Curious what we got up to this month? This short blog is a summary of the most important highlights!
December is a funny month for pet care with lots of last minute bookings for day care and boarding (people do leave it late to sort out pet care for Christmas and New Year) yet fewer walks; as clients are home with their families and pets from around the 20th or 23rd. We are lucky to have so many organised doggies and their owners who gave us early notification of their plans, which enabled the walkers to take time off with their families too 🙂
One of the girls, Jo, organised a charity collection for Milton Keynes Stray Dog Support Project which ran from the end of 27th November until the 8th December. A lot of our clients engaged with us and we were able to fill up our doggy van with food, bedding, toys, blankets and other small bits and pieces which will go some way in helping the poor dogs who are alone in kennels over Christmas feel some love and hopefully comfort in this otherwise lonely time.
Milton Keynes also had its first proper snow day in a few years and that saw many walks cancelled as some clients opted to work from home. This was handy for our walkers as some of them also struggled to get and about – this country is honestly not geared up at all for a cold snap!
Our client Christmas cards were sent off to the printers at the end of November but we only got them back, due to the weather, on the 12th December which meant we didn’t have long to get them out. Each walker/sitter stepped up and offered to not only write the cards, address the envelopes but get them out to their clients to ensure that everyone got their Jog My Dog card in time. We have cultivated such an amazing team spirit and I (Mary) could not be more proud; each girl has such a commitment to what we are trying to create and a vested interest in helping their fellow walker out.
Jog My Dog had two Christmas ‘parties’. The first was at Revolution de Cuba in CMK and 8 of the walkers were able to come for a fun night out of tapas and cocktails.
For those who couldn’t make it due to boarding, we had a lovely chilled morning coffee and cake meet up in Frosts, Woburn Sands.
A lot of people ask if we work over the holidays and the answer is YES! Pet care is a service that is required 365 days of the year and as a professional business it is our job to ensure that if a client needs us we have someone in place to assist. Saying that, we also require notification as our team have lives outside of their work .. so if you are thinking of going away in 2018 and need someone to pop in on your cat, feed your rabbits, walk the dog or host them in our homes for day care or boarding then please do get in touch early.
We take bookings for boarding months and months in advance and it is really the only way to be sure you’ve got your doggy holiday sorted. Cat and small animal visits can generally be booked in much nearer the time; but we urge you to think about your plans, especially around dog walks and dog care in general, so that we can ensure to have a walker / sitter booked in to suit.
That just leaves me to wish all our clients and readers of the blog a very Merry Christmas, 2017 has been lots of fun and we look forward to doing it all again next year!