at Little happy hounds I don’t drive a branded van or wear uniform this is because I am sometimes cat feeding when people are on holiday so in that instance its security and discretion wise if I am picking dogs up I dont want everyone knowing I have van full of dogs I mean its not a great time in society lots of dog thefts going on, I think discretion is the key when your a dog walker.
Its been a a difficult few weeks, weather is relentless, just snowy and icy and very cold which is better than the mud but its knackering, I could not get up several clients streets and drives this morning so a lot of on foot collections was exhausting did two one hour walks and puppy visit took me from 9 am to 3 pm !!! Its probably my age but I am a tired boy happy but tired.
So yes a new puppy has arrived at LHH a cavapoo its a unusual situation as I am doing the puppy visit and her owner is in, I am in the garden and in the summer house and the puppies owner is in the house this is so the puppy gets a bit of independence away from her owner and I get to bond with her before she is ready to go on my walks. She is lovely she is not three months old yet, I know the cavapoo mix breed so I am overly excited about her joining us.
new client poppy !
then my other new dog is also a absolute treasure, we are two weeks into new doggy poppy walks. She is a miniature poodle, she just turned a year old, I do love love my smaller breed dogs she is everything feisty, strong willed, very fast when she is playing, cuddly and just a huge personality just a lovely doggy !
So business is doing very well lately in the face of the pandemic, I have said no to some enquiries at the back end of last year and this year, I know this has upset one of those enquiries I said no too. As a small business the way I run LHH is when I get a new dog enquiry I ask some questions, and then I think is this potential clients dog a good match for my other dogs, I dont think oh a new dog more money its not how we do things.
If its not suitable enquiry for myself I recommend someone else, nothing to get upset about all very above board, I have been called picky lately and almost 9 years into running a very successful business just want to say I am very picky, in equal measures I am picky, ethical, caring, reliable and very experienced and I am also the boss. You will also find me very friendly very down to earth, I am Geordie after all living in the Peaks.
As a local business I can only cover the surrounding areas of Chinley, where I am based, so I cover Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley and Whaley Bridge only. I dont cover dove holes I leave that up to the buxton dog walkers and we stopped covering New Mills back in 2018 it was taking to long in the car with travel to cover all the areas, its about scaling back and centralising, less time driving equals longer walks for my happy hounds !
below one of todays walks and the new puppy in my life.