“I have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember from as far back as when I was a young girl to today, ranging from my first Guinea Pig to my first horse. I just have an affinity with animals and things just come naturally to me when handling and dealing with them”
Clair founded wagNwalkies in 2011 after a successful career in IT left her feeling that there was a lot more to life than servers, issue resolution and upgrades! Following her dream Clair and her husband Les have built up a highly successful business that combines their two true loves; dogs and the great outdoors. Delivering a first class commercial service whilst keeping the welfare of animals as the focus of their attention, Clair and Les literally love what they do for a living now.
Delivering a truly unique concept and service to the area they have raised the bar for pet care and pride themselves on giving back to the pet owning community. Clair and husband Les as creators and chief organisers of the annual ‘Barky Malarky Charity Dog Show’ Clair & Les’ two messages are; all dogs are equal (be it a beautiful pedigree or quirky mixture) and that everyone can have fun with their pet. Encouraging local businesses and schools to become involved in spreading the messages Barky Malarky has grown to become a highly popular event on the Basingstoke social calendar.
Clair and Les have been lucky to care for many animals in their time and they currently share their lives with two gorgeous rescue dogs (Harley and Lulu), two cats, one horse and a host of freshwater fish. Having competed to a high level within both Show Jumping and Eventing, Clair now only rides for pleasure but is just as happy doing the ‘dirty jobs’ and spending time with her equine friends as she is actually riding. Ask Clair what she loves the most though and the answer is immediate, meeting all the new wagNwalkies guests of course!!
Clair and all the staff are POLICE CHECKED and SECURITY VETTED, indeed Les, Clairs husband spent twenty two years as an armed Police Officer before jointly creating the wagNwalkies business with Clair, this brings peace of mind that not only are your pets in safe hands but the integrity of your property is too.
Tracy is our onsite Fully Qualified Dog Groomer running FINNese Dog Grooming BUT along side this she also offers management support to Clair helping keep the smooth running of the wagNwalkies Daycare Facility ticking along.
Tracy brings a wealth of organising and management level duties having been in the Police Force for 15+ years and also working in the Dog Section for 9+ of those.
Senior Petcare Executive
Alicia is one of the more recent additions to the wagNwalkies Team, however she has already had a positive influence and is shining bright and promoted within her first 2 weeks into the Senior Role for her diligence, level head and attention to detail from all aspects of animal care and team liaisons.
Alicia has come from a back ground in Care Work having worked in the Priory caring for children and young adults with special needs, and we can safely say those skills are a great transition to working with the dogs at wagNwalkies.
Emma has recently joined us having worked with other Dogwalking and Doggy Daycare places in and around Basingstoke Emma has a great foundation of skills, however she is loving every minute with wagNwalkies we are of course bias however it is without doubt her favorite place to work for caring for the wagNwalkies furmily of dogs.
Emma also along side her daycare role provides the safe transportation of client dogs collecting them from their homes by carrying out our “Daily Doggy Chauffeur” duties, along with House Sitting Duties and lots more.
Charli joined us early in 2019 originally on work experience from BCOT but she was so fabulous we couldn’t let her go, and she is now a fully fledged member of the wagNwalkies
Charli loves all animals from Goldfish to Horses and everything in between BUT also has a particular soft spot for the big dogs! With a quiet, calm and caring demeanor she is loved by all the wagNwalkies canines. Charli carries out a variation of duties, but loves nothing more to be with the dogs as much as possible which makes her one of our top “House Sitting” team members, I get the impression she also enjoys the peace and quiet away from her siblings coming from a large family which is where she gets her fabulous qualities from.
Grace is an established member of the team here at wagNwalkies, since her first week as Work Experience from Basingstoke College of Technology whilst gaining her Animal Management Qualifications in 2018. Grace escaped initially to set up “wagNwalkies Whitchurch” however a relationship breakdown has brought her back to Basingstoke so we are very pleased to have her back where she belongs at wagNwalkies HQ with the Daycare dogs. Grace is a quiet but bubbly personality and even the most sensitive of dogs adore her.
Junior Petcare Executive
Grace is our Saturday girl who has an over powering love of all animals and can’t wait for her Saturdays at Daycare with us. Studying Animal Management at Basingstoke College of Technology to enhance her skills and qualifications to pursue her career with Animals on going.
Junior Petcare Executive
Aaliyah joined us initially as a Volunteer and is now a regular Junior Member of the team as a “Junior Petcare Executive” she is currently studying her final year of GCSEs and will then proceed onto college with a very level mature head on her shoulder she will go far.
She loves all the dogs large or small she loves them all so is another amazing addition to the wagNwalkies team.