ANIMAL MAGIC COMES TO MAIDSTONE AS ‘WE LOVE PETS’ FRANCHISE OPENS!

Award-winning animal care franchise We Love Pets has opened a new branch in Maidstone.

The local franchise has been taken up by Elaine Dunn, aged 52, who will be helping pet owners with dog walking and boarding, cat sitting and even looking after snakes, lizards and bigger animals.

Elaine, who recently moved back to her birth town of Maidstone, decided that the time was right to start a new career with animals after leaving the care profession. She has already taken on one member of staff to help her with dog boarding and is looking forward to growing the venture.

The mum-of-four said: “Working with animals is my dream and comes so naturally. Already, we’ve helped customers with dog boarding and walking. It’s important for me to do something that helps people who perhaps don’t have the time or mobility to do it themselves.

“I’m delighted to be able to work with We Love Pets and to continue their great track record. I’m looking forward to providing an exceptional service to my customers and Maidstone is a great place to do it thanks to its numerous parks and nature reserve meaning there’s lots of variety and somewhere new to walk all the time.

“We Love Pets have given me so much support already; they’ve been doing this for ten years and the business model is proven to work. They made me feel they care about me and my success. Plus, being outdoors in the fresh air is such a bonus in any job I’d say.”

For more information, click onto www.we-love-pets.co.uk/areas-covered/maidstone

How to Find Best Pet Insurance For your Pet and What Should You Know Before Buying?

When we adopt a pet, we know for the matter of fact that it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring happiness and joy and optimism. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.
We find a friend in them and unconditional love. So, to protect these amazing animals in their times of sickness or injury and to give them the best medical aid, it is imperative to avail Pet Insurance.

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What do pet insurances do?
The first question comes on our mind Is Pet insurance necessary? The Pet insurance schemes cover all veterinary expenses incurred for the treatment of a pet who has suffered an injury or is sick. Some pet insurance plans along with death cover also cover the loss of the pet that is insured. These benefits help pet owners to eliminate the risk of high expenditures on medical treatment of the pet and protect its valuable life by giving the best treatment.

Features and Benefits of a good Pet Insurance:
Customized plans – Pet insurance plans are customizable according to the needs and available for pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc. Know here how to find an insurance company.

Sum Assured – Generally, the sum assured on pet insurance products, varies from £500 to £750. This depends on the factors like the breed of the pet and other related considerations.

Add-On Cover – Some insurance providers like Future Generali insurance offer add-on benefits and covers as well for the base policy, such as loss of show entry fee. This cover is meant to offer for the forfeit of entry fee when the pet cannot make it to the show due to an injury or sickness.

Third Party Liability – Third party liability cover is also offered by some pet insurance policies, in the unlikely event that your pet attacks a third party and causes any damage to third party property.

Types of Cover – There are three major types of pet insurance cover.

Lifetime cover
Time-limited cover
Money-limit cover

What does pet insurance cover?
These policies cover the following
Accidental Death
Illness contracted or injury suffered while the policy is in effect
Full Treatment expenses of the pet.
An accident of the pet insured while in transit via rail, air or road.
Loss or theft of the pet insured
Incapacitation
Accidental poisoning
Any Third Party Liability

Factors considered in Calculations of premiums for Pet insurances:
Age of animal
The breed and type of animals
Health condition of the animal
Exotic animals will have a higher premium rate
The location of your house and the prevailing climatic conditions

A good pet insurance covers pet’s treatment at the vet, covers the vaccinations that need to be given to the pets for protection, the life cover of the pet.
Home is not a home without a pet. So, ensure your happiness with pet insurance.

Trading Standards ‘Buy with Confidence’ status achieved by Wagging Tails UK Dog Boarding

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Wagging Tails is the only Dog Boarding Franchise which has achieved this level across all of its branches, offering a clear indicator to dog owners that they can be assured that Wagging Tails delivers on everything it sets out to do.

