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Our Team of Pet Lovers

You’ve got to be pretty special to make the team.  All Happy Hounders are vetted, checked, trained, monitored and fully supported by the team and their colleagues. When you work with one of us, you get the support of all of us with YEARS of experience. We truly believe our team of friendly, courteous, responsible and professional pet carers are the best around.  They are a very talented, educated and diverse bunch who have chosen this profession out of a genuine passion for animals and come rain or shine will give your pet the attention and love they deserve. Read on to find out a little more about a few of the Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats team.
 
 
Lynne

Lynne

Dog boarding, puppy visits & cat sitting

She acts, she writes, she creates, she’s a florist; and she LOVES dogs! Originally from Scotland, Lynne’s a life long animal enthusiast with a passion for boisterous bully breeds, greyhounds and a soft spot for a rescue of any size. Lynne’s a pro with 5 years at Happy Hounds and an extensive knowledge of dog breeds, behaviour and training. Lynne has her own retired greyhound Roxanne at home, who lives happily with her pointy brother Sunny the Cat.

Inarhu (Ini)

Inarhu (Ini)

Dog walking

I have been working for HH for over 6 months. I have always loved animal every since I was a child. I grew up with them, such as horses, dogs, goats etc. I would say my favourite animal is a horse because of how majestic and elegant they are. I love riding them and taking care of them, it takes time to nurture them but it is extremely peaceful and it allows you to be calm when being with them. Working with HH has been a good experience so far, and the best thing about it is being able to take care of the dogs, and spending time with them always brings a smile to my face. They all have such a sweet personality and are very different, and the fact that I go out everyday to a park/ field, brings joy to me, to be so close to nature everyday. As they all have such different qualities and behaviours, the funniest thing ever is when one of the dogs poop in my car I couldn't  believe it! If I didn’t have to work, I think I’d still make myself be at the position to take care of animals, or even be around them. Before I used to work in the hospitality side of business, whether it be customer care, chef, etc. But so far this is one of the best jobs I have had. I have a dog named Leo, he is an American Akita and is going to be turning 2 in 2 months! My dad has horses at our house in Spain and goats, so whenever I get the chance to go back, I spend time with them.

Christine

Christine

Doggy daycare and boarding

 I've worked in various places over my lifetime, including retail, nightclub bar manager, stables, factory team leaders, recruitment and a short spell in work experience as a  veterinary assistant and more. The list is endless but never something I loved or always wanted to do. I love all animals but dogs are my thing. I was brought up with dogs and have been a dog owner all my life. After my last job working in retail for 8 long years, then gratefully getting made redundant, it was the wake up call I needed. I decided to take a year's career break and realised that life is too short to not do a job you know you would love. So when the opportunity to work with Happy hounds arose and run my own daycare and boarding, I jumped at it. Almost 3 years later and I still love it. Plus my own dog Polly who is in her senior years loves her friends and meeting new ones.The team at Happy Hounds are great. They are all genuine  caring animal lovers and work together as a team. It's the best thing I ever did and I regret not doing it sooner - why work with people when you can work with puppies and dogs?!

Enfield council: Licence number No: LN/202000096

Nicola

Nicola

Doggy daycare, walking and boarding

Nicola LOVES running doggy daycare from her home and the dogs love it too! She’s been with us providing services since early 2019 but she already had so much experience dealing with animals, having been a pet owner for most of her life and also regularly boarding family & friends’ dogs. She topped up her experience by volunteering as an assistant at a kennels, where she fed & watered, exercised and groomed the dogs, so is a very confident handler – or as we like to call her firm but fair! All the pooches have a great time playing and hanging out and boarding and snoozing. It really is a fantastic home from home.

Enfield council: Licence number No: LN/202000031

 

Perrie

Perrie

Dog walking, and cat sitting

I’ve grown up with animals all my life, from cats to horses and everything in between and always felt like I connected with them more than anything else. When I moved to Surrey from the sunny (not so sunny) Isle of Wight I decided to start studying and did an Animal Management course, which led me to continue studying for a degree in Animal Science. I have also volunteered with the RSPCA, Zoos and a Veterinary Clinic, and in turn have gained a lot of experience with not only the behaviour and health of animals, but also the care and wellbeing.  After being in the hospitality industry for the last 13 years I have finally moved into a job where I feel at home and can put my knowledge to good use.

