SIX | Have you got any advice you can offer for other women considering taking the leap and starting their own business?
Work hard, believe in yourself. Follow what you love and you will get there. It is also so important to remember to take breaks and have some downtime. Running your own business is such a cool job, though it requires you to always be at your best. So take moments and weekends as a way to reboot.
SEVEN | Is it important to support other like-minded businesses in your network?
It is very important to support one another in the industry. I will forever be grateful to Gabby, another dog walker and now good friend who introduced me to other handlers who were all passionate about pack walking, and how we consistently bettered ourselves. It is inclusive if you go about it the right way, approaching other more experienced walkers to shadow them and learn from their successes and mistakes. Many people don't realise how much work goes into building what we have today, training and working each and every dog over a length of time.
EIGHT | Is there a specific breed you will always have a soft spot for?
Leda and I have different opinions about that! I have an insufferable love for the Boxers, they are the silly, goofy, rude at times, clowns of the pack! Leda has a soft spot for Borzois. They are very stubborn, tend to do whatever they want, they make you work very hard to get very little! Jokes aside, they are a very loyal, funny and insightful breed.
Though it is not a breed, we both have a deaf dog we absolutely adore, and we love working with deaf puppies.
NINE | You’re known for the incredible pup portraits that feature on your Instagram, can you tell us - honestly - how long these take to set up? And maybe a few memorable portraits?
Haha! These actually don't take long at all! Our packs are very well-trained and used to having to sit and wait! The hardest part is often getting creative enough with funky sounds to catch everyone’s attention!
Memorable portraits are definitely the Christmas portraits we do every year. Because we dress up every single dog in a xmas outfit, these can get quite time consuming, we have to use quite a few treats to keep them awake and excited!