Raising Funds for a Pair of Furry Eyes ( a.k.a. Guide Dog)

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Feb 14, 2019

A huge thank you to the Ireland Funds Singapore for being so supportive of the #FurryEyes campaign to help me get a successor Guide Dog. They have so generously donated SGD$1,000 and it's reflected together with the offline donations on this page.

From the bottom of my heart,
Thank you.
Cassandra

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 31, 2019

I just wanna say a huge thank you to everyone who came by to walk, strolled, ran with us yesterday at MEET & RUN for #FurryEyes

Besides supporting our fundraising campaign to find me a successor, the 40 participants together also manage to clock 200 km which we want to donate to the #RunningDryCampaignBecause #EveryDropCounts when it comes to water for our precious world.

Thanks once again everyone.

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 28, 2019

A huge thank you to the Irish Embassy in Singapore for helping organise this super fun quiz night at McGettigans's. I am so grateful to the Irish community for everything, and all the sponsors McGettigan's, The Cookie Museum, Briopets, Inis Bia and St Patrick's Society for making this event a success and helping raise SGD 2980

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 15, 2019

Hello friends!

Here’s an exciting update:

My publisher Ethos Books is coming on board to support my fundraising campaign!

The first 50 donors with a minimum donation of US$50 donations or 2 tickets to Run for #FurryEyes will receive a pre-launch copy of my upcoming book, A Place For Us, to be released in March 2019. It is about my experiences as a person living with vision loss and as a social advocate for persons with disability.

From pursuing an education, navigating motherhood, gaining true independence with my guide dog Esme, to my struggles in building a career as a psychotherapist, I discuss the attitudes towards disability that I face in my journey.

With my book A Place For Us, I hope to offer a perspective of a person living with disability and to advocate for a more equal and sustainable future for people with disabilities.

The book will be mailed out to you, so don’t forget to leave your address at check-out. (Keep your eye out for news of the book launch) 😊

Thanks to Ethos Books for this very generous sponsorship of 50 books to help the #furryeyes campaign!

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Jan 06, 2019

I am so grateful to everybody for helping me past the halfway mark of my campaign target.

Guide Dogs Victoria is still working on finding the best suited dog to my situation. But I’m not too worried as firstly I’ll get to spend a little more time with my beloved Esme, and I also have complete trust in Guide Dogs Victoria’s matching process.

They got it so right the first round with Esme, and I could not have asked for more.

One of the considerations that is making it slower is Singapore social environment, we are excluding black dogs in the selection process as to date, there are only 7 working Guide Dogs here( all yellow labs) and they are still an uncommon sight. There are also some misconceptions towards black dogs in the Asian society. As such we are playing it safe

Thanks for being a part of this journey, and supporting this campaign. Will update again as soon as I hear more about the matching process.

Cassandra

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Dec 17, 2018

last week I completed my assessment with Guide Dogs Victoria for Esme’s successor.

I took lots of pictures of my work place and home, so we can document where the new Guide Dog will be sleeping, feeding and toileting; routine is very important in a Guide Dog’s life.

I also got a video of my walking with Esme my retiring Guide Dog, so Guide Dogs Victoria can get an idea of my walking speed and the environment where I would be walking. Singapore is very crowded and has lots of escalators; something that would need to be taken into consideration when matching a dog to me.

Last Thursday I received a facetime call from my old Guide Dog Mobility Instructor from Guide Dogs Victoria, and we completed a bunch of forms documenting my weight, height, walking speed, working/home environment, and many other areas that would determine what type of dog would best match me.

Technology has been a life saver even for this Blind person, as I was able to take pictures and videos with my phone, and uplode them onto dropbox to share with Guide Dogs Victoria. My assessment was also completed over facetime, avoiding hefty international call charges and the need for the instructor to fly into Singapore like in 2011 when I was first assessed to be matched with Esme.

The next step now would be for Guide Dogs Victoria to look at the current dogs they have in training to find a suitable match. Fingers crossed there is one for the class in February or we’ll have to wait till the next bunch of trained dogs which will be in April.

Thanks for being a part of this journey, and supporting this campaign. Will update again as soon as I hear about the matching process.

Cassandra

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Dec 04, 2018

Journey of applying for a Guide Dog part 1

Guide Dogs do not come ready trained, off the shelf waiting for the right blind person to come along and take them home. They are bred and born to play this important role, and then puppy raised for a year, before formally entering full time Guide Dog training for another 6-8months. They will be about 2 years of age before they are matched with a human and further trained as a team of dog and human.

The timeframe or wait list for a Guide Dog for the human can take up to a year. I started the conversation with Guide Dogs Victoria a few months ago, and it is my turn soon to be assessed for the right dog guide, I am scheduled to have my assessment later this week.

Thanks for being a part of this journey, and supporting this campaign. Will update again as soon as I have completed the assessment.

Cassandra

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Dec 01, 2018

I am so grateful for the support of the YGL community, from all over the world, for helping kickstart this campaign and reaching the first 15%! A huge huge thank you to all of you, for not only your generosity but messages of support along the way.

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all the best! and let's continue our advocacy to change the systems that we live in!

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All the best, Cassandra!

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