How Adored Paws started
My name is Helen and animals have always been an important part of my life - some suggest I prefer them to people! From an early age I was surrounded with tortoise, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, goldfish, tropical fish, dogs and Solitaire, my beautiful, bonkers dark bay mare. My first Saturday job was in the local pet shop and I also worked in the livery yard where I kept my horse. I have had three diverse careers, 11 years in the diplomatic service living in Egypt and Malta, 11 working in the City and the then 7 years as a Pastoral Care Leader in education. Throughout this time animals have always played an important part in my life - I adopted stray cats in Egypt and then transported them home to the UK and off again to Malta - no mean feat in the early 90s!
My husband is also a complete animal sucker and our secondary aged son has definitely inherited our genes!
We have two hairy friends in our home now, - an 11 year old Dalmatian bitch called Josie who really likes to get her own way and the softest, friendliest, most social 8 year old Labradoodle who wants everyone to love him. Bailey, the Labradoodle is particularly good with all dog personalities as he reads a situation well and changes his play dependent on the age and size of dog.
Why home from home boarding?
As a family we have always struggled with the concept of sending our beloved dogs to commercial boarding establishments. They just need more attention! Also, although often appearing a reasonably priced option, once all the extras have been added in eg walks, grooming, bathing etc, they ended up pretty pricey. We couldn't stand the thought of our beloved pooches only being led out on a lead for 20 minutes a day which is the only requirement by law. They might also suffer through lack of interaction, stimulation and socialisation - they are just not cage doggies!
A much younger me on my gorgeous horse solitaire
Bailey the Labradoodle as a puppy - our first meeting - love at first sight