Gordon – Reading West
Gordon is one of our dog boarders, as well as a dog walker, and has been a valued member of the We Love Pets team in Reading for nearly 4 years, after responding to one of our adverts on indeed.com.
All of our dog boarders are licensed with their local council, to give owners that extra peace of mind.
‘When I got my license it really gave me a sense of purpose to be able to give customers the peace of mind that their dog was in a family home and it’s as happy as it can be. It’s really satisfying.’
Gordon’s average day is around 3-5 hours, which includes a mix of dog walking and boarding. Two of Gordon’s regular buddies are Rolo and Remus, who he walks and has overnight sometimes.
‘They’ve almost become part of the family as we spend lots of time together, but they’re always pleased to see their Mum when she returns.’
We all know each dog has its own quirks and personality, but we asked Gordon what one tip he would pass on to anyone considering becoming one of our dog boarders:
‘If you’re thinking of dog boarding it’s good to remember that a dog can be anxious sometimes, because they’re away from familiarity, so try and encourage the owners to bring everything that’s familiar with their life, to help them settle in well – toys, bedding, favourite food, treats, etc.’
How do you cope with the alone time when it’s just you and the pets?
‘I thoroughly enjoy the time on my own, and don’t need to be part of a bigger team regularly. Being outdoors offers great clarity of mind.’
As well as loving and looking after other’s pets Gordon also has his own cat, Dillon, who he describes as an ‘adaptable vandal’.
‘Dillon is adept at accepting house visitors, and often stays out the way – it’s when there’s no one there that he turns into vandal cat.’
So, the big question is; how do you cope with wet weather?
‘I seem to be really lucky and rarely get caught in bad rain, but it does happen from time to time. I have a waterproof seat cover for my car, waterproofs and change of socks for me, wellies in the boot and plenty of towels to dry off the dogs. It’s not a problem, I just get on and make the most of being outdoors in the fresh air.’