Lucy Foulstone, 20, from Nottingham, who has two years’ experience in animal care, moved to Chesterfield six weeks ago and has already started a new business in the town.
Peaky Pets and Paws offers dog walking and pet sitting services for a variety of furry friends, including cats, rabbits, small rodents, and even horses.
Lucy, who has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, has spent the past few years working in offices and caring for animals part-time.
She said: ‘I’ve worked in offices and I just didn’t like it. I’d rather be outside every day than be tied to my desk answering the phone all day.
“For the past two years, I’ve been caring for pets and walking dogs part-time. But since moving here I have decided to diversify, become self-employed and start my own business.
“Now my job is to provide friendly and professional service to pet owners who may not always be available for their needs and of course our beloved pets come first.”
Since setting up a Facebook and Instagram page for Peaky Pets and Paws, Lucy has been contacted by several owners interested in her help.
She said: ‘I thought dog walking might be more popular here with Chesterfield being so close to the Peak District and with easy access to the countryside. Since being here I have noticed many more dogs and dog walking areas than in Nottingham.”
Lucy, who moved to Chesterfield with two Labradors Benji and Lola to join her companion who lives in the town, quickly fell in love with the Peak District.
She said: ‘We love the Peak District and are exploring all the new walks
“There seems to be quite a large community of dogs here and I found it enjoyable to take my dogs for walks.
“I have two young dogs myself and it has helped them to have other young dogs with them. They seem to gain more confidence with other dogs this way.
Lucy also offers pet sitting services.
She said: ‘Pets I have cared for, but not limited to, are dogs including large breeds, cats, rabbits and other small rodents, fish, turtles and horses.”
To get in touch with Lucy, pet owners can contact her on Facebook Peaky Pets and Paws as well as by calling her on 07596097467.