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LHH June onwards

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 off, so with little happy hounds being such a small business I will continue to carry on, its business as usual with all our new things in place, so we are in the position to take on new clients, you could find me via our main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk or on facebook business page, best way to get old of. me is via email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk or call 07732265149.

All the photos on this post are from walks done at the end of May early June, we had a week of really hot weather so I was doing water walks for the dogs in the woods lots of shade, with corona all my cat sitting bookings are cancelled, we will have to see what the future brings regarding that, I am still providing dog walks, I did have a cockapoo puppy I was visiting, when he eventually comes back he will be a fully fledged dog !! 

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Little Happy hounds, run by just me Aaron, I began the business when we lived in New Mills, we moved to Whaley Bridge, spent half a decade there and then last summer 2019 we opted for a new start quieter life in the near by village of Chinley, its all my dreams come true firstly living in a village not a town and our new house is a very old house and it. happens to in the Peak District National Park Boundary !I still very much cover Whaley Bridge and have lots of clients there we do lots of lovely walks near by! 

I am very lucky and fortunate enough to have lots of lovely long term clients, in Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Furness Vale, Buxworth, and Whaley Bridge, High Peak. I am DBS checked, a trusted key holder, fully insured, I drive a van with no company details at all offering a more discrete service for when your pet is home alone ! 

 

 

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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cat sitting High Peak.

So as 2019 is drawing too a close its been a very eventful year for Little Happy Hounds and Little Happy Cats.  In this post I will discuss our cat sitting services. 

So its the end of November this weekend I am looking after Bertie, then in December I have a week looking after Baz Aggie Lennie and George, cat sitting regulars of mine, and Queenie is also booked in for three days.

For cat sitting I charge £8.00 per once daily visit, and £13.00 for twice daily. This for up too three pets and not just cats I have looked after all sorts of pets over the years, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs for example. 

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I offer reliability from a established pet care business I have been pet siting in the High Peak since the Summer of 2012. Little happy hounds is small business based in the village of Chinley, my other services include puppy visits and dog walking. As dog walker I walk in small groups and rake my dogs on proper dog nature walks exploring the Peak District countryside. 

 I offer a very caring, very personalised pet care services at all times, I cater for all cats, shy cats, elderly cats, cats who need meds, indoor cats, outdoor cats ! Litter trays maintained, feeding, brushing, playing.  I have regular clients in Whaley Bridge, Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, Furness Vale, High Peak which are very much areas I cover.  Fully insured, trusted key holder, CRB checked, years of experience. 

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Why Choose Little Happy Hounds.

So in this post I will talk about the dog walking, cat sitting and puppy visit’s work I do. We live in such sparsely populated area a few villages a few towns and let me tell you we have far to many dog walkers in our area now, ‘my humble opinion’ if your reading this and want to make a quick buck don’t it will take you ages to get new dogs that are not part of your friend and family network, that being said about new dog walkers its not effected our pet care services at Little Happy Hounds, even with the new ones who have uncut everyone by charging slightly less, you get what you pay for in my mind.

I think the reason we have no seen this affect us at Little Happy Hounds is firstly I have very loyal caring client based.

Secondly I think of my business, my dogs, cats and their humans as one big extended family I will aways go that extra mile to look after and accommodate all my clients.

So how I am still getting new enquiries in the face of such new competition; with huge branded brightly coloured vans every corner I take,  I like too think that its  firstly word of mouth, secondly facebook Instagram and twitter were I demonstrate what we do, thirdly blogging.  But who knows. its working whatever it is, thank you everyone. 

So within this realm of pet care its not very well regulated, common sense needs to prevail, you wont catch me with my dogs off leads crossing the dam bridge in between the two cars park at Fernilee for example; something I have now seen two new dog walkers do, it’s a road, a quiet road but a road all the same.

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You will not catch me walking down Eccles lane from Eccles pike on my mobile phone with two dog clients on leads and then fail to move out the way of traffic; again something I have seen lately I try very hard not to use my phone when I am with the dogs full stop; except for taking pictures at an appropriate time, again common sense needs to prevail.

If other new dog walkers don’t like me writing these things, then don’t do them were I can see them. End of the day when is see these things it really hurts my feelings as people have no idea what their dog walkers are doing with their pets, being a lovely person does not make you a great dog walker. 

