ANIMAL & PET PORTRAIT ARTIST
A UK based artist specialising in wild animal and pet portraits.
Creating that all important gift for you, your family, a friend or loved one, with a special portrait of your furry friend or favourite wild animal.
Work is currently created using graphite pencils, pastels or inks, and sizes range, at present, up to A3. Should there be an animal not yet included in the artwork that you would like to see, please do contact me and I will see what I can create for you!
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue is a charity set up in 2008, run by Chris Clark and her small team of dedicated volunteers. We have 3 kennels and a few experienced, well trusted foster homes and always run at full capacity to take in unwanted staffies, and then work extremely hard to find them loving, new forever homes.
Our rescue mainly take referrals from the council pounds, police and social services rather than directly from the general public. We do however help owners who are dying or fleeing domestic violence where we can. Sadly our services are in huge demand, so much so that we operate a waiting list. However, by keeping our team small we believe our rescue practices remain thorough and successful.
Many of the staffies that come into our care are badly neglected, some have very severe skin issues such as demodex mange that often has been left untreated. It is common that they have a very poor diet and many are under-socialised with other animals and people.
As with other rescues, we rely on public donations to fund our rescue work. In addition to the dogs currently in kennels we also offer full life after care for some of our dogs who have been rehomed if they are needing continuous veterinary treatment. Funds are a constant concern but every penny donated is spent on our staffies.
We have the additional problem that we can only advertise our ‘public’ dogs for rehoming. We also have ‘hidden’ dogs that we are helping that we cannot publicise due to court cases or domestic situations. So at any given time we are actually supporting more dogs than it may appear and cannot use their stories to appeal for funds.
We post regular pupdates on our Facebook page from our boys and girls that we hope you enjoy reading and will bring a smile to your face (and the odd tear). There you can also find our all the ways to support our rescue work in the ‘our story’ section. Just sharing our Facebook posts is a HUGE help – getting our dogs seen on social media is the main way we rehome them. We truly appreciate all the help we receive from our amazing supporters.
Rescue is hard work, often heart-breaking and difficult, but also immensely rewarding. To see our staffies go off to a bright and happy future is all the reward we could ask for.
If you continue to help…we will continue to save x
Scotland’s Largest Regional Park and welcome over 700,000 visitors a year from Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and beyond!
108 square miles of scenic Scottish countryside to enjoy a walk, run, cycle, some accessible outdoor activities on Castle Semple Loch or just relax in the Café.
Westport Beach with Machrihanish Dunes as its backdrop, is a beautiful, long beach popular with surfers, beachcombers and walkers. This walk along the beach from the north end allows you to make your walk as far or as short as you want.
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is tucked out of sight in the valley of the River Almond between Broxburn and East Calder, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!
Prestwick beach is located near Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Ayrshire.
This long sandy beach boasts magnificent views of the Isle of Arran and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the west coast of Scotland.
In addition to having the town of Prestwick’s amenities nearby, you can walk alongside Prestwick Golf Club, birthplace of the Open Championship.
Facilities found at Prestwick beach include picnic areas, shops, and toilets. The town is accessible via the A77 from Glasgow and services from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station.
This beautiful stretch of golden sand is found at the mouth of the River Irvine near Irvine Railway Station and is accessible via the A78.
At the edge of Irvine beach is Irvine Beach Park, set in sand dunes and grass with beautiful views of Arran and Ailsa Craig.
In addition to having the town of Irvine’s amenities close by, Irvine beach boasts facilities including picnic sites, parking and toilets.
Predominantly sand, Ayr Beach is a great location for picnics and sandcastle building, with a good expanse of grass for children to play on. Admire beautiful views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and on a clear day – Pladda.
A great range of fun facilities are located adjacent to Ayr Beach, including a putting green, crazy golf and children’s play area. Also located on the seafront is Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre, where children can enjoy the indoor soft play, mini golf and laser games. There is also a café to relax in, perfect for catching a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.
Saltcoats is a wide, sandy beach with excellent views out over the Firth of Clyde and across to the mountainous Isle of Arran. It sits in a south-west facing bay between the towns of Saltcoats and Ardrossan.
The water stays quite shallow along the bay and there is a small, crossable stream runs down the middle of the beach. Saltcoats beach is backed by a long esplanade and a park area that is a good spot for family picnics. Along the esplanade there are toilet facilities and a children’s play area.
There is a car park along Montgomerie Crescent, with access to the centre of the beach down a short slipway. Further roadside parking is also available.
Ardrossan South Beach Railway Station is just 100 meters from the beach, from which there are direct train services to Glasgow.
Visitors are well-catered for, with two town centres very close to the beach; Saltcoats at the south-eastern end and Ardrossan at the north-western end. Both have plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Nestling in the Hampshire countryside is the small village of Shawford near Winchester.
With the shops on your left, cross the road, and take a leisurely stroll down the banks of the River Itchen towards Twyford and Winchester.
In both summer and winter, this is a beautiful walk with dogs and children. Walk up to the weir, and across the fields, or continue towards Winchester. Envy the stunning big houses on the other side of the river (unless of course yours is bigger!), and be thankful you don’t have to tend the gardens!
When you return towards the car, we would highly recommend The Bridge pub, with outside seating for dogs.
The natural path is very uneven and tree-root ridden, so it may be uncomfortable/difficult for wheelchair access.
No need to spend ages towelling and washing off your four-legged friend after each muddy walk!
The Dog Trouser Company was born out of pure desperation to make walking dogs in the UK an easy and pleasant experience.
With a unique design, The Dog Trousers are comfortable and do not restrict movement, so your dog can run, jump, play and paddle, without the dreaded cold hose at the end of the walk!
Perfect for active dogs and busy dog owners!
We have been working hard to develop our brewery so that it is a great place where you can come and enjoy Fyne Ales a their very best in the stunning surroundings of Glen Fyne.
Come visit and take a tour with one of our expert brewers to see how our beers are made, and sit in the courtyard and enjoy the sun with a pint of your favourite beer and a steak pie made with beef from our own herd of highland cattle.
Not only are dogs welcome, the shop also sells dog beer and biscuits so they can join in the fun!
When we want to take our dog indoors, step through the doors of Inveraray Jail and step back in time to a 19th Century prison.
Experience what life was like for the real men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up here. Explore the atmospheric historic buildings at your leisure and meet the costumed characters who animate the past in this unique living museum.
Completely dog friendly, and open all year round, please see our website for all information.