Our Team of Pet Lovers
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.
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
After a variety of different jobs including Greggs, a chef in a few pubs, a piercer in a tattoo shop and a delivery driver, the most recent journey I thankfully ended was in a fast-paced call centre job role in insurance, and I can tell you this is a breath of fresh air. As silly as it sounds I never knew you could actually enjoy a job this much! And as a group walker, the dogs are always super excited to see you and thats the level of positivity I can get on board with! Obviously except dogs and cats I'd have to say my favourite animal is an Elephant, purely because they share similar emotions to us dear old Humans and I can definitely relate (also they're super cute)
I don't currently have a dog of my own but my partner has two cockapoos who I love and lets face it, I may as well be a co-parent to them. I've grown up in a family who have always had pets, so naturally my life has been dominated by cats and dogs (and other animals) and in all honesty I wouldn't have any other way.
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
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.
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.
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!
Hello. I'm Stuart. Stay at home Dad, artist, barman, disco dancing punk rocker. Growing up in a London pub we always had pub dogs. Fiery labs and German Shepherds with oodles of personality who lived to socialise with the locals. Our tiny flat is not suitable for a dog but perfect for our tortoise shell cat Jazz. She rules the roost. Working at Happy Hounds helps me fill that doggy sized void in my life. I specialise in solo walks, looking after your best friend 1 to 1.
I grew up near Grenoble, France, in the countryside and on the ski slopes. I started working with Happy Hounds in June 2022, partly to help me process the loss of someone close to me. I love that the dogs I help - are helping me too! If I had to choose a favourite thing about working with Happy Hounds, other than the furry companions, it would be the freedom it allows me. And also all of the funny moments shared with an animal. The latest is getting evicted from my hammock by a super-size dog! I grew up with a Groenendael named Neï. With Neï, I learned how to raise a dog and train them, communicate with them, play with them, look after them and have confidence with general handling.
I recently started working for Happy Hounds and I’m already loving it. I've had animals all my life and love spending my time with them. Right now I have three cats which I adore but I do miss having a dog in my life, so dog walking is a great job for me.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
I joined Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats in April 2022 and I have never been happier. For many years I wanted to do something different and when I came across the opportunity to work with animals I jumped at the chance. I have always been an animal lover and in recent years I have spent a lot of time volunteering at the local dog and cat rescue shelters. Previously I worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years and my working day now couldn't be more different. I'm now out and about in the fresh air getting lots of exercise and enjoyment, spending my time with my happy, excited furry friends. I live with my wife two kids and two cats (Charlie & Freddie), who are absolutely purrfect.
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.
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?!
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.
Dog walking, puppy visits, house and cat sitting
Patrick has had animals around him for most of his adult life now and has found that being around dogs and cats has become his way of life, so much so it’s become a calling. After a substantial career in people development and equalties (D&I) in the not for profit sector, caring for animals is where he wants to be.
"At home, or the outdoors, I love spending time with animals. If pushed I admit I really like the crisp cold wintery days walking a dog in my care. I love cats too and have looked after many over the past few years."
Quotes from clients
"Thank you so much! Dogs v happy and chilled, house spotless, thanks for the fire and for washing the sheets, above & behind the call of duty!! Good job!"
"Please do pass on our thanks on to Patrick for the daily photos of the cats. The kids are so happy to see that they are safe everyday."
"Hello Happy Hounds, just to say a big thanks to Patrick for his recent Jubilee feeds of Schubert this last weekend."
"Hi Patrick, I just wanted to say thank you for taking such excellent care of Buster. He is full of beans! Hope to see you again soon"
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.
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!
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.
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!
Walking and more walking!
Customer-facing roles in all sorts of environments, department stores, clients’ homes, clinical practices you name it, were the mainstay of Grace’s working life…until she brought her very own Chow Chow. She’d grown up with family dogs and other pets, and had often helped out at her friend’s dog-sitting service in her spare time, but it was the arrival of her very own fluff-ball that convinced her the time was right to work with dogs full time. She enjoys a challenging situation and came across many in her customer services days, so she’s very well equipped to deal with all the ups and downs of the dog-walking day. She loves being out in the open air and finds walking all day very therapeutic, whatever the weather! She’s an absolute delight as a colleague and we’re very lucky to have her.
Dog walking, cat feeding
Kia ora, I'm Ruby and I've been with HH since June 2022. Growing up in NZ my family always had cats, but it wasn't until I studied Animal Management at uni that I discovered my affinity for dogs and began volunteering at the SPCA dog unit. On my way across the pond, I lived in Australia for a year and realised my interest in reptiles, which cultivated in me adopting a bearded dragon 2 years ago called Bean (whose favourite veg, funnily enough, is green beans). I've been living in London for over 6 years now, initially working as a nanny and then a support carer so my work interest has always been with looking after others. If I didn't have to work I'd still be looking after animals, but ideally on my own farm!