OUR DOGS ENABLE PEOPLETO LIVE THEIR LIVES!
Bracha Ben-Avraham is a tandem cyclist, world traveller, and accomplished musician. She has been partially sighted since birth and lived most of her life without mobility aids, but 10 years ago she noticed that her vision was deteriorating rapidly.
Frightened at the thought of losing her independence, she called the Centre and was partnered with her first guide dog Suki, in November 2009. Suki unfortunately died suddenly, and in October 2012 Bracha was partnered with Dinka.
Dinka was an excellent partner for Bracha. She only needed to walk a route once before committing it to memory. Bracha and Dinka spent over seven years together, during which time they travelled abroad for the Centre. In 2013 they became the first guide dog team from Israel to enter the United Kingdom following the elimination of the quarantine laws.
Dinka has just retired in February 2020 and Bracha has been partnered with Bardot, a beautiful female black Labrador-retriever. She is certain that this new partnership will be as successful as her two previous ones!
Bracha works part-time at the Israel Guide Dog Centre in Beit Oved in the Fundraising Department and is a freelance translator. She has two children and three grandchildren and lives on a moshav in the north of Israel.
Bardot and I are currently training together and I feel our bond growing each and every day!
From start to finish, creating new partnerships takes lots of time, energy and love.
Please support us so that we can continue to create more life-changing partnerships like Bracha and Bardot.
The Israel Guide Dog Centre is dedicated to improving the quality of life of blind and disabled Israelis.
Founded in 1991, the Israel Guide Dog Centre operates the only internationally accredited guide dog programme in the country. We are members of the International Guide Dog Federation. We provide our guide dogs free of charge to our clients. We are a small charity making a huge difference, but this is only possible thanks to the support we receive from you.