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SUMMER IS OVER

So its been a very busy last few weeks, with two new dog walking clients, both young both female both wanting three days a week and both Hungarian vizslas Sienna and Lizzie so far both girls have been great on their dog walks, I have been cat sitting firstly Fridgey and Lupo in Chinley, and Scamp and Poppy in Whaley Bridge. With new cats and new dog clients we are very lucky and a thriving small business posy covid-19 , I have been sucessfully running little happy hounds since 2012 !!

new girl lizzie

We have had some lovely walks I cant quiet believe its september already, the end of summer, I usually love that but as we had such a wet summer and everything has been really awkward and different since covid, I don’t feel like I have had a summer we definitely had the wet summer Peak District weather thats for sure.

new girl Sienna

Photos are in this post are from this weeks walks and cat visits, little happy hounds is based in Chinley, and I cover Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, High Peak, dog walker, cat sitting, puppy visits, fully insured, reliable, highly experienced, and very caring, we are a small local business with no employees offering a bespoke service at all times.

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scamp

July at LHH 2020

Little Happy Hounds

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…

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LHH June onwards

Little Happy Hounds

so corona virus has rendered work quiet for me, I did a extra long walk today for cockapoo sisters Bobbie and Bridie, Norfolk terrier Ozzie and cocker spaniel Monty, it was Montys first day back since lockdown so he was last walked in March ! I mean it could be a lot worse, work is ticking along albeit quietly, tomorrow is the busiest day so for now its feet up and writing posts on my blog especially as its raining ! 

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So I initially took four weeks off and reopened putting in strict social distancing measures with my clients, cleaning the van down regularly changing towels and harnesses as much as possible, it doesn’t look like things are going to get better any time soon, apparently death rates of corona are falling, looks like social distancing is here to stay and schools are now staying shut till September so I cant really hang about waiting for normality to come back as its way…

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Back we go.

Little Happy Hounds

So we are now back in business have been for a few weeks now, I am now in the position to take on new clients, 

all new enquiries can either email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk or 07732265149 or contact me on facebook 

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So I thought needed a nice new post with nice recent photos of the dogs on there walks all these photos are tom the first week of June 2020. As you can see I like to go on proper dog nature walks around Derbyshire off leads, I walk in small well organised groups, I like to make sure my dogs enjoy their walks, are physically and mentally exercised, whilst keeping a close eye on them keeping them safe. 

As a dog walker, I walk in small groups, all my dogs are tagged with my details, I walk mostly off the lead, we go on proper nature walks around the Peak District National Park, the Goyt Valley, Taxal and lots of other places ! Other services include puppy visits and cat sitting, I am DBS check I have…

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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

half term high peak.

So this post in my dog blog is about half term in the High peak and challenging weather we have had this week as a dog walker, its pretty much rained, rained heavily lots of flooding all over the uk, we have had two storms, today was just the icing on the cake, very heavy rain indeed.  Its not been easy I cant stand driving around watching the roads flood as its only in recent years its happened I have lived around here since 2005. 

 

:- new clients Lupo and Fridgey.

so I have had a few dogs off this week with the holidays but let busier as I have cat sitting several lots of cat clients.  I have a new cats sitting client in Chinley, last year we had two new clients in Buxworth, I very much want more pet sitting clients nearer to home, as its weekend and evening work and I don’t particularly want to head into new mills twice a day at the weekend, 

It was all very last minute booing with newbies so I had not met them when I collected key, until today, I was pleasantly surprised at them both female, Lupo and Fridgey, they are both so stunning, Lupo very tactile. They are having a once a day cat visit, are outdoor cats, just feeding, litter tray maintained. Mother cat sitting clients I am caring for at the moment are Esmee and Luna, over in New Mills, the last visit is this Saturday I have been popping in once a day now for almost two weeks !! Tomorrow is a dead day so my weekend starts this eve, got just one walk tomorrow two cat visits, I am hoping for a dry day we will see.

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Luna and Esmee clients since 2016.

Just a reminder, I am newly based in Chinley, but have been covering this village for pet care services since August 2012, some of my first clients were in Chinley and Chapel. Initially we lived in New Mills, then we spent five years in Whaley Bridge, then June 2019 we have moved for the long term to Chinley, Little Happy Hounds is a local caring pet care business, I am fully insured, DRB/police checked, I am a trusted key holder, reliable and very experienced in pet sitting, dog walking and puppy care, if you here any different ‘consider the source’ ….

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Aaron 07732265149 info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

 

FAB FAB FEBRUARY.

