When Vanessa was a kid she would walk with her head down, gazing at the ground to avoid stepping on any ants in her path. This love of all living beings (ok, ok ... maybe not cockroaches and mosquitoes) has stayed with her throughout her life.
While she went on to become a successful journalist and editor, it was never where her true passion lay, and when she was finally old enough to have her own dog as an adult she realised that was where her heart lay. Owning big breed rottweilers meant she soon realised the importance of quality training and she set about learning all she could to achieve the best possible results so her dogs could lead the fullest lives possible. When her first rottweiler became very sick with an autoimmune condition, it took her on to a journey of discovery and she learnt all she could about diet and canine health, eventually becoming a leading Canine Myofunctional Therapist (dog masseur), Small Animal Nutritionist and Small Animal Naturopath (Dip.NatSA). She believes wholeheartedly in providing a raw food diet to dogs and cats.
She is also a Canine Behaviour Practitioner and has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour from the renowned International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour (ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac).
In her spare time she is actively involved in dog sport with her two Belgian Malionis. While she would love to say her interests include sky diving, water skiing and tightrope walking, the truth is her whole world revolves around dogs whether it is training her own or helping others achieve the well-mannered dogs they dream of.
She also dabbles in photography and enjoys taking candid photos of her four-footed clients.
And yes .... she still dodges those ants on the footpath!