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Meet The Team – Savannah

Getting to know Savannah

DSC_4135Hi everyone. Allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I do at Dogtown and how I got here.

My name is Savannah-shae and I’m currently a caregiver here. I’ve been working at Dogtown since September 2016.

Let me tell you, this is one of the most fulfilling jobs that I’ve ever had. Now, I’ve been working since I was 14 so that is saying a lot.

Before coming here, I was working at a wildlife rehabilitation center after moving to South Africa from the UK where I studied Animal Managment in college and at the time, was working in the equine industry at a competition and livery yard called UK Sports Horses.

This job is the only one I’ve got without volunteering first. After I left the wildlife rehab center for reasons out of my control (I won’t bore you with the details) I was sending my CV to various animal related places. Tracy was given my CV by Petite Paws Vet and she gave me a call to come in for an interview. Needless to say things went very well from that point on.

I’ve been wanting to work with animals since I can  remember. My family have owned a house on a small game reserve near the Kruger since I was 8 and my aunt has her own open vehicle safari company so the whole family is very animal orientated. We’ve always had dogs but when I was younger, but working with wildlife had always been the dream.

What I loved about my previous experience when I was working with wildlife was the unpredictability of it all. You never knew what was going to walk through the door next! The variety of animals was also a fantastic aspect for me. I’ve worked with all animals, ranging from jackal to tortoises, from owls to your common pigeon.

What drew me to Dogtown was that I knew it would be a very different experience and a learning curve. I hadn’t really worked with domestic animals before and was excited to give it a go. I knew Dogtown in particular was a good option due to the fact that we are pro-life and will never put a dog down unless its quality of life is poor and the dog is suffering. That to me was a big win.

From my experience here so far, it is very different to what I have done in the past, but I love the fact that as a caregiver, I can build a beautiful relationship and bond with the dogs under my care. There is something special about walking into work and having 20+ dogs go crazy to see you see. It never fails to put a smile on my face. Not matter what mood you arrive in, they always make you happy.

Another aspect that I love about working here is that it is an opportunity to grow and learn.  I think it’s important to learn as much as possible whenever possible. I’ve learnt a great deal about canine training and behaviour, not only from the very practical and hands on aspect of the job, but also from the courses that Dogtown  has very kindly enrolled me in. Learning from the dogs themselves has also been a great pleasure. They have taught me to enjoy the little things in life and to just… take it easy … and of course patience… a lot of patience.

What else can I say… this has been an awesome stage in my working career and hope that it doesn’t end any time soon.

That’s it for now. Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you found this interesting.