Rovers Return Dog Walking Adventures was inspired by my relationship with my beautiful and gentle Mia, a Doberman Lab X who shared our lives for nearly 13 years, and the other dogs who have shared my life from childhood.
I will always be a proud Coronation Street loving ‘Northerner’ but after getting a BA in Education from Durham University, I left the UK to travel and work, living in Japan for several years, teaching and soaking in the culture and finally arriving in New Zealand, where I have been a Montessori Pre-school teacher for the past 15 years.
Teaching Montessori pre-school, nurturing young minds and dealing with up to 30 children at a time has taught me invaluable life skills, empathy, patience, consistency and joy, all of which I bring to Rovers Return and my relationship with dogs and the people that love them.
I am a Certified Dog Walker, first aid trained (canine and human!), constantly learning new aspects of canine training and management and the proud owner of a custom fitted out van, designed for comfort and safety for dog walking adventures.
“Rachel has a natural way with dogs, my dogs Tui ,an energetic Huntaway and Rosie, a StaffyX have been walked often by Rachel and even had weekend sleepovers when my back was injured. Rachel is passionate about dogs and her love of animals and the outdoors are well married in Rovers Return. She is punctual and organised, and understands the language that dogs speak. As a result, the dogs have a fantastic time with her but remain safe and well managed. I highly recommend Rovers Return as your go-to “home away from home” for your dog – they well return happy and well exercised. The only catch is they have such fantastic fun , that you have to prise them apart from Rachel at the gate!” Emma Mclean ~ Tui & Rosie
I came across Rachel when she was handing out flyers near my house, and was impressed with her proactivity and professionalism. I loved that she was trained in first aid for dogs and knew that she would be a responsible and passionate dog walker – which she is! She doesn’t walk the dogs in too-big groups, and always thinks of the right mix of dogs so you know your own pup will have a great time. Rachel genuinely loves walking dogs and remains sunny even when the weather isn’t. She takes my Golden Retriever out for hours sometimes, and always to great places for real exercise and interaction with others. trust her inherently and have only good things to say – I’d recommend her to anyone. Lil Cameron & Wally
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