Roz (Top Dog)
My name is Roz and I am the owner and managing director of the Mutty Professor. I live in Bristol with my partner, two cats and three dogs.
I grew up in the rural Herefordshire countryside surrounded by animals and dreamed of owning my own animal sanctuary. Growing up I kept a wide variety of pets and earned my pony’s keep by working hard at my Aunt’s livery yard.
After a decade in retail management I became frustrated at being couped up indoors and left to start The Mutty Professor in 2010. Building on my natural ability with animals, walking groups of dogs everyday put me in an ideal position to learn more about them and I enjoyed reading up about training and behaviour extensively.
After receiving positive feedback from my dog owning clients about my approach to behaviour or training I decided to pursue this avenue further. From there I started to attend seminars and work towards gaining various qualifications in dog behaviour courses.
I have a keen interest in helping to rehabilitate rescue dogs with issues. Two of my dogs are rescues from Spain and I have volunteered at their shelter abroad four times to help me understand theirs (and other rescue dogs) background along with helping my friend with the running of the shelter.
Andy worked at Wooferz dog walking for 6 years before spending three years at a Dog Day Care ranch.
He is experienced and capable in caring for a wide variety of dogs.
Andy owns two rescue terriers.
He has completed his canine first aid as well as four weeks training with Roz (as well as top up training). He helps out with the admin, focusing on finance side of the business.
Vicki worked at Hollyhedge Animal Sanctuary for 13 years before leaving to start a family.
After a long break she has returned to working with dogs and helps with group walks and solo walks.
She owns three dogs, a basset, a Rottweiler and a staffie cross. She also helps her dad run Agility4Dogs up in Pensford.
Vicki has completed 4 weeks of training with Roz (along with top up training), has a certificate in canine first aid, NVQ level 2 in animal care, Btec in Dog Training, Btec animal first aid and also agility instructor training.
The proud owner of two dogs, one a staffie and the other a huge Ridgeback X Weimarana. Karla was desperate to work with dogs and after spending a few weeks working for a dog play school she left because she wasn’t overly comfortable with the experience. This attitude towards the well being of dogs along with her enthusiasm impressed Roz and she has since been a reliable and valued team member.
One client has reported a huge improvement in their dog’s behaviour since Karla took over their solo walks- music to my ears!
Karla has completed four weeks shadow work with me (as well as ongoing top-up training). She has completed canine first aid course and is currently doing a diploma in dog behaviour.
She helps run the booking and rota side of admin, helping Roz team up dogs into suitable groups for the next week of walks.
Bristol based for 7 years, Livvy started Dog walking and Sitting after University and enjoyed it immensely.
She fostered a Chihuahua called Jimmy for 2 years while his owner was very sick – and this confirmed to her that she had to finally get her own dog.
She now owns 2 year old Chihuahua/Pug, Louis, who is something of a local celebrity in Windmill Hill and Victoria Park! Sadly, Louis has food intolerances which has given Livvy a passion for understanding canine nutrition and feeding natural high quality food to all pets.
Livvy manages the shop full time, is the business secretary and also helps run puppy classes with Roz. She is fantastically helpful and constantly updating her knowledge by reading lots and attending workshops and seminars when she can.
She is also completing a diploma in Canine Nutrition.
Vanessa has worked for the company for three years, starting off as a group dog walker and now helping out in the shop as well as puppy visits and solo walks.
She has received extensive training from Roz.
Her loyal dog Pip also helps out in the shop, and can be found doing ‘admin’ with her eyes closed in the shop desk chair most days
Denzel (Big, Ginger Biscuit)
Anyone who meets Denzel loves him. He’s quite a character.
Brought over from Spain in October 2010 by the rescue charity SOS Animals, I adopted Denzel (previously called Bubbles!!) in November 2010.
He spent the first three years of his life chained up in the sweltering southern Spain heat and was abused by his owners. He was then rescued and spent a year and a half in the shelter before being sent over to the UK for fostering. I spotted him on a dogs blog and decided he was the dog for me. Four days later I drove up to Birmingham and came back with him.
Considering his past he is an asset to the team. He’s very laid back and his calm demeanor has a great influence on all the dogs. He does join in with some play but more often takes a back seat or acts as a referree, intervening with dogs that are being rude or getting over the top without having to be too forceful.
Denzel semi-retired during the summer of 2013 after battling cancer. After lots of alternative and complementary therapies he is getting back on track. He rarely joins in on social walks now, but will sometimes do the occassional social session.
Letov (The Dogarus)
Letov is my second rescue. Brought over from the same rescue shelter in Spain as Denzel, Leto is very loyal and never strays too far. He’s quite aloof and not very dog-interactive on walks and as such is an excellent dog to have when it comes to teaching youngsters manners and that not all dogs are play objects. He has the most fantastic way of communicating with other dogs and is incredibly tuned into his natural dog language (calming signals).
Rescued as a puppy amongst a litter of five, he was overlooked for four years long after all his siblings were adopted. Despite having a (non contagious) incurable disease (it’s a bit like malaria), Letov is healthy, full of beans and loves life. He is a great advert for how all rescue dogs that have health issues are capable of being the dog of your dreams.
Leto helps me with teaching aggressive dogs how to communicate better through calm and relaxed parallel walking sessions and social walks. He has helped many dogs overcome their fears and learn to communicate and behave appropriately.
Kanita (Feral Cole)
Once known simply as K14, Kanita is by far my most extreme rescue case.
Once a feral/stray village dog in Thailand, Kanita was stolen and became one of a thousand dogs seized by the Thai police when they were intercepted en route to Vietnam- to be turned into meat. The meat trade is illegal in Thailand and so the black market smuggles them over to Vietnam where eating dog meat is still legal. This massive group of dogs were held temporarily in a cattle holding area while volunteers got to work feeding them, giving them codes for identification and taking photos for all the waiting rescue charities. A charity called K9 Angels selected ten dogs, K14 being the first. Once selected they started to prepare them to be fostered in Bangkok and during this time Kanita tested positive for the deadly distemper disease. Fortunately as the week passed she showed no symptoms, and two weeks later she was recovering from ordeal in her foster home where she eventually completed her quarantine.
She arrived in the UK on September the 13th 2012 and we collected her from London and brought her home. She recovered from her journey quickly, settled into group walks and is now my main teacher for learning about canine body language. As an ex feral street dog some of her signals are very different to any other dog I’ve known, and I find it a joy to watch her.
Kanita also helps out on the last stages of social walks for reactive dogs and puppies.