My love of animals began with my dog Whisky who I grew up with. Whisky was a mongrel and the perfect family pet. I recall growing up asking my Dad for a tiger. He said I’d need a special license to which I just suggested he simply went to the Post Office to apply for one. Instead, I had my first cat Tigger (a tabby) who was semi-feral and only four weeks old at the time but with love and care he became a perfect family cat – with no license being required!
After that I had more cats, Maui, Amber, Kobi and now Kiki. All, except Amber were from the RSPCA or the Cats Protection League. When we moved to Worcestershire we had Ella, our first Goldie who we had from eight weeks of age. In time we wanted a second dog so we decided to have a litter with Ella which was the most amazing experience. From that litter we kept Bailey, with Ella’s other siblings going to lovely families who we still see and hear from.
I have volunteered at Worcester Animal Rescue Shelter and Vale Wildlife Hospital and many of our holidays have revolved around wildlife or involved visits to animal sanctuaries and of course petting and feeding the stray dogs and cats.
Roger’s first love of animals began with his Red Setter Cleo who he lived with from a very young age. Then came Scamp who was a Yorkshire Terrier followed by a variety of small pets including gerbils, a tortoise, a budgerigar and an African Grey Parrot.
Ben and Kim were the next family pets, Roger’s beloved Black Labradors. Both were his faithful friends, so much so that when he went on his round the world gap year, he returned early as he missed them so much.
When he is not spending time with his dogs he can always be found outside both gardening and growing an abundance of vegetables (of which Ella and Bailey are quite partial to fruit picked straight from the tree). Roger, Ella and Bailey have a close affinity with Gardeners World and often mistake themselves as Monty Don, Nigel and Nelly.
Tracey has always been an animal lover, growing up with her grandfather’s boxer, Labrador and two cats.
She has a First Diploma in Animal Care passing with Distinction. While completing that course Tracey worked as a volunteer at Secret World Wildlife and Badger Rescue in Somerset. She worked in the hospital unit, monitoring the sick animals, feeding, cleaning their cages and hand feeding the baby fledglings and injured bats. A permanent job at Secret World followed and during her time there, Tracey looked after farm animals, birds of prey, bats, squirrels, ferrets, foxes and wallaby.
Tracey has also worked as a ‘Dog Nanny’ caring for four bichon-frise and two poodles. She has volunteered for the RSPCA dog walking and cat cuddling and has tamed and captured two feral cats for New Start Cat Rescue. She is currently “a servant” to two cats – a Blue Burmese and a rescued domestic shorthaired.
Lyndsey has loved and kept animals all her life. Aided by her Dad she acquired a wide menagerie over the years including dogs, cats, chickens, tortoise, fish and various small furry mammals. She loved reading about pet care and set up a pet club (inspired by the then Daily Mirror Pet Club from which she received a ‘ bronze’ paw) at Junior School, roping in friends to study animals and write pet care manuals.
Now Lyndsey mainly sticks to her favourite passion which is cats. Her last cat, Zara (a lovely rescued tortie) lived very happily on her narrowboat on the River Avon for 8 years. Sadly Zara has now passed away but Lyndsey will soon be looking to take in another rescue cat – one with sea legs!
Lyndsey has had lots of experience taking care of other people’s pets, both for friends and family as well as for clients. She has also worked on smallholdings, taking care of working dogs, small flocks of sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Not to mention, 200 prize racing pigeons.
Lyndsey is just as happy looking after the more unusual pet as well as dog walking and cat sitting.
Ally’s love of animals started at a young age with her family dog, Fiddler a mongrel, who sadly passed away at the grand old age of 18. For the next 3 years, when Ally was asked what she would like for Christmas it was always a dog. Eventually her mum gave in and they had Barnaby, a beautiful Chocolate Labrador.
Ally also had chickens roaming around the garden when she was younger and it was not unusual to find them in the house if the door was left open. She was also the proud owner of two dwarf rabbits Sooty and Sweep. When it came to the school pets, Ally was always the one volunteering to bring them home at weekends and holidays and got to adopt and keep the school guinea pig, Maltesers.
Since moving into her own home, she is now the proud owner of two adorable Labradors Ruby and Cooper.
Ally has thoroughly enjoyed looking after family and friends’ pets and over recent years has been very happy undertaking the professional side of dog walking.
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If you have a real love and passion for animals and would like to become part of the For Our Love of Pets team, we’d love to hear from you. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you’d like to become a home boarder for dogs.