Operating within a legal framework (all dog carers are licensed and insured). And is without a doubt a leader in its industry.

www.waggingtailsuk.co.uk/news/trading-standards-buy-with-confidence-status

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A Pet Vacuum for Dog Owner – Expert Recommendations

A vacuum for pet is not just a simple appliance with a high power score that makes the life of a pet owner easier and carefree. In fact, pet vacuums allow for cleaning dust, pet hair, and other allergens thus assuring absolute cleanliness in premises. In this review, we will talk about vacuums for pet efficiently coping with the pet hair and the consequences of canine and feline pranks. All the cleaners from our review have passed tests in several steps and proved to be useful appliances.

The characteristics that reflect an upright vacuum cleaner dealing with the 2 turbo brushes. A greater brush’s to be used for clothes, furniture, fur, and carpet. On the top of that, the turbo brush has a roller in the center of the nozzle, which winds the pets’ hair or dust. The two turbo scrapers make the cleaner the right weapon in the fight against wool, hair, as well as dirt. However, there are some other parameters that must be met to assure you are using the best vacuum for pet owners. Characteristics of the best vacuum for long hair include:

– The suction power has to be stably high even when the dust canister’s full. Therefore, multi-cyclone systems with a high suction score are optimized to fill the bag in several steps. They are aimed at removing pet hair and dirt from any surfaces.

– Hair cleaners must be hygienic (high-class vacuuming filter HEPA – 13 or 14). If it is a bag-cleaner, it is optimal for pet owners to have an additional cleaning filter. It helps to eliminate the specific smell and remove absolutely all animal hair in the house.

– The roller of the corded turbo brush should be driven not by the flow of air but by electricity since when the force of the airflow decreases, the roller of the brush generally stops spinning.

– The roller of the turbo brush should be easy to get and clean. If there’s a device to be used directly on the nozzle, there will be no issues with cinetic cleaning vacuum.

– A canister has to be heavy to store large amounts of pet hair in several steps. Otherwise, if the canister is small, you should clean the vacuums again and again.

Vacuums for Animal Hair?
Dog owners often have to take into consideration what sort of a friendly cleaner is better for harvesting cats and dogs’ hair to buy in the store and test the chosen appliance. Modern cleaners are manufactured taking into consideration all the latest cleaning specs. It is interesting that many buyers of cleaners prefer purchasing cinetic robots and other modern washing options, which have a high score from us.
What should you take into account if you have a dog/ cat in the house? An important thing you’ll need to do is to clean floors and any other surfaces with a cleaner regularly. Another thing to enquire is the suction power of the device. The presence of additional cinetic supplements will also be a plus for the appliance. As a general rule, you’ll find the following items in the clean package claims:

– Nozzle for floor and carpets;
– Mechanical turbo-brush (can be multiple);
– Electric turbo-brush;
– Special silicone nozzle;
– Nozzle-puncher;
– Turbo motorhead.

What Useful Functions Should a Vacuum Cleaner Perform?
Still wonder what type of a cleaner is for you to clean pet hair from floors, clothes, fur, and carpets? It’s necessary for you to realize that the device is needed not only for this purpose (and test it), so it is worth checking the following parameters:

– Vacuums with aqua filters perfectly cope with the cleaning the floor, steps, and moisturizing the air well. Their only drawback is the inability to use them when cleaning the carpeted hardwood.

– The greater suction rate of the device is, the higher score we will give it. However, it is still necessary to test the device. Such tests will provide you with info on how easy it cleans stairs, floor, corners, apart from other surfaces. You should test everything yourself, without simply believing all the claims of the manufacturer. If there’re many cats and dogs in the house, then the vacuum should have suction Powerglide of at least 350 W – 400 W. The manufacturer usually reflects the score on its motorhead. Give precedence to those appliances whose suction power is indicated on the brush.

