I think I always loved animals. I remember my grandpa was an animal lover and he is possibly my greatest inspiration. I’d like to dedicate this blog to him...he is no longer with us but I know he is guiding me on this new path and I feel truly blessed to have his support. I hope he would be immensely proud of me.
We always had dogs when I was growing up so it was only natural to get my own dog when I felt settled. Skye was born in October 2003 and she was in my hands at 8 weeks old. It was love at first sight.
My other passion in life is apes and in particular, orang-utans. Perhaps it was watching David Attenborough documentaries as a youngster that made me fall in love with these great apes. I was lucky enough to do an 8 week volunteer programme through Travellers Worldwide where I worked at the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, Malaysia. It felt wonderful to be helping a truly magnificent creature. Their very presence is humbling and my 8 weeks were the most rewarding and emotional of my life. I was incredibly proud of what we achieved at Sepilok but leaving there made me want to do much, much more for our fragile animal world.