Sue Sampson

Name: Sue Sampson

Position: External Relations Manager

Day-to-day activities: Accompanying and representing the Kennel Club whenever it leaves Clarges Street or Aylesbury and managing relationships with external organisations such as veterinary univertisites/BSAVA areas/BVNA organisations and BVA contacts.

Favourite part of the job: It's a day full of fresh air and not 'strapped to a computer!', I absolutely love people and enjoy seeing them entering our stand with a worrying enquiry and leaving with a smile and an answer that resolves. Another part of my job is often greeting families who are looking for a dog/breed to suit their lifestyle and it's very rewarding to look at the various breeds and to advise on the pros and cons of the various breeds. The general public is far more informed than when I started at the Kennel Club.

My personal mission statement is that everyone leaves our stand with the feeling 'those nice helpful people from the Kennel Club'. 

No two days are the same and I enjoy the varied nature of the role from attending the CLA Game Fair in the dog area in the grounds of a stately home to  the Olympia Horse Show in December where we support the Agility Finals to a bustling Championship Show where I enjoy hearing from exhibitors with details of their 'good days and not so good days!!!' I hope that the Kennel Club stand provides a genial stopping point for all exhibitors who not only require information, but also like to keep in touch and let us support them and the relationship endures.  

Least favourite part of the job: The rain and this year temperatures soaring to 33 degrees - somewhere in the middle would be lovely!

My dogs: Up until the end of 2007 I was the proud owner of three dogs - two Clumber spaniels (they say an owner can often look like their breed) and an American Cocker Spaniel. I have lost all three dogs within the past two years but am now the very proud owner of a rescue black Labrador who has given the whole family so much joy as he has progressed from a timid and lonesome individual into a loving devoted companion who gives us so much love, we are humbled.


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