Editors Note: I have had several Tasmanian guide dogs myself but don’t think they made it onto the sculpture / memorial. A good friend, Vanessa Ransley, is featured in the story though with her brand new dog, Yuri.

A special garden to remember the service of guide dogs in the community has been opened in Hobart.

The Garden of Memories, on the corner of Warwick and Elizabeth streets, is a place of reflection as well as raising public awareness of the work these dogs do.

The central piece of the garden is a large metal water feature, designed to look and act as a giant dog bowl.

In the bowl is a metal pole displaying the dog tags of passed guide dogs.

“Molly, my third guide dog, is on there somewhere,” Vanessa Ransley said.



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Ms Ransley has had low vision since birth and said having a guide dog made her life much easier.

Life without a dog “would mean having a long cane and bouncing off things from place to place a bit like a pinball machine”, she said.

“Having a guide dog is a lot less stressful and it allows you to get to places a lot more calmly and smoothly.”

 

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This article excerpt was sourced from the website ABC News and the original article can be found at Memory of guide dogs honoured with public garden in Hobart.

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