Fresh from Fresh Meat, Scooby Lu has just graduated into the Blitz Dames ‘Cadet’ programme. As a Cadet, she is learning how to transfer all those minimum skills into maximum impact on track!
“Life changed for me back in 2014 when I was made redundant from my 9 to 5 job. Using my redundancy package, I packed a bag and headed to South America to volunteer at Cusco Animal Protection Dog Rescue in Peru. I had the most amazing time working with the dogs and locals; it really made me think about what job I wanted to do when I returned home. As I continued to travel, I decided working with animals was where I wanted to end up.
“Back in the UK I got myself a temporary job working for a funeral company which, whilst extremely rewarding, was equally draining emotionally. So, with my heart still set on working with animals, I decided the best way forward was to start my own business. Just over a year ago Adventurous Tails was born. Now I happily spend my days working for myself; walking dogs and looking after animals whilst their owners go away on holiday. It’s certainly not a bad way to earn a living and I love seeing their faces when I show up – they’re never in a bad mood and keep me smiling!
“Happy in my career, I began to look for something else and that’s when I found Roller Derby. It gives me the chance to push aside some of the stresses that come with self employment and I enjoy that it challenges me both physically and emotionally. The league have all been so lovely and supportive of my Derby journey so far. I also enjoy catching up with them when were not wearing helmets too – as you can imagine I don’t get much in the way of conversation from the dogs! My friends and family all love to hear about how it’s going and the progress I am making, although I think my partner may of fallen asleep on some of my tales about training when I get back late from practice. I think turning up to the fresh meat session is among one of the best things I’ve done.”