When Hudson met Nathan; Friends for life
There are some things in life that just go together, one is not the same without the other; strawberries and cream, thunder and lightning, Ant and Dec. Well at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) we have guide dog Hudson and owner Nathan Edge. The pair attended a press event in London earlier today, Tuesday 24 January, where they were announced as finalists in the Crufts ‘Friends for life’ category!
Nathan, 22 from Mansfield, joined RNC as a Level 3 massage student in September along with 5 year old Labrador, Golden Retriever Cross, Hudson. The two have already made quite the impression on campus and Nathan says “Hudson’s made tons of new friends, he loves being around people and is definitely more popular than me at RNC!”
Crufts is the biggest dog show in the world and the public will decide the winner of the ‘Friends for life’ category, Nathan says “Crufts is such a big event and I am still surprised that we’re through to the finals, there’s a lot of competition but I think Hudson absolutely deserves it for everything he’s done.” Nathan and Hudson were matched through Guide Dogs three years ago, shortly afterwards Nathan lost his sight completely overnight at the age of just 19. Nathan admits that it was a dark time for him and that Hudson was always by his side. “It’s a cliché to say that a guide dog is life changing but it’s true; Hudson changed my life. He helped me through the darkest time in my life and he made me the person I am today.”
Since moving to Hereford Nathan has joined the RNC Sports Academy and is training with the England Blind football team and scored his first goal in the national blind football league. Nathan said he would not have been able to do any of this without the help of his faithful companion “Hudson has given me so much confidence; he gives me the freedom to do the things I want to do. I can travel all around the country and I can live my life.” But life in Hereford is not just fun for Nathan, as he explains “Hudson absolutely loves it here, he loves working and loves doing new things. Since we’ve been at RNC it feels like life’s been going at 100 miles an hour but it’s given us so many opportunities, Hudson doesn’t shy away from a challenge!”
The public vote is now open – Visit the Crufts website to vote for Team Hudson and Nathan; Friends for life – the winner will be announced on Sunday 12 March so keep your fingers and paws crossed!
Watch the video below to hear Nathan talking about his wonderful bond with Hudson;
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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC