I have had dogs all my life and now I don’t think I could ever be without one. My first two dogs I had were Jasper, a Golden Retriever, and Sabra, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and both were very affectionate.
When Jasper passed away, we got Pepper, a Boxer, who again was a fabulous affectionate dog with a brilliant temperament. When Pepper was still a young dog, Sabra started to become weaker and ill with age, and sadly she also had to be put to sleep.
As I got older, I became more involved with Pepper, walking with him and training him at home. Although didn’t take Pepper to any formal training classes, we taught him the basics at home. He used to love running up to the other dogs in the park, and then quickly dart away from them to start the chase, in 2012, we thought that Pepper would like a playmate to live with him, so we got Milo, a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Unfortunately in January 2013, Pepper became ill suddenly, and sadly had to be put to sleep.
When we got Milo and he settled in we decided to take him to training classes. After going through a few training schools and not finding the right one for us, we found Pauline’s school. After attending Pauline’s training school for a month or so, I was interested and amazed by the work Pauline does with behavioural issues and rehoming.
When Helping Dog Paws was founded I was thrilled to help dogs and owners in any way that I could. It is a privilege to be part of such a great organisation, and working alongside the amazing people that make it so great.