Julia - Top Dog
As a lifetime dog lover, seeing my passion become my career is truly special, and seeing happy owners and happy dogs every day makes the job even more worth it.
I wanted to make our centre personal because we provide personal experiences for every dog lover, so I named our place after my beloved best friends Rags (Regan is his full name) and Bert. You can catch me spending my spare time walking along the river with my husband as Rags and Bert follow along enjoying the views.
I have two dogs who, as you can guess, our doggy day care centre is named after. We got Rags (Regan) our Golden Retriever with his brother Archie from Stokenchurch dog rescue when they were just under a year old, he is now 10 years old. We’ve had Bert our 11-year-old Black Labrador for almost 4 years. He was a friend of Rags when we lived near Essex. When Rag's brother passed away Bert came to retire to the country with us and has been Rags companion ever since.
In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors with Rags, Bert & my husband. I particularly love river walks & ancient forests. When I finally get a moment to myself I really enjoy craft; weaving, crochet, sewing.
- Professional Diploma Level 4 – Animal Care & Healing - completed June 2014.
- Modules included; animal behaviour, nutrition,
- Canine First Aid – September 2016
Holly - Dog Buddy
I love working with dogs they are wonderful animals. When I was a little girl I had a dalmatian called Ringo, who was my best friend for 13 years.
I chose to work with dogs because I love the affection they give people, even if they have had a troublesome past. They have amazing abilities and help humans in incredible ways, like guide dogs and therapy dogs.
At Rags & Bert's I love watching the dogs grow in confidence, seeing the happiness they get from playing with other dogs and of course I love receiving all the cuddles and kisses from them.
In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside around Reading and curling up on the sofa with a good book.
- Extended Diploma in Animal Management including behaviours, nutrition & animal health
Zoe - Dog Buddy
I have always wanted to work with animals and dogs in particular. I studied Animal Management at college and gained my Level 3 diploma a year ago.
I have always had dogs in my life and I feel I have a connection with them. The best thing about coming to work is getting to spend quality time with the dogs and helping them to have a really enjoyable day. It's so interesting to see all the different personalities and little quirks.
I own two dogs, Maisie, a Poodle I've had for 8 years and Poppy a Beagle who I've had for just over a year. In my spare time, I like to go bowling, take my dogs for long walks and going out with my friends.
- Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management
Martin - Dog Buddy
I have worked with animals all my life having grown up on a farm. I love working with dogs as they are incredibly expressive. It's a joy to be able to work with lots of dogs with different personalities.
I get a real sense of satisfaction working at Rags & Bert's - creating a happy space where dogs can enjoy themselves and learn to have fun playing safely together.
My family own three dogs but unfortunately, at the moment I don't have my own dog as I'm in rented accommodation.
When I'm not working at Rags & Bert's you'll find me playing my guitar. I started playing when I was 13 and it's still one of my favourite past times. When I get the chance I love to travel, I especially enjoy hiking and camping.
Karolina - Dog Groomer
I inherited my love for dogs from my parents who were always saying that a house isn’t really a home without a dog. My parents bred Great Danes and taking care of them brought me lots of happiness. Since then I knew that I had to find a way to make it my career.
I started my dog grooming career as an apprentice of a Certified Master Dog Groomer at Continental Dog Grooming, Connecticut, USA. During this time, I quickly learned skills in trimming, shaping and hand stripping of a canine coat.
Afterwards, I moved to Toronto, Canada where I was hired by one of the best grooming salons in the city. My skills were greatly appreciated by many clients, including celebrities such as Eugene Levy and Kelly Rowan.
With my 7 years of experience, I feel comfortable and confident with my skills and I’m sure that I can meet the high standards of my clients. I have experience of working with all kinds of dog breeds and have the ability to calm and control nervous dogs with patience and a soothing approach.
The best thing about working at Rag’s and Bert’s are my four legged clients, as well as a wonderful team of people who share a huge love for dogs and are devoted to their well-being. The place itself is very spacious and airy, which makes working there very pleasant.
In my spare time, I love to be outside with nature and particularly love going for hikes. I also enjoy a good movie and an interesting book.