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 have the reputation as the “mad dog lady” !! My inspiration for Creche was my beautiful lab/GSD cross rescue dog called Tilly who we we sadly lost in 2021.  She will always remain the orginal Waggy Dog.

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.

Tracy – Creche Manager

(Woof & Ride Van Driver)


Hello!  I’m Tracy and I’ve been an animal lover all my life.  As a kid the birds, cats, fish and Guinea pigs, all found their way through the family’s front door.  My first dog found me over 25 years ago when my other half asked “If you move in with me, can we get a dog?” Our first rescue a beautiful golden Collie Lab Cross called Megan entered our lives, and who as you’d expect got us out for hours in our gorgeous countryside.  A clever girl who definitely knew how to work her humans. She was my world.
We now have another rescue, a very special Lurcher called Mozzie who just loves coming to work with me.   He’s been known to squeak at the front door if I’m not opening up as fast as he would like.  He’s having a world of fun meeting and playing with all his friends at the crèche.  As am I.
I joined Vanessa and the amazing Waggettes, at The Waggy Dog Crèche late September 2022 after gaining over 27 years effective team management in the retail sector.  I am loving caring for, and learning all about the different breeds and their behaviours whilst I gain more specific CPD accreditation in Animal Care & Behaviour, and Dog first Aid for my new career.

Anna – Waggy Groom Room Manager 


From a young age I have always known I wanted to work with animals. I spend all my spare time walking my dogs or at the stables I learnt to ride at and now keep my horse there. I’ve always had pets and currently have a budgie, a greyhound and 2 crazy spaniels! Most of you will have met (or heard) my sprocker spaniel Hetty!

I first came to the Waggy Dog Creche in 2017 as a work placement for a year and became the Groomer in September 2018 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 dog grooming qualification and canine first aid.


Katie – Creche Assistant

(Woof & Ride Van Driver)


Hi I’m Katie!

Dogs have always been a love of mine and I have always aspired to work with them! I previously studied an animal science degree when I volunteered at Jerry green dog rescue. There I acquired my own amazing girl violet! I am now currently in my 1st year studying canine behaviour and training, where I hope to learn a great deal about these wonderful individuals.

I started with the waggy dog team in October as my work placement from university.  And now have the great job working here as a waggette since February. All these different personalities make my day so different and I have fallen in love with each and every one of them. I hope that my journey here will teach me so much more within my studies and also providing me with so much excitement here at the crèche.

Jess – Creche Assistant 


I have always aspired to work with dogs, with a love and a passion for them. Growing up with family dogs was always a big part of my life and brought me joy throughout my childhood and adult year’s, I currently have two dogs, a Jack Russel and a jack Russel/Patterdale.

I also have experience pet sitting others dogs which as also enabled me to develop the skills needed with looking after dogs.
I started with The Waggy Dog Crechè at the beginning of April, I have enjoyed looking after all the different breeds of dogs with amazing personalities and working with such a great team of Waggettes.

Grace –  Groomer 

Hi I’m Grace, I have always had a passion for working with animals. I adore dogs and love to be around them as much as possible. I am currently studying the Level 3 Animal Management course at Askham Bryan College and I am working towards becoming a fully qualified dog groomer.

I started at the Waggy Dog Crèche as a work placement in September and I am now officially a Waggette.  I love working here and spending time with all the dogs and the other Waggettes.


Lauryn – Creche Assistant 


My name is Lauryn, I have a huge love for dogs, spending time with them and providing the necessary care that they need! 

I’ve always owned small pets such as birds and reptiles however I don’t own a dog therefore I’ve spent lots of time walking and dog sitting family and friends dogs.

I started working at the crèche at the start of October 2022 and I’m loving every minute of it and it’s amazing being part of such a great team! 


Beth – Creche Assistant 

Hi I’m Beth,
I have a huge love for dogs, I have grown up around dogs and currently have 3 dogs, a jack Russel cross, Labrador and a Patterdale terrier.  I syudied at  Askham Bryan College where I achieved a qualification in  Animal Management L3.
I started working at the waggy dog Creche in June and I am really enjoying looking after all the different breeds of dogs and being apart of a great team.


Maggi – Woof & Ride Van Driver (Hettie for cute picture … not driving ! )


Meet Maggi, out latest Waggette.  Maggi will be driving the vans picking up and dropping off your fur babies.


Laura – Dog Trainer (Taylor’s Pawsitive Training)



I am a professional trainer and behaviourst. I have always been passionate about dogs and have been in the industry for over twenty years. I first got into training when we brought our first dog into our home called Skye, who was a very naughty Border Collie.  Even though we went training we still struggled with her behaviour and started to learn more and more about training.

I have completed a National Diploma in Animal Management, Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour and passed with the IMDT Trainer & Behaviour Accreditations.

My mission is to help people achieve their training goals through positive reinforcement methods.