It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Rumi, the guide dog passed away with tragic suddenness in the evening. As far as we know, Rumi was the world’s first double roled habilitation dog. He was not only a guide dog for Zsuzsa, his owner, but he also warned her of her impending seizures and helped her reduce the severity of the fits. Rumi gave Zsuzsa a new freedom that she had never experienced before.
Rumi, Zsuzsa and the dog trainers at Baráthegyi Guide Dog School all made history. Zsuzsa’s story was unparallelled: she was the first ever epileptic patient in Hungary to be permitted a guide dog. Click here to see the poster, made in cooperation with the Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, that made Rumi’s abilities world-famous.
The doctors at the Internal Medicine Clinic of Szent István University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science struggled for the 9- year-old Rumi’s life for a long time, but finally lost the battle when the dog’s kidneys stopped working.
With a grieving heart Baráthegyi Guide Dog School says goodbye to their genius, world-famous guide dog.
Rest in peace, Rumi!