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Welcome to the TOWNHOUSE hotseat…..Animal champion, horse and dog behaviour guru, wondrous workshop leader, internationally-acclaimed lecturer … the very gorgeous SARAH FISHER!
Where are you at the moment?
At Tilley Farm near Bath.
What are you doing there?
A friend died and left me money which we put towards the purchase of a beautiful property near our home. I also inherited two of her horses so they live here along with our horses, most of which are now retired. We rescued a donkey last year named Dora who gave birth to a beautiful foal not long after her arrival at the farm and I spend most of my spare time here, writing, organizing training clinics for people who want to learn some of the techniques we use to help animals overcome a variety of problems, running a fund raising project that we set up last year and enjoying the company of the animals that share our life. It was important to me that I used the money to benefit other people and animals and we are lucky to have fantastic support for all that we do.
What are you looking forward to in 2015
I am fortunate to have many wonderful experiences every year. I love the variety of the work that I do. My main goal for this year is to complete writing an educational teaching book for donkey owners. Donkeys are so misunderstood and so abused, and I am thoroughly enjoying writing a book that celebrates all the attributes of these glorious, intelligent, friendly, peaceful animals.
Can you explain to us, in a nutshell, the principle behind TTouch, the animal behaviour method you teach?
The Tellington TTouch is a unique and forward thinking approach to handling, training and rehabilitating animals. It recognizes an inextricable link between posture and behaviour. TTouch focuses on improving an animal’s posture through simple body work and ground work exercises that can have a beneficial effect on physical wellbeing and behaviour. The method helps to reduce stress, releases tension, and assists with recovery from injuries. It also helps animals that are aging, and those that have mild or quite complex behavioural concerns. I teach all round the UK and abroad and although I work with a variety of animals including assistance dogs, sniffer dogs, competition horses and so on, the world of rescue is closest to my heart. Every animal can benefit from TTouch and it has saved and enhanced the lives of countless animals around the world. It is a highly rewarding technique that anyone can learn.
What is Cool to be Kind, the organization you’ve set up with your husband, actor Anthony Head?
We support many animal welfare organizations and know how difficult it can be for the smaller charities to raise vital funds and raise awareness of their life saving work. We are also bombarded with images of animal cruelty through our social media pages and wanted to address both of these issues.
We set up Cool to be Kind in January 2014 and sell silicone wristbands that are debossed with the words COOL TO BE KIND and four small animal footprints. Each retail sale generates approximately 10 free wristabands that we donate to animal welfare groups. They sell the donated bands and keep all the money.
Initially we weren’t sure how successful this would be and started with 500 wristbands. We ask our well known friends and colleagues to support our project by taking a photograph of themselves wearing the band. Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the first of our cool, kind friends to promote this concept and we sold the first batch of wristbands within days. A charity in Sri Lanka that had received free wristbands from us also sold out within 24 hours, thanks to Benedict, and the profits funded the neutering of four street dogs a few days later. Since then we have sold/donated close to 25,000 wristbands and have supported over 70 organisations in eighteen different countries.
Any welfare group can use the images of our well known supporters to promote the work that they do and it is a win, win situation for all. Small charities do not have to invest precious funds in their own merchandise and the bands (and tote bags that we have now added to our stocks) carry a simple and positive message.
We also share stories of happy new beginnings and acts of kindness through our social media pages and celebrate and promote all the wonderful work that is carried out every day by people who know it is cool to be kind to animals.
This project continues to grow and we are grateful to everyone who supports us. One wristband sold through our online shop can raise over £20.00 for animals in need so a little act of kindness can go a long, long way.
Where can we find out about the animal behaviour workshops that you run?
Quick Fire Questions
What hairstyle did you have as a teenager?
Best teenage haircut was when I was a hair model for the Vidal Sassoon hair dressing school aged around 18 – my fringe was dyed with animal print spots. Perfection.
Whose celebrity hair do you envy the most?
No one. I love my messy hairstyle just the way it is. Minimal maintenance leaving more time for things I truly care about.
What was your first pet?
Is there one animal in the world that you would love to see in the wild, but haven’t been able to yet?
Having time to observe any animal in its natural habitat is my idea of heaven.
Where was the first holiday that you remember?
Germany with my parents when I was about four years old.
You have an actor husband and two actress daughters. Is there a famous part you’d secretly like to play?
Fortunately I have no desire to act whatsoever. Three actors in the family are enough and as I work with animals there is plenty of comedy and drama in my life.
Searching for Sugar Man.
Hmmmm. Hard to pick just one. I love any well written book that either transports me, or educates me. Ideally a great book will do both. The Kite Runner certainly ticks those boxes for me.
Where knowledge ends, violence begins. Xenephon 400 BC.
Difficult question. Not a huge TV fan, much to the horror of my family. I guess I would have to pick Buffy the Vampire Slayer as it was such a huge and wonderful part of our lives. Happy memories.
Favourite time of day?
Early morning – just before dawn.
Most proud of…
My daughters. They are beautiful girls, inside and out.
Whose brain would you like to pick?
Robin Walker – a wonderful vet behaviourist. Have enjoyed many conversations with him and would love to be able to download his knowledge. Glorious man.
If you could be any person in history who would it be?
If you could invent anything what would it be?
Something that helps dogs that are terrified of loud noises. It would transform the lives of so many animals and those that love and care for them.
Reincarnated as an animal – which one?
Cat. In a nice home. Freedom to do exactly as I please.
If you could have witnessed one event in history?
Creation of Stonehenge.
The five most important things in life?
Love, laughter, integrity, respect, trust.
A glass of champagne in the company of good friends.
Men with beards?
Dislike. When Tony has to grow a beard for a part the one rule is DO NOT COME ANYWHERE NEAR ME. I keep a pair of horse clippers on hand, just in case.
Sherlock or Watson.
Spa day or Duvet Day?
Neither – I prefer to be outside
Lavender or rose?
Black Beauty or 101 Dalmations?
Paul, George, John or Ringo?
Good cop or Bad cop?
Email or text?
Either – anything to avoid actually talking on the phone
Dogwalk through a wood or dogwalk on the beach?