Why Me? Quite simply I love spending time with dogs!
There are many walkers out there doing it for many reasons, I love the companionship of working with a variety of personalities and enjoy engaging with each of them individually. I appreciate that there are many dog walkers you could go to, call me up for a chat and let me tell you more about me.
I am a Scotland Canine First Aider, fully insured with Pet Business Insurance and hold a current Disclosure Police check and, for the purposes of a past office post, I have been given security clearance by MI5...nothing remotely 007(ish) though! In line with local requirements, I am registered with Edinburgh City Council as a Professional Dog Walker.
I believe first and foremost in providing a safe and trustworthy service, one I would want for my own dog. I will provide your dog(s) with a full one hour walk (outwith travel time) placing an emphasis on safety and enjoyment and ensuring that your dog comes home happy, tired and contented.
Who am I?
My name is Lynn and I was born in Edinburgh in the 1970s and have lived here all my life. Since I can remember, my school projects were always predictably based on dogs, cats and dolphins - it however it took a fair bit of persuading my parents to get one of each (happily, no dolphins though!).
My first dog was the family's German Shepherd with whom we had 8 great years with. She was an amazingly intelligent, selectively obedient and cheeky beastie, who loved walking on Arthur's Seat, pinching food and annoying the cat (where possible and when she could get away with it). The cat, however, ruled the roost and lived to the ripe old age of 20.
It was here that my love of animals began and along with dogs and cats, I've also had other pets, such as gerbils and hamsters.
When my first dog passed over to the Rainbow Bridge, I was so devastated that I did utter the words, that...'it’s way too heart breaking, I'll never own another dog'.
Instead, I joined Dogs Trust, adopting two dogs and visited the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home to offer my services, only to be told that there was a two year wait.
Instead, to get my dog walking fix, I walked family and friends' dogs......as heading to the hills without a dog, just didn't seem right and I didn't get the same enjoyment out of the walk - watching dogs' eyes light up as they run, play, roll, investigate and roam is what makes a walk worth it. It took a few years to get over the heartbreak of my dog passing away, but that was eased when a little collie cross rescue came into my life.
The beauty was the realisation that all dogs have their own personality and Jess' personality is obvious, she's chatty, playful and can be grumpy when it’s a little as 10 minutes passed her dinner time.
So Why Dog Walking?
It combines three of my favourite things in life - my love of Dogs, the great outdoors and our wonderful Scottish weather. I have never particularly enjoyed being sat at a desk, confined to an office, for much of the day. I was lucky to be brought up close to Holyrood Park, so walking round the Lochs and up to Arthur's Seat has always been a favourite past-time. Always a good viewing platform to witness how much Edinburgh changes on a yearly basis. Having previously spent a few years with my office overlooking Arthur's Seat, I always wished I was outside not in, so dog walking it was for me.
In my previous life I worked in the public sector and gained a broad experience, working with historical websites, intercountry adoption casework for children being adopted from many countries throughout the world, home to a new life in Scotland (I’ve often said that in retirement, I would return to this post to undertake it voluntarily). I've furthermore drafted briefings and correspondence, organised conferences - to working further afield in Westminster. Although many aspects of this work were enjoyable, I have always been an outdoors person - so sitting in an office most days, was never the way forward for me. I have a strong interest in the welfare of animals, having been around them most of my life. I have always known that my key strengths lie, in working with man’s best friend. Pursuing a career, I was passionately interested in (I didn't get the grades to be a vet!), has allowed me to spend time with dogs and enjoying the fresh air, which indulges me with the satisfaction of enjoying my job every day, even in our great and varied Scottish winter.
I have well over 21 years’ experience of dogs and enjoy learning their individual likes and dislikes. I am a Scotland Canine First Responder, a course I undertook in November 2011 and I possess three first aid kits - two remain in the van and one at home. In the unlikely event that an accident occurs, I am fully trained to administer first aid, before heading to the vet. I've often be told that I have a way with animals as both dogs and cats will often come up to greet me, when out walking or maybe they can tell that my pockets always have a supply of training treats and poo bags! I love walking in all climates and especially when it’s raining......which is just as well due the amount of rainfall and dreich weather we get. However, no walk is complete without the company a few four legged companions. I enjoy any walk more, knowing that the dogs are having a great time.