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A note from Hayley - founder of Wag + stride


It all started in a small town called Newbury with a little dog called Max..

As a child I wasn't allowed a pet so instead, used to visit my neighbours on a daily basis to dote over their Jack Russell Terrier, Max.  I would often knock on the door asking to see more of him than their daughter, my human best friend! My time spent with Max enabled my love for animals to develop (even when I attempted to push the poor pooch around in a pram!) Up until his final days, I helped to care for Max + assist with daycare, often dog sitting for long periods of time.

In 2006 I settled into Nottingham to study English With Creative Writing where I worked part-time at 'Paws For Thought', dog walking + pet sitting in between studying. After graduating I decided that although using my degree made great logical sense, my passion ultimately lies in animal care.

By 2009, I moved to North London to open + run the London branch of Cassy & Co. (dog walking, pet sitting + training) having been trained + mentored by their founder, the lovely Kajsa Tylen.

With 10 years of pet care experience, I now reside in East Finchley with my two Mini Schnauzers, Rambo + Braco. Having two little ones of my own, I understand the importance of a reliable, trustworthy and honest pet care provider - it's an absolute joy to be away on holiday and know that Rambo + Braco are still being loved whilst out exercising with their doggy pals. For me, it is key to find someone who cares just as much as I do as well as providing excellent, experienced care consisting of a balance of activities and values.

If you have any questions about W + S or any pet care questions in general, just pop me a message - I'll be more than happy to chat!