Category Archives: dog nature walks

July at LHH 2020

Its been a weird last few months, works been steady at times works been dead at times, with corona virus it means a lot of clients are down to reduced walks, so a dog I would see three or four times a week is now once a week, plus we lost a lot of cat sitting bookings, but its not all bad and there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

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We where fortunate enough to take on a new client a few weeks back very sweet little dog Zelda she is a mix breed, a basset hound crossed with a toy poodle, she is very sweet cute but so well behaved !! A pleasure to walk I’m very lucky indeed. We are now seeing new dog cockapoo Wilf once a week regularly he joined us just before the world went mad in March with corona virus. We have new cat sittings book new client for August and regular clients Ole and Tin tin for October,

 

In this post are some of my favourite photos from last week and we have gotten two new recommendations on our Facebook page ! We are definitely able and very keen to take on new dog walking clients in our local area, once a week, twice a week, three times a week, we cover Whaley Bridge, Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, High Peak Derbyshire , As a dog walker at Little Happy Hounds our emphasis on dog nature walks around the our beautiful local area of the Peak District, walking in small well organised groups. Fully insured pet care serves. 

we also now can start taking new cat sitting bookings I know when I am around and available for the rest of 2020. find us on Facebook or on our main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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Good bye good March 2020.

So a lot has happened for Little Happy Hounds since my last post and indeed  the world. Last week I ceased working following Government advice and went into lockdown to stay safe and stop the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic. 

Annoyingly and perhaps ironically,  business was booming, even in the face of all the new dog walkers in their bright shinny branded vans, everywhere I turn there is a dog walker these days, we even have dog walkers from miles away in different counties bringing their dog clients into Derbyshire to gain from the high peak councils non restrictive rules about how many dogs you can take out at anyone time,  these businesses are separate from mine as they about financial gain and maximising profits, I am about looking after dogs going on long walks, I never ever make a decision with money in mind !! I feel like my clients are peoples children and not a commodity item.

I was doing really well through word of mouth clients where recommending me to friends but also another dog walker also got me a new regular dog walking client, greatly appreciated, we had a new puppy, new dog walking clients several new cat sitting clients and then just like that I was stopped in my tracks by lock down. 

So most the dog walkers I know and follow have ceased operation, locally but also up and down the UK, with just a few still going, it was predictable to see who would still keep going. I have a key worker on my books, however most my clients where working from home, so following on what the government said I closed down, two Mondays ago. Beyond that I was just not comfortable, going from peoples homes, taking the dogs out and running into people getting to close. The other issue is I have lost a lot of quiet dogs walking spots, for various reasons, I keep seeing  dog walkers on social media still walking round parts of the Goyt Valley which are now strictly no dogs off leads till 31st of July for ground nesting birds,  these dog walkers with their huge groups of dogs all off leads !!! I personally don’t think the birds need 100s 100s 100s of acres of land, eccles pike the entire Goyt Valley,  not to mention Castle Naze which is also permanently has a no dog rule, but rules are rules at the end of the day, so for me to be following this rule struggling with my dogs with where to go and then the newbies coming along and just ignoring the rules, discounting it, its not fair but much  worse than that its just so soul destroying, ours is a trade that needs much more stricter rules.  In this scenario I always have to follow my own advice if I don’t rate the dog walker I stay off their social media, its so much easier that way,  I personally rate and am friends with lots of local dog walkers, which is great, however you cant rate and like everyone !! 

I do understand why some people have kept going, with the Government not helping self employed people until June !  I totally get why some people have had to keep going, for me I am married, we own our house outright my partner has a good job, I have savings for a few months at least ,so for me to carry on walking would of been unethical and a bit greedy, beyond all of that I needed a break ! 

So the uncertainty is an issue, even if Little Happy Hounds comes back after all of this I predict a quiet spell, I know some of my clients have been given their redundancy notice so I am uncertain of firstly when we will be coming back, secondly if I am coming back and  thirdly if I do comeback how the economy might be and how many clients I may loose. The enormity of the situation will have ramifications for all of us for many months too come. So we have no idea how long we will all be in lockdown for I think the news said their are signs the virus spreading is slowing down in the UK, this is week two of lockdown, I know Wuhan China were all this began, had a much more stricter lockdown but the entire place was closed for six weeks !! 

