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 then 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...
Emma has loved dogs all her life, regardless of breed, age or activity level. She has been working as a personal trainer for 8 years, her passion lies within pretty much anything outdoors related, including walking, which makes working with dogs a perfect fit for her! She has worked with dogs previously, having done dog sitting and dog walking for friends in the past, and she has recently completed her canine first aid training.
She has successfully trained her own dog, Tess, as a trail dog, whilst she rides her mountain bike down the trails, Tess will follow behind her. Despite being a working cocker spaniel, Tess is most definitely not a gun dog, so chasing a mountain bike was their next best option, and they love going out together!
She is incredibly excited to be joining the Jurassic Bark team and looks forward to working with all the dogosaurs! She will be covering Thatcham, Cold Ash and Bucklebury.
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.
Sabre - This handsome boy flew over from Cyprus in June 2018 from a wonderful charity called SOS 'Save Oroklini's Stray Dogs' (look them up if you’re ever looking for a rescue dog!). He loves his new brothers, and has really lucked out with his new home of long walks and delicious treats! He is totally obsessed with squirrels, and loves taking himself off on his own adventures in the woods… we’re working on that!!
These beautiful dogosaurs are where it all started for me. Left to right - Cole, Rascal, Piper, and Phoebe. 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. Phoebe sadly passed away on New Years Eve 2017. She came along on all our pack walks up until that point and trotted along at the back (or got carried!) She was one of the sweetest dogs I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. They meant the absolute world to me and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Artwork credit to Tara Jessi Photography.
RIP to our lovely Tilly. We adopted her in January 2017 from Dogs Trust Newbury, but sadly lost her in December 2017. She was absolutely lovely - totally deaf, and suffered from cushing's disease which is why she lost so much of her fur, but she was just adorable and loved being around the other dogs at our pack walks.