When a Leader Dog Retires

By Dani Landolt

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2016 »   

(photo: enhamed.com) Enhamed competed in
three Paralympic Games, five World
Championships, one Junior Championship and one
European Championship, as well as many other

Recently, Leader Dog partnered with Nestlé Purina and BuzzFeed, a social news and entertainment company, to feature the unique story of a dynamic Leader Dog client.

Meet Enhamed “Daniel” Enhamed. Born in Spain, Enhamed lost his sight at the age of 8 due to a detached retina. Born with a retinal disorder, Enhamed spent his early childhood being very cautious, knowing a sudden movement might cause him total blindness. Once this happened and his vision was gone, he no longer had to worry about being too active and could now pursue activities that he once had to avoid. Because of this, he says that he “won his blindness.”

Enhamed began swimming when he was nine and hasn’t stopped since. He competed in three Paralympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), winning four gold medals and setting two world records. For many people this would be accomplishment enough, but not for Enhamed. In 2014 he became the first blind Spanish athlete to complete the Ironman Lanzarote, which is considered by many to be one of the toughest Ironman events in the world. Later that year he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. This past November he ran the New York City Marathon.

With all of these significant achievements (and we’ve just listed a few), you could assume that the BuzzFeed video would highlight Enhamed’s athletic prowess. But it didn’t.

Enhamed walking with retired LD Gayla and LD
Adele in front of the Painted Ladies, a historic San
Francisco landmark.

The video tells the story of Enhamed, his first Leader Dog, Gayla, who he was partnered with in 2009, and Adele, his current Leader Dog. For seven years Enhamed and Gayla navigated through some of the busiest cities in the world including Madrid, Mexico City and their current residence, San Francisco. In 2015, Enhamed made the difficult decision to retire Gayla and return to Leader Dog where he was partnered with Adele.

“When a Guide Dog Retires” is a story that has enraptured and educated more than three million viewers worldwide since its release in December 2015.

To learn more about Enhamed, visit enhamed.com.

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