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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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so I am now in my fourth week back walking the dogs after corona virus closed LHH down for four solid weeks, 

So finally the guidelines have changed via the CFSG! I was partly  ignoring the government guide lines as to be honest they made no sense to me at all, things like dogs not being walked with other dogs and keeping them on leads not using my van etc , as I had made a concrete decision not to walk dogs from any households displaying corona virus symptoms, so if everyone is well the chances of corona passing from dog to dog via their fur is next to nil, I recognised this earlier on only. now as the guide lines caught up, a few other dog walkers judged me walking in small groups criticised even tried to make out insurance was not covering me well they were all wrong and now it turns out I was right, so I hope they all enjoyed their extra time off doing nothing or enjoyed their 1-2-1- dog lead walks on the pavement,

so just to reiterate Little Happy Hounds is back, but at the moment I only want to work part time, because of COV-19 Pandemic, so I am doing group walks only, small in number and only for households that are not self isolating because of corona symptoms, 

As ever I am cleaning the van, leads, towels and my hands frequently, I have advised clients to wipe down their dogs after their walks, as much as possible I am disinfecting as I go along!! And applying social distancing when I am collecting dogs dropping dogs its working really well so I am over the moon really. 

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DOG WALKERS

Dog walkers can continue to operate and priority should be given to key workers, and shielded and vulnerable people who are unable to make alternative safe arrangements for their dog. Dogs from coronavirus infected or self-isolating households may be walked but if doing so they must be walked after dogs from all other households.

The handover protocol set out by CFSG should be followed with the owner retaining all equipment such as leads. Handover should take place in a room or space large enough for the client and staff to maintain their social distance. Dogs from different households may be walked together as long as dogs from infected or self-isolating households are not mixed with others from non-infected households. Social distancing should be maintained for both the walker and the dogs by keeping the dogs on a lead at all times. Any equipment, including the vehicle if used to transport the dog, must be cleaned and disinfected between dogs.

Little Happy Hounds, pet care services Chinley. 

Fully insured, years of experience, we have operated in Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth and Whaley Bridge High Peak Derbyshire, for almost 8 years this August ! As a dog walker I avoid the same low level boring field walks that a lot of daycare places do, I take my clients on proper dog walks in the Peak District allowing plenty time off lead, to exercise and be mentally stimulated with interesting smells and interaction with my other dogs.  I don’t like going to much about my walks as feel  my social media speaks for itself and my dogs returning home tired and happy also speaks volumes !  ! 

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Services include dog walking, cat sitting and puppy care, fully insured,, a trusted key holder I am DBS checked.

 

 

 

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So a lot has happened in the world since the last blog postwe are currently half way through our fifth week of Lockdown because of the Corona Virus outbreak. Work closed down for four entire weeks, I lost lots of cat sitting bookings, didn’t earn any money at all, then last week I decided I would offer clients walks, demand was very low but I have been doing walks for a very small number of dogs, it was just twice a week last week, three walks this current week. 

So during my four weeks away from Little Happy Hounds I enjoyed the rest amongst all the worry, I had a significant birthday which of course was ruined because of the lockdown, I would of soldiered with celebrations at home but my other half was unwell at the same time, so all in all a rubbish birthday!

After four weeks off I was bored, restless, very very anxious about the return to work, so I had just do it clients were struggling for various reasons, financially at the end of the day I have flimsy promise from  the government that they might invite me to apply for a cash grant in May for the payment in June, baring in my last pay cheque from work was end of March and I was down hundreds of pounds because of cancellations, so in the end I had no choice but to go back to work, even when I am earning such a low amount of money least I can afford to buy food now. I am not entitled business grants as I am not LTD, I could not apply for the Derbyshire council grant payment of £500.00 as I don’t have a business bank account I just have my personal current account, so you put your heart and soul into a business I created from scratch, I  work hard, pay my taxes on time for almost 8 years and when the shit hits the fan, i.e corona virus their is no financial help for me at all, lucky for me my partner is still getting a wage as we are married I cant apply for universal credit and we own our house outright, so I do take a moment to remember that during this very difficult time for so many we are actually very fortunate. 

So I was little bit of a baby last week and got my other half to accompany me on my walks, the sun was shinning lockdown or no lockdown I was convinced we would run into people, I had had four weeks off the dogs , Ralph George and Max were crazily excited.  This week we went to Combs Reservoir on Monday which was rammed, was hard to avoid people, Tuesday I was brave and went to walk Ralph my client on my own, literally had one dog that day but I helped my clients out walked my own dog with Ralph so that was cool with me,

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Peanut and Toby last week.

Then tomorrow got four with my own dog and I am going to be brave and do that on my own !! Go somewhere quiet I am hoping for cooler weather as it makes it easy when you dont have to do low level walks near water which are always full of people, social distancing is hard enough without doing it with four dogs and trying to dodge all the dogs out and about on leads who dislike other dogs its not easy. 

I have cancelled all cat sitting bookings for 2020, as we have no idea how long we are in lockdown for, my holidays plans changed so I am now off a week in September , hopefully, I wont be taking new cats this year to much has happened. I am enjoying a slower pace now just a few walks a week, we have this new house of ours we have not even lived here a year yet and we this huge massive garden, flanked by our neighbours field, so we have been busy in the garden, we have views of Chinley churn behind us, its the loveliest house we have ever lived in and we finally have the loveliest neighbours I have ever had, so not to be working everyday does have its blessings, the photos are from the few walks I have done, find us on Facebook to follow our Little Happy Hounds adventures, in realtime, as a dog walker I walk in small groups, LHH is a established business, offering dog walking cat sitting and puppy visits since the summer of 2012, we have clients in Chinley, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire  which are all areas I cover for all our pet care services,  fully insured, trusted key holder, reliable, years and years of experience, 

you can contact me via email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk or via the main website 

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yesterday Ralph and Scrappy

 

 

 

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