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!