For a fortnight in the autumn of 2012 I volunteered at a wildlife area in the Pyrenees and I was trusted with the amazing responsibility of taking the incredible three-legged Peggy out for daily dog walking treks in the mountains. She has so much character! It is impossible not to fall in love with her immediately. Look at her ears! They are so expressive.
And she is so intelligent. Denise, her owner told me that after her leg was amputated when they had guest over Peggy would look at the guest, then her leg, then the guest and then her owner as if to say, "look what she has done to me!" So cute. Especially because she absolutely adored Denise.
Having three legs did not stop Peggy one iota and she would zim about with her peculiar rhythm. My job on the mountainside was to clear an area so that wild flowers could re-colonize it and turn it into a wildlife meadow. Firstly, I had to pull out all the baby oak trees that had sprouted and then strim the entire area. It must've been the size of a football pitch. Lots of healthy exercise. And Peggy was with me most of the time.
You would think that it would take time for the flowers to come back but within a day we saw their heads coming through and even meadow-loving lizards began to return. Nature is incredible.
But the best thing about my time at Denise's, apart from her wonderful company and dinners, was dog walking with Peggy. She stole my heart.
Spending time with incredible dogs like Peggy has really reinforced my passion of having a doggy day care, pet sitting and dog walking business.
Elizabeth is a dedicated dog walker with over five years experience. With a a first class degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design she is trustworthy, reliable, energetic and loves animals.