I moved to Wales many years ago from Bedfordshire and
to be honest I can’t imagine living anywhere else
now. I have a 10 minute walk to the beach which the gang
absolutely love and we are only a 5 minute drive to Pembrey
Before moving to Wales I used to work as a Senior Manager
for a Global Company operating out of Dubai, then back
in the UK was adopted as a PA to a highly respected Professor
at one of the world’s top Business Schools and then
onto Managing a busy Post Office. There was a break in
there though?? During a sabbatical I went and worked in
a dog grooming parlour and kennels, I already had two
dogs a Springer called Max and a Vizsla called Rico, who
sadly are no longer with me.
Today, I work from home in my own grooming parlour and
prepare my Spins and Barbets for the shows as well as
looking after my clients dogs. An ambition fulfilled as
I always wanted to run my own business.
I was first introduced to the Spinone in 2005 when I decided
to go to Crufts on gun dog day. I was walking through
the show area where the dogs were all benched, turned
a corner and before me was what looked like a lumpy shag
pile carpet laid out all over the floor. Yes, you’ve
guessed it, Spinone – and lots of them.
Upon enquiring about this breed I had never heard of before,
I was assured they were alert ‘go all day’
hunt, point and retrieve gun dogs. Some person then went
on to tell me they had incredible human like qualities!!!
(What humans look like that I thought) but from where
I was stood looking out over the ‘carpet’,
it looked like the only thing these dogs did was remain
horizontally challenged. Oh how wrong could I have been?
By now I had fallen in love with them and I knew the next
addition to my family would be a Spinone and she was called
Mia and today there are 6 of the little darlings.
2012 a friend contacted me to tell me about a litter of
French Barbet puppies that she had bred and there was
one special brown and white boy that she was looking for
just the right home for, after lots of research and questions
(mainly what was a French Barbet) it was inevitable that
this gorgeous boy was coming to live with me and that
is how Claude ended up living in Wales and not long after
Anouk arrived. Double trouble springs to mind!!!!
so to the website........I hope you find it a bit different
but informative in a unique kind of way. You’ll
learn so much more about me in the Banker’s Notes,
Freya’s Diary is all about her first 12 months of
life with me. Duncan’s Story is a tear jerker but
I don’t regret my decision. Although I have not
shown the Spinone for a few years now, I plan on getting
back in the ring in 2015, so you will be able to keep
up with how we get on in the News sections. The Barbet
have their own link and is definitely worth looking round
if you want to learn more about them and what it is like
living with them. The newest venture is a blog, which
I have never attempted before and not being very technical
it should be interesting and of course there is the Gallery
with lots of photos of the Gang at home and out and about.