If you’d told me a year ago that today I'd start my working day with lots of kisses from a cocker spaniel and finish it by chilling with a chinchilla, I would never have believed that I could run a successful business doing what I love – but the truth is, after a lot of hard work and support from the wonderful people of Malmesbury, that's exactly what I'm doing.
My day starts at 9am with admin tasks like invoicing, replying to enquiries and updating my website and social media. I've really enjoyed running my own marketing and getting creative, I've ended up learning new skills like blogging which always brings more people to my website – of course local magazine 'Connections' have helped with my advert and now I know that when the magazine drops through doors, I’ll have a flurry of calls and emails.
On to my first job of the day and it's a visit to Sweep the Spaniel for a half hour walk through the park. I've made lots of new friends and contacts through walking around the town and I often see my clients and their pets on my walks. My furry clients get to play together too which is great for their socialisation.
Next it's Honey and Bruno the Tibetan Terriers. They were my first ever clients and I must admit to having a soft spot for them. It helps that they are very loving and look like little teddybears! My work is not always easy though, you need to be really observant and very responsible, Honey and Bruno are frightened of other dogs as they were rescue dogs so I have to ensure they are kept safe and away from others.
Lunchtime is my busiest part of the day as that's when most people want their dogs walked, so it's off to walk Currant and Roxy the Labradors, then Marley the mix breed and back for a pop in visit with Alfie the cat who loves his massage, playing catch the mouse on my iPad and snuggling while listening to his ‘relaxation for cats’ playlist!
Finally back home for a quick, late lunch then Sweep’s second walk of the day followed by a pop in visit to Fudge, Ginger and Cookie the guinea pigs to put them to bed for the evening. Now just an initial consultation with a new client to go and it's home to feed my own cat Daisy – phew!
Starting my own business and watching it grow has been really motivating and I feel that (along with the other excellent pet carers in the town), I am contributing a valuable service to my local community. We hosted a first birthday party in September to say thank you to my clients, contacts and friends – a vintage tea party where tea and cakes were everywhere, needless to say my furry clients were not in attendance on this occasion so the cakes were safe!