While most canines grow up to become family pets, some are trained to become guide dogs, who assist low-vision people in moving around with ease. One pup from New York does the same thing, and he is paired with a blind athlete who dreams of swimming in the upcoming 2021 Olympics.
Meet Radar—a Labrador guide dog, who assists the 16-year-old paralympic swimmer named Anastasia Paganis. Radar met Paganis through the guide dog group, Puppy with a Purpose. They instantly formed a special bond, and without Radar knowing it, he slowly brought her confidence back.
Paganis was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, resulting in a growing blind spot, when she was only 11 years old. Because of her illness, she had to let go of her passion, which was playing soccer. However, her dad knew that her vision problem would lead her to something greater, and that’s when he realized she had a natural talent for swimming.
Paganis started to love swimming as much as she loved soccer. But when she totally lost her vision, she fell into a depression. It was only when Radar came into her life that she found the need to bounce back and work hard to achieve her dream.
Paganis had high hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics, so with the help of Radar, she was more than determined to achieve her dream no matter what. Radar was the one who made her want to return to the pool. He sure served as her inspiration to keep on moving forward despite her disability.
Paganis couldn’t be more thankful for having Radar in her life. Through his guide dog, she was able to find herself and regain her confidence to achieve her dream as a Paralympic swimmer. Nothing can stop her, not even her disability, from becoming the best blind swimmer globally.
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