I was born in the United Kingdom, a nation of tea drinkers and animal lovers, and the place where my love of dogs all started.
My first part-time job involved a 10-mile bike ride every Saturday and Sunday, regardless of the British weather, to work at a kennel. Since then I have owned dogs throughout my entire life, but things really stepped up a notch when I had a big career change in my late forties.
For the past three years, I have devoted myself to raising and training guide dog puppies (and their owners!). I am proud to say my first trainee guide dog puppy graduated in record time and now lives happily in Kentucky.
I also launched and run the Bark Deco Dog Show every year as part of the Art Deco Weekend (run by the Miami Design Preservation League). This fun and popular event is now in its fourth year and attracts over 60 dog entries and is a mainstay of the Miami Beach calendar.
My previous career
Prior to working full-time with man’s best friend, I was a senior executive who ran a number of large Communication Media Agencies across the globe including; London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico, Miami and New York.
The main focus of my corporate life was about successfully communicating brands, concepts and ideas. My passion has always been training, and when I was working in media I perfected my approach to help a wide range of individuals of all ages, levels and abilities, often when English was their second or third language!
I understand how to connect, communicate and break through the language barrier. I have combined my love of dogs, experience and natural communication skills to found The British Leash.