My name is Sally Cousins
and I provide
Dog Walking Adventures & Training in Haverhill, Suffolk
Woofers Dog Services was established in 2015
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 buy 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.
In August 2015 I left my job, after 21 years’ service. My only plan was to do nothing for 6 months. That lasted 2 days! 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 my then 3 dogs. Woofers Walkies gave me the opportunity to foster dogs and do home visits for prospective adoptees. Since then my business has grown so the name has slightly changed to Woofers Dog Services.
I currently have 1 rescue dog, Frank, although at one point I did have 4 dogs and a foster dog.
Since opening I have walked over 150 dogs of varying sizes and breeds. Due to my extensive knowledge of how to mentally stimulate dogs i wrote 2 books in 2020; The Lockdown Dog and Dazzle Your Dog, both available from Amazon.