The ancient records have shown blind men being guided/helped by dogs. One of the earliest depictions of such can be found in a Chinese scroll painting from the 13th century, titled “Spring on Yellow River”. In this painting, many figures were depicted and among them is a blind man with a dog. In addition, there were also other medieval records of art and wood carvings that depict blind men being led by a dog.
In more recent history, Germany started a school training dogs to help returning WWI veterans, blinded in the war, with their mobility.
Subsequently, this movement then spread from Europe to America. As a result, several Guide Dog schools were established through the years to help not just veterans, but people with vision loss.
Guide Dogs have a short history in Singapore, having been established only in 2006. However, in the past 15 years we have seen much progress in accessibility and awareness in the community and we seek to continue to educate the community on the work that Guide Dogs do.