Me & My Pets - Tess: Part dog, part squirrel

PUBLISHED: 13:13 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:13 15 August 2016




Janice Walker from Colchester is a staunch supporter of providing rescue dogs with a forever home and talks about Tess, the latest addition to the Walker family


About Tess:

Breed: German Shepherd/squirrel

Age: Two


About Janice:

Janice Walker is the agency manager at The Write Impression, a PR and copywriting company based in Brantham.

What is special about your pet?


Tess is a two-year-old German Shepherd who suffers from anxiety and has the attention span of a gnat with amnesia. Although she is very clever and keen to learn, her anxiety means she zones out and ignores her training completely if she is unsure of anything. Unfortunately, this means she still throws herself at cars, bikes and other dogs when on the lead. She is incredibly loving though and never leaves my side when I am home.

What do you enjoying doing with Tess?

We love going out for early morning long walks and can often be found striding around the countryside at 6am. We enjoy learning new tricks but were expelled from our training classes for being too disruptive! In Tess’ defence she just couldn’t cope with the intense energy a group of excited dogs creates. I don’t have an excuse, I’m just disruptive.

How did Tess join your family?

We tragically lost our previous rescue dog, Skye, from cancer, just over a year ago. Our house felt horribly empty without her so we scoured the rescue sites for another dog. We travelled to Southampton to meet Tess and adopted her through the UK-German Shepherd Rescue. She’d been in three homes, albeit in the same family, by the age of nine months, so we knew we’d be taking on some issues. I won’t lie, she has been hard work and I don’t think we’ll ever get to grips with everything, but we’ve come a long way in a year and I really understand her now.

Are there any special memories you have with Tess?

Although Tess has only been with us for a year, we already have many great memories of walks through bluebell woods, along the Essex coastline and exploring unknown pathways. When I work from home Tess’ head can often be found on my laptop, which makes for some interesting typing, and when I go into the office she frequently joins me.

Do you have any funny stories you can share involving Tess?

Tess genuinely believes she is a giant squirrel and becomes very frustrated when her efforts to climb trees after her ‘kinsman’ are unsuccessful. Whenever I take her into work with me I have to run around the office putting everybody’s rubbish bins on their desks, as Tess will be rooting through them looking for food within minutes of arriving. Watching TV with Tess is always amusing, as she gets very indignant that dogs on the screen have come into her home uninvited and she has been known to try to get inside the TV to investigate further. With a wall-mounted TV, that sight never fails to raise a smile.


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