Vicky Garbutt (Franchisee)
I have been running the Yate Pet Sitters franchise for almost 10 years now. It is a dream come true for me as I have such a passion for animals and their welfare. I originally found out about pet sitting when I was going on holiday and couldn't stand the thought of leaving my dog in a kennel.
Since running the franchise I make every effort to keep customers informed of their pets in their absence and certainly with any concerns even if minor. I will always go the extra mile as I would expect nothing less for my own pets in someone else's care. We now have a great team at Yate Pet Sitters and I cannot give them enough credit. We have all built great relationships and friendships.
I am also pleased to say that my partner (Rob Garbutt) who was previously running the Bristol Pet Sitters franchise has now joined me full time at Yate Pet Sitters as a co-owner.
Since We started Yate Pet Sitters we have also helped many customers with basic training, anxiety & dominance issues as well as advice for puppy Issues and through our experiences we have gained a great knowledge of Dog behaviour and an advanced level of training.
We are always happy to give advice for any animals and commonly help to socialise dogs and puppies as well as give advice for cats and other small animals. We always appreciate your feedback at Yate Pet Sitters via our testimonials page on this website.
Rob Garbutt (Franchisee/Co-Owner)
Being a pet owner myself I know how difficult, worrying and even stressful it can be to leave your pets and this is the main reason I became a Pet Carer myself, being able to offer complete peace of mind to my clients and premium care for their pets is of the upmost importance to me. Making the transition from working as a Fork Lift Truck Driver to becoming self employed and running my own Pet Sitting Business was a huge step for me but one that I will never regret and I feel extremely privileged not only to have a job which I enjoy but to also be able to care for a variety of lovely animals.
Since running Bristol Pet Sitters I now work full time alongside my partner Vicky and the rest of our fantastic team at Yate Pet Sitters. I have a good knowledge of canine behaviour, much of which has been gained through experience and I am always looking to improve my own skills as a Pet Carer, Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, nothing gives me more delight than to help my clients with their pets. I have many hobbies and interests including Martial Arts, Kayaking, Films, Gardening and Agriculture although most of my time is spent caring for client’s animals as well as my own Pets which currently include a corn snake, a rabbit, 3 cats, 10 Ducks, more chickens than I can count and of course our Chocolate Labrador Duggy.
I live with my partner Paul and my daughter Katie. We have two dogs, Daisy (who is a Border Collie) and Riley (who is a Corgi/Jack Russell). We also have a rabbit, two guinea pigs and some tropical fish. We are an animal loving family and both Paul and myself have owned or looked after everything at one point or another from Snakes and lizards to hamsters and ferrets.
I have been a legal secretary for two law firms and worked for South Gloucestershire Council as a homecare assistant and more recently as a domestic assistant in a local nursing home. Unfortunately I got made redundant due to closures but love working with people as much as I love animals. Paul works for a local packaging firm and has been there for the last 25 years. Our daughter Katie adores animals and loves spending time walking our two dogs and having cuddles with the rabbit and guinea pigs as much as we do.
Both Paul and myself regard ourselves as hardworking, trustworthy and conscientious people who will always try and go above and beyond what is expected especially when it comes to pet care as we would expect no less for our own pets. We will always treat others as we would expect to be treated ourselves and hope that comes across when you meet us.
We also love being outdoors and really enjoy our walks so to work for Vicky and Rob doing what we love is great"
"I've always loved pets since being a kid. I started off with a couple of gerbils and then some fish. Later we got our first dog (a black Labrador named Sam). He was so cute and friendly and loved to swim in the sea at our holiday home near Plymouth, I just loved having a dog.
My family and I have always had dogs and love to go for long walks in the countryside with them. We have also had a few lovely cats called Joe and currently the lovely Percy. Percy is ginger with a large white patch underneath and is such a lovely character. He spends his days in the garden looking after his territory and the nights at home snuggled up on our laps.
Before working for Yate Pet Sitters I spent my working life in Bristol doing various call centre work which I enjoyed. I have always loved travel and have been to Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, New Zealand and many more beautiful destinations.
