History of Guide Dogs
Information was taken from several websites and compiled by GDUC's team of volunteers.
The first special relationship between a dog and a blind person is lost in the mists of time, but perhaps the earliest known example is depicted in a first-century AD mural in the buried ruins of Roman Heculaneum. From the Middle ages, too, a wooden plaque survives showing a dog leading a blind man with a leash. In the mid-16th century, the second line of the popular verse alphabet, "A was an Archer" was most commonly "B was a Blind-man/Led by a dog".