My name is Sue Williamson, and I have loved dogs (and many other animals for that matter) as far back as I can remember. One of my first memories is laying under my Grandparents Belfast sink with my Auntie’s German Shepherd – Tara.
When I was a child, a relative gave me a little black poodle, called Tina. Tina was one of the reasons I wanted to work with dogs when I grew up. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way that got pushed to one side and I finished up working in administration. Working up from secretarial positions to administration management, I left employment in January 2016 to follow my childhood dream of working with animals, and in particularly dogs.
After I lost Tina, I had to wait over 20 years to get another dog, although I interacted with dogs on a regular basis. My next dog was Kelly, a black collie cross. She was the most placid and loving dog.
I currently have four dogs, Taz – who was the reason I got a deeper interest in training, a male black show cocker spaniel. Kira, a female black Labrador, Ritzi, a miniature parti Poodle (black and white) and my baby, a brown miniature poodle, Chic (pronounced Sheek). I have done training all my dogs, including basic obedience, gundog training and agility. I have competed at agility with both Taz (grade 5), and Kira (grade 3). I also competed with my Working Cocker Spaniel Raffi (see below) and achieve grade 4. Ritzi and Chic have already started agility training and I hope to start competing with them in 2018.
- Tellington TTouch Practitioner (P1)
- Diploma (Distinction) Advanced Dog Grooming (Leicester Academy of Dog Grooming)
- Certificate in Canine First
- IABTC Puppy Training Classes Certificate
- Undertaking Dog Instructor qualification (IABTC)
In Memory Of Raffi (April 2013 – September 2016)
It is with great sadness that my Working Cocker Spaniel, Raffi, was killed in a road accident in September 2016, at the young age of 3 1/2 years old. He was a fantastic boy, who loved and lived life to the full every day. Raffi helped me through a number of illnesses during his short life, and I will continue my Tellington TTouch Training work with dogs in his memory. We had so many happy times together, especially during Summer 2016, when we spent most weekends away in the caravan competing at Agility shows, both giving our all. Goodbye Sweetheart, you are a dog in a million – Rest In Peace xxxx