My name is Rhys,
Firstly I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this open letter.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for animals and a natural feeling and understanding towards dogs in particular.
I began my journey to working with animals when I was accepted to do work experience with a local Dog Walking company which enabled me to learn some of the ropes with dog walking with groups.
Group dog walking became a fascinating way to witness a variety of different behaviours dogs exhibit. The way dogs played, running around the forest without a care in the world became very peaceful to me. I loved working outside (not so much in the middle of winter in the pouring rain!!) But it was still worth it for all those sunny days and watching the seasons move into each other. . It was a unique way to work and a way that was right for me.
This led me to make the decision to go and enrole on a course at Plumpton college to study Animal management. The course focused on many different topics including nutrition, behaviour, welfare and biology. I finished the course two years later with a DISTINCTION DISTINCTION*.
After college I stayed with the dog walking company for a year or so. Alongside this I was also volunteering with Raystede Kennels where I would walk some of the dogs as part of their efforts to ensure the dogs in their care had as much human interaction as possible. Raystede does incredible work and it was such an honor to be part of the amazing work they do.