Lastly is it ethical??  There are some breeds I just wont walk and have been asked as they are so interbred they have to have nose jobs to help them breathe, nope , I don’t want that responsibility or that representation for Little Happy Hounds. 

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Also with what is ethical, walking a group of dogs all off lead except one nervous one, or aggressive,  on a flexi lead. I do walk two sisters one of fleix again this is very much a 1-2-1 two sisters dog walk, don’t get me wrong I use a Flexi for my own dog when I am off work,  however I would not use one with large group of dogs its inappropriate and at its worse dangerous,  nor would I walk any dog with aggression or nervousness within my pack of happy socialised dogs, its not ethical if you do that your greedy trying to walk as many dogs as you can. we are not trainers or animal behaviourists we are Dog walkers and pet sitters. 

I could go on but don’t want to come across as a meany, when all I ever have done want to do is provide safe comfortable group walks for my dogs, were dogs get on are happy to be out and can be trusted off leads when its safe to do so. 

I offer Maturity, I am a married man, in my very late 30s, home owner dog owner I  have lived a very full happy life as a result I am a teenage girl walking dogs living at home. I am very a incomer of the High Peak area my home will always be Newcastle upon Tyne in mind but we just love the High Peak and living in the National Peak District park boundary is now a dream come true. We moved to New Mills in 2005 Whaley Bridge 2014 and mostly recently have found a permanent home in Chinley our new house is within the boundary of the Peak District.

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Branded uniforms, I see lots of new businesses on social media posts , creating emphasis on this that they have amazing shiny new branded uniforms, I am with dogs most days I don’t see clients other humans most days,  so too were a branded uniform is not going to benefit anyone especially me, its not what I am about, my appearance goes out the window when I am knee deep in mud covered in dog hair, so to walk around in branded and neat uniform makes me want to burst out laughing. I wear whats comfortable when I am out with the dogs.

Also with being non uniform comes discretion when I am walking  smaller groups I don’t want all of  in sundry,  knowing I am a dog walker, I am wanting to blend in when I can so wearing and uniform wont allow me to do that, plus visiting clients homes when your at work, on holiday for cat visits; wearing a uniform letting myself in and out your house at set times rocking up in a branded  van its all a red flag for me; if anyone is watching your home you have had it…

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So I am a one man show, with seven years experience running little happy hounds, prior to that I looked after friends cats and through dog ownership I have had a lot more experience than the seven years.

At Little Happy Hounds we have done and will do walk dogs of all breeds and sizes,   however we specialise in the care and dog walking of smaller breeds, my own dog is Shih Tzu cross, I have walked Shih thus  cavapoos, Chihuahuas Westies and all sorts of smaller doggies since we began life the clue being in the name of the business. 

My puppy service is  not just about keeping a puppy company while your at work, I will advice all new dog owners, help with bite inhibition, recommend vets, groomers, aides, trainers, help with  recall, socialising and toilet breaking  I have looked after  a lot of puppies and hopefully helped a lot of my clients out along the way in in fact lots of our little happy hound crew were puppies first. Thats very special for me as I get very attached probably too attached and form a very close bond with my puppy visits come dog walking clients. 

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Dog nature walks, so when I can I avoid parks low level flat walks and fields, I take my dogs on adventures, sometimes longer than hour, I walk in small groups , I allow lots of time off leads, work on recall and obedience, and in general make sure my dogs have fun, exercise, play time, my walks are varied Eccles Pike and Goyt Valley being two of my favourites and the dogs too.  A phrase I have blogged about since 2012 about my LHH walks is ‘ off the beaten track’ and it really is I try very hard to avoid people cattle sheep and walk the dogs quiet places however sometimes we do have to go busier places so my dogs need to have good recall.

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Cat sitting. So when I am not out in the peaks hiking with the LHH woofs I am cat sitting. So this is visiting peoples homes when they are on holiday, its primarly cats but we do get a lot fo smaller pets, recently I looked after a heard of alpacas and chickens, this service is very personalised, so I have indoor cats outdoor cats cats that hug me cats who hide from me, elderly cats who need medication, so I offer a very caring, very experienced cat feeding service, I try and cater for everyones pets specific needs.

