This is a story about a remarkable hero dog named Abel, he was a guide dog who didn’t let his own blindness stop him from doing his duty.
Ken Williams and his golden labrador Abel were seen regularly travelling to and from their home and Cardiff City in South Wales.
Ken was blind and relied on Abel to guide him, but unbeknown to Ken, Abel was beginning to lose his sight.
But Abel, being the faithful and loyal guide dog he is, continued to lead his human through the city streets.
He barely even set a paw wrong and memorized the city streets, which gave Ken no reason to believe there was anything wrong.
Ken did notice that his loyal guide dog did seem a bit late avoiding others on the pavement, but never considered the reality.
Abel still guided Ken safely, every day without fail, to and from work. This involved crossing a main road, and three side roads and into a train station.
Eventually, Abel went so blind that Ken began to notice, this is when the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association arranged for a replacement named Gay.
But Ken wasn’t ready to part ways with Abel, and the trio still went for walks after work with Gay leading the pair.
What a beautiful story, pulled out of the archives by Team Dogs all the way from 1974.
Check out a photo of the trio in 1974.