A message from the Founder
(Inspired by the sight of fellow dog enthusiast Jane, a 75plus lady, hardly walking on a stick, who came to our field in the nippy wind, bringing her giant poodle Teddy to the Dog Fitness Class.)
HERE'S TO YOU, who is looking for ways to help your dog. Here's is to you, who refuse to give up hope that the situation can get better, no matter how daunting the task may seem. And to you, who constantly beat yourself up for not being the perfect owner.
A wee reminder to everyone who is confused, frustrated, stressed out, but nevertheless, trying his best to provide a life worth living for his dog: Give yourself a hefty pat on the back once in a while!
When things look bad, it's not easy being your own coach, your own encouragement and motivation, your own emotional support, the one to boost your self-esteem, who reminds you that it is okay to make mistakes, and that you are a wonderful person for even trying, and tells you it is all going to be ok. And those who are elderly or ill, or going at it alone without support, or rescued a troubled dog from who-knows-where, or struggle to pay the bills, or have children and a household to manage – deserve an even bigger pat on the shoulder for keeping it all together.
Cut yourself some slack.
Living in these confused times when people are so quick to judge others, and blame someone else for the mess they had created, I want to acknowledge that you are one of a kind, for taking responsibility for your dog – shown by the mere fact of visiting this website.
People, like yourself, make their dogs proud by becoming a stellar example of responsible dog owners.
I applaud all of you I meet in the woods at Firestone Copse Road at dawn in the morning frost, walking the dog in your mucky Wellingtons. And you, who dutifully take your dog to agility class on a weekly basis. And you, who never miss your dog's evening stroll after a long day, even though all you want to do is collapse on the settee, and crash. And you, who spend your last pennies on vet fees, which proves right there that you love your dog more than yourself.
Does it ring a bell?
Then you really need to stop being so hard on yourself.
Take it from me: You are awesome! You must look in the mirror and repeat – "Well done me.
I haven't done so bad..."
I truly hope to have a chance to meet you - or to read your story.
When you need reassurance, wherever you are in the world, feel free to give us a buzz.
Remember, we are not here to judge. We are here to help.
Founder of the Dog Fitness & Training Centre
We are always happy to hear from you.