I have always been passionate about animals having grown up in a household with dogs. As a teenager my collection grew to include hamsters, mice, chipmunks and several types of parrots. In 2010 I graduated from Merrist Wood College in Guildford with a first class BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Shortly after I founded V.I.Pets to help provide high quality care to pets whilst their owners are busy whether they're at work, on holiday or just enjoying a day out.
During my time at Merrist Wood I had the opportunity to work with a wide range of animals on site including domestic pets, small mammals, birds, exotics and livestock. I have also done work experience at a variety of zoos and private collections including the Hawk Conservancy, Beale Park and CIWF. I have been training birds of prey for over seven years and when not out walking dogs I work part time at Feathers and Fur falconry centre near Twyford. This variety of experience has given me an array of knowledge in the care and welfare of many different types of animals.
My pets have always been more than just animals to me, they are a part of my family. I carry this sentiment and commitment over to my work treating every animal I look after as though it was my own.
Fenrir is a very energetic German Shepherd who joined the V.I.Pets team in January 2015. He is an extremely intelligent and playful dog. When he joined the team he was small enough to curl up in my lap but these days can reach my shoulders with his paws whilst standing!
Fenrir (pronounced Fen-rear) is named after a character from Norse mythology. In the stories Fenrir means great wolf and Fenrir is the son of Loki, the god of mischief. His name has proved extremely apt as he is rapidly growing and loves exploring and playing whenever he can.
Odin is a extremely cuddly Golden Retriever who joined the V.I.Pets team in May 2016. He is a very friendly dog who loves to say hello to any one we meet whilst out on walks, whether dog, human or random woodland creature!
Odin currently comes out on the puppy walks until he's old enough to join the longer group walks.
When not out on walks Odin loves to chase his own tail, steal Fenrir's toys and find whatever lap is available to curl up for a cuddle!