From the moment I arrived, I knew I wanted to do this job – as soon as a full-time vacancy came up, I seized the opportunity with both hands. I grew up on a farm near Gleneagles – surrounded by dogs, cats, goats, chickens and horses – so I’ve always loved animals and knew as a child that I wanted to work with them in some capacity. I love the positive energy dogs emit and I feel so lucky to have that energy around me while I’m working. I’m also an outdoor person and I would hate to be stuck inside, so this job keeps me fit and happy.
My day starts at 8.00am, when I head to the kennels to see our 14 gundogs. The first thing I do is let them out for a run in the paddock – but not before I’ve given each of them a good morning cuddle! We then clean out the kennels and get ready for a busy day ahead. Location-wise, it’s a dog’s heaven here, with long grass and high heather for them to run around in. The wildlife is incredible; when you’re out with the dogs you’ll often see herds of deer and birds of prey – an environment in which our gundogs are totally at home.
I’m also a falconry instructor, so I get to work with very different, but equally inspiring, animals every day.