Phil Owens started his working life with a variety of jobs, working on the fairground, tyre fitting, through to TV aerial rigging. He then started as a Saturday kitchen porter in a chain of pizza restaurants, leaving 4 years later as the head chef. After a brief period of working as a manager, he left the catering trade to start a new career in a burgeoning IT industry. He is now employed as a Service Delivery Manager at the Ipswich NHS Hospital Trust in Suffolk, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IT infrastructure.
Working in IT has given Phil some valuable skills, ones that he brought to use in writing his first book. He says, "two of the main skills that I feel are transferable are, logical thinking, and attention to detail. Saying that, when writing my book, both of these went out of the window for quite a while." Nevertheless, the finished article is one that Phil should be proud of.
His love of animals has led him to be responsible for many dogs throughout his life. These have in the main, been rescue dogs, and have come with all sorts of behavioural problems. Despite having several dogs that have had destructive tendencies, Kopek has been their biggest challenge to date. The continuous tales of woe from both Phil and Ronnie, caused their friends to urge him to write them down. Phil says, "I never dreamed that I could fill a whole book with these tales. but it just goes to show, how much Kopek has managed to do with his short life so far."
In 2010 Phil and Ronnie set up a new website (http://www.DogFriendlySuffolk.com) featuring in-depth reviews of off-the-lead walks with dog friendly pubs close by. This has been a great success and Phil now has a regular slot on Radio Suffolk giving updates on the latest reviews. He says “DFS had brought together both mine and Ronnie’s love of writing, our two beautiful dogs, and not forgetting great opportunities to sample Guinness across the Suffolk County.”
Phil loves to hear from his readers, he says "Hearing from someone who's read my book gives me a real buzz. It has also resulted in some great friendships over the years." Contacting Phil couldn't be easier, there are forms on both his websites, and he also has a Facebook page, or you can simply email him at firstname.lastname@example.org