Noah Papatsie is a very happy man.
He lives in Nunavut in northern Canada.
Noah has a beautiful new dog.
The dog’s name is Xeno.
Xeno is a guide dog.
Guide dogs help people
who have a problem with their eyesight.
We say these people are blind
It is the year 2000.
Noah makes videos about news stories.
One day he has an accident.
Video lights blow up in his face.
Doctors try to save his eyesight.
They tell Noah that he is blind now.
Noah is very sad.
“I really didn’t know what to do,
am I going to lose everything?
Am I going to lose my children?
Am I going to lose my friends?”
He said, “I really didn’t know what to do.”
For years Noah uses a cane
to walk in Iqaluit town.
Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut.
It is -30º C in the winter.
There are no sidewalks.
There is snow and ice everywhere.
Life is very hard for Noah.
One day he contacts
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
He tells them he needs help.
Noah meets Xeno in Ottawa.
For four weeks in Ottawa,
Noah and Xeno work together.
Then they go to Iqaluit with a trainer.
Xeno needs shoes for the snow.
The dog needs a special coat.
Noah’s life changes
Noah is very happy with Xeno.
Noah’s children love Xeno, too.
Noah says, “He’s like my buddy,
a buddy from the sky,
almost like an angel from the sky who fell….”
Noah says Xeno is happy, too.
B.C. Guide Dog Services
Bill Thornton is the head of
B.C. Guide Dog Services in Delta, B.C.
The Services have a special program
for youths ages 13 to 18.
These dogs go to school with their young owners.
A trainer from the Services
helps other students and teachers.
The trainer tells them not to feed the guide dog.
The trainer tells them not to distract the dog.
Thornton said at one time there were
four guide dogs in one high school.
To learn more about this program, look at the links in the PDF.