Scott and Milo
Scott started losing his sight a few years ago, experiencing a slow deterioration as a complication from diabetes. As a former dairy farmer, he loves being outside, but found that a white cane on country ground was nearly useless. Scott struggled to adjust to life with a visual impairment. It was both scary and devastating; he could no longer see his girls’ faces. “I kind of went into myself,” Scott explains. He no longer felt like the husband, father, or person he was before.
In early 2020, Scott was given the joyous news that he had been partnered with a guide dog, and he met Milo for a test walk. “As soon as I took the harness and we started walking, it was like my blindness disappeared.” Upsettingly, the day that Scott was due to begin his training, the country went into lockdown due to Covid-19. His training was postponed. “It was horrible,” Scott explains, “it was like I was blind all over again…I think the only thing that kept me going was Milo’s name.”
As the world adapted to life with Covid-19, Guide Dogs found a way to complete Scott and Milo’s training; Milo finally became a part of the family when they qualified as a partnership in November 2020. Although a guide dog allows Scott to enjoy the outdoors again, Milo’s impact has reached beyond just guiding. Because of Milo, Scott has had the confidence to return to college where he is planning to train as a counsellor to help others affected by sight loss. “It’s a massive difference – he’s let me be myself again.”
Last Christmas was Milo’s first with his new family. Scott says, “The Christmases before I’ve not really been happy, but last Christmas, because I had Milo, I was. I was able to go out with the family to the Christmas Lights Switch On because I was confident that Milo would be there keeping me safe.”
To celebrate Milo’s first Christmas with the family, Scott bought him his very own Christmas tree and the family decorated it with Milo’s own special ornaments! This became the inspiration behind our new Sponsor a Puppy Christmas TV advert ‘Christmas Tree’.
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