‘The dog lady’ reaches out

2016-12-13 10:34
Adrienne Olivier with a foster puppy at her home in Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg.

Adrienne Olivier with a foster puppy at her home in Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg. (Ian Carbutt)

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Funda Nenja’s founder, professional dog trainer Adrienne Olivier, known as “the dog lady” is a well-known and friendly face in Pietermaritzburg.

“I was born in the Eastern Cape, and moved to Pietermaritzburg with my family in 1980. My family were farming in Thornville and I taught at Scottsville Primary School for a number of years but stopped after I had my third child.

“I decided then to make my hobby my job and founded the township dog initiative, Funda Nenja (learn with your dog) in 2009. Funda Nenja’s vision is to create a bond between children and their dogs and make an impact on the children themselves, making them nurturing, responsible young people.

“I love the small city feeling. Unlike bigger cities, there is a sense of community here. You get to know people and businesses and meet a wide variety of people who live in Pietermaritzburg.

“To a large extent, Pietermaritzburg people are unpretentious and down to earth.

“It is a slower way of life here and we have the country right on our doorstep.

“Pietermaritzburg is my home. Being a smaller city makes it easier to make an impact on people’s lives. I am pleased that I am able to do something I am passionate about every day in a place I love.

“My family call me the dog lady but the dogs know me as the liver lady.”

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