A letter from the heart to my guide dog Samson

Every now and then we receive a letter from a guide dog owner that stops us in our tracks and reminds us of what an amazing impact your donations have on the life of someone with sight loss. Below is a letter from Rachel that did just that.


Dear Samson,

Before you, my life was getting darker and darker, and my world was getting smaller and smaller. It took me a long time to accept the condition I have and to realise that I needed something to make life easier and safer.

Before you, I was sinking into a dark depression, where I could not see it ever getting better. Before you, my confidence, self-belief and happiness were at rock bottom.

Before you, despite having loving friends and family I felt desperately lonely and scared. No one can prepare you for the terrifying knowledge that one day you might be completely blind and deaf. Before you, I could see no meaningful future.

Then you came crashing and bouncing through my front door and into my life. I remember the moment when I first realised I could trust you, that you had my back and that your sole aim in life was to ensure I was safe. That was the beginning of the light coming back into my life, and the world throwing itself wide open again. The relief and emotions that came with that hit me like a ton of bricks, and instantly after, I felt freer than I had done in years.

You have given me back my confidence, my self-belief, my happiness and my independence. You have lifted me out of a bottomless pit of despair. You have guided me out of harm’s way, and you have guided me back into life.

I love how you cheer me up when I'm feeling a bit down. I love how I can trust you, and that you trust me. I love the obvious joy you have when we go for a free run. I love the fact that you are an absolute tart for a tummy tickle. I love your very naughty streak when you decide you want to be naughty. I love the way you're thrilled to see me when I come down in the morning, your whole body wags, not just your tail!

I love that you have given me back my life, my pride and dignity. You are my saviour and sensitive soul. You are more than 'just' my guide dog. You are my friend and, dare I say it, my hero.

Thank you Samson!

Love and tickles,

Rachel Signiture


If you’re able to donate today, you’ll help us create even more amazing partnerships like Rachel and Samson. The guide dog service receives no government funding, so we couldn’t do what we do without people like you.




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Samson and Rachel


Rachel was born severely deaf, and she was just twenty when she received the terrible news that she was losing her sight, too.

Then Rachel was partnered with Samson. He has allowed Rachel to continue living life to the full.

The guide dog service receives no government funding, so we rely entirely on donations to create life-changing partnerships like Rachel and Samson.

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