Trusted key holder, years of experience, offering a very personalised caring pet care services at all time, we cover Chinley, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth and Chapel-en-le-Frith High Peak. 

all the photos in this blog are from last few weeks, if you want to follow our dog and kitty cat adventures to the max find us on Facebook, Little Happy Hounds and Little Happy Cats or visit the main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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new beginnings

So a lot has happened in the last few weeks, we finally moved house, our new house, new lifestyle is more amazing than I ever could of imagined, the new house has so much character, we have amazing neighbours, the location is amazing we are now in a village the house is actually in the Peak District national park, we are not far from village centre but on a quiet lane, its just amazing, on top of all of that we have the fantasy garden we both always wanted, and all this is not just because we both work hard; its also karma, when your unhappy with your environment it attacks everything and its easy to get bogged down and fall apart at a the scenarios around you, but I kept strong, kept my faith that the universe would make it right for us, and lord and behold we are being rewarded in abundance, I wont go on as I am a big believer in keeping all the good things and what we have been through well and truly to myself, the proof is all around me in how much reward we are getting. 

After being rewarded I like to give back in abundance, so I have been doing selfless acts of kindness whenever I can, I have done several things this week for friends and also small businesses, as it feels good to be nice. 

So during the months of March April and May my little pet care business has taken a back burner, I was not happy with our living environment so my work environment suffered, I looked after my regulars, we took on two new doggies, and a cat but I turned down a lot of work,  a lot of work, some of it was not the right the fit the others I just did not have the energy, now I have a week off in our new home, getting sorted, I am feeling full of beans and I am raring to get back to work tomorrow. 

You can follow Little Happy Hounds, and Little Happy cats adventures on youtube, twitter, Instagram and we have two Facebook pages, I am now running two more Instagram pages, the life of scraps , my dogs new Instagram, a a village life, which is my personal journey into a new chapter of my life, living in a village living in the countryside, there is going to be a lot of walking, cooking and gardening posts on that one. Pics below is our new home, we have gone from detached, modern 1970s house, double drive, garage massive kitchen, to a stone terraced house, with a massive terrace garden, its got really tall ceilings, and so much space, the garden is flanked by a field on two sides, so its peaceful and quiet, very happy times lie a head. 

 

Come in August Little Happy Hounds, will be seven years old, I started my business from scratch, in New Mills, taking whatever work I could get, from little acorns become strong oak trees, in 2014 we moved to Whaley Bridge, and centralised, stopped covering Stockport, Marple Strines, Disley etc. At the back end of 2018 I stopped covering New Mills, with traffic increase on A6 I had more than enough work in Whaley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth and Chinley, with so many other dog walkers in New Mills, it seemed silly business wise to keep the few clients I had still in and around New Mills, this decision was not easy as the clients I had had been with me since the ver beginning and I had strong emotional attachments, however I am running a business a one man show and I need to preserve my energy and not getting stressed and for me that means less driving, so half way into 2019 my work life balance is finally amazing, for cat sitting, puppy visits, dog walking we cover Chinley were I am now located, we also cover Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Buxworth High Peak.  I walk in small groups mostly off lead, my walks include, Combs, Goyt Valley , Fernilee , Taxal Edge, my ethos since day one is to offer a off the beaten track kind of walk, to walk in small groups, and take the dogs on proper nature walks. In the beginning I was walking in Brabyns Park with my only client Lucy watching the other dog walkers, taking out 8 dogs at a time, keeping them on leads and messing about on their phones, I took all this in and decided I did not want to walk in busy crowded parks, didn’t want to take that many dogs out at once, and I have stuck to my guns, seven years in, as a dog walker I offer a very caring, personalised service, I have very close bonds with all my dogs.

 

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Easter Kitties.

So I have been rubbish at blogging lately, I have been so busy mostly walking the dogs, that I have not had much time to post about all things Little Happy Hounds, I am currently enjoying some time off work so thought today would be a good day to write a post about what I got up to over the easter break. 

I never got around to booking anything holiday wise, it was my partners big birthday so by the time I had organised that then other little things kept popping up and getting in the way so in the end we decided just to take the time off and enjoy our local countryside and go for walks in and around Derbyshire the peak district.

We went on a five mile walk on Easter Monday from Wash up to Brown Knoll,  via Shire Oaks farm, then on Tuesday we did a Higher Disley walk I have not done in ages, over Black Rocks, through the grounds of the Moorside Grange, over Whaley Moor onto Start lane Whaley then back to Higher Disley via back the end of Lyme Park. 

