Crosby picks Gaye up when she needs it most

Guide Dog Crosby and Gaye love each other

Gaye Smith and her Guide Dog, Crosby

When Gaye Smith lost the last of her remaining sight, her Guide Dog Crosby was right there to support her.

Having struggled with poor sight for years, Gaye applied for a Guide Dog back in 2012 when she knew that her eyesight was only going to get worse.

And late last year, after several surgeries to try and save the small amount of vision in her right eye, Gaye went blind.

“I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to go anywhere,” says Gaye. “It would have been easier for me to ask my husband to do the shopping so I could just stay home.”

But thankfully, Crosby was there to pick Gaye up.

Crosby was, and still is, Gaye’s reason and motivator for continuing to get out and live her life. He never lets her give up on herself.

“Even though I lost all confidence for a while,  I never lost confidence  in Crosby,” says Gaye. “If I didn’t have him, I honestly don’t think I would leave the house without anyone.”

Thanks to Crosby, Gaye can travel independently to places like the supermarket, pharmacy and any appointments she has.

Crosby has even learnt where the magazines are in the newsagency and will put his nose on the first pile, making it possible for Gaye to find what she’s after.

There are so many things like this that Crosby has learnt since being with Gaye. And they all make her life so much easier.

“If it wasn’t for people like you, I wouldn’t have Crosby,” says Gaye. “I absolutely adore him and feel blessed every day that I’ve got him.”

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