A golden Retriever called Caesar trained by the charity Dogs for the Disabled has become the first assistance dog to travel on Eurostar when he made a trip to Paris last week with his owner Wendy Morrell from Poole in Dorset.
While it was Caesar’s first trip on Eurostar, it was his second trip across the channel as last summer Wendy holidayed in Normandy. Wendy was delighted to be able to make the return trip to Paris in one day. "I have always loved to travel and before I became disabled I regularly went abroad. My disability left me feeling very vulnerable and isolated and I didn’t want to go anywhere on my own, let alone abroad. But with Caesar by my side I feel that whatever happens I can tackle the situation. Caesar is very much an extension of me so I couldn’t imagine travelling anywhere without him."
The pair travelled from Waterloo station to Paris Gard du Nord and were well-looked after by everyone at Eurostar: "From the moment we arrived in London everything was made so easy for us; Caesar’s Pet Passport was checked and then we boarded the train. Once on-board Caesar just fell asleep under my chair right up until we reached Paris."
Wendy and Caesar, pictured below, had a whistle-stop tour around Paris to take in all the sights, including a trip on a river-boat down the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay before returning home that evening.
Wendy said: "We had a great day and I’m already planning to travel with Caesar on the Eurostar again. Having Caesar with me insures that I can be independent and I’m very grateful that both Dogs for the Disabled and Eurostar have been so supportive in helping me travel with him."
Eurostar is now accessible to all dogs recognised by Assistance Dogs UK (AD(UK)) including Dogs for the Disabled, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Canine Partners and Support Dogs.