Harper's Newsletter

Canberra autumn

I love Autumn in Canberra as the weather is just right, not too hot and not too cold. Lindy does not mind the hot weather and I am cool with the cold weather. So the Autumn and Spring are just right for both of us.

Although Lindy cannot see the change of color on the trees around Canberra, she certainly notice those fallen leaves on the paths. That is one of the excuses she and her running guides use for taking it easy during those FIT running sessions!

I on the other paw, need to stop during our walk, to check out those doggie mails on those leaves.

Since the last newsletter, Lindy told her Holiday Tale at the National Film and Sound Archive about ‘Getting Lost during a charity bike ride’. [Listen to the Holiday Tale recorded on 666 ABC]

During summer, Lindy competed in a number of triathlons and Aquathons in Canberra, Penrith and Melbourne. Lindy would like to thank all the guides who guided her at racing and training.

In February, Lindy competed in the Orange Running Festival along with over 30 Achilles Running Club members.

In March, Lindy clocked up 40 km at the Canberra Relay for Life, to assist raising funds for the Cancer Council. A Wombat was the team mascot. The 26 strong West Belconnen Wanderers kept the wombats going around the AIS track all through the 24 hours. In fact, the team was so keen that there were three wombats going around at 4am in the morning! I did not participate, the most sensible place at that time for a Black Labrador Guide Dog is tuck up in bed.

Early April, Lindy and I will be attended the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival at Young.

So, what is next?

MS 24 Hours Mega Swim

Lindy is participating in the 2014 Canberra MS 24 Hour Mega Swim on 3-4 May. This is to support people living with multiple sclerosis.

Lindy will swim with the FIT Team. Her goal is to swim at least 2.5 km for the hour. That was what she achieved back in 2010. Although her swimming has improved, her eyesight also had deteriorated more since 2010. Her challenge will be to swim without a guide and use her limited eyesight to locate the black line! Hopefully, she will get through the swim without wiping out the other swimmers in her lane.

Now Hear This

“When visually impaired athlete Lindy Hou took a trip without her guide dog Harper, she didn’t know a trip to the bathroom would turn into quite the adventure’.

Lindy told this story at the ‘Now Hear This: Holiday Tales’ at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. The story night was recorded by radio station 666 ABC Canberra.  Listen to this 7.5-minute podcast

That’s about it for this month’s message from the Black Labrador.

Remember: “Good luck is good preparation colliding with opportunity!”

Harper the Guide Dog