Author Archives: Beth Dawes

About Beth Dawes

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

Beth’s experience of research into development of sighted babies of visually impaired parents

Beth, who has aniridia, and her sighted son Edward are taking part in research into his development. Researchers want to know how having a visually impaired care giver affects babies. Beth says she can “highly recommend taking part” so we recorded … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Qualifying and back home

On Wednesday I did one of the routes we had done many times over the two weeks with 3 people following. In my head it was the worst walk of the two weeks and I cried at the end. One … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 14

Today has been the best day out of the whole of the training. It’s been one of those days where I feel like I am just walking along not having to concentrate too much and getting great work from Annie. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Days 11, 12 and 13

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of updates. I have had my husband Graham up visiting for a few days and I have also not felt 100%. As well as having aniridia I have bipolar disorder and … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 10

This morning we did some obedience and food refusal with the dogs.  Annie was great doing her obedience. She did take a look at the chocolate biscuits on the floor but I gave her a flick on the lead and … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 9

Today we met the District Client Representative (DCR) for the Edinburgh guide dog team.  His guide dog is the brother of Magic the Blue Peter puppy.  We had a good chat about his role and the role of our representative … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 8

Annie rocks at Rock Choir I am a member of Rock Choir in Newcastle. There are Rock Choirs right across the UK. We sing rock, pop, Motown and gospel. I just love the atmosphere and the buzz of singing in a … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 7

Today was much cooler so we headed of into the city centre on the bus to walk in some of the busier areas and also to feed my latte addiction. I had to settle for Costa rather than Starbucks but … Continue reading

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Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 6

Day 6 started with visitors.  One of the other people on class had a chance meeting with a gentleman staying in the hotel who was doing the marathon to raise money for Guide Dogs. We agreed that it would be … Continue reading

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