Philippa is a founding member of the club, starting in 1994 after having attended obedience classes in the Llanharan social club hall and moving up to the Cynllan Lodge kennels when they were opened.
“I had taken on a Labrador Retriever, Jack, who had no formal training and thought it was ok to drag me everywhere! So I started training him out of necessity and found I enjoyed it and wanted to get better at it. I really enjoyed the training classes and just wanted to continue meeting and training together.”
Philippa’s first dog in 1967, was a Shetland Sheepdog, and she has since shared her life and love with four crossbreeds, a Labrador and then five Working Sheepdogs. She is working and competing with her current three sheepdogs, Lily, Grace and young Freya. She has been a veterinary nurse since 1973 so has developed a great understanding and empathy with animals, especially dogs. She began competing in obedience in 1999 until the agility took over in 2005. Together with other club members, she also put on displays for local events during the summer months.
She has been teaching obedience at the club for several years. Although very skilled and experienced in training dogs, Philippa has taken each of her dogs through the Canine Good Citizenship tests along with other members of the club. Lily, Grace and her youngest dog, Freya, are all Gold Awards doggy citizens. Philippa is one of the agility trainers at Caerphilly and District Agility Club and is also one of the higher grade handlers.