About Us

Launched in the summer of 2016, Laura and Fernando wanted to create a business that was personalised, with services that can be adapted to the needs of the pet.

The couples’ 6 years experiences with animals include dog walking in Australia, volunteering and rehoming street dogs in South America, working with the RSPCA in Potter’s Bar, all before deciding to set up their business in North London.

 

Fernando and Laura

The animal-loving couple, who met while working on a cruise ship to the Caribbean in 2011, have decided to turn their passion and experience of caring for sick and injured dogs into a career as pet sitters in the East Finchley area.

Both grew up with pets in their lives, from dogs to hamsters, guinea pigs to goldfish, but had to put their attachment to their pets to one side while they went travelling in their mid-20s.

Laura, 28, explained: “For me, animals give unconditional love. I feel a really strong connection to them and I really enjoy their company. ”

The couple went on to spend a year in Australia and indulged their affection for animals by taking on dog walking jobs. They also spent a year in Fernando’s home country of Chile, where they fostered sick, stray dogs while they were recovering from medical treatment and waiting to be re-homed.

Laura said: “There were so many dogs on the street that need veterinary care and fostering while waiting to be found a new forever home.

“For a few months we cared for Suzy, an eight-month-old mixed breed, after she was left with a broken leg when she was hit by a car. She had to have lots of medication and her wounds had to be cleaned every day. We had to teach her how to walk again.

“She was such a lovely dog that Fernando’s aunt fell in love and adopted her. So we are still in contact with her, which is lovely.”

Laura, who has previously worked as a nanny also added:

“Having worked as a nanny, I know how to behave while working in someone else’s home. I know what it means to be discrete and to care for someone else’s most prize possessions, their children and pets, as well as their property.

“We will provide a professional, personal service and care for each animal as if it is our own.”

The demand for their services grew quickly and so required Laura to grow a small team of experienced and qualified animal lovers to help.

The Team

NADINE

NadineNadine’s experience with the vast majority of the animal world is invaluable. Having finished her Zoology degree at Hull University, is now completing her Masters at Royal Veterinary College, Camden.

Owning 3 dogs, a tortoise, a gecko and a hamster, her expertise in all animals is enormous! Volunteering and working as a research assistant in various locations worldwide, has only added to her desire for animal knowledge.

SHIRA

ShiraShira was at first a customer of Pet Sitting Finchley before asking to join the team. She lives in Finchley with her dog and cat, Douggy and Charlie, and enjoys animal company immensely.

“Hello fur parents – one and all – I’m delighted and even more excited to be helping Laura and Fernando take care of all your gorgeous fur children. A little bit about me: I’m dog and cat mad having one of each kind at my Finchley home that I also happen to share with my husband. I can promise you that I have a lot more love and affection to give to your animals too and their safety and security is my absolute priority. I can’t wait to meet you all and get to know all their little waggy personalities. Lots of love, Shira”

RACHEL

Rachel has joined us after finishing her Extended Diploma in Animal Management to continue to grow and practice her many animal skills. On this course one of the modules was canine animal training which developed her knowledge of dogs and their behaviour even more. She has previously volunteered at Cats Protection and worked as a Stable Assistant in an equestrian centre too.

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