Animals; especially dogs, have been my life in & out of work for as long as i can remember.
From the little girl insisting on "saving" the spider from my spider-hating friend, to the 30 year old working in Rescue & becoming completely and entirely devoted to animals. In the 4 years of working for a dog rescue centre, I found my passion for helping the misunderstood dogs; the dogs with issues and sometimes just the over-looked dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and enrolled in an advanced diploma in canine behaviour to extend my knowledge to help these dogs the best I could.
At home, we have Watson our beautiful rescue dog; a Rottweiler crossed with a German Shepherd. He alone taught me what behaviour issues some ill-treated dogs can have, including resource guarding and aggression. He was the reason I picked up a book to educate myself in dog psychology, so I could be better and understand him. I can proudly say that less than 5 years on, he is such an obedient, loving, intelligent dog.
We also have a newbie to the pack; Monty the Caucasian Shepherd. "Monty Baby Bear" (as he is used to being referred to mid-cuddle) is 2 years old and bigger and fluffier than a baby grizzly bear. Monty came to us through sad circumstances from close family friends, and after caring for him in our home he ended up staying. He is still settling in, but he is a gentle giant, completely adorable and loves warm hugs. just aslong as you don't mind your hair full of slobber though!
..and then there's the very supportive Gregory who I live with; 30 years old and just about house trained. I think I've still got alot of work on my hands with him though!
A few of my most proudest achievements include:
Working with Bullseye, an American Bulldog who had been in kennels for years; and getting him rather famous. We appeared on BBC news twice, and also various radio, newspapers etc. I created him his own facebook page and people from all around the world started to follow his story and send him gifts; including Sarah Fisher, partner of Anthony Head, lead actor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Little Britain etc.
For weeks upon end, Bullseye and I attended and completed a Certified and comprehensive dog training course to work on his issues. and I can proudly say, Bullseye is now in a loving home.
Rescuing and working with foreign dogs who were facing imminent slaughter in kill shelters.
Some of these dogs were a complete nervous wreck, with next to no confidence and a non existent trust towards people. They taught me patience and gentle body language, as a form of communicating and get them happy, confident and able to trust people; which, in turn, helped enable them to be rehomed.
"A day in the life of a rescue dog" spending 12 hours locked in a kennel with a stereotyped mastiff. This raised around £3000 for the kennels, and the profile of the dog; and the mastiff is now in a forever loving home.
... and then i would come home from a long day at work, and spend hours in my own time running social media pages such as 'Forgotten Tails UK' to show off the dogs!
So, now its time for Cheryl's Canine Enrichment, where I wish to continue bringing happiness and contentment into dogs' lives.