My name is Sally Carter and I run a
I often get asked by new customers how I got into dog walking. So, I thought I would share my story with you.
I would love to say that I had been planning it for years, but I would be lying to you. I would love to say that I had been planning it before I left my job, but that’s another lie.
In fact starting my business wasn’t really planned at all.
I worked in food retail for 24 years. Firstly, in Waitrose and then Tesco’s. For 2 decades I was a Stock Control Manager. I was the person in charge of making sure you can buy what you want, when you want. Yep, the person you probably cursed about when you couldn’t get your toilet rolls!
I was good at it too. I was constantly top of my region for customers being able to but what they wanted. I loved having a team to train and being a mentor. But I was beginning to find the repetitive nature of the job uninspiring. Coupled with that I had been working in a pretty much windowless building for over 2 decades. For half the year I never saw daylight and I survived on recycled air.
Of course, it wasn’t all bad. I made many friends for life and I even got myself a husband! Mike and I worked together briefly in my early Tesco career and years later we met up and fell in love. To cement our love, we got our first dog together, a greyhound called Poppy. To Mike’s horror he then realised we had to move in together to raise our beautiful girl. And the rest is history!
In August 2015, with Mike’s full support, I left my job. My only plan was to do nothing for 6 months. That lasted 2 weeks. I got dismayed looking at jobs and felt like I didn’t really want to work for someone else again. And one day I got a lightbulb moment after reading that quote “Find a job you love, and you will never work again.”
Woofers Walkies was born on the 1st September 2015! Woofers was the collective name I referred to our 3 dogs. Woofers Walkies gave me the opportunity to foster dogs and do home visits for prospective adoptees. It also meant I could adopt more dogs! I currently have 3 dogs, Frank, Buddy & Ronnie, although at one point I did have 4 dogs and a foster dog.
Since opening I have walked over 100 dogs and looked after the same number of cats. In 2016 Sarah joined my team and Alan followed in 2017. Both bought a lot of dog experience with them including agility, puppy training and working with young children and dogs.
We have a lovely group of dogs and cats that we currently look after, but there is room for more!