This is our team – and we all love animals!
Ever since I can remember I have been interested in and fascinated by animals – cats, dogs, horses, cows, chickens, etc. However, it is only recently that I have worked with dogs in particular when I started my own dog walking business in 2009. Since acquiring the kennels, I found it difficult at first to adapt to the world of kennel dogs and cattery cats but it is also very rewarding and I am very much enjoying being with the animals, even when the weather turns out less friendly. I am passionate about making further improvements to make our animal guests happy and at ease. If I have any spare time, I love socialising with friends and family and enjoy occasionally horse riding.
I grew up in Ireland and our family always had cats and dogs at home. When we had our own children in Hitchin, we enjoyed looking after our own menagerie of animals. I was a school teacher in Hertfordshire schools for many years and I found there are similarities in educating children and caring for animals. Provided they are happy and thriving, their owners/parents will also be happy! That is my satisfaction.
Animal Care Assistant
Studying at Shuttleworth College was a dream come true where I achieved a Level 3 Animal Management Diploma. While at college, I started working at Woodgreen Animal Charity as an Animal Rehomer/Welfare and have continued for the past 5 years.
At Country Boarding, I absolutely love meeting new people and their loved furbabies learning their ways and personalities, making their holiday the best we can is really rewarding! Seeing them run and play with others is a delight knowing their secure and safe in our 15 acre field. Then watching them reunite with their owners is truly warming until we see them next time for their Day Care, Holiday, Groom or sleepover…
I have owned dogs all my life, many different breeds little & large, but my passion is for Rottweilers. I currently own 4 and have had only one litter (from which I kept 2 pups) in the 20 years that I have owned this breed. I actively show my dogs at championship level, gaining a 1st and a 2nd at Crufts.
I previously worked at Country Boarding Kennels as a kennel maid then through natural progression and study, in August 2006, I passed my Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy. I have since worked here on a part-time basis and I also work part-time at the local veterinary surgery in Baldock.
Head Dog Walker
I have a wealth of experience of large, medium and small dogs. I have owned a Weimaraner and currently own a Spinone, both of which have very different temperaments and personalities. I have attended dog training at the Canine Training Academy located in the Roecroft Centre, Stotfold and Dog Basics in Great Offley. I understand the importance of ‘high-value treats’ in training dogs and have experienced this first-hand in training my own dogs. I am very confident around dogs and have been successful in transferring the skills learnt at dog training to all dogs when I am responsible for them. As a dog owner I feel that all dogs should receive regular exercise regardless of weather conditions in order that they maintain a healthy body and mind.
Having gained a degree in Graphic Design and worked in the hustle and bustle of London for 10 years, what better way to spend my time now than to be in the great outdoors
with ‘Man’s Best Friend’….and lots of them! Yes, even the great British weather beats commuting!
I have been with dogs all my life and have taken my own Staffie through the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award Scheme. There is no better way to gain experience than to be hands on, and having worked at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs for just over two years, I have obtained that by the bucket load. The only drawback? Getting too attached to your four legged friends and wanting to take them home with me….I’m not sure my dog would be too impressed if I did, or you for that matter!
I have been a dog owner and lover all my life. I currently own a working Labrador whom I trained from a puppy who is a fantastic boy and a little Jack Russell who loves working too. Before these two dogs I had Alaskan malamutes, who were great companions. I understand the bond between owner and dog. I love having fun with all types of dogs and I get a real sense of achievement when I know dogs have had an exhilarating fun filled walk.
Most of my career spent in London as a graphic designer. Then moved to Kent and worked at Hever Castle as assistant ops manager for 13 years. Now in Hertfordshire to be nearer my granddaughter and currently working as receptionist at Country Boarding. I love the animals and being part of a hard working team who care for all our/your dogs and pussy cats.