Tails of the unexpected
it’s this well-organised set-up and positive attitude that enables them to give so much to their canine visitors – just six allowed under their licence at any one time. And huge dollops of love which means being attuned to the needs of their guests 24 hours a day. They care for a mix of holiday dogs and regular day dogs and, says Jane, have even had guests on Christmas Day for the past five years.
“We don’t try to fit the dogs around us. It’s the other way round,” says Nic, as Jane greets another guest. “We love them to bits. We couldn’t do this otherwise. Our approach is that we want to provide a caring environment where the dogs are loved, then they are relaxed and have a lovely time. They enjoy our company and we enjoy theirs.”
Both Nic and Jane grew up with dogs and they’ve rescued them ever since. Their own dogs
Eddie, the black lab and Tommy the Yorkshire cross, have both been re-homed and you could say that each have very definitely fallen on their four paws. Eddie has stayed at Pikes Paws since he was a pup so when his owner sadly died, Nic and Jane gladly took him on. Tommy, a rescue dog, arrived after the loss of the couple’s remarkable Parsons Jack Russell Maisie.
“When we moved here seven years ago, Maisie helped us set this up,” Nic explains. “Without her we wouldn’t have been able to run this place the way we do it. She was very much the matriarch and used to look after the dogs and help them settle in – an absolutely incredible, wonderful dog,” he says with real feeling. Maisie came from Battersea Brands Hatch and when she died at the age of 17 last year, a Facebook tribute that has so far raised over £500 for Battersea. “It