Doncaster mum hopes that running her own business will inspire her young daughter

A Doncaster woman quit her job to set up her own dog walking business because she knew it would bring her joy, and she now hopes that her business will inspire her daughter to become independent and confident.

By Laura Andrew
Monday, 13th July 2020, 4:00 pm

Joanne Jones-Snell set up Walkies over three years ago.

The 45-year-old mother from Cusworth, said: “I have always loved dogs and wanted to work with animals.

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Joanne Jones-Snell out on a dog walk.

“When I first launched Walkies it was scary I didn’t know if it was going to take off or not.

“But I’m happy to say that it was the right choice.

“I'm so much happier now I get to spend all day with dogs and I can fit this job around my family life.”

Joanne is the mother of eight-year-old Georgie, who is actively encouraged to get involved with the business.

Joanne's favourite part about her job is that she gets to spend a lot of her time with dogs.

“She comes on walks with me all the time and loves having so many different dogs around us,” she continued.

Joanne hopes that by showing Georgie that she has succeeded in her own business that she will be a role model and inspire her to make bold choices in her future.

Unlike many others Joannes workplace is the great outdoors where she does between 15-20,000 steps a day whilst walking dogs around Doncaster.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the business slowed down over the past four months as many office workers were now working from home.

Joanne can walk up to 20,000 steps a day.

“Socialising is really important for dogs and the exercise too,” she said.

“Just because people are at home doesn't mean they are taking the time to walk their dogs.”

According to Joanne dog walking is becoming a popular profession.

Covid-19 measures have been put in place for dog walking including sanitising leads, wearing gloves, and not entering dog owners' homes.

Walkies also offer a boarding service that you can find out more about on their website here.

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