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

5 Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Dog Walking

Dog safety is something we’re passionate about and we also care about the owners who walk them. It can be a pretty dangerous world out there, and it’s important, whatever the weather or time of day, you’re safe and well and can enjoy your time with your dog. With that in mind, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for you and your dog to ensure you stay safe at all times when out walking.

1. Walk in well-lit areas
Whilst ‘walking the dog’ might conjure up images of running through golden fields in the morning sunlight, the reality of walking for most of us involves taking our pets out very early in the morning and late at night, before and after work.  Especially in winter, this can mean walking in the dark.  For safety reasons, it’s paramount that you and your dog are as easily visible as possible at all times.  This isn’t always feasible, however, depending on the route you take, and that’s where squeaker.com’s nifty Pooch light LED collar and lead range comes in, which ensures your dog (and you) are visible at all times to other pedestrians, cars and road users, even with the absence of any other light (read more about this in number 5)

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2. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and sensible footwear
Always make sure you wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Dress for the weather and layer up in case things change – pack-away macs are great as they’re easily portable but can be thrown on in case of a sudden shower. Comfortable walking shoes, old trainers or wellies are a must. Also make sure your dog is kitted out appropriately, with a coat if it’s chilly. If it’s a hot day, it’s best to take a bottle of water for you and your dog, just in case you get a little dehydrated.

3. Take your phone and let somebody know where you are going
It’s always a good idea to ensure that you have your phone with you (fully charged!) and if possible, let someone know where you are headed in case you do lose your phone or if anything should happen. Always make sure you have credit too should you need to call anyone.

4. Make sure to dispose of dog mess responsibly
It should go without saying, but this one’s a biggie – make sure you take bags with you and always clean up after your dog.

5. Make sure your dog is visible to you and to others
Reflective collars and leads are useful and can be very effective, however sometimes it’s simply not possible to walk your dog where there is sufficient light for them to be fully operational. For cyclists especially (as our director Chris found out!), who don’t often have lights strong enough to show up a reflective collar easily, it’s really important to have your own source of light to make sure your dog is visible at all times. Our light-up LED collars and leads come in a range of bright colours, so even in daylight you and your dog stand out. At night, 2 strips of flashing LED lights ensure your dog stands out from up to half a mile away. Safety is at the forefront of our designs – from the fabric we use to the style of the product – even down to the smallest fixtures and clasps. Easy to use, charging takes 30-60 minutes at any USB outlet so no expensive battery replacements. Keeping yourself and your dog safe and visible has never been easier – or more stylish!

Dog collars and tags

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Good Dog
Dogs are popular pets the world over and with so many shapes, sizes, colours, breeds and temperaments to chose from it is easy to see why so many people find a dog to suit their needs. Dogs make fantastic pets for families as they are active and attention
seeking, needing frequent exercise and love which a doting family can usually provide in bucketloads.So if you are considering getting a pooch as a pet what sort of things do you need to ensure that you are set up adequately for when you bring him home for the first time.
Food & Drink Station
Dogs respond well to routine so it is important that food and drink is offered at the same time every day and in the same place. Often dog owners have specific feeding stations with bowls raised at the right height for the size of the animal to minimise the risk of neck strain. It is a sensible idea to have the feeding station away from human food so that the temptation for them to eat human food is away from them when they are hungry. It is also a good idea to make sure that your food station is on an easily
wipe able floor as spills do happen. An ideal location would be a utility room or similar.1
Identity
It is important that you are clear about your dogs identity from the start as changing names can cause massive confusion for the animal. Chose a name well in advance for your dog coming home and get a collar and tag made so that in those inevitable moments when your dog decides to run away across the field, you know he can be returned safely if someone else catches up to him first!
Toys
Dogs are active creatures and it is essential that you keep their minds and their bodies active as much as possible. If you do not stimulate your dog enough you run the risk of him becoming sullen, bad tempered and even depressed. If you leave your dog indoors whilst you are at work and they become bored, your furniture and carpet may not last very long.To avoid these situations make sure that you are getting appropriate toys for both indoor and outdoor play. There are many toys on the market so do make sure that it is an appropriate
size and construction for your particular breed, a poodle and a
bulldog play with quite different toys.