Janice with Jack and ZaraPaws for Walks was established by myself, Janice Halford, and this is a picture of me with my 2 dogs Jack and Zara. Based in Heighington means that we are in an ideal position to provide our service to anyone who resides in South Durham, including areas such as Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor, Chilton, Darlington and more.

I have always had pets from being a very young child including dogs, rabbits (15 at one point), guinea pigs, mice and of course goldfish. Indeed, when I had a family of my own I still had dogs and rabbits pretending they were for the children, but secretly it was because I cannot bear life without animals. Now I have the 2 dogs (Jack and Zara), the rabbits (Star and Twinkle) and the guinea pigs (Stitch and Lelo). All the small furries were named by my Grandchildren who also love to come and see them.

One of our vansIn September 2010, we introduced our service of Paws for Walks into Lancashire covering Chorley, Coppull, Standish and the surrounding areas. This area is in the very capable hands of my daughter Hayley Lister. The picture on the right shows her with Henry, the chocolate Labrador.

The service was an idea brought about by my love for animals and for the outdoor life, walking in particular. Together with my experience as a veterinary nurse, for me this is the perfect vocation. Having 2 dogs of my own who were regularly walked twice a day, I was finding it increasingly difficult to juggle work and family commitments and also keep my dogs happy. So, I began working part time and devoted my spare time to helping people in a similar situation to my own. Then in November 2005, after a lot of hard work from family and friends, Paws for Walks was born.

Our aim at Paws for Walks is to offer the best possible care for your pets in your absence, or for those whose family commitments do not allow them to give their pets the exercise or attention they need we can step in to help on a temporary or permanent basis.

Walks will be fun and sociable and home boarding is full of cuddles, play and general pampering.

I now have a dedicated team of helpers, including my partner Gary who has now joined me full time. They are all very special people as well as being experienced pet owners and genuine animal lovers and as such will welcome and care for your pets as one of their own. We are all members of National Petsitters and are fully insured for up to 2,000,000 by their group public liability policy. Why not visit their website at www.dogsit.com.

Below are some of our dedicated helpers.........

Paws for Walks, ‘the best thing to happen to your pet since you’!!

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