I write with sad news, in that I have decided not to reopen Sailfin Dog Days after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
The pandemic has given many of us time to pause and think, and for some, it has hit hard in terms of employment, mental health, and sadly – grief. As some of you may know, my main job is working for two mental health charities and we have seen demand for services triple in the last 8 weeks. This is only the beginning of the long-tail and the knock-on effects will be seen for years to come.
I’ve loved the last four years of running a dog business and I’ve loved meeting you and your pets, and to the 88 dog families we worked with, I’m grateful for the support and trust you have shown us.
We’ve had a fantastic group of walkers over the years, each with their own strengths and approaches, but all subscribed to our motivation to run the best pet-first professional animal care business in the local area. I will miss working with them, and especially Amy, my trusted friend who took the business from a one-man-band to a significant small business.
We had dreams of opening a doggy daycare centre and we managed to test it successfully for a short period in Singleton, but subsequently could not find appropriate land to continue. Maybe one day we will revisit the idea.
We tested the idea of reopening for walks, but many of our clients’ work situations have changed and the need for dog walking at a sustainable level is not there.
I hope that you are able to find replacement cover for your dogs should/when you require it. Please feel free to make direct contact with Amy, Sophie, Felicity, or the two Hayleys if you would like to employ them directly. I’m happy to pass on contact details on request and would recommend them all.
For those of you who we credited walks to at the point of lockdown or before, your money has been kept safe in a separate account and I will contact you separately to organise a refund.
I hope you’ll keep in touch and send us news of any grand-puppies.