Firstly February has been the cat sitting month, I have taken a new booking for June, but also I was looking after Polly, then Baz Aggie Lennie, then currently Esmee and Luna for two weeks we half way there with that, then Thursday and Friday I popped in on Queenie to do a short two day duration for her, and last night a new cat visit duration started for Ole and Tin tin till Sunday more.  So what I am wanting to do with the cats is cut back especially on twice a day visits and the ones that are far from home, when it comes to the evening and the weekend I don’t actually want to drive far to cat feed, money is okay but its not amazing especially when you count unsociable hours and the cost of diesal, so I am going to be much more careful about what I do. Which includes no more cats in New Mills.  I have a lot of cats I see in Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith even one or two in New Mills, but what I don’t have is any in Chinley so until that happens I am happy to cut back on the far away ones like New Mills, I know I am only in Chinley but to much driving makes me stressed, also the roads, percent state of being dug up, parked cars everywhere you go so lots of stop / start it can be a nightmare driving round here.

So the dogs !! so Peanut a border terrier came to me via another dog walker sending me the enquiry so I have thanked her for that and puppy Ralph has come to me via my some of my long term clients so what I am realising more more, writing blogs, social media , flyer dropping ‘ if I do that ‘ only achieves so much, the real form of advertisement now is word of mouth and reputation, so I am glad that it is working for me, as I am over the moon with Peanut firstly and also the prospect a young puppy going us.  Peanut is great she’s been on three walks, gets on with everyone is a typical high energy terrier she is only 8 months old I am very attached to her already !! She is also awesome in the van as she first to be collected its another five stops before we get to the walk it took almost an hour last week before we got to walk. 

So puppy Ralph starts twice daily week after next, I went to meet him and he’s adorable, glad to report he is completely different personality to a cockapoo puppy I took on last year which did not work out, the other cockapoo who joined me last year Gracie is absolute angel, she is high energy dog and I always look forward to her twice weekly walks, so with Ralph I will have four cockapoos on my books in the history of Little Happy Hounds Ralph will be number six !! So I would say I know the breed I definitely love the breed thats for sure.  The other thing I love about Ralph is he is apricot coloured, Max, Bobbie, Bridie and Gracie are all jet black, Gracie has some amazing grey making on her face, the first Betty I looked after years ago was amazing array of colours, white , black patches of tan! So plan is to work with Ralph during puppy visits, he will be getting some puppy training of a trainer and then I am hoping he can join group walks at 4 to 5 months old, I am not rushing though when he is big enough older enough has recall etc,  very exciting times only second month of the new year and we have new dog and new puppy ! 

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Ralph

 

 

So what I really need now is new dogs on Fridays ! When the last few New Mills dogs left in 2018, as I was centralising the business it left a gap on Friday, usually this would of filled very quickly but combination of not advertising and all the new dog walkers meant had no enquiries that day !! I enjoy being quiet on Fridays but again I still need a new dog or two that as at the moment I am not actually covering the fuel I am using to collect the few dogs I have ! 

So February has been kind month for Little Happy Hounds,  minus the weather bit, I have not enjoyed that at all, I am looking forward to March. Both work wise and personally March will be a great month !! firstly Its my very significant birthday and I have one or two little things planned to mark the occasion as its a big one, but I am also entering a new era, I want to focus on my health now and try and get a bit fitter, I am also returning home for few days going up to Newcastle, to see my dad, I have not been to Newcastle since 2017 I think.  And just before easter we were planning a long weekend away for my birthday and we were thinking Robins Bay, Whitby kind of area I have never been and its suppose to a area of outstanding beauty for walking, so we have to get a wriggle on and get that organised I have already booked time off from work. 

for all new enquiries or more information you can visit the main website , 

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

We are also on Instagram, Facebook, and twitter, 

little happy hounds, dog services, began life in New Mills in 2012, we offer dog walking, cat sitting, puppy visits and other services, like smaller pet visits, or toilet visits or home visits for elderly or injured dogs.  I am fully insured, offering over seven years of hands on experience from a established pet care business, 

Little Happy Hounds pet sitting and dog walking services,  is a local business based in Chinley with clients in Furness Vale, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, I am a trusted key holder, police checked, very caring, highly experienced. For discretion when your pets are home alone, I don’t wear company uniform or drive a branded van, I strongly feel its safer that way. 

Aaron 07732261549 or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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January 2020 blog

Little Happy Hounds

So I have not wrote a post about Little Happy Hounds in a while on this blog, I have been concentrating my efforts in writing posts on the blog that is part of my website, http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk so a post on here a long over due. 

So far the new year has been kind too me, we are having a milder winter so works that little bit easier, its always very knackering dog walking in cold weather and in winter in general. So I have had some changes, I have new cockapoo puppy  Ralph Joining me in February for twice daily twice weekly puppy visits and eventually he will be moving on my lunch time group walk, Tuesday and Thursdays, I have new dog gizmo the Shih Tzu joing us for a walk once a week, like Ralph the new puppy he is also in Whaley Bridge, and a lady contacted me about a terrier cross in Buxworth so I am hoping she will…

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January 2020 blog

So I have not wrote a post about Little Happy Hounds in a while on this blog, I have been concentrating my efforts in writing posts on the blog that is part of my website, http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk so a post on here a long over due. 

