How a guide dog called Keith prepares for retirement

Simon McCarthy
Updated December 4 2023 - 11:47am, first published 11:46am
Paul Johns and his guide dog Keith have been together for eight years. Now, it's time for Keith to retire. Picture by Max Mason-Hubers
Paul Johns and his guide dog Keith have been together for eight years. Now, it's time for Keith to retire. Picture by Max Mason-Hubers

There are things that Keith just knows. After eight years, his relationship with his owner Paul Johns is more like a marriage than anything else.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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