In 2014, after arriving home from Vietnam I fancied a change in work and as I love cats and dogs so much I contacted Yate Pet Sitters and started work with them in September 2014.
I love my new job and it's great to see the joy the dogs get when you arrive and they know they are going for a walk. I find I get really attached to each of my dogs and love my time with them, also it is great to get to know their owners.
My job is such fun and with lovely dogs and meeting other dog owners on your walks. There is no better job to have."
"So... what makes Jane tick ?? Well, let's just say that my idea of heaven would be getting locked in the Vintage Birdcage Cafe in Yate with lots of dogs and cats. I'm a little bit obsessed with all things furry (apart from spiders ... I draw the line there !!) oh and I love cake, hence the VBC !!!
It started when I was a baby - my mum says I wouldn't go to sleep without some fur to cuddle, be it the dog or her fur coat, I wasn't that fussy! It then progressed as I grew up and I wouldn't go anywhere without my fur blankie or mum's fur coat (I was trying to be posh even at the age of 3!!). Even now I have fur cushions, throws, and rugs as I find it so calming. Most females get broody over babies....not me...I just have to see a dog and I get that warm fuzzy feeling.
As a family, growing up, we always had dogs (Labradors and Tibetan Terriers) and several Burmese cats. We went through phases of having goldfish, canaries & hamsters, but it was always the dogs that had my heart. As soon as I could, I became Mum to a Labrador and a Dalmatian. However in recent years, my working hours and city center apartment weren't conducive to having a dog so I did what any sane person would do and I quit my job, moved out to Chipping Sodbury and now I get to spend my days with other people's dogs. Life just doesn't get any better!!"
“I’ve grown up in a house with Flat coats, cats, rabbits and horses (obviously they weren’t in the house!!) so to say I’m animal crazy would be the biggest understatement of the century!
I live with my husband and two children, who are just as animal obsessed as me.
We have two cats, both Of which I rescued, my very grumpy and timid Rosie, who redefines the saying ‘naughty tortie’ and my playful, cuddly, present bringing boy Na’vi (I’m extremely impressed if anyone knows where his name is from - it’s another love and obsession of mine!). We also have two guinea pigs, again we rescued them, Malin and Baby Groot.....that may give a bit more of a hint for my other obsession!!!
I have worked within the motor industry for years, including the insurance side. However I decided to leave that career and start in a vets with the view to train to become a veterinary nurse.....let’s just say I quickly realised I was becoming far too attached to the animals and my heart was breaking far too often.
Therefore this job, if you can even call it that, is perfect. I get to spend my days with dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, tortoises....I’m not fussy, I love them all equally!! “
Our chocolate Labrador Duggy has been with us from the very start of Yate Pet Sitters and was the whole reason we decided to start up the business because we know how hard it is to find someone you trust to love and care for your babies.
Duggy has helped us welcome every dog we meet (young and old) and he still helps us with training now. Duggy loves to please especially if he will get a treat at the end of it. He is our first born baby.
Duggy is an asset to our team and is the perfect dog to help us socialise nervous or reactive dogs with his calm and friendly nature. He truly is one of a kind.
Boycie (Trainee Supervisor)
Our Working Cocker Spaniel is still learning from Duggy but his main passion is his ball! He also loves his food and loves to run around like a loon with friends. He is a cuddle monkey. Boycie is calm and learns a lot from Duggy and they both really do have a special brother from another mother bond. Both boys are special and are a huge part of our team.
I live with my husband and two children we have a Siberian Husky and a cat (which is a rescue cat). We also have some ducks and chickens.
I always had a dog growing up along with a cat, birds, mice, hamsters and fish. Since owning my own home I have had rabbits, red clawed crabs and an African land snail. I also have a small amount of experiance with horses and sheep.
I have always wanted to work with animals, just not in a vets or kennels and after having yate pet sitters look after my husky, I realised I had found the job that I had always wanted. I find this to be a very rewarding job and I love having other dogs to come stay in my home.