Pack Leaders

Vanessa – Founder/MD (Woof & Ride Van Driver)

I hold a professional qualification from the Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour (ADTB) and have completed courses in both Dog on Dog Aggression with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT) and First Aid for Dogs with Animal Aiders.

I am a lifelong dog addict and I am currently owned by a beautiful lab/GSD cross rescue dog called Tilly. It has been a passion and ambition of mine to work with dogs, so by realising an opportunity the concept of The Waggy Dog Crèche was born.

Laura – Creche Supervisor (Woof & Ride Van Driver)

From a young age, I have always wanted to work with animals especially dogs as they were a huge part of my life growing up. I have a Lhasa Apso called Milo (as seen in the picture) who I love spending all my time with (He loves going on long walks and playing with his toys!)

Throughout my previous employment I struggled as it wasn’t much fun and it’s not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I never thought I would have an opportunity to work with animals until now.
I have recently taken a step up within the company to be Creche Supervisor! I couldn’t have turned an opportunity like this down and I’m so happy to be part of the team!

Phillipa – Creche Assistant  (Woof & Ride Van Driver)

Phillippa Taylor

I have always wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember, at the age of 5 I dreamed of becoming a vet or a veterinary nurse and would insist that we should cross the road to see any dog! My son is exactly the same! I was fortunate enough to become a volunteer at the newly created Waggy Dog Creche in March 2014 which I am now very proud to now be an employee of. I have the opportunity of working with a set of amazing colleagues and the best bunch of lovely doggies!

I am extremely lucky to be able to say I love my job. I have a young Whippet called Wilf (Wilfred when he is cheeky!) And also a Bengal Cross called Ra. In my spare time apart from spending time with my family I like to read, cook and go on as many adventures as possible.


Anna – Groomer

From a young age I have always known I wanted to work with animals. I spend all my spare time helping out at the stables I have riding lessons at. I’ve always had pets and currently have a budgie, 2 Guinea pigs, a greyhound and a sprocker spaniel!

I first came to the Waggy Dog Creche in 2017 as a work placement and have continued to volunteer since and I have loved every second of it! I completed my level 3 extended diploma in animal management at Askham Bryan College where I discovered my love for dog grooming! I have since completed a City in Guilds grooming qualification and canine first aid.

Katie – Creche Assistant (Woof & Ride Van Driver)

The love for animals runs through my family so I naturally gravitated towards them growing up. My love for dogs started at a very young age, I remember at the age of 4 walking a big burley Labrador with my grandad and ever since then I’ve been hooked.

As soon as I left school I knew what I wanted to do so I enrolled on to an Animal Care course to then go on to do Animal Management and I loved every second of it! I never thought I would be lucky enough to have a job that I genuinely love! I love working at the crèche because I get to spend some much time with so many different dogs but also my fellow Waggettes! They’re a hoot!

Frankie – Creche Assistant (Woof & Ride Van Driver)

I have always been an animal lover, particularly dogs, for as long as I can remember. Growing up we had Old English Sheepdogs which really started my passion for large breeds. I now have two rescue mastiff crosses called Hugo and Winnie who are my absolute world, both myself and fiance love nothing more than taking than taking them up to The Lake District for some scenic walks by the beach or up in the hills.

I spent many years working in a field that gave me no fulfillment and finally had a career change when I decided to become a full time artist painting pets and family’s ect. Although I thoroughly enjoyed painting I still felt I wanted to work within a setting where I had more contact with dogs, so I undertook a qualification in Canine Care, Welfare & Behaviour gaining a level 3. I came to the creche shortly after in Dec 2019 and have loved being surrounded by all the many breeds and personalities of the different dogs. Also working within the great team of waggettes helps !