Petpals Fleet

A Day In The Life Of – Petpals Fleet

23rd July 2018

    Name: Clare Stafford Age: (56) Territory: Petpals Fleet Areas of operation: Fleet, Crookham Village, Church Crookham, Dogmersfield, Farnborough (including Cove, North Camp, Southwood), Hartley Wintney, Winchfield. Franchise Purchased 2002 Previous Employment: IT support   The day begins at Petpals Fleet Each day is different but often my day begins at about 6.30am when I get up to let... Read more

An elderly dog

Dementia in Dogs

17th July 2018

  Sadly we are all too familiar with the term dementia in relation to human beings but did you know that dogs can also suffer from dementia? Maybe you’ve had experience of the condition with one of your own? Perhaps one of your elderly dogs is acting strangely and you’ve found yourself wondering, ‘does my dog have dementia?’ In this... Read more

Petpals Hendon and Hampstead

A Day In The Life Of – Petpals Hendon and Hampstead

11th July 2018

  Name: Mike and Chrissy Gillings Name of Territory: Petpals Hendon and Hampstead Areas covered: Hampstead Village, South Hampstead, West Hampstead, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Green, Temple Fortune, Brent Cross, Hendon (plus parts of other NW London areas) Date territory purchased: May 2012 Your job before you bought your Petpals franchise: Corporate Bank Manager and Bank First Cashier   The... Read more

Jo Davies Petpals Salisbury

A Day In The Life Of – Petpals Salisbury

26th June 2018

  Name:   Jo Davies Name of Territory: Salisbury Wiltshire Areas you work in: Salisbury, Wilton, Amesbury, Tisbury and villages in-between Date territory purchased: January 2009 Your job before you bought your Petpals franchise: Manager for a pensions company The day begins I start my day by feeding and checking on all the boarders I have; I only board small pets... Read more

Raymond Hipwell owner of Petpals Chislehurst

A Day In The Life Of – Petpals Chislehurst

13th June 2018

  Name: Ray Hipwell Petpals Territory: Chislehurst Areas covered: Chislehurst, Bromley, Mottingham, Petts Wood and surrounding areas Territory Purchased: May 2017 Previous profession: Driver Trainer – training the London Fire Brigade   Ray says: ‘I often think that dogs are like children, they need to be walked, exercised, and loved, they need your time and the younger ones need your... Read more

Petpals franchise celebrates 14 years with current and former owners!

Petpals franchise celebrates 14 years with current and former owners!

21st May 2018

LtoR: Owner 1: Nick Skinner. Owner 2: Ruth Wall. Owner 3 (present owner): Peter Lea We are delighted to announce that Petpals Bracknell is celebrating its 14th birthday and three present and former owners have got together to mark the occasion. One of the beauties of owning a Petpals franchise is the ability to sell it on when life takes... Read more

Is peanut butter poisonous for dogs?

17th April 2018

  We have noticed some stories on social media about peanut butter being poisonous for dogs so we wanted to clarify the situation. It is not the peanut butter that is poisonous but an ingredient manufacturers have been introducing into it called xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener and is HIGHLY POISONOUS for dogs and they must not have it in... Read more

Alabama Rot

12th April 2018

  The first thing to say, before you read one more word is, If you suspect your dog is unwell or has any kind of unexplained skin lesions, please go directly to your local vets. Petpals are NOT experts in Alabama Rot, we are not vets and Petpals staff do not receive any veterinary training from us. This article is... Read more

A cat

Guide to cats: What to do if you find a cat

20th March 2018

Is it injured? Is it a stray or lost? Is it wild or feral? If you find an injured cat, if it’s safe to do so take it to the nearest vet. If you need assistance, your local RSPCA or Cats Protection will be happy to help. What is a stray cat? They are usually domestic cats that do not... Read more

Ray and Sandra Hipwell receive Best Start Up at the 2018 national Petpals conference

Record-breaking franchisee says ‘Hoo-Ray’ for Petpals!

7th February 2018 A Petpals franchisee with only seven months trading under his belt has recently been awarded ‘Best Start Up’ in a special award at our annual conference. Ray Hipwell, who runs Petpals Chislehurst with wife Sandra, has smashed all previous records, beating 20 other established franchises’ results in just a few short months. Ray and Sandra Hipwell receive Best Start... Read more

Driving with dogs in your car – the law

19th December 2017

  Look around any park or popular dog-walking area today and it is likely that the majority of them will have broken the law within the last 30 mins and will do it again within the next hour as they return home, but how?                       Driving without due care and... Read more

Sarah Richardson with three dogs

Petpals franchisee in successful resale to employees

14th December 2017

  Sarah Richardson owner of Petpals Stockport for the last fourteen years, recently sold her franchise to two former employees. Sarah (55), bought her Petpals franchise following a long-term, management role with a mail-order company. She left when fluctuating markets found her having to make people redundant on a regular basis, which made her rethink what she really wanted out... Read more

Petpals Bournemouth has been rated as one of the 'Three Best Rated' Dog Walkers in Bournemouth

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

A curious cat

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?

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

Buying a puppy

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

Petpals surprise employee on 10 yr anniversary

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

A hunting we will go - Petpals

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

Keep your Petpal cool this summer

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