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Good Bye old friend

Unfortunately in March 2017 I had to say good bye to my beautiful Boycie cat and we miss him dearly but from the emaciated knotty boy he was when he arrived with us 9 years ago; he was without a doubt a stunning and happy boy to the end.

Here he is pictured with his big sister - who he followed pretty much wherever he could.

It’s been a busy year; I can’t deny it but what a year!

Behind the scenes I have worked towards a new qualification in sports massage and soft tissue injury for humans, joined the brilliant TimeFlyZ Flyball team as the team massage therapist and gradually built my human and canine massage practices.

Back in January 2016 I decided that I would like to have a full time massage career; treating both dogs and humans. While I had obtained my clinical canine massage qualification I wanted to train to the same standard and increase my human qualification from a level 3 in basic massage to BTEC Level 5 in soft tissue injury and sports massage. I enrolled myself on to a course with the Cambridge School of Sports Massage and gained this qualification in September 2017.

There were certainly times that I questioned my sanity – working up to 80 hours per week in addition to studying was not for the faint hearted but it was worth every moment and I have made some fantastic friends along the way.

In August I decided that I could take the leap and embarked on my full time massage career early in September – no more 80 hour weeks thankfully! Tears were shed when I hung up my rescue cap but after 14 years the time had come to have a change and chase my dreams.

I am now able to offer a wider variety of appointments and have been able to see dogs (and humans) within 1-2 weeks from initial contact which is great.

In addition to my human studies I have attended a number of canine related courses in behaviour and canine conditioning and rehabilitation. I am also enrolled on a canine reflexology course and will be bringing the new skills to my treatments.

TimeFlyZ when you’re having fun and I have certainly fun working with the team; both four legged and human. I couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome and simply love working with the dogs. Earlier this month I was asked to join the team at the BFA champs and enjoyed helping out and warming up the dogs for their races. I look forward to attending more comps and continuing to help keep the canine critters in good muscular health.

I’ve got to say I am really looking forward to see what the rest of 2017 and 2018 has in store.

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Pictured to the right is lovely Marx, back in July 2016 he spent two fantastic days with me on the ventral aspect course CPD. Poor Marx was an ex-racer and we had little information on how he would be in the home, he was also very quiet and laid back in his kennel at the shelter and didn't overly sell himself to the potential new families coming in.

He was adream to have and I was probably more upset than he was when I had to drop him back at the centre but thankfully we were able to add lots of lovely bits to his write up and he went home to a great family two weeks later. 

He will always have a place in my heart, as will all of the foster dogs I had over the years. 

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