Support Dogs for PTSD - Achiya with Knight
WORKRetired soldier & currently a student
HOBBIESTriathlete & Paralympian
PARTNERNight – male black Labrador

Achiya Klein, a strapping 22-year-old officer in an elite commando unit, led his men into a terrorist tunnel outside of Gaza in November 2013. Their task was to destroy the tunnel. Unfortunately they triggered a booby-trap setting off a massive explosion that killed four terrorists and severely wounded Achiya. Taking the brunt of the blast, Achiya suffered extensive injuries, especially the devastating loss of his eyesight.

After being discharged from the hospital, Achiya realised he had to set new goals. “I knew immediately my old life was over and that I had to get on with the task of living. Because I am athletic, I got easily frustrated by how slowly I moved using a cane. I knew I needed a dog.”

In April 2015, Achiya was partnered with Night, a very large but sweet Black Labrador. “Our first walk together was amazing. It was like gliding on air.” The two became fast friends and the relationship is growing stronger each day.

Achiya took part in the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the rowing event.

Our first walk together was amazing. It was like gliding on air.

A full guide dog partnership costs the Israel Guide Dog Centre £45,000 and our clients nothing, as we give them this service free of charge. To help us provide more trained guide dogs for people like Achiya please donate today.

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