I grew up in the bliss of a small-holding on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Ok, admittedly somewhat rose-tinted now, but Colorado was an awesome place to be a kid!
We had up to 5 dogs, 7 cats, 3 or 4 horses, poultry and even occasional cows and pigs (my brother’s project!)
I adored each and every one. I also revelled in the joy of our large pond and resident snakes, frogs, salamanders and insect life along with the visiting birds.
Yes, it actually was a blissful place to grow up.
At 19, I moved to Alaska and studied vertebrate biology with the intention of going into wildlife research.
However, life, as is its wont, had other ideas and I ended up a mother of two and a physiotherapist living in York, England.
I loved both occupations, motherhood and physio, for their challenges, physical and intellectual, as I have enjoyed the adventure of living in a new country.
Mostly I’ve loved the interesting people I’ve met along the way.
I always had a yearning to go back to working with animals so when time allowed, I chose to study Companion Animal Behaviour and Training through COAPE – an intellectual challenge in itself!
This earned me a CAPBT diploma in the Practical Application of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training – a mouthful, I know.
I am also an Approved Instructor with WaggaWuffins Canine College – using a positive, fun approach to training people and their dogs.
The pets I now share my life with are two Labradors, Winston, getting elderly but still fit and active and Moby, in the prime of his life.
I have dabbled in working trials, gundog and most recently, scent-work – how do they find that stuff??
I am a cyclist, swimmer and lover of the great outdoors with passion for life.
Part of that passion is for helping people, especially children, to develop an interest and understanding of the dogs in their lives and in their environment.
I want to improve the safety of children around dogs and to speak for the dogs who are misunderstood!
I can offer you compassionate, professional support and guidance tinged with fun (and a bit of silliness!) to grow your relationship with your dog. This includes helping support him or her through difficult behavioural issues when necessary.
Contact me. I would love to hear about you and your life with your dog.