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.

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.



Ally – Creche Assistant (Woof & Ride Van Driver)


I have grown up around dogs my whole life and they have always held a special place in my heart. Recently I returned home from travelling the world for 18 months where I took care of many different animals on a daily basis, but the dogs were definitely my favourite, of course! Upon returning home I promised myself to work an occupation I loved, and knew I had to be in a canine environment. I feel so lucky to have found The Waggy Dog Creche! It cures my cravings for doggy cuddles and I love being responsible for such loyal animals. The Waggettes are an amazing, supportive team and I look forward to going to work everyday. I can’t wait to have my own fur baby in the near future! —

Phoebe – Creche Assistant


I’m currently in my final year of my degree in animal management at Askham Bryan college where I have been fortunate enough to undertake a number of work placements with dogs (with the creche being my favourite of course !)
I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals and have volunteered with rescue dogs for a number of years. In 2018 I was lucky enough to stay on at the creche as seasonal work after completing my work placement with them, and am happy to say I get to work with the loveliest bunch of colleagues and doggies. Dogs have always been a massive part of my life and I currently have a Rhodesian ridgeback cross staffie called shaxx, who I spend all my time with, doing agility and going on adventures. It’s always been an ambition of mine to get to work with dogs, so I am lucky to say I love working at the creche with the waggettes !

Jack – Creche Assistant


I am currently studying Animal Management in my second year at college working toward my level 3 extended diploma. I have always loved animals from a young age, and so working with all the dogs at the crèche is a dream come true! I started out as a volunteer here at the crèche back in 2014 when I completed my year 10 work placement and loved it so much that I came to help out whenever I could. Since working with all the dogs at the crèche I managed to persuade my parents to let me have a dog for myself and now I have a re-homed springer spaniel called Jess. I love working here at the crèche and couldn’t be happier working alongside my fellow waggettes!

Laura – Creche Assistant (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 who I love spending all my time with (He loves going on walks and playing with his toys!)

Throughout my previous employment I struggled to work where I wasn’t in a animal based environment 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 was looking for a apprenticeship that would help me gain experience and a qualification in animal care. I now work full time at the Creche surrounded by amazing dogs and my fellow waggettes as well as studying for my Keits level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care. I couldn’t be happier now knowing that I have found a job that I enjoy and look forward to going to everyday. In the future I would like to progress with the creche and hopefully gain future qualifications to become a dog groomer.