Reinaldo

Reinaldo

Dog groomer extraordinaire!

Reinaldo originally hails from Venezuala where he dog groomed for several years. He upped his British dog grooming training by getting further qualifcations at Groomarts and is a great new addition to the happyhounds.co.uk team. Providing beautiful cuts and care for a lovely range of clients: from puppies first groom, to giant Newfoundlands, they've all had a lovely unstressful time and come home looking (and smelling!) FABULOUS.

Chloe

Chloe

Admin

I’ve been working with the Happy Hounds team for just a year at this point, but I’ve never had a dull moment! You’d think tucked away in an office there was only so much that can go on, but when you work with animals you can never know what to expect - even when you’ve been doing it for 15 years like I have! My first job was as a warehouse assistant while in college, and whilst we had fun zipping around on the forklifts, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. Animals have always been a constant in my life, so when it was time to move on, it was a no-brainer! I started off as a kennel assistant in Chingford and gradually worked my way up over the years, all the way to office manager. After getting made redundant I was offered a few job roles within the same company but none of them felt like the right fit - which was when I found Happy Hounds! I couldn’t be happier to continue to use all the dog skills and tech skills I’ve learnt over the years. When I’m not responding to emails I’m usually out walking my five(!) rescue dogs, snuggling with my rescue cats or tortoise, or catching a game with friends at Tottenham Hotspurs stadium with my season pass. Come on you Spurs!

Anna

Anna

Doggy Daycare

Hi! I'm Anna, I've been working with Happy Hounds since February 2021. I grew up in London with terriers - Daisy the Westie (RIP) who lived to the ripe old age of 17 (!!) and Gretel the Schnauzer who is 9 this year. I now live with my boyfriend and our greyhound, Oscar! A step up ... (literally, a ladder) from scruffy little rat catchers to a big old squirrel chaser! For me, a house is really not a home without a dog, I love their companionship and the silly things they do to make us laugh! I stumbled upon Happy Hounds when I was looking for someone to clip Oscar's nails, and found a job advertisement for a DOG DAY CARE... I thought... 'this MUST be an April Fool's...' it seemed too good to be true!! But here I am, in my kitchen surrounded by my motley gang of: one playful Romanian rescue, one bossy schnauzer, one silly sausage, one scrappy border terrier, one elegant whippet with rather potent farts and a cuddly cockapoo - and this is my life! I love the fact that I look forward to seeing my 'colleagues' every single day.  I come from a children's book publishing background, and also managed my local independent book shop, so reading has always been my passion. I also love to write, poetry in particular. Usually silly and humorous little ditties - recently when one of my dog 'colleagues' moved with her family to the countryside, I wrote her an ode to say goodbye from me and all of her friends! The dogs are GREAT inspiration for poetry and stories!

Maeve

Maeve

Doggy daycare, puppy visits, cat sitting

Growing up, my house was often referred to as a zoo given the amount of animals we had! From dogs to snakes to chickens, if it will accept my cuddles I will give them. After not getting on with the traditional academic route, I decided to go back to one of my earliest passions, and luckily Happy Hounds needed a new daycare manager. After 4 happy (and muddy) years at daycare, I've moved into the office where I help out with the admin side of things. It's an amazing team to be a part of, and you know you'll never have a boring day!

Neil (Tommo)

Neil (Tommo)

Dog walking and cat sitting

Neil - Tommo to his friends - is bloomin’ fantastic with animals. A long time dog owner himself, always a rescue from Battersea, he’s a big fan of site hounds. So give him a whippet or a lurcher or something pointy and quick and he’s in heaven! Neil looks after our dog's who need a little more care and attention, on Solo walks and Puppy Sits- he's attentive and has the patience of a saint! He’s also a professional photographer, with bands and gigs his speciality.  We do have a lovely creative bunch.

Richard

Richard

Dog walking, puppy visits, cat sitting & occassional dog boarding

I joined Happy Hounds in 2014 after taking early retirement from my job in banking, a career lasting for over 30 years. I grew up in Luton, started in banking there after leaving school, and eventually moved to London in the 1980’s. I have always been an animal lover, and have enjoyed the companionship of both cats and dogs throughout my life, so when I was looking for a new challenge the prospect of joining Happy Hounds seemed like the perfect fit and I have never looked back, thoroughly enjoying every day spent with such a fantastic variety of furry personalities. My average day now couldn’t be more different from my previous desk bound existence, I am out in the fresh air walking a lot of the time and have never been fitter, or more content as I experience the constant joy of seeing happy faces pleased to see me!

