Following her gold medal win at the ITU World Paratriathlon Event in Japan, visually impaired triathlete Amy Dixon is one step closer to qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympics with the help of Woodstock, her German Shepherd from the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Woodstock helps Dixon, who lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of inflammatory eye disease, get to the pool and gym to train for the paralympic games.

“Woodstock anticipates obstacles long before we reach them, making our movements feel fluid and effortless,” said Dixon, who got Woodstock about three months ago.

In addition to training for the paralympics, Dixon travels the world, with Woodstock by her side, raising awareness for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and empowering patients to educate themselves in the face of illness and disease.

Fidelco is a Wilton-based foundation that provides German Shepherd guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals at no cost. To learn more about Fidelco, visit fidelco.org.

To learn more about Dixon, visit amydixonusa.com.