The Abbey - Home for a Vowed Eremite

Living in The Sanctification of Christ

A Monastic Dies in order to Live, he forgets himself in order to find his Real Self in God, he becomes
ignorant of worldly knowledge in order to attain Real Spiritual Wisdom which is given only to the Humble Ones.

Dr. Kenzo Amariyo PhD. (A.M.) - Befriender of Souls

R.I.P. Gretchen


09/12/2014 – 30/05/2018


My Animal Soul Mate


No more suffering, no more pain,

My personal loss, but Heavens gain.


No more runs, to Thelbridge Cross,

No Urban Mushing, you are such a loss.


But welcomed home, by your friend Dukey-Boy,

Now you are free, again full of joy.


Free of pain, and free of disease,

Free to roam, and free to please.


I know you are happy, on loan from Heaven,

And this was your time, my sweet little Gretchen.


Rottweiler Support

Angels Without Wings

This is my own personal journey into owning, training and living with an Assistance Dog or Service Dog as they are called in the U.S. My Assistance Dog is here as my support, the support she offers through her obedience and willingness to perform tasks is amazing and a blessing. Assistance Dogs are, (as are all dogs) Angels without Wings; they are always there for you, no matter how you feel and they are always ready to offer unconditional love.

Gretchen's Training

Training a Dog is Like Training a Child It Needs Continuity and Perseverance.

None of us do what we are asked all the time and certainly not always when we are asked; Gretchen is a beautiful spirited dog, and like all other dogs and people, she has her own mind and personality, she is not a robot but a warm loving creature who is happy to respond to requests and happy learning new skills on a regular basis; we work towards The Assistance Dog International standards (ADI).

The Gallery

Disability Isn’t About What You Can’t Do

~ It’s About Living Your Life Differently ~

Training Videos

Relaxing – It’s all Part of the Job!

Assistance Dog Videos

Born to Work and Play

Other Videos

Thirsty Work