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Over the last few months, I have had a dribble of new clients, but January was particularly busy with the addition of regular walkers, Molly (G), Otto and Holly, Rook, Baloo, Norma Jean and Arthur which are certainly making my walks more entertaining.  As well as a few clients who want holiday cover. And with consultations lined up for the coming weeks, my business is starting to really get going now.
(click on the image to see a facebook post of the ENTIRE Gang so far!)
Training Tip of the Month
Now I have so many new clients and I am often taking out up to 6 dogs at a time, it would be really helpful if all the dogs know the basic commands I use. If you click on the image to the left, it will take you to a video, explaining what I mean (slightly embarrassing I'm not one to be in front of the camera!)
When I started this business I subscribed to an American dog walkers news letter, she often has some great advice, having been at it a bit longer than me! I thought I would share with you in my own blog, some of her guide to collars, halti's and leashes and how to stop your dog from pulling, with a little bit more from me. Even Rowan needs a bit of help in this department. She's a gentle walker when we are on our own, but put her in a group (as we often are) and she becomes a pulling machine. And when I have several dogs, I sometimes wonder if it would be better just to attach them to a sledge!  - click here to read it.
I have recently started feeding Rowan Sardines, in her evening meals (I share a third of a tin over 3 nights, storing it in an airtight container in the fridge). It has a number of benefits being rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which are linked to brain health, they are not only good for us but for our dogs and cats, it can help dogs maintain a great coat and skin. Inflammation due to allergies or arthritis can be reduced. I have read a number of forums and none seem to agree on feeding them in oil, water or fresh. I have gone for tinned with sunflower oil and I have noticed a big difference in Rowan's coat and her vitality. I'd highly recommend.
If your looking for a new bed for your dog, I highly recommend Wolfy beds (as recommended by Willow).  I recently treated Rowan to one and she loves it!
The padding in the base is really thick, she loves to stretch right across it, with her head resting on the sides.  Click here to visit their website.
I have been busy having fun making "commercials", see if you can spot your animals!
There's one on dog walking and animal sitting, which you can find here
And one on looking after horses, here.
Sad News
To loose one dog in a year is very sad, but to loose two can be very upsetting (I should know we lost 3 pets within 6 months of each other to old age), we can only console ourselves in knowing they lived a long happy life and their end was swift and now they are keeping each other company amongst the daffodils.
Rest in peace Henry. XX
Thinking Ahead
Dates I will not be available
25th February - 4th March (I will be in France)
29th May (bank holiday)
4th August - 11th August (I will be doing Sidmouth Folk festival with T&M)
(we are thinking of going to France at the end of August, but nothing is booked yet, likely to be sometime between 21st and 31st)
16th December - 23rd December (I will be in Bristol doing T&M stuff)
Please note I do do events with T&M at weekends as of June, so please give us plenty of notice of your holidays and any house sitting you need so I can arrange for Hazel to cover (who finishes college in July), if need be.

On the 26th January Rowan officially 
reached "old age"
Now the ripe old age of eleven
She should be slowing down, but she keeps up with
even the fastest dogs I walk, 
but she is starting to feel it in the evenings.
There's life in her yet, so she can continue enjoying our new lifestyle for a bit longer.

Wish her happy birthday!
Its really great to be interactive!
I post on facebook most days, so I love it when you like and comment on the posts, or you can leave me a feedback rating.
My website has a guestbook page too, so go on make my heart flutter and leave me a comment.
The next Newsletter will be June 2017

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