Along with owning my own pets I have had a great deal of experience with many animals particularly a large variety of dog breeds. Over the years I have had the pleasure of caring for dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, hamsters, rats and reptiles. I have been privileged to work with many dogs and cats of various ages and of different needs as well as rescue dogs. My daily work means I am able to work with and care for many different animals. This includes working with a large variety of dog breeds. Through my daily work I am always being reminded about how amazing animals really are. I am always learning more about behaviour and the needs of different individuals. I believe there is always more to learn!
I am privileged to work with a breeder and am responsible for training the dogs for the show ring as well as giving them skills for the future.
I have previously volunteered in a rescue centre where I was able to walk and train the dogs as well as carry out health checks and behaviour assessments on the new arrivals. Through this I gained an extensive amount of experience with many breeds and was able to get a better understanding of the needs of different breeds.
During my studies I was able to work with and care for a variety of animals on a weekly basis. These include various birds such as parrots, small animals such as rabbits, reptiles such as tortoises, exotic species such as opossums and Cuban hutia and farm animal such as goats and sheep. I understand the needs of different species so I am able to care for them in an appropriate way and analyse and understand their behaviour.
I have a lot of experience with a large amount of dog breeds. With my experience I have learnt a lot about the different needs of these breeds and have learnt how to work with them.
Over the years I have been lucky to work with a large range of animals, giving me a good understanding of their needs and the ability to care for them.
I have lived with pets throughout my life including cats, budgies, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and dogs.
Currently I am lucky to live with Blaze, my Labrador. He is a typical happy Labrador who enjoys spending time with both people and other animals. He loves training and learning new things as well as having long walks out in the countryside. Blaze was diagnosed with lumbosacral disease at 5 months old. This is something I have had to manage over the years with various veterinary care, physiotherapy and more recently acupuncture. He certainly seems to live life to the full!
By caring for Blaze I have gained a greater understanding of how medical conditions affect dogs and what we as their guardians can do to help them. Blaze accompanies me on many different workshops where we learn new skills together.
I was lucky enough to have Bonnie, a stray kitten from the cats protection league for 18 years. it was fantastic seeing the relationship develop between Bonnie and Blaze. People generally say dogs and cats do not get along however if they are introduced correctly they can certainly live together and very happily. This is clear with Bonnie and Blaze where they are both happy to share beds and the sofas and also sit and asked for dinner together!