On White Cane Safety Day future guide dogs, Labrador puppies were taken to the students in the Primary School of Blind Children. For the blind and visually impaired children it was a great experience to have the puppies of Baráthegyi Guide Dog School next to them, and to pat and stroke the animals. They also got answers to their questions regarding the everyday life and moving around with guide dogs, because the time may come when they also decide to have a guide dog to help them getting around. In Hungary visually impaired people over the age of 18 are entitled to such dogs.
Dogs are faithful companions in walking around safely, everyday life, and they also help to make contacts. The Labrador puppies, Ikon, Indigó and Indus were overly popular among the children. A little boy was stroking Aysa, a guide dog under training, and gasped: “He feels how much I love him.”
Some members of Emberek Vagyunk (We are Human Beings) Association also attanded the event with convertible cars. The children, who earlier could only hear the sounds of such vehicles, now could sit into them, and enjoy the feeling of speed and motion. One of them said: “It feels like flying.”
White Cane Safety Day is on 15 October. The primary goal of the day is to form people’s attitudes, call attention to the peculiar situation of blind and visually impaired people, and to attest that they also live a full full just like sighted poeple, only a bit differently.