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 Interview Corner

May Expat Interview No 1 – Laura Johnson

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If there is one thing we love… it’s dogs! Laura Johnson shares that love, and spends all her spare time working tirelessly to help abandoned dogs find new loving homes. Enjoy the interview!

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I moved to Lanzarote in 1981 when I was 5 years old from Stoke on Trent.

Who came with you?
My Mum, my Dad and my brother.

Where in Spain do you live now?
Lanzarote

Do you work? As what?
Yes I work in property management in a small family run business during the day. In my spare time I volunteer for the Kennel Klub which is an organisation that helps rescue and re-home abandoned dogs in Lanzarote.

How are you with speaking Spanish?
Fluent

If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
I am not sure I can pick just one thing!! The paperwork trail the authorities insist upon I suppose is what annoys me the most!

 

Geoffrey. A recent success story at The Kennel Klub, Geoffrey now has a new forever home

Geoffrey. A recent success story at The Kennel Klub, Geoffrey now has a new forever home

What is the best thing about living in Spain?
Again not sure I can pick just one thing! I feel safe here is what I like the most I think.

What is your favourite Spanish dish?
Not a dish but my all time favourite is Ali Oli, can’t live without it!!! Gambas al ajillo a close second.

What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
British

If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are?
Yes I would just move to a bigger house with lots of land to house lots of animals!

If a movie was made about your life – who would play you?
Don’t get a lot of time to watch movies!

If you had to describe yourself as a sandwich filling… what would you be?
Club Sandwich – little bit of everything that sounds a bit crazy but the end result tastes good ;)

Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course). Go for your life!
As animals are my passion I would prefer to tell you about the work I help with at the Kennel Klub:
Our aim is to rescue dogs that are ill/injured, homeless or about to be killed at the local pounds in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. We will do our best to help any dog in need.
These dogs are rescued and then either fostered, re homed or put in to private kennels.
The money we raise will help towards the cost of the private kennels in El Cable, as well as veterinary bills. All of the dogs that we re-home will be microchipped and spayed/neutered without exception.
If you can help by donating time or funds please contact me.
Likewise if you think you may be able to re home or foster a dog or would like to meet any of them please just ask.
In the future we also hope to help with sterilisation campaigns and education.
www.facebook.com/thekennelklub

Note from Elle: The Kennel Klub is brand new, and has submitted the relevant paperwork to the authorities in Lanzarote to be recognised as a charity. However, as we all know… these things can take some time. As soon as all that goes through, we shall add the registration number to this article.

Update: May 2013. A temporary CIF number has been issued whilst the paperwork trail continues. G76155860

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Next time we welcome Ali Watts to the hotseat – check back on 12th May!

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