THE STORY OF PAWSOME DAYS
In the Beginning - One woman, her dog and an idea!
Pawsome Days was born out of a very simple idea - provide the highest level of support and care to dog lovers and their four-legged friends. Since 2018, we’ve been proudly supporting our pet parents throughout Castle Donington and surrounding areas.
Motivated by Kirstie's passion for dogs and a deep understanding of how scary it can be to leave them with someone else. We continue to serve a growing client base and expand our service offerings to meet their needs. When you and your furry friend come to Pawsome Days, you become part of our family.
Dogs are pack animals as you know, and we greatly believe that dogs benefit hugely from spending time with their own kind if it is managed in a safe yet fun way. A pack not only teaches a dog life skills that we just can't, such as how to communicate correctly with others. But they can also wear them out more than we can.
See our testimonials page to hear what our clients have to say.
I‘m the proud owner of Pawsome Days. I set the company up in July of 2018 after talking about doing so for a number of years. I finally realised my dream!
I have always loved animals and was lucky enough to grow up with horses and dogs. My first dog being a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Sam.
I first started my career working with horses. I trained and became a qualified riding instructor (BHS AI). Whilst living and working at the stables, I got my first dog, Bounty. A white Boxer. She was the first dog I had as an adult. After working as a riding instructor for a while, I went freelance, working evenings and weekends so that I could pursue another dream, helping animals. I joined a veterinary practice as a trainee veterinary nurse and worked there for near 3 years. I loved it. But I was given an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. To move to Portugal and work with a professional show jumper. Bounty came with me of course!
When I came home I wasn’t sure what to do and fell in to a marketing role. They allowed me to take Bounty to work with me so I accepted the job.
I spent the next 8 years climbing the corporate ladder. Each job allowing me to take Bounty with me, lucky huh!!
When I sadly lost Bounty, it broke my heart and my husband and I said we would wait a year before getting another dog, I lasted 2 months! My life just wasn't the same without a dog in it. That’s when I got Twix. My fawn Boxer.
I had been talking about going back to working with animals on and off for years, I missed it terribly. So when I was made redundant, I thought now or never. And I'm so pleased I did.
Twix and I adore looking after your best friend when you can’t. It’s the best decision I ever made.
When we have a free weekend, Twix and I do a bit of agility and advanced obedience, just for fun. She is fantastic at it and most importantly, she loves it!
Dogs have a way of finding people who need them. Well, I've never once spent a moment without at least 1 by my side, and that is where I am at my happiest. My own dogs have always been my world, weeks away at training events and going exploring. It's only apt that I finally found my way to Pawsome Days and the pack that hangs out there.
The journey there wasn't a walk in the park, I started as a professional dancer/lecturer as well as working in an office on the side.
My love for dogs has always drawn me to that profession and a few years exploring different avenues. I couldn't quite find the right niche. Training is a great passion of mine, building that relationship with a dog and working together as a team. Nothing can beat it. So doing a lot of that myself and helping training professionals, I tried going it alone...no. that was too much human training for my liking (hehe). My next venture would be joining the army. I passed with flying colours ready to be a dog handler and then I completely lost all my confidence.
By this time, I'd given up on working with dogs professionally and stopped looking. Then Kirstie and the gang popped up out of nowhere, needing another member of the pack like I said... Dogs always have a way of finding the people that need them.
Twix is Kirstie's Boxer. Currently 5 years old. She is always the life of the party and gets everyone to play. She is also the bouncer. IE she is the one who does all the meet and greets to ensure dogs are suitable for daycare or group walks. It's her decision if you're allowed in or not!
On a serious note, she has been very well socialised and reads dogs really well. If she is unsure about a dog, there is normally a good reason for it! She is invaluable for meet and greets. Giving us great insight into the new dogs.