We are Verity and Richard and we live in the picturesque village of Barford St. Michael in North Oxfordshire with our border terrier, Harley Quinn, and our two rescued, house cats, Bella and Holly.
I grew up on a small holding in Pembrokeshire which gave me my love of all animals. We had our own dogs whilst I was young but we also looked after friend's dogs whilst they went on holiday which helped spark my interest in home boarding.
I always knew I either wanted to work with animals or children and eventually decided to be a teacher. In 2014, I moved to Oxfordshire where I worked in a local primary school for six years.
Although I loved living in Barford, I never felt like my house was my home because it was missing one thing, a dog! After five years, I finally convinced Richard and we brought Harley home in April 2019. From day one, I hated leaving her whilst we were both at work which eventually resulted in me leaving teaching in July 2020. I have since set up my home boarding business so that I can spend my days with Harley and doing what I love most, being around dogs!
I am fully licensed with Cherwell District Council (license number: HOM0060) and have a 4 star rating, fully insured with Protectivity (with £5million liability) and I am DBS checked. I have a Level 3 in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare and both Richard and myself are Canine First Aid trained.
Richard grew up in Birmingham and had a rescue dog called Jess. He met my parent's two border terriers when they were puppies so has had experience looking after very young pups through to more elderly dogs. He is a director in a civil engineering company and is on hand to help out with the home boarding business.
Harley is a young border terrier who loves life! She is very energetic and loves to play with both dogs and people. She attended puppy socialising classes to ensure she interacts well with other dogs and is used to other dogs staying in her home. From a young age, Harley has spent a lot of time in Pembrokeshire visiting my parents and their two dogs, Lexie and Otto. Lexie is an older border terrier who doesn't really appreciate young dogs. However, she has taught Harley to recognise the social signs and to be calm around older dogs who prefer their own space.