– Modern devices have an impressive weight and size. A manufacturer claims to test the device in several steps before releasing the device. Therefore, the company claims to use the best materials for the appliance. Read this review as well as many other reflects before making a purchase. But it will be a greater approach if you could test the cleaner yourself and make sure that it works well and removes dirt, for example, Miele, in several steps. You should see what the tube tile is made of. If the tile material plastic, then it is necessary to test how strong it is.

Best Vacuum Cleaners for You and for Pet

1. Shark NV752 Rotator– our score 9,5
It is an upright cleaner with lift-away mechanics allowing deep cleaning of the deepest corners with pet hair or Miele on them. But the option dog owners really adore is the TruePet attachment. The appliance powers deep into carpets removing dust in several steps.

2. Miele Alize S8590 – our score 9,2
Such a greater score in our review is due to excellent functioning, greater look, and mobility. It effectively picks up dust in several steps and is easy to clean.

3. Dyson V6 Motorhead – our score 9,1
Having passed many tests, the upright pet vacuum justified all the claims of its manufacturer, which we have to mention in this review. The device has cordless stick vac’s cleaning power that is easy to readjust on any surfaces in several steps. Our high score reflects such a unique feature.

Best vacuum for dog hair

Dog poo on beaches

Hundreds of bags of dog poo have been found on the UK’s beaches according to the Marine Conservations Society’s 2016 research; with 792 bags recorded at 364 beaches by volunteers over the Great British Beach Clean weekend in September last year. However these numbers don’t show the full scale of the problem; beach clean volunteers do not record unbagged waste therefore the total amount of dog poo left by some owners on our beautiful beaches remains unknown.

Dog poo on beaches

Many people believe that leaving dog poo on the beach is OK because the tide washes it away, however this natural disposal technique isn’t the best thing for our beautiful beaches and seas. Bacteria present in dog poo is potentially harmful to beach users and can affect water quality.

That’s why organisations and campaigns from across the UK are uniting this week for #binit4beaches; a campaign focused on reducing pollution and litter at the beach and calling for dog owners to help with ongoing improvements.

Millions of people head to the UK’s beaches to relax, paddle and swim every year and we want water quality to be the best it can be. Last year 98.5% of the UK’s bathing waters met the tough minimum standards. By working together, we can continue to help protect and improve water quality. So, if you visit the beach with your dog please do your bit to help by bagging and binning your dog poo, making the beach safe for everyone to enjoy.

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5 Handheld Vacuums Pet Owners Will Just Love to Own

If there is one thing that we, as pet owners, dread it’s the amount of fur we find from our animal companions on a daily basis – especially during moulting season. The clean-up can take a lot of time and effort to complete, leaving you tired and frustrated with the situation – especially when using a full size vacuum cleaner. However, with one of these five handheld vacuums you are sure to find the task a lot easier and will be saying goodbye to pet hair and smell in no time at all. Your home will be unrecognisable.

Dyson V6 Animal
Dyson are well known for their excellent quality vacuum cleaners, and since they released the Animal range it has been sending pet owners straight to the store to get their hands on one – and right so. It is perfect for removing fur from carpets and hard floor.

The V6 is handheld and cordless, so you don’t need to worry about getting tangled up. It can extend and retract, depending on where you are cleaning, offering versatility. The batter life lasts twenty minutes, and the suction is very powerful. No need for bad, it empties easily into the bin using it’s mess-free canister.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flick
This handheld vacuum cleaner works a dream on pet hair, and it is very easy to use. With seven amps of power, it provides excellent suction and is also the perfect size for reaching into every nook and cranny in your home. It is very lightweight, making it easy to handle, and it has several hose sizes – including a special pet brush for all of the excess fur. It also works great on furniture – no pet hair will be safe.

Black and Decker Pivot
With cyclonic action and powerful suction, it works well on embedded hair that is stuck in your carpets. It is high performance for this very purpose, and the nifty pivotal head makes cleaning every type of surface a whole lot easier. Handheld and cordless, it is also completely bagless. With a great battery life and short charge time, it is perfect for furniture, all floor types, and even your kitchen counter.

