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Guide dog plays the part of a loving and somewhat ‘kiasu auntie’ leading handler to MRT reserved seat

The Independent logo The Independent 22/7/2019 Hana Otsuka
a group of people sitting around a dog © Photo: FB screengrab/ Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd

Singapore – For those wondering and needing confirmation, guide dogs are legally permitted in Singapore’s public transport system. They are even allowed to enter food establishments, including halal restaurants.

To further inform the public how well-trained, professional and vital to the handler these gentle guides are, Guide Dogs Singapore posted a heart-warming video of a guide dog focused on getting her handler to an empty seat on the MRT.

“Watch this video on how good girl Clare guides her handler, Chia Hong Sen, to the train door and quickly finds him an empty seat,” read the caption.

“Claire is like a kiasu auntie,” shared Chia in the post. “She will walk very fast to an empty seat when she sees one.”

Moreover, Clare’s furry powers don’t stop there.

Chia noted that Clare would “sometimes stare at people who occupy the seats we normally take, and people would give up their seats for us haha!”

What a good girl, Clare.

The post ended with a message to the public on awareness regarding guide dogs.

“Please share to help us spread the awareness and donate here to help us empower our clients to regain independence and quality of life: www.giving.sg/gds/wcd2019.”

Fortunately, the experience of Chia on this occasion was well-received by other passengers.

As the train doors opened, Clare quickly bounded to her target – an empty reserved seat.

She stopped in front of the seat which served as a signal for Chia who checked if it was all right to sit.

Meanwhile, a lady passenger seated beside them patiently watched.

When Clare took her position under the seat and behind Chia’s legs, their seatmate reassured them with a smile and said, “It’s ok, it’s ok.”


Naturally, Clare took the hearts of netizens who gushed at the lovely doggo. Some even commended the lady beside them for knowing how to respond appropriately.

Be like that lady and not the auntie who shouted, “Dog cannot go up bus!” to a guide dog and her handler a month ago.

It is for instances and reactions such as these that there is a need for awareness on this matter. -/TISG

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