Use of a dog walking service requires trust, not only that the walker will come and walk your dog for the required amount of time, but also that they will be kind and responsible, deal with any challenges that arise and take good care of your home. That’s a lot of trust, and here at Custom Canine Care, we are keen to help make it as easy as possible for you. With that goal in mind, this blog post will allow you to meet our dog walking team, at least in a virtual sense.
All of our dog walkers are independent contractors (ICs) and some have their own dog care business too. This means they are self-employed and contract their services to Custom Canine Care. In a practical sense, this involves me offering them a week’s work at a time after they have told me their availability, and once they accept it, they become responsible for carrying it out. If they can’t fulfill the work they have agreed to do, they use other walkers who work within the CCC team for cover. They are all insured (by CCC) for the care and custody of our client’s dogs, key loss and public liability.
Our dog walking team
So, in order of how long we have been co-workers, we are:
Alison – me, owner of Custom Canine Care, and primarily responsible for admin, client contact, house sitting, and a little walking. Since Covid19 I’ve had zero house sitting and usually walk (with my dog, Raffi) once a week to provide a few of our dogs with social walks. The thing I enjoy most about walking is the joy of an enthusiastic greeting from a dog that I may not have seen for a week or a month or more. It’s like a reunion with old friends. I also love being outside, and have a strange infatuation with weather – especially when wild or extreme (except heat). I least enjoy being pulled about by a dog. One thing you may not know about me is that I bred rats for many years and showed them all over the UK (like ratty Crufts)!
Lynne – I am forever grateful for the day Lynne decided to ring me to ask if I had any jobs dog walking. Since the very first day as we waded our way through the snow to do 7 consecutive walks, she has repeatedly had my back and helped me out of many scrapes. It will soon be 9 years since Lynne joined the team, first as employee and now as an IC, and (although she’s not working at the moment due to injury) I would be devastated to lose her. She’s competent and organised and often goes the extra mile. Lynne says that her favourite part of the job is meeting all of the different fur babies, with their special characters and establishing a special body with each one. She loves that they are always pleased to see her. The worst things about the job are horrible weather and dog owners who let their dogs come over when she’s walking a reactive dog. One interesting fact about Lynne that you may not know is that she loves everything Disney and her favourite place is Florida.
Pete – I first met Pete as a client, when he needed care for his lurcher, Red. We got along like a house on fire and it was only a matter of weeks before Pete started walking for Custom Canine Care. That was over three years ago, and he is an indispensable member of the team. He probably had the most personal experience of dogs out of all of us, prior to starting work for the business and has been a great support to me personally – a sounding board for me to work out my own doggie conundrums. He does a regular 3 walks a day and has his own CCC clients, for whom he provides the majority of their walks. Pete says that his favourite parts of the job are working outside and building a relationship with each dog. He used to say that the worst thing was driving, so he ditched the car and now cycles to his walks. One interesting fact about Pete that you may not know is that he used to drive trains, and (on the back of that) once accidentally gate-crashed a royal wedding!