I love being inconspicuous.
Starting up Puggeroomie the first thing I saved my 'pug pennies' for was my very own signed van. Back then in 2018, I wanted Puggeroomie to be visually catching. My dream was to look in keeping with all other pet professionals that I had seen driving around.
I remember devoting a lot of my time to creating my very own company logo and various pug designs including the picture of my Rosie at Trevaunance Cove for my van’s new signage. I was ever so excited!
At first, I felt rather proud inside driving around in my new Puggeroomie van but not before long it felt like a very bad idea on many levels for being such a unique business!
I had parked up in a very beautiful location to start an early morning countryside pawstretch adventure. The winding path lead along The River Hamble. A very tranquil place, beautiful in fact. After enjoying half an hour of walking and taking photographs, I was keen to see where the path lead. I then had noticed three men walking behind me. I was alone with two very expensive KC registered pugs.
My thoughts that day raced to all sorts of conclusions while these three men simply walked past me saying Good Morning.
I’m laughing, I think it’s fair to say we have all felt a 'silly fearful' before.
Last week, we said our fond farewells to ‘Herbert’ our signed Puggeroomie van. With such a rise in crime regarding dog theft I felt that my van advertised Puggeroomie in a negative way.
My final thoughts were 'if parked up in various dog walking locations it would advertise where I was and that I wasn’t at home. It also advertised what breed of dogs I would be walking'.
On every level in such times, I worried about my own security at home and being away from home. The dogs under my care and all snorts!
So, I love being inconspicuous!
For those of you that watch 'The Inbetweeners' I am now the proud owner of my very own ‘Minge Mobile’ its even funnier when Mr Puggeroomie drives it. Ha ha ha!
So at Puggeroomie we still do offer a chauffeur pet transportation service to collect and deliver your dog(s) to and from Puggeroomie. Please enquire on booking.
My new car ‘Betty’ has everything set out by DEFRA to safety transport all dog(s) under our care. It’s a very cosy Betty bean of a car that has bought me a lot of smiles feeling more safe and secure when out and about.
Every small business owner knows how much time and dedication goes into running their own business.
Within the pet industry I find that I wear many wonderful hats throughout my day. I’m laughing this is Steve’s hat!
To give you a good idea, here is a overview of what I do behind the scenes at Puggeroomie.
• I care around the clock for all dogs that share time with us here at Puggeroomie.
Feeding, health checks, exercise, grooming, cuddling, playing. The list is endless!
• I am responsible for cleaning within our home.
We use all pet friendly cleaning products! Daily I clean all beds, blankets, toys. I mop floors of an evening, hose our garden, power wash outside toys.
Best handbag Steve bought me was a yellow Karcher! ha ha! such a fan!
• Responsible for gardening.
• I manage all general/booking enquiries, administrative tasks, accounts, and banking.
• I web design. I have designed my own website; I am responsible for its upkeep and its blog.
• I create my own marketing promotions and advertising ideas.
• I host pug Christmas events.
• I am involved with various charities and I have regular contact with Animal Welfare.
• I offer free help/training/support and guidance to other Pet Professionals in any areas they feel they may need to chat about.
Aside to Puggeroomie, I am a devoted wife and daughter, family girl and friend. I organise quality time together, days out, mini breaks, parties, and other social gatherings.
When times are quiet on social media there is no need to feel worried. I promise, I am always contactable.
Nine times out of ten I maybe cooking a homemade curry or casserole, walking one of four resident dogs or those who prefer not to be posted on social media whilst under our care. I could be cutting the grass, folding washing or doing my grocery shopping.
Every small business owner knows how much time and dedication goes into running their own business.
The rewards are MASSIVE!
And seriously... I wouldn’t change one thing!
I love OUR Puggeroomie
I love all our roomies. Sending kisses!
Thank you all for your custom and continued support in supporting my dream x
At Puggeroomie we are now seeing a huge increase in separation anxiety since owners and their dogs have shared a lot of time together in National Lockdown.
The majority of times, our adorable ‘roomies’ tend to settle in the good company of our four dogs. We often find that our ‘roomies’ are very happy just enjoying a good furry friend to snuggle with on their staycation. However, on occasion, our ‘roomies’ may need hooman contact. Steve or myself will then throughout the night to stay close by to them for that extra reassurance.
