Banana Chat – Meet Anne Royle

My name is Anne. I was born blind, got my sight back, lost it again.  I set up Pathfinder Dogs to help others and to help make a better life for assistance dogs.  I feel truly blessed to be able to have all three perspectives on eyesight.  I have included a photo of my wee girlie, Kayra with her banana (couldn’t give her a real one or she would have eaten it).  Kayra is my current working dog, bless her furry paws.

What is your favourite joke?
People, they are just so funny to watch.

What makes you smile?
Dogs – always

What is your favourite good news story?
Anything that stops cruelty

What inspires you?
My dogs

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Cruelty to animals and human greed

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Mind control of other people, to stop them being so nasty to animals and others

What is your favourite food?
Currently Mac & Cheese

What is your favourite drink?
Good coffee

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
I don’t go on holiday, I work with my charity 24/7 and I would never leave my dogs.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Either bring back capital punishment or National Service, to help people have a bit more respect which I see getting less and less as time goes on.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
When I rescued a pregnant sow, I put my baby brother (he was about 3 months old) in the basket at the bottom of the pram and put the pig in the pram itself.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Be consistent and forcefree in your training.  I seem to say this a lot of late.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
My charity  Being totally blind myself I feel I’m truly blessed to be able to help other people.

Who is your favourite music artist?
Depends on my mood, currently Led Zepplin

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My dad

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Dog but love all animals

Blue or pink?  Purple, but blue if I have to

Tea or coffee?  Coffee but at least a cup of tea  a day

Glass half-empty or glass half-full?  Full

Pyjamas or not?  Not

Night out or night in? Night In

Pizza or pasta?  Pizza

Biscuits or cake?  Both

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby?  Neither

Cinema or theatre?  Theatre

Gym or TV?  TV

Naughty or nice?  Naughty

Silver or gold?  Either

Tent or hotel?  Hotel, too old for a tent!!

Bath or shower?  Bath

Starter or pudding?  Pudding

Sheets or duvet?  Sheets

Love Island or Game of Thrones?  Pass

Finally, apple or banana? Apple (sorry)

To read more about this inspirational lady and how to help Pathfinder dogs click here.


One of our Banana Crumble members is after some help. Do you just throw away stamps and bottle tops…

I try to do my best to share my love of collecting with my love of helping others and to date, I save used stamps for Bransby Horses (via our local post office and my office), used bottle tops and soft drinks tops for Pathfinder Dogs (via our office, personally, through friends, and through colleagues and relatives) and like to share my goodwill and good tidings whenever I can. Pathfinder Dogs are based in Wishaw and train German Shepherd dogs for seeing eye dogs, and Bransby Horses are based in Lincoln and make over £75k pa in used stamps sales to rescue horses, donkeys, and ponies in distress.

If you can help with any of these, Pathfinder Dogs will provide you with free postage labels to allow you to post up to 7kg in weight of tops to them, and its very much appreciated!!