A blind-deaf widower is having his guide dog – and also best friend – taken away because it has got too fat. Derek Beal said he will be a “prisoner in his own home” once his “wonderful companion” Paddy is taken away from him. Guide Dogs for the Blind is taking the drastic action over concerns the eight-year-old golden retriever is being overfed as his 82-year-old owner cannot see what he is eating.
Beal insists his best friend’s extra weight is because of passers-by giving him treats and the dog is only “slightly” overweight after taking him to the vet to check. The former catering manager, from Maidstone, Kent, said: “They’ve offered me no help to get around and no replacement if they take him away. “I’m blind and nearly deaf – it’s brutal.”