A guide dog and his master waiting to get onto the MTR
At around 5.30pm today at Kowloon Tong MTR station, many people stopped to look at a young visually impaired man who was standing after passing through the turnstiles while his guide dog was resting on the floor. It seemed like people didn't know what to say or do, but rather stare at this unusual situation.
While Hong Kong people are more used to seeing visually impaired people on the street, they aren't used to seeing guide dogs.
I passed by, not thinking much of it, but it turns out the young man and his labrador retriever entered the same MTR carriage as me, accompanied with a sighted person, perhaps a brother or friend.
He told the dog to sit and it obediently lay down on the floor, and he bent down to pet it, telling him he was a good dog in English, while he and the other guy chatted in Cantonese.
Not soon afterwards a little Chinese girl was wailing nearby -- I don't know why -- but the dog didn't even pick up his ears. He was completely unfazed by the sudden emotional outburst, but that indicates his good temperament.
After we changed trains at Mongkok, the owner again petted the dog a few times to know he was appreciated and wasn't neglected.
That was the first time I saw a guide dog on the MTR; there aren't many in the city and I hope to see more of them in Hong Kong helping the visually impaired live more active lives.