As a complete and utter dog lover, I have always been dog crazy. I grew up with a beautiful Old English Sheepdog called Sam. Unfortunately after she passed my mum wouldn't get another dog due to work commitments and the fear of not getting another perfect dog. So I knew that as soon as I had a place of my own I would get my own dog.
Dean, on the other hand, didn't have a dog until a little over 9 years ago, apart from a very brief spell with a spaniel when he was about 6 years old. Unfortunately that particular episode resulted in his dad having an incredible allergic reaction, with ambulances called and severe breathing difficulties so poor little Sam (different Sam) was only with Dean for a few days. Dogs were then off the table and football, running and more football then took over.
Fast forward almost 25 years, after much nagging on my part, in December 2007 we bought Holly, a little ball of fluff not much bigger than a guinea pig.
A Shih Tzu, with the cutest button nose. We met the breeder, the very lovely Lesley Doyle, in Carlisle, asked all the right questions and most importantly met Holly and her brother and sisters, as well as her beautiful mum. It was love at first sight for me, Dean just went along with it. A few weeks later we were able to bring her home. She was ace, best puppy ever, a dream to train perhaps a little spoiled and very quickly became part of the family. Dean has never looked back, I don't think he knew what he was letting himself in for.
A few months later we thought it was about time Holly had a little sister - so back to the breeder we went and bought a new pup. Taylor is technically Holly's cousin (their dad's were litter-mates). For being so closely related you couldn't imagine 2 more different dogs. Holly was straight forward, easy to walk and train - Taylor literally wanted to lie down and watch everyone else. At training class Taylor would just stand and watch all the other pups walk round her. "Stay" was what she was great at, so long as you didn't ask her to "come" - however what Taylor lacked in "train-ability" she made up with in her laid back approach to life. She is a great dog and the two of them made a great wee pack, the original Wolf Gang.
A few years later we welcomed our daughter Quinn to the world, growing up surrounded by dogs, she is absolutely obsessed with them and all animals - horses, donkeys, cows, goats, snakes - anything you can imagine really.
In my infinite wisdom I thought it would be lovely to get a new pup, Quinn's pup, or as she calls him "her surprise". Arrangements made we traveled to the breeders house again, some 5 years after picking up Taylor. This was a complete surprise for Quinn, and clearly a good excuse for me to get another puppy!! This time we went for a lovely boy, to be named Teebo (after a Star Wars Ewok), Teebo was technically Taylor's nephew. So all related and wow, so different!! Teebo was a little unit, he was solid and in comparison to the girls he is totally daft!! He is a mummy's boy, I am certain he loves me the most, don't tell Quinn!!
Dogs are like chocolates, it is so hard to resist another. I know how hard it is to juggle work, children and dogs but I know that our dogs complete our family. I work full time, but having dogs allows me much needed escapism and to always be greeted at the end of a long hard day by someone/something that is genuinely delighted to see me. My dogs mean the world to me and I have always ensured that their well-being is a top priority. Like all true dog lovers, i would do anything for my pack - which includes belly rubs on demand, occasional treats and more expensive haircuts than any of the humans in our household.
I believe that our dog walking business is crucial in finding that right balance between your dogs, and all the other commitments that make up your life. I hope that the service Wolf Gang can offer will allow others to start building a dog based family of their own, or complete their existing family with the addition of new furry friend.