Specsavers in Leeds has played a major part in connecting a local hearing dog with his previous owner.

Anne Barrick and her dog Baz visited the Albion Street store back in May to mark the 32nd anniversary of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

A life-changing partnership 

Since being partnered with Anne, six-year-old Baz’s role has been to alert her to important sounds, which has given her renewed independence, confidence and companionship.

When speaking to a local journalist at the fundraiser, Anne said: ‘Since Baz arrived, my life has transformed. I used to be frightened to go out, but now I have the confidence to go and make friends too.’

Previous owner recognized Baz

As a result of the article that was published Baz became something of an overnight celebrity. His previous owner from his days as a puppy-in-training made contact with Anne and has since sent her photos of Baz from when he was growing up.

Amrit Rehal, Hearing Director at Leeds Specsavers said, ‘The charity’s visit to the store was a fantastic opportunity for the public to see these dogs in action and appreciate the huge difference they make to the lives of the deaf and the hearing-impaired in our community.

‘The team is incredibly excited about celebrating another year of supporting Hearing Dogs and we are all thrilled that this latest fundraiser has brought about something extra special.’

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