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A dog’s life for Abbie!

For centuries, dogs have been man’s best friend, and Barrow resident Abbie Hall has recently made a whole new set of furry friends. Abbie started a dog walking and pet services business, Walks n Whiskers, in August and says she loves every day - and every dog.

“They all have different personalities and temperaments and I try to match dogs that are compatible on the walks,” she says. "Some are confident and like to run free while others prefer to stay close to me.”

She takes no more than four or five on a walk so she can give them individual attention, though she is licensed to take six.

Dog walking is her main activity and every day she heads off in her “dog mobile” to fetch them, either in groups or individually, and take them for walks or runs suited to their needs and owners’ wishes. Her favourite spots are the Outwoods, Beacon Hill, Swithland Woods and the river banks. After their outing, she wipes them down, takes them home and checks they have fresh water: an outing of an hour - or more if she does not have another client.

Abbie also caters for seniors, pottering at their own pace or just spending time with them. She’s well practised in this as she has a chocolate Labrador, Poppy, aged 14.

Some dogs are walked Monday to Friday, and there are also part-timers and oneoff visits. If the unexpected crops up and you need Abbie to help out with your pet, she will fit you in if she can.

Cats are catered for too - Abbie will call in for a feed and a fuss and she offers a pet taxi service as well.

She often takes pictures of her charges on their walks and sends them to the owners, who love to see their fur-babies having fun. Abbie is fully insured and DBS checked.

Abbie is married with three sons. She has lived in the village all her life and worked at Victoria Jane for six years.

Her mum, Janet Soars, goes with her on outings. She’s also passionate about dogs and it’s an extra pair of hands and eyes.

“I can't believe I am getting paid to do something I love so much!” says Abbie as she heads off to fetch Merlin, Oreo, Coco and Jake.

Lindsay Ord