About Me

Prior to starting up ‘Best Paw Forward with Winnie’ and thereafter ‘Moggies and Muttlies’ my background was office based until in early 2001, when a great opportunity arose.

I was offered the position of Branch Manager within a veterinary surgery. I gained a great deal of knowledge through the day-to-day running of the surgery some of which has continued in helping me to this very day. A real life-experience was that of dealing with people and their pets when the sad time came to say good-bye. The most enjoyable time was assisting with puppy classes held at the surgery on a weekly basis – the individual characters of the puppies was a joy to behold or not as the case may be.

My love of animals has recently led me to qualify for a diploma in Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling through the Animal Care College.

Below is a résume of the academic training and experience gained throughout:
About Me
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June 2020 Took part as a Guest Speaker in Sarah-Jane Le Blanc’s (Pet Whisperer) “Preparing For Life, Preparing For Transition – And Beyond” programme of videos
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September 2018 Attended a One Day Animal Communication Workshop in London with Pea Horsley of Animal Thoughts
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2009 to 2012 Distance Learning with the Animal Care College – Diploma in Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling – Qualified with ‘Credit’
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Attended First Aid for Animals at The Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire (May 2008, 2005 and 2002)
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In 2005 worked with ‘Tilly’ our Black Labrador at The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme (puppy) via a local dog training club
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Completed a 2 Day Canine Communication Foundation Course with Jan Fennell Amichien Dog Listeners Ltd in Lincolnshire (December 2003)
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Attended a 2 day instructors workshop with our rescue dog ‘Cass’ at Odin Canine Services in Buckinghamshire (October 2003)
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In August 2003 ‘Cass’ joined me on a one week residential instructor’s course with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT)
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During 2001 I attended puppy/dog training classes with Jacqui O’Brien in the grounds of her home in Hertfordshire to be taught instructional methods at beginner level and, once again our dog ‘Cass’ joined me.
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January to June 2001 ~ Employed in a veterinary surgery in Hertfordshire (assisted with puppy classes)
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Summer 2000 ~ Worked in kennels at Colin Tenant’s canine and feline behaviour centre in Hertfordshire
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Late 1990’s ~ Dog Walking at RSPCA Ridgeway/Hertfordshire
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Late 1990’s ~ Completed beginner’s distance learning course on canine and feline behaviour with a Mr Cliff Dunnicliffe (Nottingham)
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1989 to 1993/94 ~ Attended classes with ‘Charlie’ my Rottweiler eventually participating in local club -v- local club competition.