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Woodley dog walking and cat feeding

It has been an age since my last blog! Apologies. This is partly due to the fact that the books at Mind My Paws are almost always full. Well for dog walking, but there's always room for cats to be fed.

In the last few months, Mind My Paws has relocated from Twyford to Woodley. Our premises (house!) is bigger and the garden is a real treat for all the pooches that come to stay.

Moving to Woodley means that we now have spaces in the schedule to make sure the cats of the town are able to be looked after while the humans are away to sunnier climates.

Tam, the Sprollie, enjoys dog boarding in Twyford

It's been a while since I've updated my blog but there's lots going on. Tam, the border collie / springer cross, is our current boarder and has been with us for two weeks now.
 
On his arrival, we went straight out on a pack walk with Dudley, Socks and our new addition, Stanley (more on him later!). To start with Tam was very shy and stayed by my side the whole time.
 
But as the week progressed and the more and more dogs he met, the more confident he became. We are now at the point where his 'play with me' bark is very loud and almost constant!

House sitting in Woodley with Murphy, Will and Spike

For people who have more than one pet, house-sitting is the ideal option. For two weeks, I stayed with Murphy, Will and Spike while their owners went on a holiday of a lifetime to South Africa. Anne and Jim are also pet sitters, and runhttp://www.homefromhomepetcare.co.uk/   I went to visit them months before they went on holiday, as getting the right person to look after their own beloved dogs was at the top of their priority list. We all hit it off straight away, Anne, Jim and I share the same philosophy in animal care, caring for pets in the exact same way the owners do.

Bethan the spaniel dog boards at Mind My Paws, Twyford for two weeks

It's been non-stop here at Mind My Paws since June. Since my last post, as well as my regular daily dog walks, Toby the black lab has boarded for a week, Dudley the chocolate lab has stayed for a week and Digory the daschund stayed for a fortnight.
 
I could spend hours writing about all my boarders, but just don't seem to find the time. However, I have made time to write about my latest boarder, who has just left us after a fortnight.
 
Bethan, the ten month old working spaniel truly is the perfect dog.

Cat sitting in Twyford

Easter has been a very busy time at Mind My Paws. As well as many dogs to walk, I have been sitting 8 cats over the Royal Wedding weekend.
 
First up is Pixel, the beautiful Bengal, who's owners have been away for the last three weeks in New Zealand visiting family. She is quite possibly the softest, friendliest cat I have ever met. Apart from one little scare on the lack of seeing her for a day, which resulted in getting to know all the neighbours and the vet (!), Pixel was an utter joy to sit.

Bouncer dog boards at Mind My Paws

In the past, Bouncer has gone to kennels when his family go on holiday, but he has never enjoyed going there, so this time, he boards exclusively at Mind My Paws.  Once he got over his fear of our slippery laminate flooring, he was a happy dog. Happy to go out and chase his ball, happy to stay in and sleep in his basket, happy to sit by your feet - generally just happy.
 
In the five days that he was with us, he has made many friends, both doggy and human! He has joined me on my walks with Dudley, Ozzy who was with us for two days this week, Frankie, Toto and Rolo.

Stan joins Doggy Day Care in Twyford

Stan, the adorable 14 week old Jack Russell Terrier puppy had his first day at Doggy Day Care with Mind My Paws. His owners, Mark and Stef have had him for four weeks now and have trained him to perfection already! Amazing! Since they've had him, Mark has been at home with Stan training him which explains the impecible beahaviour. He has been well socialised, with both humans and other dogs, so he was quite happy to stay at ours for the day.
 
Mark and Stef briefed me on all his likes, dislikes, habits and routines.

Ozzy the chocolate labrador from Twyford was a model boarder this weekend at Mind My Paws

Where do I start with Ozzy, the two year old chocolate labrador from Twyford? As well has having the shiniest coat and most beautiful eyes, he is the most laid back of labs and quite possibly the most well-known dog in Twyford!
 
He and his family live in the same estate and infact road as Mind My Paws, so it was nice to have a 'local' boarding with us. While they went off to Centre Parks for a long weekend, Ozzy, armed with his favourite toys (including a very squeeky tennis ball!) settled in very easily to his holiday home.

Cat sitting in Henely on Thames

Mark and Nicky, the owners of Dexter and Jasmine, warned me I might not see either of them when I visit to feed and change their litter, while they go away on holiday for a week. 
 
'What usually brings them out of hiding?' I ask. 'You could try rattling this tub of Whiskas treats' Mark says. He does it and Jasmine's head appears cautiously around the door! But she looks at me and decides not to bother joining us.
 
So on my first visit to them yesterday, after I clean the litter and get their food and water ready, I try his trick.

Charlie, dog from Shiplake boards with Mind My Paws for a week

Charlie, the beautiful golden retriever is boarding with Mind My Paws for the half term week. His family have gone skiing and they wanted to make sure their beloved dog got the care and attention they would give him if they were there. As they normally holiday in the UK, Charlie goes with them. So it's as difficult for them to leave Charlie as it is for him to be away from them.
 
All Charlie's familiar toys, bed and food come with him. He settles in easily and sits on my feet as his owners told me he would!
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