James has been a member of the Canine Concern Scotland Trust since its inception in 1988.
He retired from the fire service in 2006 after serving 32 years as a firefighter with Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. He has a great interest in Old English Sheep Dogs and works for their Rescue & Rehoming in Scotland as well promoting the work of CCST.
All of his Old English Sheepdogs dogs have been registered as Therapets, starting with Bramble then Kettles, Echo, Bonnie, Lacy, Willow, Tallie and now Apple. We also have had the lovely Pebbles too. Bonnie, Lacy, Pebbles, Willow and Tallie are all rescued Old English Sheepdogs. Kettles, Echo, Bonnie, Lacy, Willow and Tallie have all been involved in our school visiting scheme in which the dogs and James all thoroughly enjoy. With Willow and Tallie taking part in the “Reading With Dogs” Project. James is also very interested in our dog phobia work with children and children with additional support needs.
Further to this James gives talks and presentations promoting the work the Trust is involved in Scotland, England and Ireland, along with carrying out his various Therapet visiting duties which at present include visiting The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. James' involvement with the Trust extends to holding the position of Trustee. He is one of the Area Representatives for Glasgow & Strathclyde and is currently chair of the Therapet Committee.