About Your Red Shepherdess
I’m a 24-year-old (ex) city dweller that swapped the chaos of the city life, for the peace and quiet of the rural countryside. After graduating with a BSc in Animal Behaviour at 20, I took a life changing decision to head from Wirral, upto Cumbria to pursue my dreams to have a career working with animals.
Full of passion, enthusiasm and commitment I threw myself into any challenge whilst learning as much as possible. I carved myself a place in a male dominated industry that I had no heritage in, which wasn’t an easy task being a fresh scouse girl with dyed red hair (it took some persuading). However, I’ve always been lucky to have been brought up in a family that really valued the countryside and all within it from its natural beauty to the abundance of native wildlife. We were always outside as a family, from camping trips to tourists’ farm, or even as simple as the local park. My parents quickly recognised my connection between animals and wildlife and since then have constantly encouraged me to pursue my dreams and grab them with both hands.
I am now a first generation farmer and a self-employed contract shepherdess working with my two border collies throughout Cumbria, along side running my families recently acquired 26-acre smallholding in the beautiful Eden Valley running 85 commercial ewes, two Highland cattle, 1 Tamworth sow and two pygmy goats.
Three years down the line and I couldn’t wish to have anymore in my life. I’m truly living the dream that I always wanted and worked so hard to get. It hasn’t come easy and it’s been challenging and demanding along the way but that makes it even more satisfying and rewarding now so see how far I’ve come. This self named ‘Dr Dolittle’ from the age of 4 years old told everyone she would ‘work with animals forever’, and that's exactly what she’s doing.
I document my journey and life through photography, so hopefully this blog will give you an insight into the world I love and feel so humbled to be a part of. I work within one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am grateful every morning I step outside into fresh air no matter what the weather is throwing at me. My mind is blown daily by the beauty of the landscape I work in, the strong community I have been accepted into and of course the animals and characters I am continually working with.
Red Shepherdess x
One Girl & Her Dogs