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My Story Before Waggy Tales

(Owner and Founder of Waggy Tales)

My name is Lydia, I have been interested in animals since I was very young, going on walks to look at nature with my parents and family. This love of animals stayed with me all through school, always being the go-to-person with animal questions by my peers! 

​​After school I then enrolled into collage to do media, of course this still had a deep set animal root as I wanted to learn how to create film and TV shows so it could be me behind the camera filming David Attenborough! 

I then decided to go back animal-based study for me to progress from, so I got accepted into university onto an "Applied Animal Studies BSc" course, which I passed with high marks and came away with a Hons Degree. This left me with a wide knowledge of wild and domesticated animals in all areas from zoo's to your back door.

Lastly, I took it upon myself to take on an additional course which was a subject I became very interested in during my studies, which was Canine Hydrotherapy.  I studied this for a year and was very proud to come away with a level 4 certificate which is currently the highest level achievable in the Canine Hydrotherapy field.

After all of my completed education I decided it was time to get to work! I was very lucky to soon after leaving University, find a job working in a wonderful dog walking company in Milton Keynes. I stayed in this job for two years and discovered a true love for taking care of people's pets and delivering a high standard of service. It was a great experience and it allowed me to put much of what i learned in my studies about training or behaviour into action, working with owners and their furry friends.

I was then very fortunate to be offered a job working in a veterinary surgery as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I loved being part of the practice, seeing so many different cases, helping pets in need and seeing long term patients returning to full health.

I now am the proud owner of two Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi's, Sir Digby Chicken Caeser, and Maris Piper (Digby and Piper to their friends!), alongside our two house cat brothers Rupert & Lord Flashheart and two house rabbits Grace & Luther!

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Meet Our Wonderful Dog Carers

Your dog's new best friends away from home!

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Hello, I'm Alannah.

Ever since I was little all I’ve ever wanted to do is work with animals! I’m that person always wanting to pet every dog I pass!

I completed my level 3 diploma in animal management with Distinction* at Moulton College alongside completing a zoology course.

In 2018 I went travelling to South Africa,  for 12 weeks to volunteer and work with the animals, gaining some invaluable experience with a whole host of species. While I was there I also had amazing adventure experiences including skydiving and quad biking. One of my most favourite duties out there was running lions around a specially built Assault course and walking the resident elephants!

Now in my spare time I love going on big walks; 2 great hike I’ve completed were, Snowdonia and the Peak District!

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Hello, my name is Hollie.

I absolutely love all animals; I always have since I was very young! Two of my all-time favourites are dogs and horses, working with them is a dream come true!

 

I have recently completed a Level 3 Animal Management course at Shuttleworth College, and I absolutely loved it! Working with all the different animals onsite was an amazing experience.

In my free time I enjoy horse riding, I've been having lessons since I was 4! I also love making greetings cards and using my calligraphy writing skills.

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A Special Mention

In my last job at the vets I met a very special older gent, Tigger. He was a stray who was never claimed and because he was at least 12 years old and very sick with Hyperthyroidism and heart failure he was sadly going to be put to sleep. I took him home one weekend before his time with us was up, and after forming such a special bond with us, he never left. He outdid all the vets expectations of one or two months and he was the light of our lives from Oct 2015 - Aug 2016.

 

I wanted to mention Tigger because he taught us to live for the moment and do things every day that make you happy; this is so fitting because this is exactly why I have opened this centre, because it makes me happy every day.

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