Nicola

Nicola

Dog walking, daycare & office team

Nicola is another we won't let go. She's been travelling for the last year after working with us for two, and we're delighted we've managed to lure her back to Happy Hounds.  After graduation she moved to London and was ecstatic to find a job working with animals.  Growing up with dogs her whole life, she understands the love and importance of dogs as part of the family. Quickly becoming a key member of the team, she studied dog training as well as managing daycare and it's great to have her back with the us so she can develop along with us.

Licence number: LBWF/938532/202

Lisa

Lisa

Dog walking, daycare & office team

Since joining the amazing Happy Hounds team, things have changed - being a freelancer script supervisor in television and combining a love of music, I’m now also able to indulge another passion - a massive love of animals. Yes ... Life has changed, my shopping habits are now unrecognisable as I search the net for scented biodegradable poo bags and scan the aisles for special deals on favoured dog treats, I also find myself rescuing snails from exuberant puppies, and now have a full appreciation of the diverse world of the dog harness. But the best change of all is spending time with all the wonderful dogs and cats residing in the area, who luckily for me, have chosen Happy Hounds to look after them.

Joe

Joe

Dog walking, cat sitting, and admin

Joe came to us after many years in an office-based role and was ready for a change of scenery – he’s been around dogs all his life and so the appeal of working with them and spending time outdoors was just what he wanted.  He hasn’t looked back – absolutely loves walking groups and solos alike and often has so much fun that he often returns as muddy as the dogs.  He also has a background in physical theatre and is uncannily good at doing impressions of the dogs. When he isn't out walking, Joe is in the office with us helping out.

Lynn

Lynn

Doggy Daycare

I was born and have lived in Chingford all my life. My background is working in a London Art Gallery, I loved the job having always been into art myself .However when it relocated elsewhere and having had enough of the long commute I ended up in various part time jobs from retail to children's nurseries - neither of which were my cup of tea! When this job came along I leapt at the chance as I have always wanted to work with animals. I have had pets all my life dogs, rabbits, Guinea pigs, you name it I've had it! It also means I can work from home and combine my love of dogs while looking after my own dog George, a Jack Russell x Pug. He gets so excited when his furry friends turn up for the day! If I didn’t have to work, you'd probably find me cycling or taking a long dog walk in Epping Forest while bird watching . Yes, I admit I'm a secret Twitcher! Either that or brushing up on my guitar lessons or doodling in my sketch pad! My HH adventure has just begun but I can finally say I've found a job I look forward to getting up for in the morning!

Davi

Davi

Dog walking and more dog walking!

Davi moved to London from Brazil 7 years ago, and currently lives with his wife and two dogs in Leyton. Trapped in kitchens with shouty chefs, he's been working he loves the fact that he now spends his days looking after dogs and enjoying time with them outdoors.  He take his dogs on some amazing walks, they NEVER want to go home afterwards.  He is pack leader and they all worship him.

Kerry S

Kerry S

Doggy walking and boarding

After having a few different career paths, I’ve always known I’ve had a way with animals so, over the past 2 years the dream has been taken into action. I previously worked on a yard of 40 horses which was an eye opener to what hard work really was. After leaving the horsey world I chose to take a career in dog walking which I can honestly say is the best decision I’ve ever made. Happy hounds welcomed me with open arms and can honestly say they’re like family. Everyone works as a team and the support from everyone is excellent. Hard work is never gone unappreciated and it’s all worth it to have happy clients and happy furry friends! Every day at happy hounds is different and exciting, and I’m super excited to see what the future holds! Can I get a woof?!

Vass

Vass

Dog Walker, cat sitter & occasional boarder

Enjoys the company of all animals after being brought up in a household with various different ones. After 18 years shut away in retail and management, always wishing to do something different and outside, Vass worked with the RSPCA before joining Happy Hounds and has never looked back! A music, arts, nature and of course animal lover, always looking forward to a good run about with a pack of dogs.

