Becoming ‘The Pet Loss Lady’
Growing up on the outskirts of Glasgow with Labradors, my parents being retired Kennel Club registered breeders, I understand how strong the bond between people and their companion animals can be. I also understand how devastating it is to lose that companion. My love of animals was the biggest factor in becoming a vegetarian at the age of 14.
I run my own successful dog walking business in Glasgow & I initially studied pet bereavement counselling in order to support my dog walking clients when the time comes. When I qualified, so many people said to me that they wished they’d had support available to them when they were grieving the loss of their pets so I decided to open the service up and make it accessible to anyone who needs it.
In addition to pet bereavement counselling, I have taken courses to learn more about a range of topics which I feel are hugely beneficial to mental, emotional and physical health & wellness. It is important to me to continually educate myself on ways to support my clients through such an upsetting experience.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I decided to write & self publish my self-help book ‘How To Recover From Pet Loss – Supporting You On Your Journey To Acceptance’ as a low cost alternative to counselling during this era of financial uncertainty and social restriction. Nobody was more surprised than me when it became a #1 Hot New Release in 8 categories on Amazon. My journey as an author has been an incredible experience and given me a platform from which to really make a difference. I am proud to be an advocate for those suffering the loss of their companions and for all animals, regardless of species.
Having spent time in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA in my youth, I’m honoured to have been invited to speak as a guest on a number of podcasts in America and maintain my international connections. Working online allows me to support the expat community worldwide or people who just like the friendly sound of a Scottish accent.
I studied Pet Bereavement Counselling with The ISCP – The International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour Ltd. which is an official vendor for Pet Professional Guild and is approved as a global college by The Association of INTODogs, the National Register of Dog Trainers & Behaviourists, Modern Dog Group and the Complementary Medical Association. They are also recommended by The Good Vet Guide.
I am a member of The Complementary Medical Association & fully insured with Balens.