Pam Cox and her guide dog Horace were major attractions at the 2016 Eye Can Derby in Warren County.
The Kentucky School for the Blind teacher and her furry companion spent the day talking to local children about what it was like to work together as a team with the help of a book – made by Cox – that includes Braille and other sensory objects.
“I used to use a cane,” said Cox, who lost her vision as a child. “But you can only walk so fast with one of those. With Horace, I can run with him.”
Students also got to feel for themselves what it was like to have a service dog thanks to a Leader Dog trainer who provided information to children and parents, along with letting the children walk with the service dog Daisy.
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