Patrick

Patrick

Dog walking, puppy visits, house and cat sitting

After years working in many different fields and building up an interesting and varied skills set - everything from retail customer service, youth work, diversity and inclusion training, mindfulness and reiki, Patrick joined the team because of the “absolute joy” he’d found in working with a friend who trains dogs.  He travels everywhere on his bicycle, is always positive and upbeat and if you ask anyone else on the team, they are mostly likely to describe him as cool, calm and collected and a total pleasure to work with.

Cath

Cath

Top dog & dogsbody

Following a business and marketing career a change of direction was needed. No more office politics for her.  Her partner at the time felt the same.  So they decided to follow their passion: animals. They decided they wanted to provide a more caring alternative to kennels and catteries that minimised the distress sometimes caused to animals by being away from home and also enabled working owners to have a happy dog without the worry.   Many years later the business has grown but we keep the ethos of a family: to care and look after the animals as if they were our own and to work as a team and support each other.  To have a lovely working environment with great animals and great people.  Most important thing is doing a great job and favourite thing?  Apart from cuddling animals, is seeing people doing jobs they absolutely love.

Kerry F

Kerry F

Dog Walker and Cat Feeder

I've been working at happy hounds since November 2021.  It's a brilliant place to work - we are a very close knit group of people, and everyone always shows the utmost respect whether it be to people or animals. I like working here because of the flexibility, and because it feels more like family than a job! Plus you get to work with animals (cats, dogs, sometimes more!) which is the best of both worlds - joining HH is the best decision I've ever made. I've lived in Leytonstone all my life so to work close to home is a bonus. I have two cats of my own (Amber and Bella) who are my world. To look after someone else’s cats and dogs was always a dream and now it's my job!

Charlie

Charlie

Dog Walker

I’m relatively new to Happy Hounds, but already feel very at home thanks to the warm welcome from the team, not to mention the four legged customers' waggy tails! I’ve been a printed textile designer for over 10 years, selling prints to the worldwide fashion industry. It was time for a work/life rebalance, and working for Happy Hounds means I get to spend valuable time with my family. If I wasn’t working or looking after kids I’d love to do a ceramics course, I’ve been talking about it for years! Dogs and animals have been a big part of my life, living on a farm in Derbyshire when I was young we had four dogs at once! Two of these were kept from litters that were born at home. We also had a full menagerie of animals from guinea fowl to horses. The cheekiest were rescued Shetland ponies not to mention the goats that were forever escaping to eat anything they shouldn’t! We just have one pet these days and that’s our beloved whippet Sylvie - she was actually cared for by Happy Hounds over 8 years ago when she was a puppy, having visits at home before going on to join group walks.

Ellie

Ellie

Doggy Daycare

Hi my name is Ellie and I am a doggy daycare assistant, I started the company as a group walker in April 2021 which I loved but had the opportunity to work in the daycare which was my dream job! I love all animals but dogs are definitely my favourite, I prefer them to humans, so spending my day with them makes me so much happier! I’ve worked for Happy Hounds for a year now and it’s been the best year by far… actually going to work and enjoying myself instead of dreading an office job!  I used to work doing recruitment for 5 years but it got too much - being involved with sales, cold calling and hitting targets so I luckily got out of it and found this amazing job. Everyone at Happy Hounds are all so supportive and all work as a team - any problems they are there to help! I have learnt so much about dogs since working here through the good and not so good times. I’ve  learnt about how dog body language can have an impact on how they will react to situations, always being that one step ahead helps avoiding bad situations. This has allowed me to be able to train my own dogs and give advice to friends and family with dogs. I have two bulldogs myself who I adore! They are my life even though they are stubborn as anything! I love going home to them after finishing work and just being able to use my knowledge which I’ve learnt to train them. Their recall has improved whilst being out on walks, thanks to Happy Hounds and their tips. I have always grown up with dogs in my family since I was a baby so they are a big part of my life and I will always have a dog. A house is not a home without a dog!

To join us you have to be pretty special. You have to be kind. You have to be a team player.  You have to be dotty about animals.  You have to be able to follow clients’ instructions TO THE LETTER and you have to be calm, sensible, reliable, friendly, responsible. 

If you have the right attitude and experience we can train for other things. It goes without saying you’ll be happy to get muddy and smell a bit of dog! We don’t care what your background is.

And if you’re already doing this but maybe on your own but would like to get the support of a team, then please get in touch. 

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