It’s been a very strange couple of weeks in the world of dog walking and it seems to be getting more surreal by the day. However life goes on as much as normal as possible. So with that in mind, this week new-boy Ollie has started having walks. Hello Ollie!
Andy Walks is currently open for business, but please read the following…
After Monday night’s announcement by the UK government that they were putting a ‘lockdown’ in place, I was initially fearful that I would have to suspend our dog walking and pet home visit service. However I am please to tell you that after consulting with other industry professionals and taking some simple safety steps, we now hope to remain open for the forseeable future!
I know our furry friends are a very important part of our families and they need to get out for their health and wellbeing just like we do. At the current time many people who would normally walk their own dogs can not go out because they are either key-workers or have underlying medical conditions which mean they are now self isolating. To support these people I am pleased to say that although there has been a total lack of government guidance for our industry, I and my colleagues are happy to carry on dog walking provided a few simple rules are observed to protect everyone’s safety and comply with social distancing guidelines.
For the time being, I will contact anyone with a walk booked who is likely to be home just before I arrive. I am asking you to let your dog out into the garden where possible, wearing their collar or harness, but not their lead. I will then enter your garden, collect your pet and walk them on a clean lead which I will supply. On return I will release your dog back into a secure garden and alert you thatw e are back so that you can get them in as soon as I’ve gone. In this way it is possible to eliminate face to face contact and I do not have to come into your home.
If you do not have a secure garden, then I would ask you to put your dog in the hallway when I arrive and retire to another room. I will collect your pet from there and return them the same way.
Finbally I ask that anyone with symptoms of corona virus inform me immediately. I can then help you to put extra measures in place to help safely look after your pet.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me any time on 07837 306824 or by using the contact form on this website. I will call all my current clients with updates if anything changes. Updates will also be posted here on this website.
Thank you for your understanding.
Well, after a slightly warmer few days, it was straight back into the freezer for my first walk this morning. This was the scene in Bolsover while I was out with Pippa at about 9:30. Although it was sunny, where the sunshine hadn’t reached there was still a thick layer of frost.
At least it wasn’t dark though!
It’s feeling a bit warmer this week. After quite a few cold days, the temperature hit 10c, so maybe spring really is just around the corner after all? The ground is also starting to dry up a bit, so that’s a bonus too.
Whateber the weather, I’ve been out walking. The photo above was taken in an almost sunny Wingerworth. Perhaps the sun will actually make it sometime next week? Let’s hope so!
Jarvis has been enjoying a few extra walks recently. We went back to the woods for the first time since last summer and it’s looking a lot different without any leaves on the trees.
Overall this winter hasn’t been too bad so far. It’s been relatively warm and not too much ice around. Ice is definitely the worst thing when you’re trying to walk about.
Unfortunately, as I’m writing this we’re in the grip of a storm. There have been gusting winds of about 90mph over the last couple of days and it’s still howling through the trees. The walks are continuing as normal though. I just have to keep an eye out for flying wheelie-bins etc!
It’s a big Hello to Alfie and Archie this week, who have just started regular walks.
They both enjoy being out and about, so their walks are something they seem to look forward to quite a bit. Luckily the weather has been reasonably good since the new year, so we can go on the grass near their home without totally sinking into it!
Sky has been out for his first walk of the new year today and while we were out, we saw the snowdrops below.
Although it’s only the beginning of January, it’s a good sign that spring is only just around the corner.
Christmas is now over for another year. We didn’t stop for the festive season though, working on the theory our furry friends still want a walk, no matter what day it is. Pepper has been enjoying her walks over the holidays, as you can see from the photo above.
The new year looks set to be a busy one. In a couple of weeks it will be the busiest week for pre-booked walks we’ve ever had. So I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year and say thanks for your business over the last 12 months. Hopefully we’ll meet even more furry friends and their owners over the next 12.
As winter gets closer it’s also getting colder outside. Sky is an ex-racing greyhound and he feels the chill a bit, so he’s been out wearing his camo coat this week.
It’s definitely warm. I just wish I could find one to fit me too!
The weather has been ok this week. Just a bit cold. It’s been nice to see some sunshine though. Here’s the lake at Wingerworth, with the Smithy Pond pub in the background.