Hi, I’m Helen, and welcome to Edipaws!
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I am the Founder and Director of Edipaws, I’m 28 and a complete animal nut! After 5 years in the media, redundancy opened up new avenues for me and I decided to take the plunge and start my own business, doing what I live for and that is being around animals. Nearly 6 years on and I have never once looked back!
Dogs are pack animals and originate from the wild, they don’t think like we do they think like they would in a pack, in the wild. So to establish a bond with my pack I stick as closely as possible to the way they would behave in the wild, especially with food and exercise, which are pretty much their main priorities in the wild – other than their health. Creating the pack effect on a walk not only gives a dog lots of other buddies to play with, but it also stimulates their natural scenes and makes it much more interesting than an every day plod in the park. This is especially important for young dogs in developing their socialisation and helps your puppy mature into a happy, balanced and well trained little pooch.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council recently introduced a dog control order which limits the amount of dogs you can walk to 6 per person. (In all honesty I think 6 is enough actually – so we never walk more then 6 dogs per person.)
I founded Edipaws to bring my passion for animals to my clients, and ensure that no matter what the service a dog or pet may require, you absolutely know that your animal loved ones are taken care of.
After working by myself for 4 years, living the dream and spending every day with my best friends, the only thing that I felt I could possibly improve was to increase the amount of services and flexibility I could offer, to assist my present clients further. For example, to be able to offer grooming, or an extra walk time slot, not to mention support for me, so if I were to take a day off (once in a blue moon!) it wouldn’t effect my clients. This is important, especially for my clients who commute.
My concern has always been finding the right people to come on board, as my clients are dear to me, and my business isn’t just my business…It is my entire life! When you have holiday home dogs living with you, it’s not a 9-5 Monday to Friday job – Your work is at home 365 days a year, but I love it and there is no way I would have it any other way. So it was absolutely key that not just anyone could come on board. The right person would have to come along, ideally through the dogs.
Therefore I was SO excited when a close friend I know very well approached me with a view to working together – Xanthe to say she had completed her grooming courses, and would I consider taking her on? The answer was…YES!!!!
So my complete services now include; Dog Walking (2 slots available), Day Care, Holiday In My Home, Grooming and a Pop In for cats, horses or even hamsters!
I received a text message from one of my clients the other week who suggested I marry a vet and then they really would only need to use Edipaws for everything – ha ha! I replied with; ‘I will do my best’! Priceless.
Many people ask me where the name ‘Edipaws’ came from. It’s a nickname my sister and I used when we were much, much younger. We would call each other Edipaws (me) and Adipaws (my sister Alice) – and the name seemed perfect for the business because of the ‘paws’ part. Where it actually came from, I have no idea. My family still call me Edipaws or ‘Ed’…I could talk dog all day every single day, so if you have any queries whatsoever please do not hesitate to get in touch – I would simply love to hear from you!