Brain tumour forces dog trainer to sell up shop
The time has come for a well-known dog behavioural therapist "teaching people to speak dog" to pass her business on to someone as passionate as her.
Faith Wild has been a part of the Bark Busters family on the Sunshine Coast for 21 years.
As the longest serving franchisee, Ms Wild has trained more than 2000 dogs and their humans.
But an unexpected health concern has forced her to pass the reigns of the business.
Ms Wild was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumour last month.
"I can't work anymore and it's breaking my heart to part ways with the business and what's been my life for a long time," she said.
"It's my family, and it's who I have been for so long."
Even on the way to the hospital after an MRI found the tumour, the Cooroy resident was calling clients to cancel, reschedule and find replacement trainers.
But she won't sell the business to just anyone.
"You must have a love for dogs first and foremost, have the right attitude and a great respect for people and their situation," Ms Wild said.
"Because you're the go to for people who are at the end of their rope and have tried everything.
"We train without any harsh methods and no bribery.
"We don't use the normal treat training, it's based on how dogs naturally learn."
Ms Wild said the business had a good following, a good reputation and "was such a wonderful job to have".
She said it was business as usual until a new owner of Bark Busters Sunshine Coast was found with the trainer from the Wide Bay franchise offering assistance to their current clients.
For now, Ms Wild is taking every day as it comes and focusing on her health with her dogs Ralphie, Lolly and Moses by her side.
"It's all I can do," she said.
For many years, Ms Wild was dedicated to working with the Friends of the Hound, rescuing and rehabilitating greyhounds.
She was their go to behaviourist for any dogs that had issues.
She has also campaigned against animal cruelty for more than 30 years and is proud to have been the driving force behind banning of the use of pound dogs in vivisection experiments.