My holiday plans this year have all gone up in smoke of course, I was suppose to be going to Whitby next week we booked a beautiful cottage and we where going away to celebrate my fortieth birthday’ which was last week’ so we have now   rescheduled the cottage for September. I wanted to see that East Yorkshire coast line I have  never been, to Whitby and Robinhoods Bay, spend a week walking near the coast total bliss my dog will love it.  I now plan to cancel my other weeks off in July and August  and just take the week of in September! 

So yes what a year 2020 has been,  as a dog walker in the almost eight years of existence this is by far the worse thing to ever of happened. My heart goes out to the families of the 1000s of people this virus has taken, hope we will beat this and have a vaccine before to long ! So I will leave this here, stay safe everyone, I will be updating my facebook pages and Instagram ! Be sure to find our little happy hounds page ! 

Little Happy Hounds, based in Chinley Derbyshire the Peak District, our pet care services include cat sitting, puppy visits, dog walking, fully insured years and years of hands on experience, very reliable, caring DBS checked, trusted key holder, we began life back in New Mills in August 2012 my emphasis as a pet care business is to take the dogs on proper long one hour walks, and to provide a very personalised and caring cat feeding service.

. We cover High Peak, Chinley,  Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Furness Vale and Chapel-en-le-Frith

last few days new month of May 19

Crazy busy last few days at Little Happy Hounds, lots of great dog walks, pictures below are all from this week its been a great week, as a dog walker I walk in small groups, off the beaten track in the Peak District countryside, I have clients in Whaley Bridge, Chinley , Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, which are very much areas we cover for dog walking, cat sitting, and puppy care. 

 

All the pictures in this post on this blog are from some of the walks we have been on in the last few days, as you can see we are blessed with lots of very sweet dogs, you can follow our adventures on our facebook pages little happy hounds and little happy cats. We a small local pet care business fully insured, years of experience, reliable and caring. 

  • from 2019 we no longer cover New Mills,

Jurassic Holiday

So this last year we did Christmas 2018 a bit differently, we are usually at home and we usually go away for New Year. However this year we went down south, to spend Christmas with some of my immediate family in Portsmouth. So this post in  my blog is about traveling and holidays in England. 

This included my mother, step father, sister, two brothers,  their partners, their partners, my mums very old dog Barney and my brothers doggy Ralph. Anyway it was great Christmas catching up even though we all came down with the dreaded stomach bug doing the rounds. 

West Dorset and New Year. 

After Christmas, we went off to West Dorset to see in the New Year at the Jurassic coast., hired a lovely, rather over priced dog friendly cottage, in the village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the nearest towns were Bridport and Lyme Regis. What a beautiful area we were staying in, we only had four days so didn’t do half as much as we could of, everything I usually want to do was their, walking, inland hilly walks, beach cliff walks, shopping, countryside, beautiful towns. The highlights being seeing the amazing cliff faces at West Bay, and a walk we did from Burton Bradstock to West Bay, visiting Lyme Regis on New Years Day, found several antique/ junk shops purchased a few trinkets for home, and doing an amazing walk on the Cobb as the sun was setting, I have to say even though we visited when it was rammed with people, Lyme Regis is a really beautiful town.

Another walk we did was to incorporate two hills on one walk, we actually did three hills in total that day as we also did the Golden Cap from sea town, the two hills we did on walk was first Pilsdon Penn and Lewesdon Hill, the latter was tree cladded so not much of a view, wonderful walk back from it to the car threw farm land following foot paths. Pilsdon Penn and lovely views looking over the open countryside.

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Pilsdon Penn & Leweson Hill

Of course our little holiday was a dog friendly holiday, we picked the cottage as it had a huge garden which sort of double upped as a meadow, the dog was in heaven sniffing around out there. Everywhere we went we found dog friendly walks, dog friendly shops and cafes. It being late December into January there was no restrictions about dogs on beaches, so lots of opportunity for dogs to walk run jump if need be. So I highly recommend west Dorset. Beyond seeing the family and visiting several beautiful counties, what was really nice was the milder climate we get down south, we were away 11 days in total and the temperature stayed in double figures the entire time we were away plus it didn’t rain.

