As a dog lover I started out doing odd jobs for people, walking their dogs for up to 5 hours each time- I became a dog walker for a pair of Jack Russell dogs, an elderly mongrel and a Labrador - all of them on and off for several years.
But my most notable was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier I met in 2001 - I became his; walker, groomer, sitter and in turn he became my canine best friend until he died at a ripe old age of 16 and a half in December 2012.
Another notable was a dog I looked after for 1 month, he was a young Staff who unfortunately was actually abandoned after his owners refused to take him back after they returned from holidays.
He found a loving home with my aunt's friend who kindly adopted him into their family which includes other Staffies - he has since fathered a litter and is doing really well.
These two Dogs - Ben and Alfie - I also trained in small areas like recall, sitting and a few other things.
I absolutely adore dogs, I am confident and happy around them and enjoy the companionship the most - I enjoy a good walk and run around after a difficult day and who better to share that with than a canine partner?.
I also dabble in photography - when out photographing I like to have a canine companion who usually ends up becoming a model in most of my images.
I am also a writer.
I enjoy long leisurely walks and adventures in the countryside.
My home is a small bungalow with a small garden but surrounded by large parks, fields, woods and countryside. You don't have to look far to find the nearest adventure for the energetic dog or the nearest leisurely stroll for the elderly canine.
There is never a shortage of fun.
Despite the size of the home it is warm and pet friendly, and the garden is lovely to sit out in.