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Thanks ...

...from Kym

Tina has recently been the support I needed to help me with Kym (my elderly lurcher) whilst I manage a very demanding job.  The flexibility, responsiveness and enthusiam Tina has shown in providing many different doggy services, means that whatever the circumstances, I can count on her to help me with Kym when I need it most.

I can wholeheartedly recommend York Walkies to walk, care for, clean and cuddle your family member when you can't be there.

I am certain that Kym would like nothing better than to spend her remaining days with Tina but she's stuck with me instead!

Philippa, York

13 March 2012

Kim relaxing with Tina

...from Archie

Hi Tina, we looked on your website this am so we could put some feedback but wasn’t sure where to put it, so I wanted to email you to say a big thank you for taking such good care of Archie.
It's always difficult leaving your pets, but when we met yourself and your husband we knew your aim was to ensure Archie would be looked after just as well as if he was at home with us. You are very professional with an individual approach ensuring Archie's routine was catered for, including his happiness and safety, but you went that extra mile, keeping us updated with how he was doing while we were away.
The CD was amazing and we couldn’t wait to see all the photos, they were fab.
It has been a positive experience for us and Archie and would definitely be booking Archie in again.

Many thanks from Keith, Lisa, Milli, Harvey and Archie

6 September 2011

...from Max

Tina has been walking Max for several months now and we could not be happier with her service.

From the initial phone call I knew Tina was the right choice for us; she is highly organised, very professional and efficient and she makes it easy and hassle free for the owner (or mum and dad, as Max is like a baby!)

I have 100% confidence in her with Max and our door key. At our initial meeting she reassured us Max would not be let off the lead and we also discussed arrival times.

I don't feel there is anyone in York offering the level of service Tina does, from the individual walks to towelling their feet when they get home again to texting you when she has locked up the house.

Her prices are excellent compared to other companies who walk dogs in groups, and the option of internet transfer to pay is so convenient.
Max loves Tina, and I do not worry about her walking him, I would never hesitate to recommend her, she is fabulous.

19 October 2011

November Greyhound and Lurcher Walk

We were so lucky again with the weather for our November greyhound and lurcher walk. Once again a great turnout - over 20 dogs this time, although it has to be said there were one or two that were less skinny and long legged than others!

Everydog is welcome if they are greyhound lovers as of course all dogs want to hang around with the slim, tall, cool guys. Hopefully we have recruited some other dogs for our December walk, perhaps notably, a greyhound called William (I think!) who was out with his lurcher and sharpei brothers and clearly would have preferred to join our pointy dog gang than continue with his mum in the opposite direction. You could just see the look in his eye that said 'you go on, I'll be okay with this lot'!

There's a link to some lovely photos of the dogs at:

Photos of greyhounds at York walk in November

Thanks to Terence Michael Photography, who took a fantastic group shot as he just happened to be messing about on the river with his camera.

Group photo of York greyhounds

Looking forward, the next (and last walk of the year) will be on Sunday 4th December at 10 am. We hope to have a doggy bran tub to raise much needed funds for Greyhound Gap, and there will be some Norwegian mulled wine to warm us up at the end. Please come along and invite any pointy dogs you know. Also there is a Greyhound Gap fundraiser in York afterwards so people might want to go along there - the aim is to raise awareness of what fantastic pets greyhounds and lurchers make.

October Greyhound Walk

A great turnout again for our October Greyhound walk. Good to see some new faces. If everyone who comes can tell someone else with a pointy dog (and we all know someone!) the walk will continue to be well attended.

Thanks to Steve and Elisif again for allowing us to take over their car park/pub on a Sunday morning when they might usually expect a well deserved lie in!

Our dogs were stars and we were very lucky with the weather.

Fingers crossed for some more Autumn sunshine on 6th November for our next get together.

Some photos of the walk can be found if you click on this link



September Greyhound Walk

Thanks to everyone who turned up for the first monthly York greyhound walk on Sunday. The weather was perfect for us, (not as hot as the June walk which caused a few long tongues to loll), and there was a good turnout with some old friends and some new faces.

As ever, our hounds behaved perfectly, and, even on this smaller scale, the sight of so many gorgeous distinctive dogs, did not go unnoticed by the people of York and raised a few smiles. I was delighted to be stopped by Jasmine the saluki's owner, who wanted to know what we were up to, and hopefully she and Mick will be joining us next month.

