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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.

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhoundschinley

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August in pictures

So in this post just want to highlight our lovely walks and happy hounds, all the photos you are about to see are from our dog walking adventures in and around the Peak District in August 2020. Find me on Facebook to follow our daily adventures.

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhoundschinley/

Our dog walking services are available in the village of Chinley Derbyshire where I am based, I also cover Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, High Peak, fully insured, highly experienced and very caring.  dog walker cat sitting and puppy visits.

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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 !  ! 

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

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

 

 

 

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

find us on Facebook

So I am realising more social media is helping promote my pet care business, that once people see the page, the photos and videos I post of the pet care dog walking I offer, the page speaks for itself, this is through feed back I’ve had and my last few enquiries and new clients have happened this way ! 

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

  • As a dog walker I am CRB checked, I am getting a up to date DBS check done at the end of January ! 
  •   I am a trusted key holder. 
  • In August little happy hounds has been in operation for 8 years. 
  • Reliable experienced and trusty worthy.
  • Established pet care services. 

As a dog walker, I drive a unbranded van, too offer discretion when your not in, there is  cage in the van, most of the dog travel together in the middle of the van I have dog guard up,  I don’t find any need , almost 8 years down the line that each dog needs to be caged. I walk in small, well organised groups, off leads when its safe to do so, I offer exercise, mental stimulation on my walks, company for your dogs. My dog friendly walks include, Taxal, the Goyt Valley, other walks around the Peak District national park

 

We are based in Chinley Derbyshire in the High Peak, I have clients in Chinley, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, Furness Vale. Services include cat sitting, puppy visits, dog walking services,  pet sitting and small animal visits. 

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

info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

the end of 2019 at LHH; hello 2020

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,  

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We 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 page little happy hounds or our main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk. 

Little Happy Hounds pet care services based in Chinley Derbyshire, cat feeding, puppy visits and dog walking services.

 

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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. 

please visit our main website for more details

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk or call me on 07732265149, I am also on Facebook, Instagram and youtube.

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

 

 

 

seven years of pet care

So in the summer just gone in August we celebrated seven years of Little Happy Hounds too put things in prospective its the longest job I have ever had, I have been a dog walker for most of my dogs life he was about 3 I think when we began I think ! 

Things are still nice and steady at LHH, I am a small business so my over heads are not a lot, I have some really wonderful clients on my books humans and their pets, this years dogs we have taken on have been amazing a pleasure too look after, Roxy a springer spaniel, Finn a sprocker , Toby a cavestie, and ad-hoc doggy Lyra a Rottie cross, Gracie and Max both cockapoo puppies  ! There have been some lovely new cat sitting clients  this year I am hoping will be returning clients too many too list name wise! 

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new van 

All in all as 2019 is grinding too a end, its been a okay year for LHH I had too say bye too a few much loved clients as I tried too centralise the business, which was horrible very emotional as I get very attached especially a full time client I have looked after since being a puppy. But onwards and upwards, I have a new van so its enjoyable driving around without water leaking on my head, I loved my old car but I did not look after it and it had lots of issues, so I was glad to see the back of it, I feel like seven years has refreshed me refreshed work new van and I am looking forward too 2020 and the next seven years of Little happy Hounds. With our pet care services we cover Chinley were we live, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, dog walking, pet sitting, cat visits, and puppy visits. As a dog walker I walk in small groups, I am fully insured, trusted key holder, insured, reliable and experienced.

https://littlehappyhounds.co.uk/testimonials/

Below photos of Finn Toby and Max. 

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reviews

So I don’t have any family in this area and my circle of friends is small, so when someone posts for recommendation for a dog walker on a local Facebook group, my aunts, uncles, friends, wont all jump on the post and recommend me singing my praises,  as they all live up in the North East so I don’t get an easy ride when it comes too gaining new enquiries. So what I have done from day one is made sure actual customer reviews clients recommendations are everywhere, this includes testimony page on the main website , our Facebook business page, and our online listings on Yell, Google places and Free Business index ! For example on our google listing for Little Happy Hounds we now have 9 reviews ! 

 I did have 60 reviews on Facebook, 50 plus on the Little Happy Hounds page and we had 10 lovely reviews on the Little Happy Cats page, I took the little happy cats page down too concentrate on one page which annoyingly meant I lost the review I had !! So I am hoping was we move into 2020 I will gain some new Facebook ones on the little happy hounds page make up for the fabulous ones I lost !

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

https://littlehappyhounds.co.uk/testimonials/

Little Happy Hounds, began life in 2012 in New Mills, offering dog walking, cat sitting and puppy visits in the High Peak. We cover Chinley, were I live, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and other places in and around High Peak Derbyshire. As a dog walker, I am very caring, experienced, and reliable, with cat sitting I offer a very bespoke personalised service, over the years I have looked after older cats, shy cats, friendly cats, cats who need medication cats who need to be brushed we caterer them all following clients specific instructions.

with puppy visits, I offer basic reward based training, reliability, experience and lots of love and care. Little Happy Hounds is a small local pet care business, no employees at all offering a more caring approach in the work I personally do. 

Aaron , 07732265149 or I can be emailed info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

 

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Can not believe its only Tuesday

I feel like I have done an entire week of Little Happy Hounds I am a very tired dog walker indeed;  which is annoying as its only Tuesday I am feeling more tired than usual sleeping very deeply struggling too get up nice and early !! This is not a complaint but a observation. Winter lack of sunshine and long dog walks always makes me very tired… 

So Monday yesterday we did three one hour walks and today just two one hour dog walks. we have a extra dog this week, a black Schnauzer called Teddy, who I walked once before a few months back he belongs to some family members of my client Monty a lovely cocker spaniel I walk regularly. Teddy is a one off and staying on a long training lead as he can be a bit precious and I am worried he will run away ! As a one off dog walk I don’t mind walking a dog on a lead, as all my little happy hounds regulars are able to be off leads. 

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Betty in my van today enjoying the new heated seat ! 

So yesterday the dog friendly walks were, Taxal, Eccles Pike, and my third walk, which was just my dog Scrappy and sisters German shepherd Amy and her rescue dog sister Ruby was along the Peak Forest Canal, I start near Bridgemont walk towards Bugsworth Basin and do a loop around the basin its the flattest walk I do just because I have lost Toddbrook reservoir now and their are not many good walks too do near the Whaley Lane end of town, the girls love that canal walk so all is good ! 

 

Today I had two walks my first was Fernilee Reservoir my second was a repeat of a walk I do at Taxal, its rained a bit mostly drizzling which is fine as its been a lot milder this week, the pictures are just a few from the last few days find us on Facebook too follow our adventures in full. 

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

Yesterday I got some cat sitting bookings from the regulars, Queenie booked in for three days in December, more of my regular cat clients in Buxworth added another date too December they already have a week of cat visits booked in,  and this weekend I am now popping in too cat feed Bertie Friday eve, and twice on Saturday! 

For dog walking and cat sitting, I am based in Chinley and cover the surrounding areas of Buxworth, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith High Peak, Derbyshire.  Pet care services,  include pet sitting, cat sitting, dog walking and puppy visits. As of  2018 we ceased operating in New Mills, Hayfield and Birch Vale, as we centralised the business.

https://littlehappyhounds.co.uk/testimonials/

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