• About Me

    The Devoted2Dogs Journey

     

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    I started Devoted2Dogs in 2011 when I stopped working to care for and rehabilitate Lyla, my rescue Lurcher (Saluki/Whippet), following a terrible accident in which she was hit by a car whilst my husband and I were on holiday.

     

    I had always been desperate to have a dog but never felt that it was fair given that I had, up until 2011, always worked full time in central London, something a lot of dog owners struggle with.

     

    I was the London Area Manager for a retail fashion business, and in early 2009 the then Managing Director agreed to allow me to bring a dog to work. As you can imagine I was absolutely thrilled.

     

    After eight weeks searching across numerous rescue centres we fell in love with a beautiful, but badly injured Lurcher, who was recovering at the Dogs Trust in Harefield. The name that had been given to her by the wonderful staff was “Honey Lamb”, clearly this needed to be changed!

     

    Over the next two years Lyla and I were inseparable, and she was with me every day – bliss. However, in mid 2011 a change at the company resulted in me being informed that I would no longer be able to take Lyla to work. I tried to overturn their decision but the they would not change their mind.

     

    Overnight I went from being with Lyla every day to having to find day care, a real eye opener. I could not find somebody to “be me” for Lyla, and care for her as I would, which weighed heavily on my mind every day I dropped her off.

     

    In September 2011 Lyla was seriously injured in a road traffic accident. The next 24 hours were incredibly difficult for me as I travelled back from overseas, racing to be with her. When I finally saw Lyla in the Vets I knew what I had to do. I left the world of fashion retail immediately as I was needed at home to care for and rehabilitate Lyla.

     

    Thankfully Lyla recovered, and the time I had spent with her confirmed to me that I had to find a way to be with her, and to follow my passion – Devoted 2 Dogs was born.

     

    Five years on a decision to listen to my heart, has been massively rewarding for me and I absolutely love what I do. I feel blessed to be able to spend every day with Lyla, and our canine companions.

     

    I hope you investigate my website fully to understand why I feel that I offer something very different, and why you should trust me with your best friend and companion.

     

     

    Click here to read Lyla’s (AKA Honey’s) Story at the Dogs Trust

     

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    • When I first moved to Harrow, working full time with a long commute into London, I found it hard to give my whippet Harvey the exercise he needed. Finding Shazia was life changing for both of us, Harvey learned to run off lead and made lots of new canine friends, and I returned from work to a happy well exercised whippet every day! Now we've moved further afield Harvey still returns to Devoted2Dogs for his holidays whenever I'm travelling. He is always excited to be reunited with his old friends and makes himself at home right away! I know I never have to worry because Shazia looks after all the dogs in her care as if they're her own, and Harvey gets all the cuddles he needs! I only worry he won't want to come home again ;)

      Jeni for Harvey
    • I have been using the Devoted 2 Dogs service for over a year now - once switching to a different dog walker due to a relocation only to come creeping back with my tail between my legs having realised what a gem I had found. Shazia takes great care with my two dogs, one a puppy and one an adult. She takes great pains to accommodate any arising needs or concerns, for example ensuring my dog was kept on lead when she had a cut paw or providing reduced walks for my very young puppy that couldn't walk so far (even carrying her when she got too tired!) She ensures that they have adequate down-time when not on walks which is important for them to remain happy and relaxed, coming home content and tired every time! She has a very gentle nature with dogs, which I have seen with my own eyes, and I know that she takes pains to keep up with modern behaviour and training practices. On a practical level, Shazia has bent over backwards to help me out in an emergency. On one occasion my existing (and very temporary!) dog walker cancelled on me when I was working all day as a single dog-owner - Shazia was 'choca-block' with dogs that day but together we came up with a plan that meant I could work and my dogs still came home happy. I am *extremely* fussy with who looks after my dogs - that I would send my dogs to her any day of the week is testament to how devoted Shazia really is!

      Jenny for Leica & Callie
    • We highly recommend Shazia, our Romeo would not have anyone else and she is a true angel in his puppy dog eyes! He eagerly awaits her arrival each morning and is overwhelmed with excitement when he can hear her approaching. I don’t know what magic Shazia works on him but he is out the door in a flash and looks sad when he is returned home (we try not to take it personally!). It makes us very happy to see the bond that Romeo has with her, Lyla and the rest of his chums at Devoted 2 Dogs. Shazia is a genuine dog lover and treats Romeo as her own when he is in her care. We feel 100% confident and comfortable when he is out with her and receiving updates and photos of their outings always brings a smile to our faces. Thank you Shazia and Lyla, we cannot tell you in words how much you mean to Romeo.

      Ujal & Pujan for Romeo
    • When looking for a dog sitter for our Labrador, Blue, we wanted a home from home. That is exactly what we got from Shazia. Blue loves going with Shazia and loves Lyla's (Shazia's Lurcher) company! Shazia accommodates all of Blue's needs, takes him on new and exciting walks and as an added bonus for us, keeps us updated with regular texts and photos! She is an absolute Godsend! Truly she is totally devoted to dogs!

      Pritti for Blue
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  • I offer dog walking, doggy day care, dog sitting, rescue dog walking, sighthound, whippet care and whippet boarding and puppy care services in Harrow and the surrounding areas including Pinner, Hatch End, Ruislip, Northwood, Stanmore, Edgware, Wembley, Preston Road, Kingsbury, Harrow on the Hill and London. I run a fully insured pet minding service.