• Poppy: Week 16

    I have not written in ages.  The truth is both Poppy and I have had a rough few weeks. Firstly Poppy came into her first season, then she got ill with an awful skin infection and just this last week,...
  • Poppy: Week 15

    I was gang raped. It’s been almost 6 years now and I still refer to that night as my “attack”.  Somehow using the word “raped” is still immensely difficult for me.  I can write it.  But I battle to say is...
  • Poppy: Week 14

    A dog that can help with more than you can pawsibly imagine This weeks blog is by Nivashni Nair - Click the link above to view as PDF.
  • Poppy: Week 13

    I haven't written one of these in awhile. If you have any inclination about what the silly season means for us theatre folk you'd forgive me in a heart beat though. So here, on behalf of Poppy and I, is...
  • Poppy: Week 12

    Poppy has been with me for 3 whole months! I feel like I need to spend some time celebrating her today. Here is what they say about adopted dogs: “… they take 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to know your...
  • My Serum Run….

    It was bitterly cold with vicious winds and temperatures 40 below freezing. If we ran too fast our lungs would burst but if we ran too slow our bodies would freeze… and yet back in Nome the children were dying...
  • Poppy: Week 11

    It's just plain downright crazy to think that my woof has only been in my life for just under 3 months. This afternoon the two of us went on a long walk together in the pouring rain as if it was...
  • Poppy: Week 10

    I won't lie this week has been hard. In a hectic week at work, I've had a long melt down realising that I'm not winning with my anxiety and that I've hurt a lot of people along the way. Hearing it...
  • Poppy: Week 9

    This week has given me time to reflect on the last 2 months with my woof. On Friday morning Poppy and I took Charnell along with us to visit our local coffee shop. I realised on that walk just how...
  • Poppy: Week 8

    My dog loves sticks. It’s her thing.  For Poppy any stick in the garden is fair game and way more fun than balls or expensive Kongs.  Sticks can be chewed, dragged into the house and loved.  I wish you could see...
  • Poppy: Week 7

    Have you ever heard of “The Butterfly Effect”? It has captured my imagination this week. “It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it...
  • Poppy: Week 6

    This week Poppy and I joined Daniel and Charnell, for a long walk on the beach. It was our weekly training session but as it turns out, it was an exercise in love and remembering my heart. I always knew deeply...
  • Poppy: Week 5

    It is official – I am the proud owner of a dog with a 10-minute attention span.  If any of you have a toddler, you will understand! It makes me laugh out loud.  The biggest difference however between Poppy and a...
  • Poppy: Week 4

    I know that I sound like a stuck record but honestly time truly does fly past. A whole month since my life was invaded by an energetic fur ball. In many ways it feels like a lifetime too. Because I really...
  • Poppy: Week 3

    My dog steals socks and poops Rainbows It’s a true story. I hope this makes you laugh as much as my heart laughed! On cue, in the midst of Charnell and I, working through some real rawness and tears this week, Poppy entered...
  • Poppy: Week 2

    It’s strange to sit and reflect now on the last two weeks.  What do you mean that Poppy and I have only had two weeks together?  In so many ways, she has fitted into my life so beautifully that our...
  • My Survival Story

    I’ve written and rewritten this speech so many times I’ve lost count.  There is so much to say but I also know I’m held tonight in a space which honours survivors, so just know that my heart wants to thank...
  • From Poppys Perspective. Week 1

    No Wait… where are you going… Tina… please don’t leave me here… I’m scared and all alone… everything is so new and different! Please take me with you! Please…. Oh… thank goodness you’re back… I was so scared, and I tried to...
  • Poppy: Week 1

    Calm down. That’s what the note says in my bathroom. I wrote it down and I stuck it to my mirror a week ago when I officially adopted Poppy. Sometimes I forget, but it serves to remind me every day that she needs...
  • Poppy the Protege!

    Recently I connected with a beautiful soul looking for something very specific. As perfect as the solution she was seeking for her problem was - it was also unique for our country. 5 years ago Tina experienced and survived one of the...
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