With our Kobe, Rosie, Poldark and Demelza we have always encouraged what we call ‘quiet time’ a little routine that enables all dogs to sleep and settle without us there. This can be while we are food shopping, getting a costa drive thru, catching up with our parents or going to bed of an evening etc.
We highly recommend that now we are easing out from our lockdown routines that you start to slowly introduce 'quiet time' too!
Dogs in the wild are pack animals it is in their nature to enjoy spending time as part of group rather than alone. This natural instinct is still there, meaning domesticated dogs can develop separation anxiety as a result of spending too much time with their owners and believing that every time you leave the room you are essentially leaving them forever. By introducing periods of prolonged separation and encouraging dogs to have some independence as a puppy or as an adult, this will make life a lot easier when it comes to going shopping, to work or heading out to places where dogs are not allowed.
How dogs react to being left alone is I feel dependant on their breed and upbringing. I do know that it is largely a result from how they are raised and their early puppy experiences.
Although it may be tempting to spend a lot of time together, sharing a bed, cuddling and being constantly close, by adopting this routine it will eventually lead to more anxieties later down the line. Separation anxiety can be displayed in several ways such as barking, crying, whining, chewing, toileting indoors or general destructiveness.
*Please note the following comments are based on my opinion as a professional home boarder running a five star at higher standard licence. I am not qualified in specialist behaviour/obedience.
Through windows by Joe Lee - Written 20/05/2020 sat on the beach.
In this uncertain time we must stay apart,
So for the now, I'll carry you inside my heart.
Through windows we air cuddle to then talk on the phone.
Social distancing saves lives while we stay safe in our homes.
I miss you so much words fail me, just now.
Through windows we sign, a new namaste bow.
I watch every sunrise in hope we'll be together again soon.
I blow a kiss everynight in your direction under our moon.
I clap NHS on a Thursday and bang my pots and pans.
I sing ridiculous songs on washing my hands.
Through windows just seeing your faces to me means oh so much.
On the days that I cry when this world feels so tough.
In this time of coronavirus we must try to find our smiles.
Painted rainbows on all windows brings us hope for a while.
Our garden birds sing much louder which is lovely to hear.
Soon that will be us when we reunite celebrate and cheer.
For now I'm looking though windows at all my teddy bears
The ones I put out for children to hunt here and there.
I reminisce of when I was little and the songs you would both sing.
So close inside my heart as I touch my diamond ring.
In this uncertain time we must stay apart.
But for now, I am carrying you both in my heart.
My goodness! It’s good to be back!
What a lovely mini break we had. I needed to let down my sprouted lockdown locks and spread my toes in the sun!
Returning to Puggeroomie today there has been a few changes that we are excited to share with you all.
The first, we have a new office guru, Edwina. Our lovely Edie will be responsible for all our general enquiries, our advertising and our customer accounts. Enabling me to focus on all adorable squashed faced monsters in our care for their fun 2021 staycations.
We have a new website www.puggeroomie.com
We feel our new web design reflects a new image for Puggeroomie living ‘by the sea’ at glorious Lee On The Solent located in Hampshire.
We have 'The Piccalilli' a beautiful new mustard velvet dog sofa found within our kitchen.
‘The Pantry’ is progressing along very nicely inspired growing up in the 70s with childhood memories living with my Mum, Dad and Sister. Our new trademark is now in place. All produce and labelling has been approved by Trading Standards. We are now testing our packaging ideas. The name is ‘Nighty Night Nom Noms’.
We have new Puggeroomie dog ID Tags, new toys, more much-loved calming cloud beds (they so should make hooman ones) and lots of treats. The puggy pocket money penny jar has also been topped up!
Did you know that when you support a small unique business like Puggeroomie in all the ways you do, you are supporting someone’s dream? My little dream!
Running a small business can be ever so time consuming. Most of the times it can bring much fun and laughter. Far and fewer times it can present challenges and on rare occasions it can bring tears.
Running a business also requires a lot of hard work coupled with lots of dedication and commitment. There are so very many strict routines and procedures behind the scenes that our social media pages do not see. These scheduled routines and procedures ensure that all animals are feeling happy, settled and healthy whilst in our care. There is also attention to detail and focus needed on limited company bookkeeping. Puggeroomie are now under a fabulous accountant.
