Ever since she was a little girl Alexis knew she wanted to grow up and work with children and animals. So, after 19 years teaching (And even being a headmistress!) she moved to the Cheltenham countryside and launched her branch of Wagging Tails. Find out more about this great journey...
What did you do before you started your business? or still do if your business is a hobby?
- I was the Head Teacher of an independent preparatory school in north London
- I had taught for 20 years
- Whilst I set up Wagging Tails, I also work as a supply teacher in the local area
Who or what was the inspiration behind you getting started?
- Change in pace of life and move to countryside living
- I have always wanted to own my own business and work from home
- I wanted to be able to have a dog and work with animals
How long have you been running the business and who runs it with you/helps you out?
I launched in January 2016 and run the franchise alone but am supported by Head Office, other franchisees and my partner.
How did you decide what services to offer?
Last Autumn, I read about Wagging Tails in a magazine and really liked what a super business it is and that the welfare of dogs is at its heart
What challenges do you face?
In one sentence describe what is the best thing about your business?
Wagging Tails was started as a very small, one person business with the welfare of dogs at its heart, growing simply because the service offered is of the highest standard and owners love what we do.
What’s an average day-in-the-life of your business?
Every day is different, but a typical day includes...
- checking in with carers
- contacting owners
- potentially recruiting a new carer
- visiting local businesses
- on weekends, particularly during the summer, running stands at shows
What do you love most about what you do?
- Being able to work from home with my dog and partner
- Meeting people in the local community
- Running a business I feel proud of
If you could do anything else other than what you’re doing now what would it be?
At the moment, nothing!
What has a customer said to make you smile?
Testimonials following boards are a pleasure to read. The family of a recent boarder said ‘Knowing (our dog) was going into someone's home and being cared for by our selected carer made all our worries disappear.’
Do you have any pets?
We have a Beagle, Brea, who has her own Twitter account - @BreaTheBeagle She enjoys the limelight and would love you to see her photos, though I am sure you will recognise her as the very lucky winner of a Tuggers Twist! Our three chickens, Lily, Geraldine and Hetty, are very beautiful and roam inquisitively in the garden.
and finally, what do you do to relax?
Take my Beagle, Brea, for a walk or play with her in the garden. I also grow my own veg, something I only started doing when we moved here last year. It’s very enjoyable and worth the effort to cook with home grown veg and serve home grown salad, especially with our fresh eggs!
Well, we really enjoyed finding out more about this great UK pet business and think Alexis and Brea deserve a 5* Ruffle Snuffle Recommended award for their dedication to providing a great service. Well done!
Contact Alexis via:
Tel: 01242 681 488