My name is Kerry and I am 32 years old. I have been very fortunate to gain a great deal of experience with our beloved four-legged friends over the years. Growing up with dogs – two wee Yorkies named Chloe and Penny – in my family home was the key to my own dog-loving beginnings. They taught me a lot; mostly what not to do as I was only 3 when they came into our home! There was also ‘Lucky’, a puppy that my dad rescued from the local boat yard; being a stray made her a decidedly interesting character, and a fount of lessons for an aspiring young dog-trainer!
When I was a little older, my dad moved to Pembrokeshire and built up his own dog boarding kennels from scratch. I took the opportunity to live there and work for him once I left school, and this gave me a great deal of experience with a huge variety of breeds, ages and temperaments of dogs. It was not only an invaluable education for me, but also helped to solidify my love for working with these wonderful animals.
After school I felt the sway of my other major passion – art – and I opted to pursue the artistic route with a degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone. During my time there, I never lost my love for animals (evidently!); my projects were invariably based around wolves or dogs! In third year I got an amazing opportunity to meet and work for a lady who bred Tamaskans, which are a stunning breed of Finnish wolf-dog, with Husky and Malamute ancestry.
After university I attempted to make a go of it with the art career, but it was not to be, and the love of dogs pulled me back in! Whilst living in Dundee I was hired by Michelle at TLC Dog Walking and Pet Care Services, where I was instantly regarded a friend and respected colleague. I fell in love with all the dogs I had the pleasure of walking, and also made some great connections with their non-furry parents!
My last venture was with the Stirling-based Pawsitive Canine Services. I had an amazing time getting to know the area, engaging with wonderful dogs, and working with great customers and incredibly supportive colleagues. I gained plenty of invaluable skills and learnt many a useful lesson, all of which only boosted my appetite for taking the next step! So now...
…I introduce Mucky Muzzles!