THE PIRAN POST
A day in the life of a dog walker
Bella, a four year old retriever, has been staying for the past 3 weeks. She loves home boarding and gets on with Evie very well. Monday is the day her owners are coming home. Monday is the day Bella decides to roll in a massive pile of horse manure, all fresh and green. Monday is a really good day for Bella to have a bath!
It’s lovely having dogs to stay, I’m licenced by Cornwall Council to home board 3 dogs at a time but restrict this number to 2 to provide a more exclusive service.
So Bella has gone home now and all is quiet at the Piran Pets Pad. It’s great catching a bit of one to one time with Evie before the next four legged guest arrives. A break also gives me a chance to catch up with cleaning beds and towels!
Today hasn’t been the best day to be a dog walker. I used three sets of waterproofs but none of the dogs seemed to mind getting soaked. If anything, the rain made them all frisky. I did my afternoon ‘Little dog Trek’ at Chapel Coombe in St Agnes and this provided a bit of shelter for the little dogs – who all ended up going in the stream in any case. Towels, coats and van are now all dry ready for another soaking tomorrow!
Specialised Walks Offered by Piran Pets
Dogs of a certain breed love walking and interacting together. In group walks, dogs of a breed generally tend to flock together. This gave me the idea of offering specialised walks for particular breeds.
On Wednesday afternoons I now offer a retriever only walk. The retrievers are loving it. They are big dogs who love to jump on each other and chase balls. They especially seem to share a love for water and love the beach, particularly the rock pools. Walks are individually tailored to meet the requirements of this breed. I do try to stay away from mud though!!!
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I offer a group walk specifically for smaller breeds (currently well attended by chihuahas, cockapoos and small spaniels). Some of the smaller breeds can be intimidated by the larger dogs so this walk offers an opportunity for the smaller dogs to enjoy a run around and play with other dogs of a similar size. The smaller dogs really come into their own on this walk.
In the last few years there has been a massive increase in the number of different poodle crosses. Labradoodles, cockapoos, yorkipoos to name but a few. These dogs love to interact and run around with a ball and enjoy a specialised walk together on Monday afternoons.
If you are interested in introducing your dog to a specialised walk, please contact Nicky 07737843781