Donna the Hearing Guide Dog

August 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

In the park on the Railway Square side of Central Station, set back from the path, is a small sculpture of a dog’s head mounted on a sandstone plinth.

Donna the Hearing Guide Dog Memorial

Donna the Hearing Guide Dog Memorial

The memorial commemorates Donna the Hearing Guide Dog, “friend and constant companion” to John Hogan of Pyrmont; both were regular travellers on trains around NSW. Donna also has the distinction of holding a title in the Guinness Book of Records. She is the world’s longest living hearing guide dog. She died at the age of 20, in 1995.

Donna is easy to miss, but from the day I first noticed her I have always looked for her when I pass by. On a recent visit to Donna I noticed her nose looking rather red – I wonder if people are rubbing it for luck, like Il Porcellino?

Closeup of Donna the Hearing Guide Dog Memorial

Closeup of Donna the Hearing Guide Dog Memorial