DOG owner John Hunter was looking forward to a good, long rest after completing a gruelling 300-mile cycle for charity… but hearing- dog Bryn isn’t having any of it.
Energetic Bryn, a four-year-old cocker spaniel, is a trained hearing dog who works for owner John Hunter, from Cleland, in Lanarkshire.
He’s spent the last few months putting his owner through his paces with early morning walks and cycles to help him train for a 300-mile marathon cycle for charity.
Bryn helps John with his training
John, who celebrated his 67th birthday during the cycle, has been fundraising for Alzheimer’s Scotland.
But after being left behind at home while John made the journey from Cleland to Kendal, in Cumbria, this week, Bryn has now welcomed home his owner with a wagging tail and is desperate to hit the park again.
John said: “Bryn was a great help while I was training. He was always waiting with a tennis ball, ready to head out for a walk or a run.
John is going to cycle a 400 mile round trip in 4 days for Alzheimers Scotland
“I think he thoroughly enjoyed the training, but during the cycle he stayed at home with a friend.
“So I was off doing the hard work whilst Bryn was enjoying lazing about and relaxing.
“I’m delighted how the cycle went and although it was a lot of hard work at time, I’m glad I’ve realised money for a really worthy charity.
“I’m trying to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s because my family has been touched by it.
“I’m now looking forward to some time off.
Bryn was a great help while John was training
“Bryn won’t realise the cycle is over now, and no doubt I’ll be getting dragged out again at the crack of dawn and headed for the park.”
John was forced to retire from the building trade when he lost his hearing through a severe ear infection nine years ago and it left his confidence shattered.
John was fitted with a cochlear implant, – an electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profound deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears.
But after being introduced to Bryn two years ago, life for John has never been better.
Getting ready for the big cycle
John said: “After I lost my hearing I got pretty down. Then I was fitted with a cochlear implant, which helped.
“But when I saw a website for hearing dogs I thought it looked good and I was introduced to my first dog, who sadly passed away in 2014. Two years ago I was introduced to Bryn and we hit it off instantly. He is energetic, friendly and very clever.” Bryn now helps John by alerting him to important sounds.
“Bryn helps me by letting me know when someone is at the door and wakes me up if the smoke alarms goes off.
“He can even tell me when I need to check the oven in case I burn our dinner.
“But he also knows to wake me up when he hears the alarm clock and he is usually raring to get in the car and get to the park.
John has been fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland and had raised more than £600
“Bryn loves his exercise so much that if I ever dare stop my bike to speak to someone I know, he gets really agitated and impatient as all he wants to do is run and play.”
Anna Devine. director of fundraising and marketing at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “John is truly inspiring.”
● To help John fundraise, please go to www.justgiving.com/John-Hunter15
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