Eureka Handheld 71 B
Lightweight and exceedingly popular, this yellow wonder has two motors – one for suction and the other for optimal cleaning. There is also a nifty visor that rises when you come to carpeted areas or the upholstery of your car/furniture. There is a long cord provided and the hose is the perfect length for reaching around the house. It’s powerful, small, and incredibly efficient at its work. When you buy it, you won’t want to let go.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
This small yet might vacuum cleaner is ready to take on the pet hair that is littering your home. With a rubber nozzle for a soft touch on your furniture and upholstery, it also comes with a tougher one to suck up the most difficult messes, such as cat litter and embedded fur lumps. With a HEPA filter to protect those with asthma and allergies, it also sports bagless technology and a very long cord. Compact and portable, it is also easy to store away.

To Conclude
What did you think of the handheld vacuum selection? Are there any you would have added to the list? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments below.

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Are you Worried about the Two Poo Bag fine?

Brand dooup has the answer…

The dooup walk-ease is now available, and just as the fine for being caught without at least two poo bags may be coming into play near you.
So far, the feedback has been great from those who have purchased but we are also interested in hearing from anyone who may feel it’s not ideal for their dog walk.

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We’ve thoroughly tested the concept for the short and long walk. From the perspective of the leisurely walker, through to the busy working mum, and the active, trendy chaps amongst you.

The important thing about this product is that you won’t even know you’re carrying it. You especially won’t feel conscious of carrying a scoop! The roll of bags inside are conveniently positioned so you can grab one without even needing to open the bag! So, the two poo bag rule will never be a problem for The dooup walk-ease owner!

This comfy and discreet chest/shoulder bag attaches to the lead and is ready to leave the house when you are. Packed with treats, hygiene pouch (including a reminder tag), sanitiser and some with a ball thrower and a torch which is well positioned for those darker nights. This means you are always equipped with what you need. It even allows you to let go of your dog’s lead if you wish to.

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We’ve already made a success of the garden dooup which was voted Best for the Garden by Dogs Today magazine. The majority who have one love how it sanitises and stores a week’s worth of dog waste before auto sealing the bag upon removal. Simple, hygienic and convenient for the home.

Many assumed we’d do something similar for the dog walk but when you consider the needs of the dog walker, it’s far more important to provide benefits such as a hands-free walk, easy, compact scoop and a place to store the waste if you need one. The poo part ends there but the benefits of The dooup walk-ease will mean you’ll never be caught without poo bags.

These fines, perhaps necessary, are rather harsh as we all know there are days we forget things. The dooup walk-ease means that can never happen to you.

We’d love to hear from you – any suggestions about what to add, takeaway, or just general observations on how The dooup walk-ease would or wouldn’t fit into your doggie life, would be much appreciated.

Some have already expressed the need for a longer scoop which we can provide should you wish to try it. However, we have fully tested the current small scoop and found they are not only extremely effective with variations of waste size and consistency, they also fit very nicely and discretely inside the poo pouch, so we would urge you trial it. There may be no need to carry anything bigger.

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PetStay – The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the
5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson.

Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our franchise model, training and on-going support along with our branding and the excellent relationships we have formed with our franchisees. It is such an important award for PetStay as it comes from our franchisees. Although 5 stars have been achieved we are always looking to continuously improve and develop further to help the franchisees to successfully grow their businesses.

Smith + Henderson, an independent research agency, coordinate the 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction programme. Steven Frost, CEO, said PetStay was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction based on positive feedback from their franchisees. They rated it above average across all five key areas that we measure in our industry benchmarking programme, such as training and support and the relationship with their franchisor.

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Compared with the industry average PetStay were scored higher with head office support 18% above average, franchise system 10% above average, proven system 16% above average, respect 13% above average, trust 17% above average, do It again 18% above average.

