Growing up as an only child in a small town in England, Nicky’s affinity for animals began very early in her life. She rescued and rehabilitated many species, including snakes, rabbits, cats, dogs, and horses, although Nicky’s enthusiasm was not always shared by her parents! Her policy was, and continues to be, that "there is always room for one more." when there is an animal in need.
Accompanied by her husband, two dogs, and a parrot, Nicky moved to Canada in the early '80s. Their family soon expanded to include three children and a variety of pets. Over the years Nicky has housed and rehabilitated both wild animals and unwanted pets, many with severe emotional, behavioral, and health issues.
With a diploma in child psychology, Nicky moved into the field of child welfare. The Barham home has welcomed numerous foster children over the past 20 years. Nicky enjoys the challenge of teaching children of various ages and from very diverse backgrounds how to handle, care for and love the animals in their home. Her skills as a foster parent and trainer combined with her love of children and animals create a tranquil and theraputic setting on her family farm.
Instrumental in bringing a Pony Club to West Carleton, Nicky spent several years in the position of district commissioner, and competed at various horse shows. For the past 12 years, she has owned and managed Haytor Stables where she has boarded horses and facilitated riding lessons.
Her current menagerie includes five dogs, four cats, two pigmy goats, five horses, a rabbit, and several chickens.
Nicky’s passion lies in helping others discover the joy of training their dogs to be true members of their families.