Kendra made history in S'pore
Businessman Kua Cheng Hock has been lobbying for guide dogs to be allowed here since the 1980s.
Back then, he discovered quickly that a dog was more a hindrance than a help only because the rules were simply not in his favour.
Guide dogs were barred from hospitals, eateries and public transport.
Then, in 2005, he learnt that guide dog Roselle led visually-impaired sales manager Michael Hingson to safety from his office on the 78th floor of one of the World Trade Center towers in the US when a passenger jet slammed into the building in 2001.
Mr Kua wrote to Guide Dogs for the Blind, a California-based American dog-training school where Mr Hingson now works, asking to be trained at the school. He returned with Kendra in August that year.
When Mr Kua returned, he approached Members of Parliament and government agencies and helped open the door for other guide dogs.
Six years later, in 2011, Esme, Singapore's second guide dog, arrived from Australia and the year after, Seretta, a two-year-old labrador, also from Australia, became the third.
Last year, the fourth dog, a three-year-old labrador, arrived from Japan.