On Sunday September 17 2006 several guide dogs and their owners visited St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, to take part in a thanksgiving service marking the 75th aniversary of Guide Dogs in the north of Ireland.
Commenting on the service, the Dean of Belfast, Very Rev Dr Houston McKelvey said, “In very direct and biblical terms these special dogs have almost given sight to the blind. Those of us who know what it takes to train a dog as a domestic pet perhaps appreciate moreso than anyone else the skills involved by the trainers and users of guide dogs. In the process there are lots of spiritual values – trust, patience, courage and thanksgiving.
“As one who has shared a large part of his life with yellow labradors, I am still amazed at what the trainers and owners of guide dogs achieve daily. Only God knows the million of miles of mobility which Guide Dogs have brought to their very special owners.”
The speaker at the service was Doug Swan of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and a number of supporters and guide dog owners also took part.