Here are my selection of interviews from various sections of the dog world!
Trevor Cooper – Dog Law Specialist
Trevor has been qualified as a Solicitor for 25 years and is widely regarded as the leading solicitor in England and Wales who specialises in the dog law.
Trevor currently splits his time between acting as the Doglaw Specialist for Dogs Trust in London and continuing to represent dog owners in both criminal and civil matters. He maintains his website www.doglaw.co.uk and is regularly in demand for lectures and media interviews such as BBC One News and Radio 5.
Alex Beuselinck – The Urban Dog Walker
Alex Beuselinck has worked in the entertainment industry for the last ten years. Starting off as an actor in Musical Theatre and then progressing as an agent for actors who worked in TV, Film and Theatre. He was prepared to leave that behind follow his passion with dogs and set up The Urban Dog Walker with friend David who initially trained in horticulture.
David Hibbert – Chair of the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund
David Hibbert is the Chairman of the Retired WM (West Midlands) Police Dog Benevolent Fund. It’s a new organisation and its sole aim is to improve the lives of retired Police Dogs. David has been working along with the WMP Breed Scheme for over 8 years.
Helping out at Crufts with the West Midlands Police, I was able to see him performing with his dog Bandit at the main arena, certainly one of my highlights of the show. I briefly mentioned their performance along with a video on my Crufts blog. David has kindly agreed to answer some questions about the work he does with police dogs.
Nicole Rivera – Children’s Author
Nicole Rivera is a children’s author and educator. She has published her own books, 4 of them involving Max, a shelter Pit Bull Terrier she met while volunteering at a animal shelter. Many of you may know, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Pit Bull as it is a banned breed here in the UK while over in the US, it isn’t (except in certain areas) so I briefly discuss these issues.
Nicole is committed to inspire children all about the wonders of animal compassion, while raising awareness about respect and responsible ownership to tomorrows pet owners through the power of reading and learning.
Nick Jones MA, MCFBA – Dog Behaviourist
Nick Jones has been a dog trainer and behaviourist since 1995 and runs Alpha Dog Behaviour. Nick is a Master Dog Trainer from the Guild of Dog Trainers, a full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and is often requested for interviews on dog behaviour and training methods on TV channels such as the BBC, ITV and Sky. Nick is also a columnist on dog behaviour in Dogs Monthly magazine.
Based in Bewdley Worcestershire, he offers a range of services from home dog behaviour consultations to dog expert witness, assessments for legal cases and assessing dogs for fostering organisations.
Duncan Matthews – Secretary of Fireside K9
Duncan Matthews is the Honorary Secretary and Trustee of Fireside K9. A newly formed charity focused on helping retired police dogs in West Yorkshire.
Duncan has been in the West Yorkshire Police for 13 years now and since 2008 has joined the dog section where he is currently working.
There has been much talk about Fireside K9 on social media websites. Recently Kay Burley (Sky News Presenter & Founding Member) has become Patron of this charity which will officially be launched on October the 20th. After briefly speaking to Duncan about it, I wanted to find out more about the charity and the work the police dogs do.