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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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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.

 

 

 

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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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

Other services include little happy hounds, dog walking and puppy care. Follow our adventures on Facebook. For our pet care services we cover Chinley, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge. 

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so this week I have seen and heard things with other businesses locally, I want to clarify the Little Happy Hounds ethos in this post on this dog blog, basically who we are and what we do as a pet care business in Derbyshire High Peak.

so as I am a one man show I can’t walk unsocialised dogs, dogs with aggression, or 1-2-1 dog walks. I actually put a clause in my contract last year about dog aggression. So in the beginning I walked two dogs lovely little doggies who hated other dogs and I began with solo dog walks, eventually threw socialising I had them both on group walks. However I have done that now don’t really have the time to do that again. My walking groups are a safe space, were all my dogs are highly socialised with other dogs, if we see dogs out and about on leads who may have problems we give them a wide birth. My appreciate some dogs have not had the best starts, my heart goes out to thumbnut my role isn’t to train those dogs, so sadly we just look after friendly dogs, dogs that love other dogs.

So I am not a dog trainer, again, I am just a dog walker. I use positive reinforcement with my dogs, if I find they are being unruly depending on scenario I will tell them off firmly verbally, and put them on leads. Again, threw out the walk I practice recall, rewarding them with treats and praise. If we see Joggers I get them in to one side again shower them in praise and treats and keeping them still. If we see dogs off leads approaching I assess the situation I am more than happy for my clients to say hello to other friendly dogs off leads. 

Again I see my role as a dog walker, to have fun with the dogs, take them interesting rural places, I avoid the crowds, we go off the beaten track. I want my clients to have exercise, fun, to be mentally stimulated, to socialise with me, other dogs, some clients are working from home others are out all day so I am making sure all the dogs get an hour, plus the car time, on quiet days we do longer walks. Its worked for me for six years, we have had no dog fights amongst the clients, they are brilliant in the car, I drive an estate car and they are sometimes with me for 35 minutes even an hour in the car as I cover Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Birch Vale. Again I fasten my dogs in, if the dogs are on back seat we have seat belt harnesses, in the boot I have a dog guard.  So all in all the little happy hounds way works for me, works for my dogs and works for my clients. We sadly don’t offer dog home boarding, I am not licensed for one thing or doggy daycare, we offer dog nature walks, cat sitting and puppy visits. 

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September

So we got back from our holiday last night, spent the week in Wales. I have just done my diary for the next few weeks, and with extra dogs, new cats, and term time dogs returning following the summer break, I am looking at a very full month for little happy hounds.So we took a week off, went to Wales, brilliant timing, as August turned out to be a very busy month, needed too take time off before the next part of 2017, September to December which are also usually very busy.  We thought Wales would of been busy but it was okay, we did a lot of walking, a lot of sunbathing. The highlights were discovering a lovely stretch of beach in between, Tywyn and Aberdify, and we lost too days sunbathing even Scrappy my dog was sunbathing. Other highlight was a massive walk we did on the Wednesday we climbed up Cadair Idris. We met a lady with a doggy they were also going up there so we climbed the entire thing with her, my dog a Shih Tzu cross and Roxie the Cocker Spaniel, the lady had some apt on her phone so I know we did 14 miles up there and back and it took just over 5 hours, it was so scenic the way we went up, felt like I had achieve something. So after spending our last day on the beach yesterday and then managed to get lost following a walk in a guide book, we did not leave Wales till gone 6 pm and were not home till 9:30 pm, walk up today and its a wet, windy, cold day in Whaley Bridge High Peak. 

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Tywyn

Little Happy Hounds pet care services, has been in operation for almost five years. We walk in small groups, mostly off lead, and like to take our clients ‘off the beaten track’ for a dog ‘nature walk. We began the business in New Mills, and have since moved to Whaley Bridge, we also cover Disley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Hayfield, Birch Vale, Buxworth, Buxton, Furness Vale, High Peak. Other services include, puppy visits, pet sitting, our cat feeding services Little Happy Cats.

we are fully insured, a trusted key holder, crb checked.

We are a small, caring, local pet care business, we have no employees, we do not drive branded company vans or use cages to transport our clients. All your dealings and all the care of your pets will be done by myself, ensuring the maximum care and personalised service we can offer.

For more information visit the website www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk or call Aaron 07732265149