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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.
 
 
Victoria

Victoria

Dog Walker, cat sitter & house sitter

After ten years running fundraising campaigns for charities, Victoria decided to travel the World for a year. Having befriended stray dogs and cats in every place she visited, she returned to London and has been working as a pet carer and voiceover artist ever since. However, she’s also ferociously efficient, so we’ve dragged her into the office to put those skills to good use. She still does house sitting and some cat visits too, and your pets and your home could not be in safer hands.

Ewan

Ewan

Dog boarder

Having been without a dog for a couple of years, after the wonderful Liam, the not very good ex guide dog golden retriever, passed away, Ewan felt it was time to have a bit more dog in his life.  Ewan and his lovely wife April adore having a happy hound to stay with them and the dogs adore it in return.  As as writers and directors, it fits in with their lives beautifully. Any dog staying there will have a fabulous time.  

Lynne

Lynne

Dog boarding, puppy visits & cat sitting

She acts, she writes and she LOVES animals. Lynn hails from Scotland and after coming down to London for University she now has the best of both worlds, creating her own theatre pieces and spending time with animals, including her own dog Jack-Jack, who adores having dogs to stay. He's chuffed to bits to have new playmates. As are Lynn and her partner Aaron. 

Vienna

Vienna

Dog walking, cat sitting and house sitting

Vienna has been looking after pets professionally for nearly 7 years. After working in secondary schools she fancied a change in who she spent all day with! A true animal lover and believer in good vibes for uneasy animals, joining Happy Hounds was a no-brainer. She is also a singer/songwriter and loves coming home to write after a day of laughs with her animal friends.

Sue

Sue

Ex-walker and office team

Sue doesn't do things by halves.  So she got a dog.  A rescue called Charlie. Sue felt Charlie needed some dog training and so went and saw Caesar Milan. And then realising she rather liked dogs more than she liked working in big business, she joined Happy Hounds, first as a walker which she loved.  But then moved. To Norfolk. But we liked her so much we asked if, using the magic of the interweb, she'd carry on working with us and she's helping run day to day business, on and off ever since.  We refuse to let her go and you may hear her occasionally quote Al Pacino in the Godfather: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Kelly

Kelly

Daycare and dog boarding

Happy Hounds has been a fixture in my life for almost six years. I was inspired to become a part of the team because of my very own hound who enjoys engaging with the local hounds and houndettes on his walks. In fact he's become a bit of a local celeb, his bark is well-known around the neighbourhood!

So as a dog enthusiast with lots of compassion, there's nothing better than spending time with them and they love the routine I create for them which includes lovely walks, play and lots of cuddles whether they're here for boarding or doggy daycare.

 

Kim

Kim

Dog walking, puppy visits and cat sitting

Kim grew up surrounded by cats, dogs, ducks, horses, chickens, rabbits and lots of pet rodents – no wonder her childhood hero was Steve Irwin!  She’s worked in hospitality, sales and retail, so providing quality customer service is high on her list of skills. After moving to London into a shared ‘no pets allowed’ house, she really missed having animals in her life but luckily found us when she searched for a dog walking job. Before joining HH&CC she was putting her acting skills (she is a drama school graduate) to work in schools, teaching 14-17 year olds about driving safety through drama, so she’s clearly never heard the old adage “never work with children or animals”. 

Jonny

Jonny

Dog walking, puppy visits and cat sitting

Johnny B (as we prefer to call him), is a passionate dog lover, having had dogs in his life since the day he was born. He helped out at his Auntie’s pet sitting business every chance he had and built up an in-depth knowledge of dogs and cats and all their little quirks.  His other previous roles included working in bars & restaurants and he's currently studying music production. In his outside life he is a musician & songwriter and his band has even played at Glastonbury! The dogs LOVE him and his very gentle temperament.  And he loves them too. 

