About Waggy Welcome Burton
We appreciate that a mutual trust must be developed between Waggy Welcome, owners and their much loved pets. To prove our commitment to the provision of the best possible standards we are registered with the National Association of Registered Petsitters with full insurance and up-to-date CRB checks.
What we do
- We walk all dogs individually unless there are more than one from the same household.
- Walk your dog on or off lead according to your wishes.
- Feed your pet, check and replenish water, change litter trays/ bedding as necessary.
Encourage reluctant pets with treats - with your permission. Give plenty of cuddles and play time.
- We will undertake basic security measures in your home: pick up post, draw curtains, switch lights on and off, put bins out or be there for deliveries etc.
- Water garden plants in hot weather.
- Buy in bread, milk etc ready for your return
- Keep the keys to your house in a secure safe.
- Keep you informed of your pet’s well-being by phone, text, email or a written record
What we don't do
- Arrive in a sign painted van and park it outside your home advertising that you are not there.
- Allow anybody other than ourselves into your property or to walk your dog
- Take on the care of “exotic” pets eg snakes, lizards, spiders of which we have no experience. This is not fair to you or the animal.
- Put the security of your house at risk by attaching your name and address to your keys.
I am David, retired after 36 years in Secondary school education, the last 10 as Assistant Headteacher. Having loved the job greatly I felt the need to continue to do something I really liked and that is work with animals, especially dogs.
I was brought up on a small farm in rural Northumberland and so have been around all sorts of animals much of my life. I loved living in the countryside but the future for individual farmers was not too hopeful and so I chose to pursue my education and then become a teacher. I guess the driving force behind what I have done is the desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. Now that I have chosen to opt out of this I want to go back to looking after animals.
My passion is looking out for retired greyhounds and in the last twelve years have had three beautiful ex-racers , Blue, Evie and Oscar, who have given me so much love and pleasure in return for a loving home. Sadly all three have passed away in the last 18 months so we are currently left with Dixon. He is an aging lurcher that was abandoned to the RSPCA at the age of 9, he is a real character but there are times when I have to ask myself who is in charge of whom? What is certain is that there will be more greyhounds coming into the family as they are the most gentle natured dogs and certainly live up to their nicknames of ’40 mph couch potatoes’. In fact since writing this I have gained a lovely female called Mollie who was desperate for a home but is now completely one of the family. We have not been lucky in the last few months losing both of our beloved pets described above. However we now have a new greyhound: Hooch who is becoming the most loving and chilled greyhound which is lovely to see after his terrible start to life from which he had to be rescued.
I have also had cats around but cats and greyhounds are not a recommended combination!!!
I have great experience of looking after pets for both friends and neighbours either in their own homes or lodging in ‘Hotel David’ with me and the family. I always work on one maxim and that is to look after any other pet the way i would want Dixon to be treated. We are fortunate to live near the River Trent and there are some lovely walks where the area is still a little wild rather than neatly manicured parks but at the same time extremely safe. The one downside is the number of interesting smells that can make the walks quite long drawn out affairs!!
Having worked in education I have an up to date CRB check.
My wife Caroline works as a trained nurse and is also a passionate dog lover. This obviously means that she has an up to date CRB check but it is of great help should your dog require any medication or care which sadly some dogs need as they get older. She is an enthusiastic partner in ‘Waggy Welcome’ as she finds dog walking greatly helps her to wind down from the intensities of caring for the ill.
I love animals and I am extremely passionate about their welfare and I am convinced that with love and affection all animals respond positively and should I be fortunate enough to look after your pet it will be treated with the best possible care and attention, and be very happy.