Animals; especially dogs, have been my life in & out of work for as long as i can remember.
From the little girl insisting on "saving" the spider from my spider-hating friend, to the 30 year old working in Rescue & becoming completely and entirely devoted to animals. In the years of working for a dog rescue centre, I found my passion for helping the misunderstood dogs; the dogs with issues and sometimes just the over-looked dogs.
My most recent venture is my Patreon, which I set up in aid of my work in the rescue centres. You can read more about this HERE
At home, we have ex-battery rescue hens, two goats, two sheep and a cat (All Adopted!) Our dogs are Watson; our beautiful rescue Rottweiler cross German Shepherd. He alone taught me what behaviour issues some ill-treated dogs can have, including resource guarding and aggression. He was the reason I picked up a book to educate myself in dog psychology, so I could be better and understand him. I can proudly say that he is such an obedient, loving, intelligent dog. I am very proud of him.
We also have Monty the Caucasian Shepherd. "Monty Baby Bear" (as he is used to being referred to mid-cuddle) is bigger and fluffier than a baby grizzly bear. Monty came to us through sad circumstances from friends, and after caring for him in our home he ended up staying.
Other dogs that have sadly left me behind have been my beautiful old rescue German Shepherd Bonnie, And Snoopy, my shadow, my King Charles spaniel.
If you can't tell yet: I prefer dogs to most people. But I love all other animals too, and I'm passionate about their happiness and welfare. I've also volunteered with Cuan House, the fantastic local wildlife rescue.
My history includes:
Working with Bullseye, an American Bulldog who had been in kennels for years; and getting him rather famous. We appeared on BBC news twice, and also various radio, newspapers etc. I created him his own facebook page and people from all around the world started to follow his story and send him gifts; including Sarah Fisher, partner of Anthony Head, lead actor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Little Britain etc.
For weeks upon end, Bullseye and I attended and completed a Certified and comprehensive dog training course to work on his issues. and I can proudly say, Bullseye is now in a loving home.
You can see Bullseye's BBC News link HERE
Rescuing and working with foreign dogs who were facing imminent slaughter in kill shelters.
Some of these dogs were a complete nervous wreck, with next to no confidence and a non existent trust towards people. They taught me patience and gentle body language, as a form of communicating and get them happy, confident and able to trust people; which, in turn, helped enable them to be rehomed.
"A day in the life of a rescue dog" spending 12 hours locked in a kennel with a stereotyped mastiff. This raised around £3000 for the kennels, and the profile of the dog; and the mastiff found a forever home.
Fundraising for dogs in need became important to me, i went on to raising funds for the kennels for various different cases such as to give a dog a much needed MRI Scan and funds for kill shelters to transport their dogs to rescue.
"Ruff'n it" fundraiser - another kennel lock in, this time to raise funds for Hope, an exempted pitbull, to have her own special kennel built to live the rest of her days. I shared the kennel with long term dogs to try and raise their profile.
Very proud that we raised over 5K.
Article by Team Dogs HERE
Article by Birmingham Live HERE
Article by Shropshire Star HERE
Since beginning as "Cheryl's Canine Enrichment" On my own in 2019, leading to Shropshire Canine with a team of 6 other fantastic people; We currently have over 130 5* reviews on our social media and over 400 5* reviews and recommendations on Bark.
I am OFQUAL qualified in Canine first aid.
I have qualifications in Dog Behaviour & Training (Accredited) & in Animal Psychology. (Accredited) and I'm currently working towards a higher qualification which on completion, I will officially be a behaviourist.
I am trained to microchip.
With my on-going strive in personal development, and hands-on experience of working with so many different dogs, my journey learning from dogs will never end. I have enrolled my team in their own behaviour and training courses, too.
We have big plans and ideas for the future, which I can't wait for, and we hope you join us in our further growth of Shropshire Canine Enrichment...