Donna - The Hearing Guide Dog Print Page
The memorial commemorates Donna the Hearing Guide Dog, “friend and constant companion” to John Hogan of Pyrmont. The memorial also recognises the love and companionship that all Guide Dogs for the Visually and Hearing Impaired give their owners.
Donna and John were regular travellers on trains around New South Wales. Donna also has the distinction of holding a title in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest living hearing guide dog. She died at the age of 20, in 1995.
|Address:||Railway Square, near Central Railway Station, Haymarket, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.882967|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Ian Shaw|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 10th May, 1996|
The Hearing Guide Dog
1975 - 1995
THE STORY OF DONNA
Donna, friend and constant companion to John Hogan of Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia , was born on 14 February, 1975. At the time of her death on 6 May, 1995, she was recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Longest Living Hearing Guide Dog.
Donna travelled extensively on trains throughout NSW and John affectionately remembers her first journey from Sydney to Murwillumbah in 1985. "During the 14 hour trip, Donna was well behaved and waited until Casino where she left a very big puddle on the grass behind the station."
The memorial also recognises the love and companionship that all Guide Dogs for the Visually and Hearing Impaired give their owners.
It has been provided by the State Government of New South Wales with assistance by Cityrail and the Department of Public Works and Services.
The Hon. Brian Langton MP,
Minister for Transport and Minister for Tourism 10 May, 1996
Sculptor Ian Shaw