About Us: Booker Pet Care – What Would You Like To Know?
Booker Pet Care is committed to providing individual, flexible, reliable and professional care to you and your pets. We offer ‘Home from Home’ Dog Boarding (License No: 21/00437/ANBRDH) , Behaviour consultations, one-to-one training, and ‘Bark and Ride’ Pet Taxi.
My name is Lynn and I live near Church Fenton with my husband Jezz, our Jack Russell, Georgie, our two Fox Red Labradorss: Maverick and Cookie and Bobby our Springer Spaniel. Sadly we lost our Yellow Lab Old Boy, Henry on 18th October 2021. Previously we lost our Chocolate Girl, Maggie, in March 2017. I’m not sure we’ll ever get over losing either of them.
Our children have all grown up and have their own homes now, so we have plenty of space to accommodate dogs!! We have a wonderful detached house, with almost 4 acres of land and gardens – totally secure for tearaway doggies!
I have worked in business and education for almost 25 years, achieving an Honours Degree in Business and Management. My last business qualification was a Masters: MSc in Leadership and Management which I passed with a Merit. In 2010, I decided it was time to get off that particular work horse to spend time with my wonderful dogs. Consequently I was able to pursue my real passion of animal care, behaviour and nutrition.
Maggie, our naughtiest Labrador – of the Chocolate pedigree variety, was eleven years old when we lost her. We’d had her since she was a puppy. In her little life, she had endured endless health problems. She was diagnosed with arthritis at the tender age of 12 months and numerous allergies at 18 months. The underactive thyroid diagnosis at three years was a shock as her symptoms were so severe.
At New Year in 2017 she was diagnosed with Degenerative Myolopathy – I liken this to motor neurone disease in humans. Ultimately this resulted in her losing the ability to walk on her back legs. Her front shoulders were crippled with arthritis so she didn’t have the strength to compensate for her rear weakness.
Our care for all our dogs continues to fuel my continued investigations into health and nutrition, the history of commercial dog food etc, with wonderful and dedicated support from the team at Sandbeck Veterinary Centre in Wetherby – real miracle-workers with continued input from Sue Armstrong. We’ve also enjoyed support from Katie at York Canine Hydro where Maggie enjoyed fortnightly swimming sessions! Everyone’s been absolutely fabulous helping us with Maggie who we will all miss dearly!.
We lost Henry, our old Yellow Labrador at the tender age of 18 years and 10 months in October 2022. He was a rescue dog who was reportedly surplus to requirements when his family had a baby. Wonderful Henry came from North West Labrador Rescue and we got him when he was four years old. He tried to be top dog, but ‘Mischievous Maggie’ was really in charge until she became ill!! Henry came to us frightened of water and towels and being shut outside. With our support and lots and lots of love (the easy stuff!), became better and happier!! He enjoyed his daily walks right up to two days before we lost him.
Georgie is our wonderful little Jack Russell. She was born in May 2015 and came to us in September 2015. She’s a little monkey and we’re pretty sure she considers herself to be a Labrador! We’ve been very careful to socialise her properly and she likes to meet all the different dogs who come and go for boarding.
Georgie tends to be a faster runner than most dogs who come to stay – except for our Cookie. There’s nothing she likes more than to race round the garden and run under everyone’s legs! After all the running about, Georgie does enjoy a good nap, and she particularly loved to snuggle up with Henry! She became protector to Henry and Mum to our two Pups when they arrived with us in May 2017.
Maverick and Cookie
Maverick and Cookie came to us at 12 weeks in May 2017. Their Mum was a Fox Red Labrador, smaller and gorgeous, and their Dad was a Field Trials Champion, Yellow Lab. Maverick looks like his Dad with the colour of his Mum – a very handsome boy indeed.
Cookie definitely takes after her Mum, though is fearful of strangers particularly making eye contact with her. Our homeopathic vet, Sue Armstrong is treating her for this. Sue believes it is a reaction to the Leptospirosis vaccination at 6 months of age. That is when her fear began. Both pups (we still call them pups even though they’re nearly 6 years old!!) are wonderful and absolutely love welcoming new doggy friends to the house. It’s all good fun! Everything’s a game!
And then there’s Bobby!
We rescued Bobby in August 2023 when he was just 16 months old. He’s a superstar – just a smile on legs! He’s always on the go and always happy! Fits in really well with the gang who took to him and accepted him from the moment he landed in the Booker House! Every day is an adventure! Wonderful!
Education, Education, Education
I read a lot about animal behaviour. The history of the domestic dog and roots within the Wolf species is fascinating. The ‘Politics of the Pack’ is a concept which never fails to tantalise and fascinate me! I’ve completed a Certificate in Animal Behaviour with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training. My tutor was Colin Tennant, who is a well-known author on dog and pet behaviour. He was very impressed with my work and has even published some of it on his website.
Prior to the dog behaviour Certificate, I completed an accredited Pet First Aid course with ‘The Curiosity Shop’. I’ve been able to pass information on as appropriate to my customers especially regarding household poisons.
I completed a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Training Course many years ago. The Dog Behaviour Diploma with the British College of Canine Studies‘ was very interesting and far more detailed than previous courses. On completion of that, I transferred onto the Practitioner Diploma which has qualified me as a Canine Behaviourist. This is an area of animal care which I’m particularly interested in.
I went on to complete two further courses: Holistic Health for Dogs Certificate, and Canine Health and Nutrition Diploma. I’m very pleased to say I passed each with Distinction passes. Nutrition is a particular interest and a continual source of frustration. The ingredients of pet food have very little regulation and therefore any old rubbish can be used to fill it. Anyway, that’s got its own page on my site!
I completed the Institute of Modern Dog Training Certificate in Professional Day Care and Boarding. More recently, I’ve completed the Dog Business School Course for Professional standards in Dog Boarding and Dog Care. My current course is with the British College of Canine Studies: Responsible Dog Ownership Course. I just want to know everything – and I know enough to realise there’s so much more to learn!