1976: I join Bank of Scotland.
2001: Bank ‘merges’ (!) with Halifax BS (No – it’s true!)
2004: Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) makes me redundant.

2007; I start my Leading Petcare Business.

2009: HBOS falls on its arse and is taken over by Lloyds Banking Group.

1) I have not recorded any losses;
2) I have not made anyone redundant;
3) I have not had to pay away any compensation;
4) I have not received any bad press;
5) I have not been involved in any dodgy selling scams;
6) I’m still in business in my own right.


(Happy Business Day to me … 12 years today!)



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Jump on board, Ghost & Shadow.








Eighteen week old Husky pups, Ghost and Shadow, took their first walk with Leading Petcare today. It was an exciting time for the two, who had to investigate every fallen twig and every new scent. Of most interest was the cattle feeding trough and the mudbath that surrounded it – but they were persuaded it was probably a good idea not to get too close.

Was it something I said …?

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Introducing …

Dog walking in the cold, wind and rain of November can be … uncomfortable, I guess.  But this job does have it’s perks to compensate – like spending time with an eight week old puppy.

It will be a few weeks yet before she gets to meet the rest of the pack, but today was her first puppy visit and her excitement was only surpassed by her cuteness!

Everyone – let me introduce you to Luna.

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First walk, new friend.

Roxy, a nine month old retriever took her first walk with Leading Petcare today – and look who she met along the road.

Welcome to the pack, Roxy.





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See you around, Dougs!

I reckon that since I started visiting Dougal as an eight-week-old puppy back in September 2010, we have been on around nine hundred and sixty walks together.

During that time, he’s got up to all sorts of mischief with his many pals, including Marley, Jazz, Molly & Murphy, Harry, Buddy & Jet, Cali, Misty & Bramble and Big Louis and Li’l Louis.

I think these photos from his final walk earlier today, illustrate just why wee ‘Cheeky Chops’ will be missed.

See you around, Dougs!








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Dog walking vacancies!

With two long-term clients (one of eleven years standing, the other, nine) having moved out the area in the past few weeks, Leading Petcare presently has vacancies for dog-walking in the Houston area.

All mature dogs should be socialized, with good recall, though puppies are also welcome.

Please e-mail all enquiries to: leadingpetcare@gmail.com

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“Bye Boys!”

Initially, back in September 2007, it was ROCKY & LADY. Then in November 2012, it was HARRY (lab) on his own. Seven months later BUDDY (Japanese Spitz) then a tiny wee ball of fluff  joined the family, and then in January of this year, little JET made it three.

In all, that’s eleven years I’ve been walking the dogs from this particular household.

But today was the last time – HBJ’s ‘human family’ are moving out the area.

However, the good news is that coincidentally, they are moving to a house round the corner from my father.








So, I better make sure I’m carrying my biscuit bag when I visit my ol’man.

See you around, boys! 

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