“Bittersweet” parting for a man and his guide dog


MARIAVILLE — Every weekday morning Ray Lambert walks two miles from his home on Route 181 in Mariaville to Otis General Store, where he catches a ride to his job at the Jackson Laboratory.

For the past seven years his guide dog, a golden retriever named Dayne, has made the daily walk with him.

Lambert couldn’t make the trip alone. He began losing his sight 25 years ago, and today he has no peripheral vision, can’t see any colors and can’t see anything at night.

After years of carrying out his duties faithfully, Dayne is ready to retire.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Lambert said. “I’m really going to miss him.”

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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