Meet the team at Jurassic Bark, Newbury
Ever since I was 8 years old I have had dogs, and growing up around them has really made me appreciate what wonderful animals they are. I worked in an office for a few years before a light bulb went off and I started volunteering at a gundog training centre at weekends. Before long I realised that working with dogs was the dream, and got a part time job working at a kennels. After a few months there I was lucky enough to find Dog Trouble, where I was employed after volunteering for a few weeks, first as a centre assistant, then after completing an apprenticeship in Dog Training, I was promoted to Boarding Manager. The centre is a behaviour centre rather than your standard doggy day care so the opportunity to learn was incomparable.
I have now made the decision to start my own path and open Jurassic Bark - a professional dog walking service based in Newbury. With the help of my trusty four legged team I hope to entertain our beloved canines with the best local routes, with plenty of things to sniff, bark at and (hopefully not) roll in...
Patch is my gorgeous 7 year old Jack Russell terrier who came to me after I began working at Dog Trouble, where he had been taken in after his first owners wanted to put him down due to behavioural issues. They were able to rehabilitate from a frightened shivering wreck to the happy, healthy dog who stole my heart. He's still a bit scared of some strangers but he gets more confidence every day. He spends most of his time attempting to catch flies and staring intently at me until I take him out for a walk.
Aslan - This bundle of fluff is one of the noisiest dogs I have ever met and has a personality bigger than a T-Rex. He loves everyone and is overjoyed at every visitor we have to the house. Every toy is his favourite one, and he would play with them for hours on end if he could. Life is just the most exciting thing ever for my little boy.
Phoebe is the grand old age of 15 now, and although she won't be joining us on many of our walks, she is an honorary team member all the same. She is the sweetest dog I have ever come across and she is such a stoic little thing she'll hopefully be waving the Jurassic Bark flag for years to come.
Tilly - We recently adopted little Tilly in January 2017 from Dogs Trust Newbury. Her owner passed away, and the family members that were supposed to look after her didn't want her any more. We had expressed an interest in adopting an older dog, and I was in there chatting to the manager when she mentioned Tilly to me, and of course I wanted to take her as soon as I saw her! She is absolutely lovely - totally deaf, and suffers from cushing's disease which is why she has lost so much of her fur, but she is just adorable. She has settled in brilliantly, and we're hoping to add a few more years to the 15 she already has on her by keeping her safe and happy.
These beautiful dogosaurs are where it all started for me. Left to right - Cole, Rascal, Piper, and Phoebe, who is still going strong. Rascal was our first dog - he would stop to sniff every single blade of grass on a walk, and was an excellent ratter. He would've caught more if it weren't for Cole, who used to run around after him thinking it was a game. Cole was the softest dog I have ever met, and he loved everything about life. Him and Aslan would have got along famously. Piper was a very loving girl, she would always be there if you were sad, to lick your tears clean. They meant the absolute world to me and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Artwork credit to Tara Jessi Photography.