Run by Brigitte Taylor, who is a qualified dog & cat groomer, with over 40 years experience of owning dogs, cats and other small animals, she gave up a highly paid and pressurised City job in 2004 to devote herself to her true love – dogs and their welfare. Brigitte re-trained as a groomer in 2005 and Fourpawz was established in June 2006 quickly becoming a well-established and respected second home to many boarding clients, with dog grooming clients also enjoying the calm and loving home environment.
Brigitte is Police checked, fully insured and licensed by the London Borough of Croydon for day care and boarding overnight for up to 4 dogs – all in her own home (no kennels).
The resident dog is Rosie, a rescue Golden Retriever, who has lived with Brigitte since she was 11 months old in March 2002 – so now 14 years young! Rosie is a well-trained, friendly, spayed bitch who has qualified as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dog. She has starred in photo-shoots and dog training DVDs. She is ready to welcome small to medium sized, well-behaved dogs, young or old, to her home for good times and plenty of love and cuddles.
Tracy: Originally a customer since 2009, Tracy became Brigitte’s “right hand woman” in October 2014. She enjoys a variety of roles, covering everything from meeting and greeting to bathing and drying our guests. She is involved with walking, playing and cuddling and also feeds cats in their own homes. She helps with the day to day admin tasks which, unfortunately, still need to be done!!
Tracy is the proud owner of Molly and Archie, two Border Terriers, also affectionately known as the “Stress Twins”.
Elaine: Started as a Client in 2006 when Fourpawz began and is now part of the walking team. Loves all breeds and enjoys the challenge of motivating the less enthusiastic dog. Owner of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, her current one, Jenson, to her shame has not quite made the grade but not for want of trying! Note: Jenson is a little dog with a big character and we love him dearly.... most days!
Peter: Aged 7 in dog years, Peter is daddy to Jasper and Piper, two lively golden retriever siblings). Peter is a neighbour who works from home and provides cover when needed.
And, finally, Anne, a lovely gentle lady, a neighbour for over 20 years and a resident of Kenley since 1953! Anne is a keen dog lover and excellent walker, having had a lab and two English Springer Spaniels over the years, who provides holiday cover for both our walking and grooming teams.
All dogs are chauffeur driven daily, in a secure, unmarked, crated estate car, to local beauty spots such as Kenley Common, Coulsdon Common, Riddlesdown Common or Foxley Woods to enjoy a minimum of 1-hour exercise – usually off lead. In the summer they might be taken to the coast for the day for a play on the beach and paddle/swim in the sea! Older dogs or young puppies’ exercise is tailored to suit.
Dogs have the run of Brigitte’s secure, fully fenced garden which is laid mainly to lawn with a patio area (and paddling pool on warm days!) There is also a fenced, covered area and outdoor run with artificial grass for play on wet days! Dogs sleep indoors in locations to mirror their own lifestyles as far as possible.
Fourpawz is run from a detached house in a leafy suburb 8 miles south of Croydon and just 10 minutes away from the M25 junction at Godstone.