Cheryl and Sherry - A golden future together

19 January 2023

Cheryl has spent a large part of her life focusing on others – devoted to ensuring books could be enjoyed by people who are blind or have low vision, like herself.

Living with blindness since she was seven due to an accident, Cheryl went on to carve out a highly successful career for herself as a professional transcriber. She has spent an incredible 25 years transcribing print material into braille!

Cheryl's devotion to her career was one that came naturally, and she has loved working hard to empower people who are blind or have low vision, making reading material more accessible.

Since the age of 17, Cheryl has been matched with six Seeing Eye Dogs – and as her sixth, Sherry has a special place in her heart. Sherry is her "golden girl", helping Cheryl navigate a new and exciting chapter: retirement.

Cheryl loves Sherry's willingness to help her navigate her newly found freedom with independence.

"With Sherry by my side, I can do things myself. I don't have to rely on anyone else," she says.

The tight-knit pair are inseparable in this new stage of life, out and about, entertaining, or back home, snuggled up on the couch.

"She's a very cuddly dog," Cheryl adds, eager to point out that Sherry is equal parts comforting as she is competent. "I love the fact that when I'm sitting down, she'll come around and lie across my feet."

Sherry also loves to socialise! "If people come to visit, the first thing Sherry does is get her toy llama and parade it about for everyone to see," Cheryl laughs.

Thank you for helping match Cheryl with her precious "golden girl", bringing her comfort and independence!