Dogs are such an important part of our lives, so K9 Fitness Ltd was created in October 2015 to make sure that yours can get the levels of exercise, mental stimulation and time to socialise with other dogs that they require, regardless of your lifestyle. K9 Fitness is about giving your dogs the life they need to be happy. Many of our clients become close friends and come to events we hold. We are like a big doggy family! We commit to looking after your dog as if it is our own, along with any specific requirements (exercise, diet, etc.) you prefer.
I adore working with all types of dogs, including my own. I regularly race with dogs too, be it canicross, bikejor, scooter or obstacle course. I started K9 Fitness Ltd to make a difference to the lives of local dogs and to meet lots of lovely doggy people along the way. Some people also believe I have an obsession with purple. You can read my full story below!
I am looking forward to meeting your dog very soon. Please go ahead and phone me to chat about your dog.
I have always had an interest in animals from a very early age, Herbie the Hamster, Geordie the Budgie and a whole range of snakes, fish, tarantulas & all sorts of other creatures. I often wondered why they were all different even though some were the same species? One would bite and another wouldn’t or some seemed happy while others were sad. I decided to look further into the mind of an animal using man’s best friend as the key subject – The Dog. At first it seemed simple but the more you learn the more complicated it gets & the reward is fascinating. Dogs have always been in my family and in my heart; I now can relate and communicate with them in a way I never could before. Things like teaching a dog to stop barking by first teaching them to bark – yep sounds crazy but by doing this you can then teach them to stop. If you shout at a dog while it is barking the dog thinks you are joining in and barks even more. Lessons like this bring us into their lives and needs. We are all moulded into what we become and dogs are the same – the key is to understand and adapt so our furry friends are happier. K9 Fitness gives your dogs the vital energy release they need and deserve. Qualifications: O.A. Dip. (Animal Psychology). Dog Behaviour and Training.
At the beginning of 2012 I couldn’t run. In fact even walking up a hill would have me out of breath reaching for my inhaler! Now I race with dogs. Read on to hear my story.
I have always loved dogs, my first dog was a Black and Tan German Shepherd when I was about nine years old. Years later as I left home my parents had a lovely Cocker Spaniel called Toxie. She was a sweet girl and provided years of pleasure to our family.
As an adult in my late 20s, the urge to have another German Shepherd was too great and I adopted Shannon, a beautiful white long haired German Shepherd as a puppy. Although I would take Shannon out for long walks the only thing running was her. In November 2005, when Shannon was aged just 7½ years, cancer took her away from me and I felt lost inside.
For a couple of years we couldn’t bring ourselves to replace Shannon, she was irreplaceable. We then saw a Border Collie called Pippin that needed rescuing. We brought her home but it soon became apparent that our, then three year old, son was autistic and unable to treat Pippin with the respect she deserved. Pippin went to a lovely lady called Rachel who we are still friends with after all these years. Pippin lived to 13 years old with Rachel and had a wonderful life. They even visited us for lovely walks on the beach.
A year after Pippin was rehomed we started to research what type of dog would be ideal to fit in with our family. We came up with Miniature Schnauzers! We adopted Jessie as a 10 week old puppy. She was perfect, fitted in so well and was so good with Robbie and vice versa. Since then we have Isla and Bella too – there are two years between each of them. Update: Sadly we lost our dear Jessie to cancer earlier this year, she was just 11 years old and is sorely missed by us all – dogs and humans!
AT the end of 2010 a massive shock turned my world upside down; my father was diagnosed with a type of Motor Neurone Disease – ALS. The symptoms started one month after his retirement at 65. Over the years I have watched how this has taken his body away from him. Dad now relies 100% on wonderful carers in his care home plus visits from his family and friends and it is heart breaking to see his deterioration. Dad is an amazing man and will always be my inspiration and my strength.
This shock changed my outlook on life and jump started me into action. After numerous fundraising activities to raise funds for stem cell treatment for my Dad, this went ahead successfully. There seemed to be slight improvement. However, after a while the symptoms of ALS became more obvious and although Dad’s immune system seemed quite strong, it was devastatingly becoming clear that the disease was winning.
Whilst all this was going on I was determined that if anything like that ever happened to me I wanted to be able to fight it from all directions, so in May 2012 I changed my diet to suit my blood type which meant no more animal protein, no gluten, none of the Deadly Nightshade family. I instantly started to feel better (having suffered with Fibromyalgia for a few years) and signed up with a personal trainer, Kali. I told Kali “Don’t ever try to make me run, I can’t, never could and never will!” In September 2012 we were power-walking through the woods when I suddenly had the urge to run, so I did! A few weeks later, I entered my first 5km race, then 2 weeks after that my first 10km and then a week later my first Brutal10 race. I loved it! I did ParkRuns as I was able to run with Jessie, my Mini-Schnauzer and then I started to run with sister’s bigger rescue dogs in various Canicross races. In December 2012 I took my last tablet for my Fibromyalgia and have been symptom free ever since.
The changes continued – in 2014 we moved house to live by the sea where I am at my most content. We set up K9 Fitness Ltd in October 2015 and it has gone from strength to strength. I am absolutely loving the work I do with clients’ dogs and am fully committed to helping dogs who need the extra boost in their lives. When I run, it’s like a part of my Dad is running with me; it makes me feel free and I embrace the different types of dogs that I run with. K9 Fitness is about giving your dogs the life they need to be happy. Many of our clients become close friends and come to events we hold – we are like a big doggy family!
At the same time we were setting up K9 Fitness we also adopted another dog, Keni, who was approximately 2 years old at the time. After doing a DNA test we found out that Keni is half German Shepherd, quarter Samoyed and quarter Black Retriever. This helped us to understand our troubled rescue boy a bit more, you see Keni was showing reactivity after living with us for a few days. This is probably as a result of being abused then thrown out onto the streets and having to fend for himself and protect himself. He had a broken ear and also (after X Rays due to a ruptured Cruciate Ligament) we discovered he had an air rifle pellet in his backside. We engaged the services of Dog Behaviourist Miranda at Sussex County Dog Training and made huge progress with Keni.
This improvement means that we are able to introduce new dogs to Keni in a particular way, he knows what to do and does it happily thus gaining lots of doggy friends. We have increased our services to include Licensed Home Boarding which Keni embraces. We do a meet and greet out on our green or on a walk with him and a potential boarder and, as mentioned before, Keni knows what’s going to happen as soon as we start the process and genuinely seems happy to meet another dog. We still have a few issues when out on walks if he comes face to face with a strange dog but even that is improving as he doesn’t want conflict – he avoids eye contact where possible and walks on.
Keni has raced with me a lot over the years that we’ve had him. We even came 2nd overall in the BSA (British Sleddog Activities) championships in our current season (2018-2019) – this was in the 2 Dog Scoot category along with client doggy Bruno the German Short-haired Pointer. A very proud dog mum right here!