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Annabel Burn

Student of animal behaviour, lover of food, books, music and riding horses

Best friend to 2 dogs and a horse.

Writing Poetry for Addiction Recovery - A Case Study

Poetry has been in the news due to its usefulness in therapy, helping the traumatised, the bereaved, and those who just have difficulty expressing themselves through normal conversation. Perhaps less well known is the use of poetry in helping people recovering from addiction. Emotional pain is part of the wreckage of addiction and using poetry to unlock shame, anger, anxiety and low self-esteem can produce remarkable results.
19/05/2016 12:26 BST

Why Bowie Dying Feels So Personal

I've got my Bowie Tshirt on, and listening to Shaun Keaveny on BBC radio 6 dealing with this thunderbolt this morning, so beautifully, has, I'm not ashamed to admit, made me cry. Because like so many of us, I've lost someone I grew up with.
11/01/2016 16:44 GMT

Being a London Dog Walker Is No Walk in the Park!

Every summer these stories come out about dog walkers making vast amounts of money while enjoying the sunshine with the dogs, but they don't see the reality, the expenses, the days when we are blue with cold from being out all day, or clearing up vomit and diahorrea, or hoovering up the endless dog hair and spraying for yet more fleas.
28/05/2015 12:38 BST

The Joy of Chicken Keeping

Our five chickens arrived a couple of months ago, and what a joy they have been. They are such curious little things. They love following the dogs around, and investigating visitors, mirrors, or anything new in their environment.
13/05/2014 17:54 BST

That Danish Giraffe and the Questions It Raises

I'm all for being a veggie, and am almost there myself, apart from the odd bit of wild pheasant or something. Something that has a happy life and a quick end. But I would kill a suffering animal in a heartbeat, and in fact have had old or physically suffering dogs put down , and have even killed a half alive squirrel recently.
11/02/2014 11:25 GMT

Yes My Dog Has a Facebook Page and I Love It

I shut down my Facebook account a couple of years ago, and I have instead, a doggy Facebook page. My Vizsla is the author, and most of her friends are dogs that we have met through our doggy circles. In fact there are very few humans, or "hoomins" as we call them, among our friends, as many of my acquaintances would rather not be "friends" with a dog. Fine by me!
09/09/2013 11:53 BST

Losing My Hair, As a Girl, Made Me Stronger

I was 9 years old an standing in assembly. The teacher, sudddenly blurted through the silence "Annabel! You have headlice!". To ensure that this humiliation never happened again, I began to look for nit eggs myself. It soon became easier, rather than combing out the eggs, to simply rip the offending hair out.
07/06/2013 11:42 BST

The Rise of the Hungarian Vizsla

The Vizsla is show stopping beautiful and owners will tell you how regular an event it is to be stopped when out and about, and asked about their beautiful dogs.
10/03/2013 22:06 GMT

Stay Natural Cheryl! The Dangers of Botox and Dermal Fillers

Where make-up used to do the trick, nowadays, every woman is looking for immediate enduring perfection, whatever the cost, and there are plenty of unregulated companies willing to gamble with our looks for cash. Are these companies, unchecked, preying on the insecure?
02/01/2013 17:49 GMT

The Joy Recipe

I'm the sort of person who has always done even moderation in extremes. Last month, on a trip to a&e (sprain) I was asked if I was an athlete. Apparently my resting pulse rate is 47. Im a bit wary of sounding like Samantha brick here, but being a long established dog walker means I am super busy, very fit and always running and walking.
10/04/2012 21:39 BST

Do Pets Make us Happier?

Research shows that while we think of receiving support as making us happier, it is actually providing it that has more of a positive impact on our well-being.
14/09/2011 00:01 BST