*Animals bring out the best in us. Yes they do!
When people heard that Cecil Williams, the blind man who recently survived a train hit in New York City, would be forced to give up “Orlando,” the guide dog that saved him, an outpouring of anonymous donations came into Guiding Eyes for the Blind, to cover all of the dog’s expenses.
Its always great when humanity shows a sense of compassion for one another and our canine loved ones, too. Its even better when that act is put into action.
Ever since Cecil Williams’ story aired Tuesday on “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” NBC News has received hundreds of inquiries from people wanting to help Williams, 61, keep his dog Orlando.
“Orlando is my best buddy, he’s my pal,” said Williams at an emotional press conference at St. Luke’s Hospital where he was being treated for minor injuries. “He’s taken me on the trains, the buses – everywhere I need to go … He’s a very gentle gentleman.”
The hardworking 11-year-old black lab is still slated to retire. After all, “He’s a senior citizen — he’s got grey hair,” Williams explained. “He’s looking forward to enjoying life now.”
According to NBC News, when Williams gets a new guide dog, the generous donations will allow Williams to keep Orlando as a pet.