Stephen Jenkinson has been the Kennel Club’s Access and Countryside advisor for 17 years. Working from his island home in Orkney he travels across the globe helping people to support the benefits of dog walking, while minimising any adverse impacts on livestock, wildlife or other people. He took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his views on the Power of Dogs.
What does the Power of Dogs mean to you?
My life! Dogs run through every aspect of my day, from energising me in a morning, making me feel passionate about my work, and relaxing cuddles in the evening.
Who is/are your current dog/dogs?
Maisie the Cairn Terrier and Ben the Border Collie who both help with the happy sheep grazing on our croft that produce the wool for Orkney Tweed.
Would you share a ‘memorable dog moment’ with us?
When I flew to Dublin with a bag of fresh dog poo in my coat pocket. Such a responsible dog owner I guess, though I’m sure the people sat nearby didn’t think so!
What’s your favourite breed(s) of dog(s) and why?
I’ve always loved Border Collies but my next dog is planned to be a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
What’s your favourite dog walk and why?
A snowy stroll round Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore.
Stephen will be speaking abut his love of dogs at our Power of Dogs event, in Bristol on Thursday 14 November. Find out more and book tickets.