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Chesil Beach

Back to work I go.

Once we got back home I was still off work for four days which was lovely to rest up as we had done so much walking in Dorset. On Saturday had a small gathering at home for some family members and close friends we had not managed to see around Christmas, then I was back in the helm of all things doggy and Little Happy Hounds on Monday. We have had a week of mental weather, rain, fog, mist, cold, mild. I was glad to be back with my dog walking clients, it was only my second week walking our new boy Charlie, a rescued Labrador cross, and he’s really good on walks bless him, he has settled in with Little Happy Hounds, it was nice to be back in the peak district, with the dogs.

:- Pictures above, me at West Bay, various in and around West Bay( top left) and The Cobb at Lyme Regis ( bottom right)

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Little Happy Hounds 2019…

So we went back to work last week after two weeks off for Christmas and new year so this post on the blog is about last weeks walks, our dogs, and what we got up to in general. 

I started my first walk back on Monday with a fabulous Goyt Valley walk, I then went onto to do Lantern Pike with a second walk on our third walk I walked from the clients house over Whaley Lane into cow field and to Toddbrook and back, it was only two clients so I was able to do that. Two things happened on Mondays walks, it rained a lot all day and we did not see another human being, just me and my dogs, it was bliss. Once I dried off.

The rest of the week I have done walks in Taxal, Hayfield, with dog walking clients in Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, and Birch Vale.  Pictures are just some from this weeks dog walks, as I do three walks a day sometimes there a lot of dogs and a lot of pics so can only post a few on each post for the dog blog… find us on Facebook to follow our adventures properly.  As a nature enthusiast I love the great outdoors, we live in the Peak District so I am all about exploring on my dog walks, off lead when its safe to do so, I try and aim for varied terrain, hilly, moorland, wooded areas to make it more interesting for the dogs, the more scenic the better I think, more exploring for them, more smells to sniff, to Walk, Run, Jump.

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Little Happy Hounds, we think different, pet care services based in Whaley Bridge, a small local caring pet care business, looking after pets in the High Peak since 2012. We offer quality in our services.

We are fully insured, years of reliable caring experience. We specialise in dog nature walks and a very Caring ver personalised cat sitting services Little Happy Cats. I say we however I run little happy hounds all by myself with no employees, just Aaron and my trusted side kick my almost 10 year old Shih Tzu x yorkie cross doggy Scrappy Doo.

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Whaley Bridge, Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, High Peak Derbyshire. Dog walker, pet sitting, puppy visits.

beautiful Ralph

so this year I was very lucky to take on several new clients, with their now being a lot of competition with lots of pet care businesses.  I had a few gaps for dog walking clients, so firstly Pippa the westie puppy joined us, then Monty, lovely ginger hair cocker spaniel, then a beautiful puppy called Ozzie a norfolk terrier . So I was full up but then I got offered another puppy visit client and I really couldn’t say no, especially after meeting him the very cute Ralph, he is Lhasa apso , and just the cutest, really feisty character, love spending time with him. Anyway his owners left me a review/recommendation on the Little Happy Hounds Facebook other day I screen shot it below, it was a lovely review, as very touched. 

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Ralph is funny he and Ozzie as they are similar ages have become really close, from rough playing to just standing near each other its beyond cute to see their bond. As a dog walker its always a privilege and a blessing to be with a dog from such a young age, you get very attached, but also form a brilliant bond with them. We are a small pet care company based in Whaley Bridge, little happy hounds began life in 2012 when we were living in New Mills, we cover the High Peak, Whaley, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Furness Vale, Birch Vale, we have dog walking and cat sitting clients in all those areas. find us on Facebook, visit our main website 

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Ralph far right

 

Whaley Bridge.

So I am lucky to have lots of dog walking clients in Whaley Bridge and lots of places I like to go walking, when I am at work and when I am off at the weekend. As a dog walker I try and go quiet and interesting places with the dogs, like them off leads as feel its the best exercise for them, I work on recall with them calling them and rewarding them with treats when we see people, since 2012 I have offered dog nature walks, off the beaten track, exploring the peak district and high peak.

