Hi I’m Harriet (Leading Teenage Pet Gundog Specialist) from Pawtastic Gundog Adventures.
I thought I would share with you, the reason why I started Pawtastic.
Now you may be thinking it’s because I love animals.
Well, yes I do very much but there’s more…..
It’s actually because after I had my daughter, Scarlett in November 2013. At the time, I fell pregnant and I was training to be a veterinary nurse and I realised I didn’t want to go back.
I didn’t want to work 45-50 hours then study at college one day a week and bring up a baby.
As you may know, when you have children your priorities change. It wasn’t all about me anymore.
I wanted to be a hands on mum so when Scarlett was 6 months old. With some help from my mum. I bravely started the business in August 2014.
I have always wanted to be a business owner, be independent and make my own money while doing something that I loved.
Everything I do is for my daughter. I hope one day, she will be proud of me.
According to Dog’s trust, research has estimated that 130,000 dogs came into UK rehoming charities each year. Also it was identified that behaviour problems as the most common reason for dogs under 2 years of age to be given up for rehoming.
My mission is to help and support pet gundog owners through the tricky teenage stage so owners don’t have to resort to the heartbreaking decision to rehome their dog.
My dog, Finn was a complete nightmare when he was going through the teenage stage. He was jumping at everyone we met, lead pulling, ignoring me and his recall was non- existent. I felt like a failure.
Then I developed my own Teenage Chaos to calm system, which has been tried and tested on my client’s dogs.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, as I am always getting compliments of how well behaved Finn is.
You would be surprised to know that I was once a paralegal, it was my first proper job offer finishing my law degree. I got to dress smart which is very different to the dog hair and mud I seem to wear everyday but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why gundogs? I hear you say. Since I was 10 years old, I always had a German shepherds in my life. I love their loyal nature and the way they tilt their heads like they are taking every word you say in. Just does something to my heart but when my parents decided to get Barney, the labrador, I trained and played with him. He is a lovely natured dog. He does the ‘lab bum wiggle’ whenever he saw me. I absolutely fell in love with Labradors. When I moved out of my parents home. I think he was the only one that actually missed me and I missed him that’s why I got my very own dog, ‘Barney mini – me’ Finn he’s a Labrador cross with a German Shepherd. We go on our own adventures everyday. That’s where my love for gundogs started.
I am fully insured with Pet business insurance, certified Canine First Aider and DBS checked (known as CRB). All these documents, I will show on the ‘meet and greet’.
I become a Award winning business in 2019.
Some interesting facts about me;
- I have completed LLB Law degree.
- worked at Anne Nelson vets in Croydon
- I used to foster stray, elderly cats from the vets
- You may find me on the terraces of Selhurst Park
- Sometimes I am referred to as the ‘crazy ferret lady’
- I am rather sarcastic and have a wicked sense of humour.