So far the new year has been kind too me, we are having a milder winter so works that little bit easier, its always very knackering dog walking in cold weather and in winter in general. So I have had some changes, I have new cockapoo puppy  Ralph Joining me in February for twice daily twice weekly puppy visits and eventually he will be moving on my lunch time group walk, Tuesday and Thursdays, I have new dog gizmo the Shih Tzu joing us for a walk once a week, like Ralph the new puppy he is also in Whaley Bridge, and a lady contacted me about a terrier cross in Buxworth so I am hoping she will come back too me again this all for next month, so if those three join Little Happy Hounds it will be a busy February, I wont able to take new dogs on until Ralph is a bit bigger as puppy visits play havoc with my dog walking schedule. Anyway lots of positives. 

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Two lovely doggies I walk left, a German shepherd and rescue dog, I have walked them for five years, they are from the same family, the little one Ruby  who is a rescue has always been a bit skittish in the past she has run away from my walks, so for the longest time I kept her on a lead but last year I started letting her off, anyway two Fridays ago she ran away and from me for no good reason really, for me  it was the last time, beyond the stress of a client vanishing, I was working with a tummy bug so I was already unwell, anyway I found her. Once I spoke too the owner about the scenario I wanted too do some changes in how I am walking them. I offered too do lead walk only around the park for her or if they wanted too leave it was totally understandable and it would be on good terms with myself, on top of Ruby being skittish, she is also deaf and elderly, her German shepherd sister Amy is also advancing into her twilight years, anyway they left. I was a bit shocked at the enormity of it I have walked them for half a decade I am very fond of both of them; thats the thing with dog walking you get emotionally invested in other peoples pets !! I have been down this road before it hurts but I have too switch off put my business head on, and be thankful that they all left on good terms with myself. So I will miss them but onwards and upwards. 

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Amy and Ruby I will miss you both x

January has been busy, I have done some cat sitting gigs, Baz and co and queenie, and a lot of my regular clients have asked for extra walks so last few weeks and next week, its been busy, one dog I see usually three days a week, asked for four until March then a few ays ago asked fro friday as well for the next two weeks so she is now albeit temporary like a full time client, lovely springer I walk called Roxy joined us last year, and she is just one of many of my dogs who have asked for extra walks. 

So I am taking moment too appreciate how steady work is, new enquiries, but also in the face of so much competition now, so I am looking inwardly at Little Happy Hounds, and wanting too highlight the things I love about the business whats working and what isn’t, I don’t advertise which is a problem, but I have now started writing more blogs, my next task is a new flyer too convey the new message of 2020 and I am considering a flyer drop.  I can take on more cat sitting and smaller pet visits nearer too home, I have spaces for new dogs , Fridays possibly Wednesday and if anyone wants a later walk about 2 onwards that viable most days, everyone always wants the lunch time walk which was partly  why Amy and Ruby were such great clients they were flexible about what time I could go for the girls. 

So too conclude, January 2020 has been fabulous for me a small business  as a dog walker, I am fully insured, this coming August little happy hounds will be 8 years old, I offer discretion for when your not at home, I don’t drive a branded company van, I specialise in proper dog nature walks, as a dog walker we go to the Goyt Valley and other places in the Peak District, I walk in small groups, off leads, I am a one man show as small local business I guarantee a more caring, reliable approach when it comes too my pet care services. Longer and shorter walks can be arranged in advance.  I am based in the village of Chinley, I have regular clients in Chinley, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak Derbyshire. Puppy care, cat feeding and dog walking services, find us on Facebook. 

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the end of 2019 at LHH; hello 2020

Little Happy Hounds

So just one more week left walking the dogs at Little Happy Hounds 2019, weathers been horrendous this week, wet days, very windy days, very cold days ! Beyond my walks this week I have been looking after cats Baz, Aggie, Lennie and George, same household, and next week I am looking after Queenie. With our cat sitting services I cover Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley. I am looking forward too 2020, I already have a new dog joining us for his walks, so I am looking forward too the new year and the new clients,  

Screenshot 2019-07-05_17-30-34-968We have one or two gaps now for new dogs, as a dog walker I offer reliability Little happy hounds has been running now for over seven years. I walk in small groups off leads when its safe to do so, my walks include the Goyt Valley, Fernilee Reservoir , and Taxal outside of Whaley Bridge, fully insured, years of experience, a trusted key holder, I am CRB checked.  find me on our Facebook business…

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