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.

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 !