Sick boy's wish to pat dogs comes true

Published on 19 Sep 2016 10:46:43 AM

It was possibly the biggest gathering of golden retrievers ever in Singapore.
About 100 of the exuberant dogs made a boy's wish come true, when he got to hug and pat them at the Botanic Gardens yesterday.
Lahl Isaac, who will turn 13 tomorrow, uses a wheelchair and suffers from brain cancer, which has recurred despite radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and two operations.An animal lover, he had earlier told the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, that he wanted to pat many golden retrievers. The foundation arranged for him to meet three golden retrievers and a few other dogs last month.
But the owner of two of the dogs, ophthalmologist Leo Seo Wei, 43, decided to take things a step further. Upon learning that Isaac had just been discharged from hospital and would be turning 13 soon, she started rallying other dog owners on the Golden Retriever Club-Singapore Facebook page on Tuesday.
The mission: to throw Isaac an unforgettable birthday party with as many golden retrievers as possible.