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 5 years on, he is such an obedient, loving, intelligent dog. I am very proud of him.
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 a gentle giant, completely adorable and loves warm hugs. just aslong as you don't mind your hair full of slobber 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.
You can see Bullseye's BBC News link HERE
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 found a forever home.
So, now its time for Cheryl's Canine Enrichment, where I wish to continue bringing happiness and contentment into dogs' lives