Meet The Team

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Sam

Owner

Why did I set up Walkies nearly a decade ago?

 

My whole life I have been obsessed with dogs/animals and their welfare. Ten years ago, I left the corporate world of finance to start looking after the most wonderful fur babies and I have not looked back since. 

I own Rhodesian Ridgebacks and utterly adore them. I have also adopted a teeny tiny Chi recently and I definitely get some looks walking him with my Ridgeys! :-)

I spend my spare time rescuing dogs that need new homes and taking in Ridgebacks specifically that need a stable and kind home. The more the merrier!

When I get the odd occasion off, I like to disappear for weekends away with my own dogs so I'm basically always with doggies because I love them so much!

Walkies has really grown from strength to strength during the past few years. I now have a whole team, the most wonderful people ever, to help me look after them all. My amazing team share the same passion as I do for the welfare and happiness of the animals in our care. We offer a 5 star service throughout and we offer every service to help you with all your doggy care needs!

Here's to many more years looking after all of our doggies!

 

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Emma

Manager

Dogs have always been a big part of my life, right from when I was born. I always dreamed of having my own dogs (you can never have too many!).

In 2016, along came Bentley, my little happy Frenchie! I later decided in late 2018 to get him a brother! So along came Tommy, my crazy Working Cocker Spaniel. A lot of people thought I was mad getting two completely different breeds, however they are the best of friends and wouldn't be without each other!

I have been working with Walkies for a few years now. Starting off as a walker before becoming the manager, working alongside Sam to help the team, you as customers and still being able to go out and see all of our amazing animals we look after.

My boys probably like it more than I do, being able to come and play everyday and have dogs come for sleepovers! My boys have helped lots of our customers' dogs also from helping them socialise as a puppy to teaching dogs manners! (Tommy picked this up from Sam's Bella when he was a puppy and she was teaching him- we class him as a mini ridgey!)

It's safe to say I have the best job ever!

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Jess

Office Admin/Walker

I'm enjoying a change of career, from being a solicitor, that allows me to work with the animals I love and enjoy the flexible hours I need to look after my 3 daughters. 

I have always adored animals and have had lots of different pets over the years; lizards, tortoise, hamsters, fish, gerbils and even chickens! Our much loved family pet is Rufus, our handsome 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel.

I feel so privileged being able to spend time outdoors walking and caring for our customers' wonderful dogs. They genuinely make me smile everyday! :-)

 

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Georgie

Supervisor/Social Media

Hi, I’m Georgie and I work part time at Walkies managing the social media and supervising the team.

 

I absolutely adore animals and have done since a young age, owning various animals from snakes to horses! This year, Henry, our Dachshund puppy joined the family. He is as cheeky as anything, and I absolutely adore him. I also own a 17.1hh Warmblood, caring for horses and eventing has also been a passion for me.

 

Walkies plays a big role of my life, I love our community as a team, and being outside with all the amazing doggies is just the best thing ever, I feel privileged to work with all your furbabies. On the side, I am currently studying a law degree at university in London.

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I grew up with dogs and animals and my love for them continues although my previous work didn't afford me the time to look after one. Perhaps soon...

I live in West Malling with my wife and two children alongside a growing family of pets. 

I have spent the last 30+ years working in the West End Theatre, most recently managing three theatres along with the world's longest running production, The Mousetrap! I also produced shows for my own company including many shows at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival, a UK Tour, a run Off-Broadway in New York and was also involved in Jean Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show in 2019.

I have now swapped actors and a luvvie life for dogs and the outdoors. It is certainely safe to say I have a far better work-life balance these days.

I love dogs, I love walking, it's the perfect way to spend your day!

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Carrie

Hi, I'm Carrie and I live on Kings Hill with my husband, 3 children and our furbaby Ted.

It's safe to say - I absolutely love dogs!

When I'm not walking and caring for your precious doggies, I volunteer at the RSPCA Leybourne as a Kennel Assistant. Some poor dogs aren't fortunate enough to have amazing owners like yourselves and I try my best to enrich their lives!

 

 

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Emily

I have always been a massive animal lover. I have owned all types of pets such as horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and snakes. 

Any animal in my care is looked after and treated as my own. 

 

I absolutely love working for Walkies, as no day is the same and what more could you want than to spend your days with happy doggies! 

