Your dog carers are personally chosen to suit your dog’s needs and they also adhere to Canine & Co’s code of practice ensuring the highest standards of care possible. We get to know them really well and have worked with them for a great deal of time. Our carer’s are at the heart of our business and without them we couldn’t do what we do.
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.
We think it’s important that our carers concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our carers are also protected from sorting out insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus. That’s why we sort this out so our carer’s don’t have to.
We have dog carers based in Maerdy – Conwy, Ruthin – Denbighshire, Corwen – Denbighsire and Wrexham. However due to demand, we are undertaking a recruitment drive and hope to expand into further areas of North Wales in the near future. If you are interested in becoming a dog carer, then please get in touch with us as we’d love to hear from you.
The founders of Canine & Co, Donna and Paul are a husband and wife team who love animals and the great outdoors. They’ve been together for 24 years & in that time have travelled the world (they once went round the world in 3 weeks). They’ve visited a number of Wildlife awareness centre’s in South Africa, followed up with visits to a few game reserves where animals have the right of way & Donna and Paul were merely bystander’s enjoying what came their way. They’ve lived in the Jungles of Venezuela for a week, swam with Dolphins & even been Keeper for a day at Chester Zoo. Knowing how ‘dotty’ they are over animals & with the lovely surroundings they live in, friends were continually asking Paul and Donna to look after their pets whilst they went on holiday. Eventually in 2011 they walked away from corporate life to set up Canine & Co Pet Services. They’ve had a number of dogs together such as Pip the Norfolk Terrier who lived to 18 years & two rescue dogs, Champers and Chocky – a Collie cross who sadly passed away at 17 years of age in 2018. They currently have three dogs of their own – two Springer’s and a Pug, 2 cats, 2 Pygmy goats, chickens & a Cockerel called Alan! Donna is qualified in Pet First Aid.
Both have jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet. They said it was the most exhilarating and scariest thing they have ever done and both said that they wouldn’t do it again (although they probably would!).
Paul has appeared a few times on TV including being chosen to appear on a Bank TV advert, has had a recording contract and made a couple of singles in the 80’s (you won’t have heard of them!). Donna has won numerous awards throughout her career including twice winning Bank Manager of the Year. In recent years, Donna has achieved a few awards for Canine & Co including Photography awards and New Business of the Year amongst other accolades (driven purely by the opportunity to wear a posh frock and drink free champagne at an awards evening if nominated!!).
Paul & Donna have raised a lot of money for various charities by writing & performing in pantomimes for a local village hall, as well as writing and performing in Murder Mystery events and Donna also ran the Wilmslow half marathon.
Shelagh used to run her own successful Wedding Dress business and since retiring she spends her time on her other passions, Doggies and gardening. Shelagh explains that her life would be much the poorer without the company of dogs, a winters night curled up on the sofa with her three gorgeous elderly Beagles plus any doggie guest(s) who are staying for a holiday. Shelagh spends a lot of her Summer days in the garden with doggie helpers who dig up plants she has just planted! Shelagh can look down the Dee valley from her hillside garden and feels very blessed. Shelagh is a warm and wonderfully caring person who has a fabulous talent for making everyone (animals and people) feel special.
The first dog Shelagh had was on the day she was born, her Dad went and bought her Mum a Yorkshire terrier. Shelagh then spent the next eight years under the kitchen table pretending she was not there, the grown ups played along with this. As an only child the dog was Shelagh’s best friend and as the child next door (horror of horrors) was a boy! she decided that her dog made a much better play mate.
Shelagh is not adverse to sitting in a large lake (puddle) 3ft deep (3inches) attached to a Hound who wanted to chase a rabbit, she did not let go! However the walk home was most unpleasant water slopping out of her wellies at every step. Not helped by water draining from her jeans and undergarments (knickers). The Dog was still trying to pull Shelagh flat on her face.
Shelagh used to own a Wedding Dress business and for her 50th birthday, her team did the following – lash a stool on to a flat bed trolley, then put a bridesmaid dress on Shelagh, the worst one they had. They then Tied her to the trolley. Took her for a ride. (The building was a four storey old Cortlands spinning mill that had been renovated for multi occupancy). So off round the offices they took her, then down to the ground floor and outside. Her first treat was half a dozen eggs cracked on her head and a three pound bag of flour poured on top, most of it stuck. Some kind person then thought what a wheeze to take Shelagh over to the engineers place, all nice and dirty, those guys were just as bad as the girls. She was then treated to light engine oil poured on top. Yuck Yuck Yuck. However Shelagh was prepared and had brought shampoo etc. and a clean set of clothes. They proceeded to leave her stuck outside the building for a few hours while they got on with their work!!!
Tanya was born and grew up in the Welsh countryside. She adores everything about the outdoors and enjoys taking in the clean fresh air every day with her two dogs, cat, donkey and horse. A little bit about Tanya – well she took a gap year before university and worked in a yacht club down south (as she wanted to sail around the world and thought she might find a crewing position!). Tanya studied at the University of Edinburgh, where she developed a taste for haggis and whiskey, hitch hiked around Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa investigating the medical situation out there. She also played saxophone on the upper floor of a double decker bus and once grew an acre of potatoes! Tanya returned to Wales 14 yrs ago, is scared of heights and can’t climb trees!
Tanya and her family like picnicking all year round, they have even been known to picnic under umberellas on several occasions.
When Tanya is not running about the hills with the dogs, she works as a massage therapist/meditation tutor.
Tanya’s poodle, Shaila, helps to look after the pet lambs in the spring. Awww.
Manda and Jonathan grew up, just outside Manchester and escaped to the country in 2011. They live on a small holding with their Border Terrier Betty, two cats, three ponies, three sheep, hens, Ali the turkey and Lucy the goose. If your dog(s) are looking for a pawfect doggy holiday in beautiful rural Wales with lots of open spaces and plenty of cuddles, then this is the place for them.
Whilst on holiday in India Manda had a shower off an elephant and they spent an ‘interesting’ night in a dung hut with some huge ants and a frog.
Manda loves folk music and Jonathan rock, so music can be unusual in their house.
Jonathan once saved someone from drowning, but when Manda slipped climbing from one boat to another he saved the beer she was carrying!
Hazel grew up in a home where dogs were the norm. Her mum bred Jack Russell’s for many years and Hazel herself has lived with Lurchers, German Shepherd Dogs, Terriers and various mixed breeds. Hazel is quite simply a doggy person, she had a handsome and loyal Akita who died in 2015 and a Golden retriever who sadly passed away at 14 years of age in 2018. Having no other pets of her own, Hazel is putting all her love and devotion into our customer’s pets who are enjoying their doggy holiday at Hazel’s beautiful rural home set amongst 10 acres of private land/woodland (well when she isn’t paragliding off a 6000 ft mountain!!).
Hazel once had a sandwich named after her and sold in a pub for which she won a diamond and was interviewed live on the radio. Talking of sandwiches, Hazel was fortunate to meet and speak to Princess Diana when she popped out for a sandwich one day…..
Hazel, used to “mind” the questions every week for “Question of Sport”
Hazel got trapped in a broken down lift with Russ Abbott and his very pregnant wife…
A lovely genuine couple who have been together for over 35 years. They love all animals, especially dogs and enjoy nothing more than getting out and about in the great outdoors with their Lab – Ollie and any guest doggies that stay with them. They used to have another gorgeous Lab called Bryn, who sadly passed away in 2017 aged 15 years. Julie and Terry love their regular doggy guests and miss them a lot when they go home, so they decided to hang a large frame on the wall containing snapshots of all their doggy guests on holiday with them.