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I have always been lucky in that I have lived a very privileged life.
Not in the financial sense, although we always had enough, but rather in the way that I have always been surrounded by animals.
At age four, my family moved to the small holding in Blue Hills Midrand, where we still reside today.
As a child I would run through the veld picking wild flowers, chasing butterflies and feeding anything from ants to birds. We often visited neighbouring dairy, chicken or pig farms where we would learn how farm animals were dipped; eggs sorted and watched many babies grow into strong adults.
My mother is my mentor and she is the person who has taught me most of what I know today. Mum instilled in me, a respect for all living creatures.
She started off breeding and showing German Shepherds and Norwegian Elkhounds, so some weekends were spent at various dog shows. Although the beauty side of showing was fascinating I developed more of an interest in the obedience side, eventually training my dogs to C test level obedience and then doing tracker dog and attack work training. Mum ran a pack of 11 dogs, 3 cats, 2 cows and 4 sheep. We were very involved in the raising of the puppies, feeding them and cleaning up after them.
Mum then started a boarding kennel and cattery. It was not unusual for me to be mixing food or scrubbing down kennels when we were short staffed or milking the cow and cleaning her stall. I am thankful for this as I started at grass roots level.
At the same time my passion for ballet dancing was gaining pace. I joined the Ballet de Jeunesse ballet company as one of their principle ballerinas. Many hours were spent practicing to try and reach the all illusive perfection. I matriculated at The National School of the Arts with a university entrance specializing in ballet, Spanish and classical Greek dancing. I then taught in my own studio for twelve years.
Throughout my teaching and ballet days I always continued to help in the kennels and eventually gave up ballet and came to work with mum full time in the boarding kennels and cattery.
I then wanted to improve my relationship with the animals and came across Ttouch. From word go I knew this was what I wanted to do. It was a way I could give back something to the animals who had given so much to me over the years. I qualified in September 2006 with Linda Tellington Jones and went on to do my diploma in Animal Healing with Elizabeth Whyter and my certificate for Natural Food and Animal Remedies. I am a member of The International Healing Animals Organization. I have attended many courses on animal communication hosted by Amelia Kinkaid and Wynter Worsthorne. Something I am passionate about. I have completed Dianna Cooper`s online Animal Healing course and at the moment I am doing The Animal Healing and Communication Practitioner Diploma Course.
I now have a pack of 8 dogs,( 3 rescues, 4 German Shepherds and a Wolf hybrid) and 6 cats all of whom were rescues.
Healing animals is what I am most interested in and have had so many wonderful successes.
Being a ballerina and working with animals may seem like such a contrast but they actually worked well together. Ballet taught me extreme discipline and perseverance to try other ways to make something work and working with the animals kept my feet firmly planted on the ground.