 

I have two four-legged friends in my family at the moment, a horse who is a 17.1hh Warmblood and a cheeky Dachshund! 

 

I currently jump my horse and take him on beautiful hacks around the north downs. I also regularly donate to the RSPCA, as I believe every animal deserves a loving home.

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Bec

I live in West Farleigh with my husband, two teenaged daughters, 12 chickens, 5 ducks and a ragdoll cat! 

I have had dogs all my life ranging from Border Collies, German Shepherds, Mini Schnauzers and more recently, two Newfoundlands. We lost our latest one, Boycie, a few months ago and I've been pining for dogs ever since!

I work as a wedding cake maker whilst also book-keeping for my husband's loft conversion company.

I saw Walkies advertising and knew it was the job for me, I mean, who wouldn't want to be outdoors with dogs all day?!

Sam and the team are great and I am lucky to have found the perfect job, I have already fallen in love with so many of the doggies.

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Cheryl

I have always been passionate about dogs and have been donating regularly to street dog charities. 

At present, we have a cat at home and on a regular basis have a Border Terrier called Cara come to stay for sleepovers, she is such a joy to be around and loves to sit on our laps.

Not all people understand that dogs have so much love to give and are extremely loyal to their owners.

I am really enjoying being part of the Walkies team and will treat all your furbabies with the utmost care and compassion.

 

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Sue

Hi, I'm Sue! 

I have two miniature schnauzers - Lola, who is 4 and still a crazy puppy! and Wilson who we rescued in January, 2020. He is a lot calmer at a mature 8 years old. 

I absolutely adore all animals but especially love dogs and cats. I joined the fab Walkies team just over a year ago and I have been so lucky to meet and look after your amazing pets! I give your pets all the love and attention I give my pups and really treat them as my own when they are in my care.

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Lyn

Hi, I am Lyn, the oldest member of The Walkies Team! 

I joined the team two years ago. I love dogs but we lost our Golden Retriever two years ago, aged sixteen and a half, and decided not to have any more. It left a hole in our lives until Sam and Walkies came along and offered me a job doing Doggy Holidays and Home Stays. From that day I have never looked back.

I love all the dogs that come to stay. They are all such big characters so most of the days are spent with love and cuddles. I cry when the doggies have to leave but always look forward to the next stay.

I am very lucky to work for a company that supports me all the way and Sam and the team are always ready to help and give advice if needed.

 

 

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Olivia

Hi I’m Liv, I live in Maidstone with my Labrador puppy and two Ragdoll cats! 

 

I have always loved animals, my first job when I was only 14 was working a cattery looking after customers cats all day! 

 

I have my own business where I work from home, so working for Walkies alongside allows me to get out in the fresh air and cuddle and play with all the amazing doggies and other animals all day!

 

I’m not sure who loves that I work for Walkies more - me or my puppy who comes with me to make lots of new friends!

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Katherine

Hi, I’m Katherine.

It is very cliche to say I love animals- but I do! I own dogs, horses, chickens, goats and more!

 

I am currently training my Australian Shepard in the art of Flyball and my border terrier just loves a cuddle!

 

Walkies allows me to gain more experience with different breeds, and enjoy the time I can away from normal busy life.

 

 

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Amy

Hi i'm Amy, i'm 18 years old and I live in Vigo village with my Mum, Dad and our little cat Susie :). 

 

I’m a qualified hairdresser and for the past 2 years had been working as a nail technician until I decided I wanted a change after lockdown. 

 

I’ve wanted to work with animals from a young age and Absolutely love dogs. I unfortunately can’t have one of my own at the moment, but I absolutely love taking care of yours! I love walking and being outside, so enjoy going to work every day.

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Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah, I have experienced many different breeds of dog, having owned over 14 breeds from a child til now and have cared for all ages of dogs from pups to golden oldies.

 

My family had a small holding when I was younger where we cared for horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits and as a result spent most of my youth around animals of all sorts.  Animals have always featured heavily in my life and I currently have a beagle, a cockapoo, a cat, rabbit, hedgehog, chickens and fish.

 After being an admin manager for 11 years I decided I wanted  to do something more enjoyable and so have taken a part time position at walkies and have also completed courses in canine communication, pet psychology, pet first aid, dog walking and sitting, pet nutrition, complete animal care and grooming.

 

Working for Walkies gives me the opportunity to care for some fantastic animals and I just love all their characters, quirks and personalities!