Celebrating International Men’s Day – In the spotlight, Canine Carer Budd Norris
I started working at Dogs Trust Manchester on 15th September 2014, so I have been here for over three years! I come from Australia and previously worked in the mining industry and I am also qualified as a Personal Trainer and Lifeguard.
Back home, my mum runs an animal rescue, so I grew up surrounded by animals. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with Kangaroos, Wombats, Wedge Tailed Eagles, to name just a few! I wanted to work for Dogs Trust as they do a marvellous job of training and rehoming the many dogs in their care.
What I love most about this job is that not every day is the same – each dog teaches you something new. Also, the bond you create with every dog is something to treasure.
My favourite dog that I have worked with throughout my time here would have to be Chance – he is an amazing Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I can still vividly remember the first day that he came in – he will always hold a special place in my heart. I worked with him from his first day until his last day in kennels and everyone could see the bond that we had.
It’s hard to choose my favourite dog currently in kennels as I work with a few, so I would have to pick Skye, Eva, Bullseye and George – they all just make me smile and the happiness I see in their faces when they see me – they all make my day special.
Working with the dogs gives me reason to smile and laugh every day – each dog has a defining feature or behaviour which makes them all special. Also the family feeling throughout the Dogs Trust Team really makes you feel like you belong – in other jobs there has always been a divide between the managers and staff and also head offices and the centres. I have found since being at Dogs Trust the even the C.E.O Adrian Burder and Centre Manager Dawn Bishop, treat you like family. For me it makes it so much easier waking up in the morning knowing that I work with my friends and family (people and dogs!). For this I will always be grateful especially since my family and friends that I grew up with are on the other side of the world.