Hello I’m Kelly,
I have been lucky enough to be around animals all my life. I grew up on a stud farm in Surrey and as well as having many horses , my own being Mrs Tiggywinkle, we also had Emma our St Bernard (below), cats, cattle, ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs so I am very aware how much love, care and attention animals need.
In 2005 John, my husband and I moved to Titchfield Common, a new area for both of us. We soon appreciated that being so close to the sea while also having the woods and fields so close by made walking the dogs a lot of fun.
In 2007 I worked voluntarily for Hearing dogs for deaf people, offering dog walks to those that were not able to walk their own dogs. Shortly after we adopted Bailey a JRT x Bichon and subsequently Toby, a standard Yorkshire terrier from St Francis Animal Welfare. Having Bailey and Toby really spurred me on and I took the decision in May 2008 to start up my own dog walking business, going back to my roots, offering the one to one personal service that people appreciate the most. Now clients can leave their pets safely in the knowledge that they will be well looked after, happy and contented.
I still carry out voluntary work as either a home checker and/or a fund raiser for many organisations such as: Hope Rescue Wales, St Francis Animal Welfare, Southern Lurcher Rescue, Pro Dogs Direct, Hearing Dogs For Deaf People, Pups Needing Homes, GSD Lifeline, The Ark, Large Breed Dog Rescue, Friends of the Animals RCT, K9 Partners Team Ilbrey, The Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Breed Rescue to name but a few!
In 2013 I travelled to Serbia to join a group of volunteers who help the charity Serbia’s Forgotten Paws. They help support two shelters in Serbia with over 500 dogs between them. This was the most amazing but heart wrenching experience and one I have repeated since. Upon my first trip to Nis one of the first dogs that I like to think that I helped have a better life was Pluto, a dog that needed surgery in Serbia to his nose. Post surgery I sponsored him to stay with his new Serbian foster dad, while he was then prepared to travel to the UK. Upon his arrival we soon found him a forever home in Southampton.
In 2014 we joined the “Failed foster” club ourselves and Oscar became our third resident rescue dog, he was dumped at the Serbian shelter at the age of around 8 weeks old. Oscar is a happy pup that gets on with all the dogs that come through our door.
My husband and I regularly offer our home as a foster home to Serbian dogs before
we find them their forever homes in and around the local area. I continue to help
with SFP whether it be through fundraiser's, donation collections, helping to run
the web site and helping with UK transportation and potential new home -
In 2016 I extended my voluntary attributes to helping walk for the Cinnamon Trust The CT offers free walks for the elderly and terminally ill.
As you can see dogs for us are a way of life, rather than just a business
2014: Oscar (far right) on my trip to Jelena’s shelter. Little did we know that a within a year he would be a permanent part of our lives. .
2014: Group photo of our visit to Jelena’s shelter in Nis, Serbia.
2013: Foster dogs Rolo (aka Pluto) & Polly now both reside in Southampton
Bailey, Toby & our latest addition Oscar
Me helping out on the SFP stall at Southsea Common 2014
With so many dogs at Jelena’s shelter it was impossible to walk them all in a day. With the help of other businesses we manage to raise enough money for them to now have a large dog run which they can play to their hearts content.