Thanks once again to Steve and Elisif at the Fulford Arms for allowing us to meet in and use their car park. We were joined this month by some Vikings who were planning a battle in the garden that afternoon. Only in York!!

You can find some pictures of the walk on my facebook page -

All sight hounds welcome to our next walk on Sunday 2nd October at 10 am. Hope to see as many dogs there as possible!!

Monthly Greyhound Walk

Starting from September, on the first Sunday morning of the month, I am inviting greyhounds, lurchers, whippets, salukis (and any other sighthounds I've forgotten, for which I hope I will be forgiven!) together of course with their well behaved owners, to come along to the Fulford Arms, Fulford Road, York (more than just a pub), for a greyhound get together. Not on the same scale as the Great British Greyhound Walk - see below - but it will hopefully be a great opportunity for owners of pointy dogs to get together and chat about how mad/fantastic/lazy/gorgeous our dogs are, to go for a leisurely stroll down the river, and hopefully make it back to the Fulford Arms in time for the bar to open or have a coffee.

It would be great to see as many hounds and owners as possible, so I hope for a good turn out.

First meeting will be Sunday 4th September 2011 - suggest we meet at 10 am for a 10.30 set off and have about an hour's stroll?

Look forward to seeing some of you there!

Great British Greyhound Walk - York- 26th June 2011

On 26th June this year, well over 60 greyhounds, lurchers and other pointy faced skinny dogs, along with their owners, found their way despite the heat, to the Fulford Arms, York, to take part in the 2011 Great British Greyhound Walk.

The walk, which is in its second year, although this is the first time we have organised a York event, is an opportunity for greyhound owners across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland to celebrate what fantastic pets greyhounds make, and to raise awareness about the number of greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds there are that need loving homes. It's a national event, the aim being to have as many greyhounds and lurchers walking together at the same time on the same day up and down the UK.

A total of 2288 greyhounds, lurchers and sighthounds turned out across the country, bringing owners together, promoting our beloved hounds as pets and raising awareness and funds for rehoming organisations.

Some fantastic photos were taken on the day -

There was even an article about the walk in the Yorkshire Evening Press -
Greyhounds race to grand total article in the York Press

We raised a total of £192.02 which was shared between the Retired Greyhound Trust and Great British Greyhound Walks. Louise Dale who attended the walk raised an astonishing £2210 which will be used to help rehome retired greyhounds. Well done Louise and a big thank you to everyone who got involved with the York walk and made it a huge success (the second best attended walk - how proud we were about that!)

Going on holiday with your dog?

I thought it might be useful for visitors to my website to see some of the hotels and holiday cottages that I have visited with my dogs and which are happy to accommodate four legged guests.

In Northumbria, Coquet Cottages welcome dogs in many of their cottages, providing water and food bowls and a treat for your dog as a matter of course, and dog beds to hire. The cottages are of a very high standard and the nearby Northumbrian beaches are perfect for walking your dog.  Most of the pubs in the area are also pet friendly.

In Kirkby Lonsdale, The Sun Inn is a very charming traditional inn with a nice restaurant. Dog bowls and towels are provided in the rooms. The hotel are very accommodating, allowing you to take your dog to the bar when you are eating and even setting up a breakfast table in the bar for us so we could eat with the dogs in the morning. Kirkby Lonsdale itself is a very pet friendly small town and there are some lovely walks on the doorstep.

The Old Deanery in Ripon allows dogs to stay in some of the rooms, although you can't take them into the restaurant which is fantastic. The owner Linda, was relaxed about the dogs staying in the room while we ate, and we could bring them down to have a drink in the small hotel bar after our meal. One of the dog friendly rooms has a fantastic view of the Ripon Cathedral, and the hotel is handy for Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, both of which are great places to visit with dogs.

Wold Cottage in Winchcombe in the Cotswolds also welcomes well behaved pets. There are good traditional pubs in the village and beautiful walks in and around the village; the walk to Sudeley Castle and back is one of the most peaceful dog walks which always relaxes me.

Please feel free to email me with any favourite places you have stayed with your dogs and I will include the details for other visitors.


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