Sam

Sam

Dog walking, puppy visits, cat sitting

Sam has a degree in Forensic Science, and this inspired her earlier career choice of Detective Constable with the Met. Feeling she needed a change, she decided to do some work experience with Goddard's Veterinary Clinic and later in a Veterinary Clinic and Equine Hospital, where she was an Auxiliary Nurse - so she’s very used to calming down animals in the most stressful of situations.  Her love of animals comes from childhood, having grown up with dogs and being given responsibility for her own dog since she was a puppy. Knowing she’s an excellent trainer, many of her friends have asked her to dog-sit their dogs and she has often found herself having to take care of up to 4 large dogs at a time. We try not to ask her to put her forensic skills to use too often, but we have been known to ask her to examine the odd strange dog poop and give us an expert opinion!

Grace

Grace

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.

Maeve

Maeve

Doggy daycare, puppy visits, cat sitting

Maeve is the youngest member of our team, at 18 years old but don't be fooled by her youth! She has had animals all her life, from guinea pigs to chickens to snakes, although she currently has 3 cats and 2 dogs and her experience shows with all the happy hounds & cooler cats. Your pets are in excellent hands with her. 

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

Richard joined the team after taking early retirement (but he looks so young!) from a long career in banking client services.  He was looking for a complete change of direction away from the office, but was keen to retain a client focused role.  As a lifelong animal lover he feels that he has found the perfect answer: thoroughly enjoying his new career out in the fresh air looking after our lovely furry clients every day!

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.

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.

Hannah

Hannah

Dog walking, and cat sitting

Who wouldn't want to spend their day covered in dribble!? Working with Happy Hounds has been the best decision I've ever made. I finally traded in sitting in an office for getting lost in the forest! I love the freedom and flexibility and my dogs are amazing (when they behave) I cant resist a big pooch, although I'm sure my bruises would say otherwise...

Joe sitter

Joe sitter

Dog walking, and cat sitting

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.

Brhea

Brhea

Dog walking, puppy visits, house and cat sitting

Brhea studied animal welfare at school and loved her work experience as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant. After this she knew she wanted to work with animals, so after a stint in a restaurant in Epping, she spent a year as an Animal Care Assistant in a pet shop, before joining the HH&CC’s team in March 2019.

Christine

Christine

Doggy daycare and boarding

Retail was Christine’s thing for many years, but her lifelong (she’s owned dogs her whole life and when she was younger worked in a stables) love of animals eventually got the better of her, and she decided to put her brief spell as an assistant in a veterinary clinic to good use by taking on some dog boarding and dog walking. Having dipped her toe in the water and finding she loved it, she joined the Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats team to add Doggy Daycare to her repertoire and her own pooch loves having new buddies over each day, so everyone’s happy!

Katie

Katie

Dog walking, puppy care, dog boarding and cat sitting

Katie is an artist and has worked in lots of different roles in the art world, but the nicest role is working with all the pooches at Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats. She’s grown up with dogs, cats and horses, so has huge experience of dealing with all sort of breeds, shapes and sizes. She currently shares a horse and still goes riding every weekend if she can – this also means having to muck out the stables, so she’s not worried about getting her hands dirty. The dogs love her gentle nature and she’s brilliant at coaxing out even the most timid of puppies. 

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.

Drew

Drew

Dog walking, daycare & office team

11 years ago I moved to London from my native Wales, looking for adventure. However, the adventure would take a backseat, whilst I learned to make ends meet.

For years, I worked mind-numbing office jobs in the city, dreaming of a vocation that was more fun and rewarding; the adventure I'd been looking for. Amazingly, Happy Hounds would eventually help me realize those dreams.

There are so many things I love about working with dogs. I love getting to know their personalities, anticipating their needs, and spending my days walking in nature. Dog walking and puppy sitting is sooo much better than an office job. For a start, in all the time I worked in offices, none of my colleagues ever excitedly greeted me by licking my face. Maybe if they had, I would have stayed there (depending on who's doing the licking, of course).

When I first started working for Happy Hounds, I was so nervous. But now I can't imagine working anywhere else!  Except maybe as an ice cream tester. I could totally test ice cream.

Rosie

Rosie

Dog walking, daycare & office team

Rosie is a cat lady turned dog lover and enthusiast. After working as a swimming teacher with children they have turned that kind nature onto our dogs! Ro is Aunty to our puppers at doggy daycare, they are the best caregiver providing all the cuddles and playtime,- even the baths! Little miss organised makes sure everyone is fed, watered and happy and they LOVE her for it!

