Wendy has never lived in a home that did not include a dog as part of the family. Their first dog ‘Bob’ was a super-intelligent and rather rascally Border Collie. When the family emigrated to NZ from the UK back in the early 70s, Bob came with them. Wendy is a firm believer that our pets are our family and we don’t leave them behind.
Wendy had always wanted to do some kind of work with dogs, however, all those years ago there were very few opportunities. When living in Turangi, back in the early 80s, she became a member of the local SPCA and began training to be an SPCA inspector. However, the birth of their first child, and moving back to Taranaki, interrupted that and there was not the opportunity to continue training in New Plymouth. She followed her other love, that of her children, into early childhood education, and had a wonderful 25-year career at New Plymouth’s Montessori School.
Wendy and hubby Stephen have been lucky enough to have several amazing dogs (and cats) as part of their family. They lost their old dog Badger last January at nearly sixteen years of age, but thankfully still had their young Black Labrador Harry, to take the sting out of that.
Now that she is semi-retired, Wendy wants to contribute once again, and has joined the team at We Love Dogs Charitable Trust; initially as a fosterer, and now in a role where she gets to meet new and interesting people, and help them to find their new family members.