I always take a week off at easter, with the dog walking its not easy managing the dogs on walks when everyone is off work, my walks are busy for three weeks over April and Easter as schools close different times so take a breather away from all the crowds is brilliant, I only really took Tuesday to Friday off as I was automatically closed for dog walking Good Friday to Easter Monday, plus I was working I was looking after cats all of last week the last one finished on Tuesday. 

So I was looking after the little happy cats, Eustace, Queenie and Roary, I could of had another one but it was to late notice wise, in general its best to book in advance, especially if its a new client or I have not seen the cat in a while, its easter weekend, I had a birthday party to arrange so three cats was quite enough thank you. 

Anyway my cat care took me to Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Birch Vale all three of these clients are once a day cat clients. As these are regular long term clients, I have started to just charge one extra visit to cover the easter weekend bank holiday surcharge so say one cat had five visits, three of which fell on Good Friday,  Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday easter Monday, I have added a visit, so charged for 6 visits, again this is because they are regular clients, new clients would be charged double time for easter.

Prices.

So prices changed in 2019 so far clients have been fine about that, one daily visit is £8.00 and two daily visits is £13.00 for up to three cats, bank holidays will incur a extra charge.  Little Happy Cats offers a very reliable a very caring alternative to the cattery, caring for your cats at home.  I am fully insured, CRB checked, a trusted key holder and I have been caring for the cats in and around the High Peak since 2012. dog walker, puppy visits, pet sitting. 

Aaron, 07732265149, or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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so last weekend I was looking after cats Flash and Phoebe, they are newish cat sitting clients, this is about the fourth time I looked after them, they often have shorter durations, as a cat sitter I offer a very caring, very reliable pet care services, in the High Peak. 

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Back end of last year they were tiny kittens and have grown so quickly. They are indoor cats, I assume because of there young age, they have wet food in the evening a pouch and dry food in the morning, they are lovely too look after as they are both very tactile very sweet cats , at Little Happy Cats pet sitting we cover the areas of Whaley Bridge, Chinley, and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, High Peak, other services include puppy visits, dog walking. Pictures are from last weekend! 

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doggy days

so we are almost at the end of January, so far 2019 is so far turning out to be a good year for Little Happy Hounds, I am considering a new puppy client, we are getting weekly enquiries, I am keeping busy taking my dogs on long nature walks all in all everything is fabulous.  My dog friendly walks include, Taxal, Hayfield, the Goyt Valley and many others, in the High Peak.

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Countryside dog walking. 

So the big thing I do as a dog walker is I take my clients off the beaten track, all my dogs come off leads on walks, I strongly feel its the best form of exercise for them, I try and work on their recall and my voice command as much as possible. As well as voice control I try very hard to avoid other people. This post in my doggy blog, is about the services we offer, dog walking, cat sitting and puppy visits. Its also about the areas I cover for pet care, we are based in Whaley Bridge Derbyshire, we also cover Buxworth, Chinley, and Chapel-en-le-Frith, we are fully insured, trusted key holder, a small caring reliable local business, all your dealings, all of the care for your pets is undertaken by myself, offering the best personalised care. 

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Autumnal cats

Great autumnal week, dry sunny and warm weather for the dog walking, and lots of cats to feed, we have had cat sitting clients to care for his last week and this weekend in New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith. High Peak is very much the area we cover for dog walking and pet sitting, since 2012. We are based in Whaley Bridge.           http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

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shy Queenie.

So this is a post on my blog about the kitty cats we have lovingly cared for this week. We have been looking after Queenie and Milly both new cat sitting clients, our client Marnie in New Mills twice daily, and this weekend, also twice daily Ole and Tintin, 

below Marnie, Tintin, Ole and Milly.

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Marnie

Little HAPPY Hounds & cats

So two of the services we offer, are dog nature walk and pet sitting. We offer a very caring, very personalised cat sitting service, looking after cats in their home, we have indoor and outdoor cats on our books one and two daily visits, prices start fro £7.00. We are on Facebook and have a main website, http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

For cat sitting, dog walking, and puppy visits, we cover High Peak, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Furness Vale, and New Mills.