January 2016 started the year off just as busy as I usually am. It was fabulous to see the first snow drops of the year in Kinsley, closely followed by the first crocus in Liphook. The daffodils have been in bloom arounf here since the beginning of December and the air has the Crufts feeling that I uaully don't feel until March! All a bit premature but lovely to see none-the-less.
January is the month I always remind my clients to correctly collar and tag their pets with their name, FULL address and phone number. I see so many pets with just the owners house number and postcode which quite frankly is no good to anyone unless you carry a sat-nav with you at all times, just in case you find a lost dog; which I know for one I don't do. Just before Christmas I found a lovely, old Golden Retriever on my dog walk in Durford Wood. It was collared but no tag but the way I see it is if one of my dogs become lost then I would hope someone would stop and help him; so I kept him with me until I could phone the Dog Warden who was able to marry me up with the dogs owner. However, whilst waiting for the owner to eventually turn up to collect his dog, I was approached by several other dog walkers who said they had seen him but because he wasn't wearing a tag had decided not to stop and help him incase they were stuck with him for the weekend! It turns out the dog had gone missing at 11:20 that morning and I reunited him with his family at 3:30 in the afternoon. All this because the lack of a £5 dog tag - sad.
Training classes are going well with many owners investing time in improving their dogs behaviour whilst having fun at the same time.
The month ended with the fabulous Heelwork to Music Crufts Semi Finals where I was privilaged to judge the HTM semi-finals. Anyone who hasn't been to Crufts should make it an event "not to be missed" in their diary.
This month was another busy one. Archie and Paddy took and passed their level one dog dancing exams and passed with Merits and Distinctions and then Paddy last week passed his Kennel Club Bronze Good Cits test. I also learnt to, at long last, edit music for the dogs routines.
I have updated this website to now include a page of useful contacts and information which I hope you find good to use and know. I will be adding to the page as and when I find other information too.
The dog walking is now full and I am unable to take on any further dogs at this moment in time but I have also devised a list of questions I believe dog owners should ask professional dog walkers BEFORE handing over their keys to their property and entrust them with the care of their dogs. If you would like a copy please email me at