service dog, Edward, were an unstoppable pair for six years before Edward had to have both eyes removed due to inoperable cataracts. Graham and his family were devastated, but when he received his second service dog, Opal, both Edward and Graham had a new pair of guiding eyes.

Opal guides Graham and Edward on walks and helps Graham with everyday tasks, and the trio frequently go out to schools and community events to educate and raise awareness about service dogs and the importance of supporting service dogs and the foundations that train them.

Through my work with Canine Assistants, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand what a remarkable impact these dogs have on the lives of their owners and their families. How incredible that Opal can serve not only his owner, but also his canine pal.

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Positively Expert: Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV series, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling author, Stilwell frequently appears in the media as a pet expert and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the field of animal behavior.


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