Pirate FM News 3 minute read

Covid-19: Guide dog helps owner through challenging times

Covid-19: Guide dog helps owner through challenging times

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:00pm 10th May 2020.

A man from Bodmin is managing to get through the tough times of lockdown thanks to his guide dog Lenny.

Dan Lowe is missing his twice weekly swimming sessions in the pool at Bodmin Leisure Centre.

Whilst no longer able to swim, however, he still walks there regularly from home with his mum and new canine companion, Lenny.

Dan has been blind since birth and Lenny is his 22-month-old golden Labrador guide dog.

The pair had started training together just before the lockdown in March and whilst they are no longer able to attend official guide dog classes in Teignmouth, it’s important for Lenny to learn Dan’s routes and routines.

“I used to go to the leisure centre with my previous guide dog, Hugo, who retired in 2017 after nine years with me,” said Dan, who lives with his parents in Bodmin.

"Hugo would sit behind reception when I was swimming and Lenny will be taught to do the same. I’ve always really enjoyed the sessions and having a guide dog means I can get here independently. Lenny isn’t qualified yet because of what is happening, so we come here with Mum, who is helping with the training.

"Our aim is to be prepared for life getting back to as much normality as possible. I understand the need for the current restrictions but miss going to the centre. The staff are lovely and have always been so supportive.”

             Dan Lowe, guide dog owner & customer at Bodmin Leisure Centre 

Charitable organisation GLL general manager Martin Mullin was introduced to Lenny on one of Dan’s visits.

“Like my management colleagues throughout the county, I check the building regularly and it’s always great to hear how our customers are managing in these very strange times,” he said.

“Dan’s previous guide dog, Hugo, used to sit with us when Dan was in the pool and I’ve no doubt Lenny will be doing the same when we’re able to re-open.

“It’s sad to see our gyms, pool and fitness suites empty but hopefully, in due course, people will be able to resume their exercise and social routines. We can’t wait to welcome them back.”

Cornwall's charity run leisure centres - want to know more? 

Operating under the Better brand, GLL is a charitable organisation that has been running the Cornwall’s council-owned leisure centres since 2017.

For more information, visit https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cornwall

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Coronavirus: UK keeping 'close eye' on France as COVID-19 cases hit two-month high

World News: Coronavirus cases in France are being "closely monitored" by the British government, amid reports that the country is in danger of being added to the UK's quarantine list.

Nico Hulkenberg keeps F1 place after Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19 again

Sports News: Nico Hulkenberg will take the place of Sergio Perez at Racing Point again at this weekend's 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone, after the Mexican returned another positive COVID-19 test.

Newer articles

Covid-19: No new deaths in Cornwall for six days

Cornwall News: The death rate in the Duchy is lower than the regional average

Announcement due on plans to reopen Cornwall's tips

Cornwall News: But they can only be used for "essential" reasons

Older articles

March death toll in Cornwall below usual levels despite coronavirus

Cornwall News: Experts have warned the outbreak could have far-reaching consequences on mortality rates

Most read

Car plunges 20ft from Cornish cliff and onto beach below

Cornwall News: The vehicle landed on a beach tent which luckily was empty at the time

24-hour thunderstorm warning to hit Cornwall

Cornwall News: The whole country will be on weather watch on Monday