Canny Annie

You may have seen the news of the massive thunder storm over Newcastle on Thursday.  I knew there was some flooding because my PA had described some that on the bus we passed a torrent of water flowing fast down a steep road.

We checked the Metro was working to my house and she left me to head off alone.

Annie and I waited a long while to get on the Metro and it was packed. After 3 stops the lightning shorted out the power lines.

Annie and I waited an hour then I decided the only thing to do would be to walk.  I knew it was 4 Metro stops and would take roughly an hour to get home.  I have never ever walked 90% of this route I only knew which direction I had to head in and I had no battery left on my phone.

We quickly came across flooding where Annie sat to indicate that we couldn’t get through.  I spoke to people around who were saying was knee to waist height which meant I couldn’t walk through as it would have been too deep for Annie.

We took a couple of detours through housing estates to bypass the floods. Annie had to do quite a few off kerb obstacles because people had dumped their cars on the pavement.  Annie also seemed to be guiding me round the big puddles as my feet were hardly wet.

We got home after 55 minutes and I almost cried with pride that we have only been together 5 weeks and we were able to do something completely new to both of us in a very difficult situation.  It was very daunting heading out but I just had to trust her and keep listening out to work out what was going on.  I am very relieved we got home ok and I now realise it probably wasn’t the best idea.  We had already had a very challenging day walking past the scene where Annie was attacked by another dog and doing some work around Middlesbrough where Annie has never been before.

Thank you Annie for keeping me safe, striding out so confidently and keeping my newish Converse relatively dry! You were amazing and I am very proud.

Annie the guide dog laying on the floor

About Beth Dawes

I have no eye colour but I do have an iPad, a guide dog called Annie and a pink long cane.
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2 Responses to Canny Annie

  1. gavin says:

    To say Im proud of you guys is an understatement. No one should believe that what you two did togetther was easy or down to a special dog. This is a special team. Stay safe and give that dog a pat from me.


  2. amazing Story Beth…sounds twee but you are an inspiration and I am pleased your converse didnt get ruined 😉 x

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