Our Team

This is our team – and we all love animals!

Kennel Dikennel directorrector
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.

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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 Supervisor

I joined the team 2017 and I have forever been involved with animals of all species and sizes owning 2 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, many hamsters, 1 budgie and a lizard called Pedro!

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…

Animal Care Supervisor

I have always had a passion for dogs since I was young, my Grandparents’ border collie being my shadow for 14 years. I wanted to start working with dogs later on in life and decided to volunteer for Blue Cross and later became a full time member of staff there, before joining Country Boarding in early 2017.

The cats and dogs at Country Boarding are always well looked after and are loved very much by all the members of staff, and we treat them like our own pets. I absolutely love my job here and meeting new people and their pets is always a pleasure. If I could pick out a breed I love the most, it would be a border collie for obvious reasons, but a Boxer makes me weak at the knees every time I see one!

Animal Care Assistant

I have worked at Country Boarding since September 2017. I’ve always had a passion for animals, as I grew up with 2 dogs, 3 cats, a hamster, a tortoise and fish. Growing up with all these animals has made me realise just how much I want to help them and be their voice. I am studying online to become a Veterinary Nurse as that is what I hope to be in the future! Country Boarding inspires me every day to do just that, we love your dogs and cats as if they were our own. By providing them with the amount of care and comfort that we do, it helps them to come out of their shells and enjoy their stay, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing that!

 Animal Care Assistant

Animals have been my passion for as long as I can remember; and I have always wanted to work with them, especially cats!

I have been lucky enough to work with rescued big cats at the Cat Survival Trust and volunteered for 10 weeks at Shepreth Wildlife Park. I studied my Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Welfare at Shuttleworth College and then came to Country Boarding to start my career.

My favourite thing about my job is providing our customers pets with love, care and comfort and making their difficult time just that little bit easier.

Animal Care Assistant

I am a kennel assistant at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs where I help to look after your amazing little dogs and cats that come and visit us. I first came to Country Boarding during my final year at Shuttleworth College, when I did 4 weeks’ work experience. I loved getting to know all the cats and dogs that I decided to come back once I had finished college and work full time.

Of course I like all the cuddles but I also love being able to look after all the dogs and cats that stay with us. I love working on their training, if needed, taking them for their walks and of course watching them make friends with all the different dogs we get in. So I hope you will bring your dogs or cats, or come and give us a visit.

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I recently took early retirement after 35 happy years teaching young children. Having always been a great animal lover I really enjoy working at Country Boarding one morning a week. I have been here for 3 years and my primary focus is with the cats.

When time allows I also help out with the dogs and love the opportunity to walk them in the unique dog park. It is lovely to watch them have fun as they play and socialise together. I also volunteer at Wood Green rehoming centre. They say never work with animals and children. I love doing both

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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.

 Dog Trainer

Ellen with her Malamute

Working with and caring for dogs has been the most rewarding and life changing career. I learn a little more about myself and about humankind with every dog I meet! I am overtly passionate about animal welfare and have dedicated four years of my career training and rehabilitating rescue dogs. I am enthusiastic about all breeds – I’m owned by an Alaskan Malamute, and love Bully breeds too. I am keen to spread the positive reinforcement word and try to make a positive impact on every dog I am lucky to work with.

In my spare time you’ll find my hanging out with my dog, watching superhero films and reading comic books.

 

Puppy School Instructor

I started delivering training courses at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs at the start of 2017.  I am hugely impressed by the fantastic facilities CBK provide; classes can be run in or outdoors giving the best possible combination of environments for training.

I have around 30 years of experience in delivering dog training classes and have come across dogs and puppies in a large assortment of sizes, abilities and breeds. I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT 00218) and also hold a post graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University.

I use common sense, reward based training and kind, fair and effective methods.  Explanation of the what, why and how of what is being taught is key.  I can also deliver clicker training when requested. My emphasis is on ensuring that each handler/dog partnership can achieve their objectives by tailoring advice where required. I get a real buzz from seeing the results of the training and the development of the relationship between dog and owner.

 

Dog Walker

GemmaHaving 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!

Dog Walker

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.

 

Receptionist

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 your dogs and pussy cats.