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.
I grew up in a family that dote on animals of all kinds, from horses to hamsters. Currently at home we have 4 dogs, 1 cat and 4 dumbo rats that taunt the dogs.
I have worked at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs for over 5 years and it is amazing. All the staff work so hard to ensure the well being and happiness of every dog and cat that come through our doors, to make each experience a positive one, and this shows on the regulars that pull their owners in the gate to see us.
I have always loved animals and enjoyed spending time at a friend’s farm walking the dogs and helping to bottle feed lambs as a child. I decided to change careers in my mid-twenties and achieved my degree in Animal Management, since then I have worked with a variety of animals from dogs, cats and horses to exotic mammals, birds and reptiles.
I love nothing more than seeing happy and well looked after animals, playing and enjoying life like they haven’t got a care in the world, whether that’s my own two dogs or the guests at Country Boarding where I joined the team in 2018.
Animal Care Assistant – Kennels
Hi! My name is Kate and I have over 9 years’ experience with all kinds of animals, from household pets to exotics and farm animals. I started off volunteering at the RSPCA, then achieved my Extended Diploma in Animal Management level 3 before going off to study Animal Training and Psychology at university! During lockdown, I completed a handful of online pet courses too.
I absolutely love making lots of furry friends and I’m definitely that crazy dog lady who crosses the road just to say hi to your pooch!
Animal Care Assistant – Kennels
Hi! I’m Jade! From a young age, I have always been in the company of animals whether they were pets or working with them. I’ve also worked caring for the elderly and disabled, which was a very rewarding job. I’ve always known that I would work with animals again and so in 2018 I came to Country Boarding where I have been able to care for many of the cats and dogs that board here.
I have had the opportunity to work in different departments such as Playdays and Walkadog, as well as in the kennels where I mainly work, which has all added to my experience. Every day is a fun day, and we do our best to make your fur-friend have the best holiday too.
Animal Care Assistant – Kennels
My name is Hayley, I have loved dogs my whole life and was lucky enough to start to work with them as soon as I left school. I helped out in dog training and agility which fuelled my love of working with dogs.
I then landed a work experience role within a dog day-care place, where I would spend my day caring and playing with over 20 dogs a day, it was an amazing experience to care for all of them and build a bond with each one! Whilst helping there I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management.
I started in October 2019 here at Country Boarding and I have loved every minute (even working in the great British weather!) It’s never a dull day when you’re working with dogs and I am also very lucky to be working within a great team.
Animal Care Assistant – Kennels
Hi, I’m shayley and have loved dogs and animals for as long as I can remember. As soon as I left school, I started training for my Level 2 and 3 Animal Management qualifications while gathering as much experience in animal care as I could while in college, whether in rescue charities, vets and other settings. I also gained my canine first aid certificate from my previous employment as a pet carer, before settling here at Country Boarding.
I find when you enjoy what you do for work, you will never work a day in your life, and dogs have always given me that.
There is nothing better than getting to meet different beautiful pooches every day!
Animal Care Supervisor – Playdays
Working with dogs has always been a dream of mine, so I love working in the Playdays day-care. Spending time with all the lovely dogs is so enjoyable and rewarding. One of my favourite things is seeing the dogs arrive so excited to come and play with their friends. It’s great to see them having so much fun and to watch them grow and develop.
Having completed my Level 2 in Animal Care at
Country Boarding, I am now working towards a Level 3.
A lot of people say it sounds like the best job in the world, and I agree!
Animal Care Assistant – Playdays
From a young age I have always had a passion for animals. I have a level 3 qualification in Animal Management and I am currently studying a foundation degree in Animal Science.
I started working as an Animal Care Assistant at Country Boarding in the summer of 2018 and haven’t wanted to work anywhere else since. I love getting to know the dogs and cats that come to stay with us and I enjoy sneaking into kennels for a little cuddle whenever we get a few minutes spare.
My name is Tom Day. I am a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist. I have gained experience working in canine physio and hydrotherapy clinics treating a multitude of injuries and diseases. I am also a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and on the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP).
At Country Boarding, I offer physiotherapy which is suitable for dogs requiring rehabilitation from surgery or injury as well as dogs with longer lasting issues. This is complemented with a rehabilitation and hydrotherapy plan implemented by me, while the owner is given an exercise plan to do at home.
I look forward to expanding the already wide range of services available at Country Boarding to improve the well-being of many canine companions and meeting new and existing patients alike.
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.
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!
Dog Walker – Walkadog
I have been involved with dogs and horses all my life and have worked professionally with horses as a livery yard owner. My love of dogs has led me to working with a rehoming charity as a foster mum for dogs/puppies awaiting their new forever home. This causes many tears both of joy and sadness when it comes to handing them over to their new owners but the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for our little four legged friends is immense. This has led me to joining Country Boarding where I hope to continue helping to look after our clients both doggy and human.
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 cats.