Look at this guide dog in action! Guide dog makes history by being a part of a marathon. Thomas Panek owns a guide dog. And this guide dog made history on St. Patrick’s day when he became a part of a marathon.
Because of retinitis pigmetosa, a genetic condition, Thomas has been blind. Despite this, he still loves running. He loved doing this when he still could see, and as the condition progressed, he knew that running was something he couldn’t live without. So he did.
Guide Dogs Matching Organization
To help him, he created a nonprofit organization(NPO) that would provide assistance for people like him by matching guide dogs with them. This group helped him and other blind runners as well. The guide dogs that the group has been trained to help blind runners navigate through obstacles and routes.
Because of this, Thomas was able to be a part of various marathons, which included trips to Boston and Chicago. The Half Marathon, which happens in New York City, was where Thomas and his guide dog named Gus made history. To do this, though, the team trained hard so they would be ready.
Along with Gus were two more guide dogs who helped Thomas during the marathon. These were Westley and Waffle. The whole team was registered for the competition.
Guide Dog in a Marathon?
Thomas had to use three dogs because the whole marathon was quite long. The dogs took turns guiding Thomas through the entire length of the marathon. Dogs do not have as much strength and resistance for long distance runs like this.
Westley took the first leg and Waffle took the next. Gus was the last dog to help Thomas get to the finish line.
When Thomas completed the race, he was quite happy. He said that he is very satisfied with how the dogs helped him and how they were all able to make it until the end. Gus and the guide dog in action were able to help Thomas achieve his goal of running despite being blind.