Who Am I?
In August I completed my Masters Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Newcastle University.
What do my Qualifications Mean?
I know (most of) your animals from inside out, both what’s going on in their organs and what makes them tick. I also know their welfare needs based on their species and situation.
I can predict how an animal will react something they need is lacking and give suggestions (which can be as down-to-earth or as wacky as you want) on how to solve any deficits in their welfare to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Can I Understand things From an Owners Point of View?
I am also a pet owner and am not restricted to the conventional species.
My more “conventional” pet is Carl, a guinea pig I adopted after performing a couple of operations on him, most notably removing his right eye due to severe damage and infection which couldn’t be treated any other way.
The pets that tend to pique others interests more are my three lizards. Firstly I own Leo, a geriatric Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularis) I rehomed from my cousin around six years ago.
Second up is Darwin. Darwin is also a Leopard Gecko and is coming up three. She is a lot smaller than Leo, about half the size in fact partly because Leo is huge. She also has completely different markings to him due to her breeding; she is Hypomelanistic which means she has fewer spots than a “wild-type” like Leo.
Last but not least, I own a Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus) called Dallas (AKA Dal) who is around four and is the guy in the banner on this site.
Have I Had any other Pets?
I have owned several rescue dogs and sometimes look after my parent’s Jack Russell Cross, Rocky, who is around twelve. As a teen and throughout most of my twenties I owned a dog called Tess who was my best friend.
When I was younger I also owned hamsters (both Russian Dwarf and Syrian (AKA Golden) and gerbils. Sadly, I haven’t owned any cats though really like their personalities and independent nature. I do have experience with them from the places that I’ve worked and had a farm cat who was obsessed with me.
Finally, though I haven’t owned any, I worked at a riding school throughout my teenage years caring for up to fifteen horses at a time and knowing each one’s quirks as well as learning to ride and teaching others to both ride and care for horses.
What Are My Passions?
I am very passionate about aiding the care and welfare of animals, both from a physical and psychological viewpoint. To improve the standards of animal welfare as much as possible I want to educate others about the welfare needs of a wide-range of species, both domesticated and not.
I am also passionate about reducing the abuse, either intentional or not, caused by humans towards animals. I hope to do this through explaining to people both the positive and negative issues facing animals today and allowing people to explore those further and pass their knowledge on to others.
What is the Purpose of this Blog?
My aim is for the ordinary pet owner to find this blog both educational and entertaining. I will discuss the care of different species, current affairs in the animal world and give light of what I’m doing and some of the adventures I have and the animals I meet along the way. This is here as a resource but also as a conversation starter which will hopefully get you inspired to read on or spread the word.
I hope I’ve introduced this blog well. As I progress over the coming weeks if there are any animal related subjects/ items you want me to explore then feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll look into the topic further.