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Often take the clients to Fernilee Reservoir, part of the Goyt Valley, in-between  Whaley Bridge and Buxton. I like to take the quieter paths higher up in the woodland. 

Toddbrook Reservoir Whaley Bridge. From my house I like to go over Macclesfield Road and follow the foot path and that skirts around Walker Brow Farm, this eventually drops you into the woodland at the back of Toddbrook. Other times I walk from Reservoir Road, up the foot path that follows the side of Toddbrook. 

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Taxal

Taxal. So lots of routs and paths and various things you can do in Taxal, walking from my house I go via the Beeches, a tree lined path hat takes you to the beginning of Taxal Edge the large moorland that towers above Taxal and Whaley. You can also walk over to windgather rocks and threw Taxal village itself you can get to Fernilee. my other walks with our other clients include, Hayfield and Lantern Pike with our New Mills dogs, we also have clients in Chinley and Chapel-en-le-frith. 

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Taxal

Hayfield hounds.

So this week we have had snow, and we done quite a few dog walks in Hayfield with our lunch time clients,  we have dog walking clients we often see in New Mills, Birch Vale and Hayfield. As a dog walker, we walk in small groups, off leads and we love too go off the beaten track, at Little Happy Hounds, we love dog nature walks which is why we often go too Hayfield. My other walks in and around High Peak this week have been Eccles Pike in Chape-en-le-Frith and we did lots of Taxal walks with our Whaley Bridge dog walking clients. Pics below are just a select few from our Dog friendly Hayfield walks this week find us Facebook for a lots more pics of our doggy adventures. 

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the first working week of 2018

So we have not blogged on here for ages, I have been focusing my energy on my website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk which has a blog, this blog on here is easy too use, plus I can share these posts on social media much easier ! So lots happening in the New Year for Little Happy Hounds 2018, we have had quite a few new enquiries especially for dog walking. I have only been back to work for a week now, having taken two weeks off for Christmas and New Year. We had a family holiday in Northumberland over New Year dog friendly of course so my batteries are fully charged after a amazing break.

So last week was awesome, had so many nice dog walks, all my clients were a pleasure too walk, and we met lots of nice people on some of our walks, walking the Derbyshire countryside. I have finally finalised my holiday plans this weekend for 2018 so I am now taking cat sitting bookings for the 2018, I have quite a few cats booked in starting from the end of January our cat feeding services looks set too be another busy year for Little Happy Cats again. 

My dog friendly Walks this week have been snake path Hayfield, up to the shooting cabin Kinder Scout, We done walks close too my house in Whaley Bridge around Taxal, each morning last week with our first walk, and on our last walks I have been too Toddbrook Reservoir with our last clients, this week I have dog walked clients in Whaley Bridge,Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Birch Vale. As ever as we move forward into the New Year as a small local pet sitting and dog walking business, our emphasis is on dog nature walks, as a dog walker we go off leads, off the beaten track taken our dogs too interesting places, the one hour walk does not start till we get too the location and get out of the car, on quiet days I will walk for even longer, as I know it makes my dogs happy hounds. The pictures in this post are a small selection of the walks we have done this last week find us on Facebook for the full picture.  We cover Chapel Milton, Chinley, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge, Hayfield Furness Vale High Peak 

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Reviews

So I have always found it important ever since I began Little Happy Hounds in August 2012, too get my reviews out their, I wanted too provide the most transparent pet care service, and provide the most personalised caring pet care I could. As dog walker, I take my dogs on interesting dog friendly walks, on quieter days like today we do longer walks, I walk in small groups,  mostly off lead walks, I tend to go off the beaten track for proper dog nature walks, cat sitting is another side of the business that I really enjoy, with this pet sitting service, I look after cats in their homes, offering feeding, litter tray maintenance, brushing, playing, whatever your looking for the well-being of your cat. Below are some screen shots of our reviews, we have reviews on our facebook pages, our website, yell listing, free business index, google listing, and the Good dog guide. We now have clients in Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Birch Vale, Chinley, High Peak Derbyshire, dog walker, cat sitting and puppy visits.

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