Sigalit received her guide dog Rhonda from the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind last March. In addition to being visually impaired, Sigalit also deals with a hearing disability. This situation presented particular difficulties during the "Protective Edge" campaign, in which the entire population of the southern and central regions of Israel had to respond quickly to sirens that warned of an impending rocket attack.


Sigalit explained that when the siren sounded the entire family ran to the stairwell and at first were not aware that she was not with them.


Sigalit was not aware that there was an alert because she did not hear it, and the beeper that she had which was supposed to issue a warning did not work.


Rhonda, her guide dog, took the initiative ran to her and pulled her towards the stairwell - the safest place in the house.

Sigalit explained, "My beloved dog saw that I was not reacting like I had previously. She simply ran to my room and pulled me towards the stairwell. I want you to know that you have raised a champion!"


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