About us

Contented Dogs was started originally because of my little old man Finnegan. 
When we moved back over from Northern Ireland in 2010 I had been offered an admin job in the stock brokers where I worked before we left. But things had changed, we now had this little stubborn, opinionated but incredibly loving stumpy ball of fluff and I just didn't want to leave him all day. 
I had always wanted to work with animals having had dogs and cats my whole life, but Finnegan inspired me to go for it and it seemed the right time to make a change. So me and Finnegan set ourselves up with all the necessary training and insurance and off we went. He used to come on most, if not all, of the walks with me until his slipped disc left him paralysed. Since his surgery he’s come on leaps and bounds and is now back up to an hour most days. 
It’s ironic really, as he doesn't really like walking, he never has done. I think this is my fault for walking him too much when he was little (more than I should have!) I think I put him off lol! So for a long time I must have been the only dog walker with a dog who doesn't like walking, not the best advertisement for my services I know! 
Luckily we also have our working cocker Cherry now who very much likes walking so more than makes up for his laziness and he is delighted to not have to accompany me to work all day lol. I couldn't love this little old man more if I tried, he’s ten now and has been through so much with me and it’s him I have to thank for being able to do this job, which means the world to me. 

I am very lucky to be joined by Ruth too, who is fantastic with all of the dogs, who love her very much. She's an integral part of Contented Dogs now and we couldn't be without her!



I started Contented Dogs in July 2010 as I adore dogs of all shapes and sizes and really wanted to work with them as well as have more time with my own dog and this was the perfect solution.  It's been over 9 years now and I've loved every minute of it and have been lucky to have looked after so many amazing dogs.  I have a current DBS check, a certificate in Canine First Aid and am fully insured through Pet Business Insurance. I have completed my Canine Studies diploma and am currently completing a Higher Canine Behaviour and Psychology diploma as well as a positive, force free gundog trainers course.  My husband and I have two dogs, a miniature dachshund called Finnegan and a working cocker spaniel called Cherry, as well as six chickens. 



Ruth has been with us for over three years now and is very loved by all of the dogs, we couldn't be without her. She lives in Salisbury with her husband and two cats, Momo and Zuzu.  Ruth is a huge animal lover and whilst she doesn't have dogs of her own (at the moment!) she has lots of experience through working at a local boarding kennels before coming on board at Contented Dogs. She is fully insured, is DBS checked and has completed her Canine First Aid course.

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