Kerry

Kerry

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?!

Jenny

Jenny

Daycare and dog boarding

Some would say I have the perfect job… and I do! I'm incredibly lucky to work in such a fun and wonderful workplace, that is also my home, with such compassionate and loving people and the most perfect pooches and cute cats! I've always dreamed about working with animals and after working from a young age as a carer, then with children in and out of the classroom, I felt like was in a place where I wanted to pursue my dream and I really couldn't ask for more. I run the Woodford Daycare along with my pup Eva, some say she is the real head honcho... and they'd be right! My home is their home; from the smallest Dachshund to the biggest Newfoundland all are welcome here to play, have fun and get all the love and care they could ever want.

 

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.

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.

Lucy

Lucy

Dog walking, puppy visits, cat sitting

Lucy’s background is quite different from her dog walking duties – she specialises in window-dressing (or visual merchandising and creative display roles as it’s known in the business), working in Harrods with big brands like Nike. This has provided her with many practical skills, as well as good creative problem solving and a high level of attention to detail, all of which come in surprisingly handy when dealing with pets!  Moving to the Leytonstone area in the Summer of 2019, she was looking to find something part-time to fit in with her freelance work and spotted just the job with Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats – having had dogs all her life and still making sure she goes home every few days to visit the beloved family dog Winnie.

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 boarding and walking 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.

Camilla

Camilla

Dog walking and dog boarding

Camilla came to us as a fully formed dog walker, having been working for a family with a lovely Italian Spinone, as well as having her own 2 dogs. She is highly organised and adaptable after working in her family’s factory, where they expected her to do all sorts - including over-seeing the production line to coming up with new ideas for products, tapping into her creative side. She also did 10 years of competitive swimming, so her upper body strength comes in very handy with some of our, shall we say, more “pully” dogs

Charlotte

Charlotte

General Manager

After 4 years in retail fashion and 2 years running a large market stand at London’s various farmer’s markets, Charlotte landed her dream job at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, near Cambridge. Originally working on the animal welfare side, she was part of a small team responsible for the care of up to 20 species of animal.But, talent will out and within a year she was promoted to Manager of the Small Animal and Field Animal Rehoming Section and then again to become Section Manager of the Small Pets & Residents department. Both roles saw her ensuring best animal welfare practices were followed at all times and she contributed towards the rehoming of lots and lots of happy pets. A move to London turned out to be our gain as she began to find the commute a little bit much, so we snapped her up to run the Happy Hounds & Cooler Cats office. Not only is she incredibly well organised, but we’re very lucky to benefit from her vast knowledge of animal welfare - we don’t Ask Google we Ask Charlotte!

Jayne

Jayne

Dog Walker, dog boarder, cat sitter

Having worked for a large financial organisation for over 30 years and the later years in London Jayne decided that she wanted a different pace in life and having had a passion for animals since a young age this is the field she turned to. Jayne loves the company of the dogs she walks and cats she feeds and this job also fulfills her love of the countryside. Jayne covers enjoys having dogs to board when they live as part of the family and enjoy lots of attention, love and cuddles!

Sarah

Sarah

Dog walker & pet sitter

Having lived in Sevenoaks all her life, originally working in property then as a legal PA. Whilst her children were young, she worked in the family courier business and cared for people's horses part time. Once they started secondary school, she decided to look for a different career path. With a total love of the outdoors and being brought up with dogs and horses, presently owning two horses and two dogs of her own, working with animals was always something she had wanted to do.

Kelly

Kelly

Dog walker, puppy sitter, cat sitter & occasional dog boarder!

After working in care with the terminally ill for five years, Kelly felt it was time for a change. Brought up with a number of dogs and smaller pets, she decided it was working with animals that was best for her. She has been with Happy Hounds since 2011 and loves being outdoors with the dogs and finding new walks to explore.

Julie

Julie

Dog walker, puppy sitter and cat sitter

 

Paul

Paul

Dog walker & pet sitter

Paul has been working for Happy Hounds for four years, and over that time he's never met a dog he didn't like! The job gives him time to spend on his passions, animals and nature during the day, and making music in the evenings.

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.

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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