For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted a dog. Growing up all my friends and family had dogs except us. I desperately begged my family constantly but never got one at least not until I was in my teens. We did have a cat, rabbit, gerbils, hamsters and fish throughout the years which I loved. Our cat called Smudge was a rescue from Clackmannanshire Cats Protection, she was definitely more dog than cat! We taught her to sit and wait nicely for her meals and she even played fetch, I loved her very much but she was not the dog I dreamed of so badly. I was crazy about dogs, from the age of about 6 I used to borrow all the neighbours dogs and take them for short walks to the end of the street or round the block so I could get my dog fix. I guess you could say I was Clackmannanshire's or to be more specific, Sauchie's first dog walker!
Eventually when I was in my teens my dad got Cassie, a gorgeous brindle and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She was beautiful, loving and cheeky. Very much your typical Staffie and this Ladies and Gents is how I became the "Staffie Lassie". When I was 18, I decided I was going to get my own dog. I looked for quite a while at rescue centres and in local papers but eventually through a friend I found a puppy. She wasn't the cute little puppy everyone hopes for, she hadn't had the best start, she was bald due to severe demodectic mange, underweight and eventually we would also find out she suffered from various joint problems. Yes this little puppy was Teigan, whom I'm sure many of my first clients will remember. Teigan was of course a Staffie, the best Staffie there ever was, she was my dog in a million and the reason I eventually started Forth Valley Dog Walking.
I started volunteering with various rescues, mainly fostering dogs (46 in total) until they find their forever homes. I also got involved with doing homechecks for prospective new adopters, transporting dogs from kennels to foster/forever homes, walking the kennel dogs and eventually assessing dogs for the rescue on their suitability for family homes. I was one of the few fosters that would accept Staffie's, as many of our foster families that helped the rescue were wary of the breed due to media's perception of them, so mostly the Staffie's came to me but we also fostered other breeds too. Throughout this we also adopted several of our foster dogs, mainly oldies or Staffie's as these were sadly the hardest to rehome.
Throughout my twenties I worked in various jobs from retail and laundry to admin and care, the most recent of which was as a Prison Officer with the Scottish Prison Service. I enjoyed most of the jobs I had done but I knew none of them were what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was during my service as a Prison Officer when I was using a dog walking service for my own dog that I realised this was what I wanted to do. Teigan had great fun on her walks and the service we received from Kate was great but I wanted to be the one spending more time with Teigan and taking her on the adventures I daydreamed about whilst at work.
Meet The Team
Founder and Dog Walker
Pets I own:
Two Staffie girls Maddie and Peggy and two boys, Blair our Pachon Navarro (Spanish Pointer) and Archie our Irish Wolfhound x Italian Spinone.
What I do in my spare time:
Most of my spare time is taken up by Agility or Canicross with my dogs however I do enjoy Comedy gigs, Camping and travelling.
I am the Founder of Forth Valley Dog Walking, I have 15 years experience working with rescue dogs and of course my own and I also hold several dog related qualifications including Canine First Aid, Canine Enrichment, Dog Training and Scent work.
Pets I own:
Boris a Husky/German Shepherd Cross.
What I do in my spare time:
I generally spend my spare time with Boris when I'm not doing that I love going to concerts and festivals. I have also recently taken up drawing.
I joined the team in 2020. I spent two year's living in Canada, during that time I was lucky enough to spend a summer season in 2017 as a Kennel Assistant at a sled dog company in Canmore, Alberta. By the end of my time there we had over 200 Huskies! When I came back to Scotland, I spent 10 months at a Dog Day Care Centre also as a Kennel Assistant. During the busy summer months we would have upwards of 50 dogs per day to look after and care for. I am kind, responsible and patient so you can rest assured that your dog will be happy and safe whilst in my care.
Food, agility, tennis balls and water.
Loud noises and having my feet touched.
I am chief of security and help mum keep everyone in line, I enjoy having fun with my friends but I also referee to make sure it doesn't get out of hand!
Food, agility, having fun, saurusing.
Rain, wind, wearing jackets.
I am the Play Manager and my job is to make sure everyone is having fun and living their best life, I mainly create a lot of work for my sister Maddie to do! Mum calls me Pegasaurus because I'm a mini dinosaur.