I do feel extremely fortunate I am the founder of Puggeroomie Limited running a five-star at higher standard Animal Welfare Licence. Over the years I have gained qualifications in business marketing and animal welfare.
I have an incredibly supportive husband Steve that you have named our very own ‘Mr Puggeroomie’, I have my wonderful family and you lovely, lovely lot beside me every day. Thank you. xx
The months of May, June, July, August, September and October are what I call my ‘fluffy months’. We are licenced for ten dogs and at times we will be running at our full capacity.
In my ‘fluffy months’ I am usually found rolling around on the ground, hiding in hedges, singing the wee wees, what’s this or squirrel songs! Squeaking a toy, blowing a whistle, filling my pockets with treats and poop bags. Being covered dribble, smelling of lovely puppy, being boof boofed at, having my legs licked, licked faced, chewed hair, sniffed at, peed on, pooped on, ripped clothes and basically looking unrecognisable in a mirror. Yep! A middle-aged woman called Joe Lee? looking like she has been dragged through a bush backward.
And I SERIOUSLY would not want it any other way!
I love my job and I love my little unique Puggeroomie world.
So, we have two gorgeous ‘roomies’ arriving tomorrow for their weekend staycation. Once they have unpacked their luggage and settled in, I will post up an introduction post. Don’t forget we now try to keep to a maximum of four posts a day on social media of dogs in our care.
Without further ado, it’s time to get this Puggeroomie show back on tour! Yehaw!
Oh Demelza, you cannot see what is on someone’s mind.
No one can.
Yesterday, I decided to go LIVE on my personal facebook profile. I was sat in the Puggeroomie van on the way back from Pets Corner and Costa drive thru.
I sat and just waffled into facebook. In a time of Covid, I really miss seeing people, meeting up, going to events, you name it!
Not before long, a few friends joined in with my LIVE conversation. Emojis where then flying across my face and people were commenting. I had opened up about how I feel in this time. We all then had a magical mystery tour of Gosport and I think I agreed to looking after someone’s child dressed as a pug in the near future! I am still laughing!
After my LIVE, I had a lovely phone call. Not knowingly, I had really made someone laugh hard from them feeling quite low.
A little later, I had two emails.
As I said yesterday on my LIVE. If you fancy a natter feel free to phone or email me. I have been thinking if LOCKDOWN continues, I might do a little LIVE Puggeroomie coffee morning with all the pugs? Just an idea.
My number is 07584 829228
Live in light
Looking after your mental health.
Remember it is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle as far as you can, including diet, sleep and exercise.
Limit worry by watching or listening to media less.
Don’t smoke, drink or use drugs to deal with your emotions.
Keep connected to people by phone and social media.
Be kind to others and to yourself.
Get the facts to help you determine your risk and protect yourself.
Seek advice you can trust from the NHS and Government.
Use skills you already have used in the past to deal with stress.
Structure your day with things that you can realistically achieve.
Here is a link that has some wonderful tips.
If you want to talk to someone who will listen and help you through any concerns, worries or troubles.
With National lockdown easing, finally you have booked your holiday and now find yourself shopping for flip flops, sun block, summery things to wear with now a matching face mask.
Your also sat at your workplace googling your holiday destination feeling so excited and day dreaming about feeling that warm golden sand between your toes.
But and there is a big BUT..
Inside your tummy you feel a knot, your thoughts keep leading back to your little furry one(s). The biggest thought being you do not want to leave them behind. Especially because you have formed a closer bond being in lockdown together.
Yes, I have been there and although you would feel silly admitting aloud you have now considered cancelling your long-awaited holiday for the knowing your precious one(s) are safe.
Don't worry we all do this!
You then think of a holiday reschedule. Your romantic holiday for two becomes a doggie holiday. Those flip flops can be easily replaced for wellingtons right?
Don't worry we all do this too!
Then you find yourself asking other dog owners what do they do? who do they use? but inside you still feel unsure.
Don't worry we all do this. It's only natural.
Everyone needs a holiday and I'm not talking about you now I'm talking about your dogs!!!
Trust in Puggeroomie services. Everything has been carefully thought out and put into place to give you peace of mind.
Go happily feel that sand between your toes and remember that your dogs deserve a staycation too!