On one of my walks at the Da-an Forest Park, I chanced upon a visually impaired man and his guide dog. He is Mr Li Zheng Zhong (李政忠) and his Guide dog, a 7 year old yellow lab by the name of Turk sits patiently by his side while he performs beautiful melodies on a round flute made of clay (陶笛). They belong to the Taiwan Guide Dog Association and with the help of Turk, they move around the city to give performances to the public.
Taiwan currently has about 50,000 visually impaired people, but there are only about 20 qualified guide dogs.
Guide dogs work in very demanding situations, they are the eyes of their owners and their owner’s safety depends on the dog’s concentration.
If you see a guide dog working, please do not pet him, talk to him or distract him with food.
Mr Li has a blog where he details his music and his adventures with Turk, click on the following link: http://blog.yam.com/turk1123
It was a joy to watch both of them at work and experience their mutual love and trust. The music is awesome too! Watch the following clip to enjoy his music.