Hi, I'm Ellen, an animal lover and Lewisham resident. I have been working and volunteering with dogs and other animals for over 10 years.
I have a diploma in animal management that covered behaviour, welfare and health, and a diploma in canine behavioural training, awarded by the Canine Instructor Academy. Alongside this, I have several years extensive experience handling a variety of different animals. I have worked as a supervisor of a boarding kennels and cattery and I have volunteered for dog rescues, confidently handling different breeds, sizes, temperaments and behaviours. I have had my current dog, a rescued Staffie called Ralph, for 7 years and I have fostered a range of breeds from German Shepherds to XL Bullies and Mastiffs. After working with dogs for so many years, my goal is for Peggy's Mission to raise awareness and support dog owners across the community and the UK, and I offer free advice and support via telephone or email.
In 2011 I adopted a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who had been abandoned.
Peggy introduced me to the world of rescues and through her I developed my love of bull breeds. Despite her kind, loving and gentle nature with people, she had developed fear-based aggression towards other dogs and a fear of loud noises, such as fireworks. Peggy taught me a lot in a short amount of time, and I am still learning from my experiences as her owner. When she passed away in 2018, I was determined to build something positive in her memory.