Overall PetStay came out at 8% above the industry average score
PetStay have been established since 2005 but franchised the home-based business in 2012 and now have 35 branches nationwide with over 500 home checked, licensed & insured dog carers. Over the years PetStay has established an excellent reputation for providing a home from home environment for dogs, using hand-picked local carers who provide the best possible care for dogs while their owners are away on holiday.

Each of our franchisees have their own team of dog carers. After an in-depth consultation with the customer they then match the dog/s to one of their carers, next they organise a meeting for the customer to go visit the carer to make sure everyone is happy, this is a good time for the holiday dog/s and carer to bond and hear all about their routines. PetStay have a policy of not mixing dogs from different households so the service is exclusive to them.

We aim to grow to 50 branches by 2019 and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join one of the leading pet franchises in the UK.

We are looking for hard working, self-motivated individuals with a passion for dogs and the drive and determination to succeed. If you enjoy giving excellent customer service and want to provide the very best home dog boarding service in your area, we would like to hear from you. You’ll have a head start with PetStay, we want to work with people who believe in our service and have a genuine love for dogs.

Please email info@petstay.net for our franchise prospectus or call Carole on 01482 307684 for an informal chat with a member of the PetStay Team.

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Barking Mad Dog Care achieve ISO 9001 certification

Quality Recognition for UK’s Leading Dog Sitters

Barking Mad Dog Care has achieved ISO 9001 certification, in a first for the dog sitting industry! This is a huge achievement which demonstrates the effectiveness of our quality management system and our capability of satisfying the rigors of an external, independent audit.

The ISO 9001 standard provides the assurance that the organisation can demonstrate compliance with proven business practices and appropriate standards. Certification proves commitment and the right attitude to providing a high level of customer satisfaction and willingness to improve efficiency.

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Helen Shaw (Barking Mad Head Office and lead support on the project) said,

“The process leading to ISO 9001 certification has been extensive and to achieve accreditation with zero non-conformances is a huge pat on the back, which confirms the high quality service we offer to our franchise network and their customers. Maintenance of the ISO 9001 quality systems will be a continual process which will allow us to retain the high quality of support we offer and grow together with our franchise network.”

Managing Director and founder, Lee Dancy, delightedly said,

“Achieving this certification is a proud moment and reflects the excellent systems we have developed over the past seventeen years. We continue to lead with another first in an increasingly competitive industry. Credit must go to our franchise network and support team for their consistently high implementation of a robust quality system.”

We were delighted to work on this project with the fantastic Rosewood Keen Management Services, specialists in integrated management systems and business improvement. Mike Smith, Compliance Consultant said,

“As an external quality consultant, I sometimes come across organisations that have a real clarity of purpose, some that live and breathe their values and others that are run and owned by really nice people, rarely do I find a company that manages to be all three. Barking Mad is one such company. I have always received a warm welcome from people who genuinely care about what they do and how they can continue to support and develop the business of their franchise partners, I wish Lee and her team all the best in everything they do.”

The quality of the dog home boarding service we provide has always been our number one priority. It is of utmost importance to us, that we provide an unrivalled, dog sitting customer experience and we are delighted to have achieved independent certification which confirms this. We adore what we do and we love our customers’ dogs just like our own!

www.barkingmad.uk.com

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PetStay have launched their NEW sparkling website this month.

Managing Director Carole Davy says, “After many months of meetings, creativity and ideas flying about we are happy to announce the launch of our new website. We wanted to make sure we designed it with our customers in mind who are all dog lovers.”

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“We wanted to make sure we got our message across with a new clear and bright website that is simple to read and easy to navigate.”

“PetStay are a growing home dog boarding company and we are always looking to improve our online presence. We feel we have achieved this with the new website. ”

You can visit the new and improved PetStay website at www.petstay.net, we would love to hear what you think!

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