In a touching reversal of fate, when a seeing eye dog named Edward who belonged to an Englishman man named Graham Waspe went blind, his owner was so devastated and devoted to him that he got a new guide dog to look after them both!
Graham who hails from Stowmarket, England (near Suffolk), is sixty years old and Edward had been his faithful loyal companion for more than six years until inoperable cataracts forced surgery to remove both the animal’s eyes.
The new addition (and set of eyes) to the Waspe family is two-year-old Labrador Retreiver, Opal, who is a busy girl tending to both Graham and Edward. Both of her new wards are living out a contented and well-deserved retirement.
Graham is registered as legally blind, but he does have limited vision in one eye . His blindness was the result of two separate accidents much earlier in his life.
He spoke to the press about his love for Edward:
“My wife and I cried when we heard Edward had glaucoma and would be losing his sight but we were determined to keep caring for him. Since losing his sight last October, he has just adapted incredibly well. He and Opal are very affectionate and just love to lie down together.”
The happy threesome are seen often throughout the community as they raise awareness of the Guide Dogs charity by visiting local schools and community groups.
In this modern world love may be everywhere, but true devotion and loyalty are rare commodities. For Edward and Graham (and Opal too) the ties that bind go very deep beneath the surface and pluck at the heartstrings of even the most implaccable observer.
Here’s to you, Graham, Edward and Opal, for as they say in the House of Commons without a doubt,
The eyes have it.