Petpals Bournemouth named as Top Dog Walker after less than two years in business!
8th November 2017
We are thrilled to reveal that Petpals Bournemouth and Poole, owned by husband and wife team Angie Tienkamp and Tony Palmer, have been named as one of the ‘Top 3 Dog Walkers in Bournemouth’ by consumer services website ‘Three Best Rated®’. Top 3 Dog Walker in Bournemouth Three Best Rated®’ allows people to find the top 3 local businesses, professionals,... Read more
Guide to cats: The Inquisitive Cat
2nd November 2017
By their very nature, cats like to explore, hide in nooks and crannies or tap things to see if there is some reaction so like the favourite saying, ‘look before you leap’ this natural curiosity is not without risk hence the well-known proverb ‘curiosity killed the cat’. Kittens and young cats are exceedingly curious and inquisitive. They will be... Read more
Is your dog SAD? (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
16th October 2017
As we come into winter, many across the UK will be bracing themselves for the effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). For some it is mild condition sometimes called the ‘winter blues’ for others it can be quite debilitating and need professional treatment. A little known fact is that dogs can also suffer from this seasonal disorder. SAD in... Read more
Guide to buying a Puppy
18th September 2017
So you want to get a puppy……..Great! but before you do anything you need to answer these three questions honestly. If you answer ‘No’ to any of them, then now is not the right time for you to own a dog (but you could consider a different kind of pet). Do you have time for a puppy? Can you offer... Read more
Darlington woman celebrates 10yrs as dog walker for Petpals!
18th August 2017
L-R: Natasha Banks, Emma Craggs, Debby Bee, Lynn Stevens, Rachael Pattinson, Sandra Dye (flowers), Vicky Cumming, Noreen Beadle, Sallyann Gray (flowers), Diane Beadle and Andy Harrington Petpals Darlington and Yarm has recently surprised a loyal member of staff, Sandra Dye (54) who this week celebrates her 10 year work anniversary. Dog Walker Sandra, who joined the fledgling company in its... Read more
Guide to cats – Hunting
10th July 2017
Cats are true carnivores, live on a diet consisting mainly of protein and are perfectly designed for hunting, for example they have: Wide peripheral vision Excellent night vision – at the expense of their ability to see colours well Acute hearing and ears that can be moved independently Keen sense of smell and touch Skeleton designed for speed and... Read more
‘Taking my dogs abroad’ (and why I’ll never do it again!)
23rd June 2017
I have two dogs, Pepper and Tallulah, who have just come back from their first trip abroad, touring northern Europe in a motorhome with my 25yr old daughter and I. We drove over 1,000 miles, saw three countries in 7 days and, for the most part, had a great time. Sadly though, I can honestly say it will be... Read more
Top Tips for keeping your dog cool in summer
20th June 2017
As the temperatures start to soar in the UK it’s a good idea to prepare yourself, your home and your dogs for the coming hot weather. All it takes is a little extra thought and you and your dog can enjoy the summer together. Which dogs are particularly affected by the heat? Any dog which has breathing difficulties, be this... Read more
New Petpals launches in Chislehurst, Kent
26th May 2017
Pets in Chislehurst, Kent can look forward to some first class care today, as we bring you news of the launch of Petpals Chislehurst! Pet care services Father of two Ray Hipwell (57), has left behind a life delivering driver training to the London Fire Brigade, to start up his new Petpals business offering a full range of pet care services to people... Read more
Why did you buy your Petpals business? Our franchisees reveal all!
17th May 2017
Did you know that Petpals is the UK’s largest full-service, bfa member, pet care franchise? We recently surveyed our 50+ franchisees to define what led them to purchase their pet care franchise. ‘Love of animals’ Unsurprisingly one of the main reasons given was a love of animals, with some stating that working with animals had been a ‘life-long dream’. ‘I know... Read more
Petpals donates £100 to Guide Dogs Charity
3rd May 2017
Franchisee Alex Mees, owner of Petpals Basingstoke, recently made a donation of £100 to her local Guide Dogs team. Alex, who purchased her Petpals franchise in December 2016, met Lee Thresher, community fundraising development officer for Hampshire and the Channel Islands in the beautiful Basing Wood, one of the many locations she walks her customer’s dogs, on a daily, weekly or ad... Read more
Kind things people say about Petpals!
10th April 2017
As one of the largest pet care companies in the UK, with over 50 Petpals businesses looking after pets from Aberdeen in Scotland to Bournemouth in Hampshire, we walk thousands of dogs every month. Here’s a lovely testimonial from one of our satisfied customers, whose dog Pippin is walked by Jo at Petpals Salisbury. Petpals is a franchise organisation, if you would... Read more
Guide to Cats: Scent Marking
30th March 2017
Have you ever watched your cat as it walks around the garden (or inside the house), rubbing itself over various objects and wondered what is going on? In the previous article, we talked about territories and this activity of scent marking is part of that. Scent glands There are scent glands concentrated on the top of a cat’s head, lips... Read more
Win this hamper of Chocolate for Easter!
20th March 2017
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Homemade Dog Biscuits!
1st March 2017
If you’ve never tried them before, these homemade dog biscuits are really easy to make (fun for the kids to help make too) and, what’s more, you’ll know exactly what’s gone in them. We found the recipe on the Guide Dogs for the Blind website, so all thanks to them for sharing it. There’s a link to their page at the bottom of... Read more
Guide to cats – territories and ranges
10th February 2017
What are territories and ranges? Basically, a cat’s territory is the area which it will defend (from other cats); the range will be larger and is the total area it inhabits or requires to feed itself in the case of a feral cat. Male cats have larger ranges than females. How large is a cat’s range? Studies have shown that... Read more
Top franchisees recognised at Petpals’ conference
2nd February 2017
At the beginning of January Petpals held their annual franchise conference, not the stuffy, presentation-filled affair you might imagine, but a weekend at a rather lovely hotel with friends and colleagues, old and new. Franchisees Yes, we had the all-important talk from our MD, Kevin Thackrah, about how the network is doing, we’ve got over 50 franchisees so there’s... Read more
Beware these highly poisonous foods for your pet this Christmas!
13th December 2016
Pepper the pug says ‘Don’t let me eat these this Christmas!’ Did you know that many of the products you bring into your home, especially for Christmas, are highly poisonous for cats and dogs? Many people don’t, so we’re warning all pet owners to be vigilant this Christmas, to avoid an unnecessary trip to the vets, or worse. Christmas... Read more
New Petpals launches in Basingstoke
25th November 2016
We are delighted to announce that we have a brand new Petpals launching in Basingstoke. Alex Mees is the owner of Petpals Baskingstoke and will be offering regular and occasional dog walking, puppy and elderly dog care/letting out service, cat visits, rabbit and small pet visits, pet tax/transportation and pet services to owners across Basingstoke, Chineham, Sherfield park, Sherfield on... Read more
Help Petpals raise money for children’s charity in Cambridgeshire!
9th November 2016
Our very own fantastic Foursome of Pippa, Neil, Emma and Jodie from Petpals in Saffron Walden have organised a fun doggy walk to raise funds for Tom’s Trust, a charity dedicated to providing the Clinical Psychology provision for children with brain tumours, within complete rehabilitation services. On the 20th November 2016 the Awesome Foursome will be walking the 16.5... Read more