Meet the team

Launched in August 2015 by Michelle, BoardWalkers is a fully insured family operated Licensed Boarding Establishment,registered with the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

 

Michelle is a Registered Veterinary Nurse of 15yrs+ experience, qualifying in 2002 with credit from Berkshire College of Agriculture, in addition to which she is certified in a National Diploma in Animal Care (1998), a distinction in Feline Friendly Nursing(2011) and a Canine First Aid certificate (2015).

 

 

The Walker family love dogs as well as many other pets. We welcome your beloved well behaved family dog/s into our home whilst you and your family are away or working. We cater for holiday boarding and for those times when you are in need of a day or night out, offering day or night stay boarding

 

BoardWalkers also provides Pet Services including ...Home visits for small animals, dogs and cats. Nail clipping is also offered working around our dog boarders.

Boarding can also be provided for your smaller furry pets, subject to conditions. 

Michelle Walker RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Founder
Martine Baker
sub contractor dog walker / pet sitter 

Martine lives in Basingstoke with her Partner & her 3 young boys.

 

Martine has worked as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant for 15yrs + in Basingstoke, Hampshire. 

During her veterinary career, Martine worked along side Michelle in Practice for 4 years before Michelle moved practices. Still remaining friends and keeping in contact out of the work environment.

Martine left the veterinary industry to spend some more time with her family but still wanted to keep working with animals in a flexible position. Joining the BoardWalkers team Martine is loving the different side of animal care and has a passion for the difficult dogs. Always from a young age wanted to work with animals and looking after them and people.

Martine has 2 dogs of her own.

Matilda is a 10yr old , 3 legged pup that has bad hips and a bad temper to match ... but well loved! classed as a DIVA. Bruce is a 6 yr old chihuahua x Jrt rescue with a chilled attitude. 

 

Martine also owns Nedge her 6 yr old ginger cat who just loves to eat!.

Ryan Blunden-Parsons
sub contractor dog walker / home sitter/ pet sitter 

Ryan joined the team in 2016 starting out as a work experience student with BoardWalkers whilst he was studying at Sparsholt College Hampshire, training in National Diploma in Animal Care. Ryan completed his course with a Level 3 Diploma in Animal management and a Level 2 in Veterinary Medicine..... Ryan continues to be a great asset to BoardWalkers by covering dog walks, house sitting, home visits and joining me on our adventures. 

Ryan has gone on to continue his education and study Dog Grooming at Sparsholt College Hampshire whilst also carrying out work experience at a groomers and has qualified in Feb 2018 a Level 2 dog groomer. Ryan hopes in the near future to open his own grooming business.  

Adding many strings to his bow and keeping busy Ryan is also a great support with the children when he works at Breakfast club and After school club at a local school in Basingstoke. 

He also enjoys being a tailor making many items of clothing out of fabric and also working in a local fabric shop. 

Ryan is a great asset to our team and will often  be seen with his little French pup Mable joining him on his many walks too. 

Dionne Stocking
sub contractor Home Boarder Assist-U

Dionne joined the team as a host boarder in February 2018.

She is fully licensed in her own right under her Company name of “assist-u” pet boarding service. Having lost her beloved Weimaraner in November 2017, whom she is not yet ready to replace, she was very much missing her daily “dog fix”, so decided to open her home to dogs that need boarding whether it be for day care or longer. Having grown up with dogs Dionne loves them and is looking forward to building up her clientele with us and working with the team. Dionne lives in Basingstoke with her Husband and son and in her spare time enjoys keeping fit and Yoga. 

Katy Beschizza
Cheeky Paws and Claws
sub contractor dog walker / pet sitter 

Katy has joined the team 2018 as a sub contractor to BoardWalkers. Katy has a very experienced animal background.

Katy is extremely knowledgeable in the animal field with her previous work at Marwell Wildlife in the Primates and Hoofstock section for 19 years. This had Katy working with larger species such as rhino and giraffe,

 

Katy has also had work previous as a farm worker.. this included a small children’s farm to make film adverts that used their animal for TV, kennel/cattery and stable. Katy also has Work experience on the dairy farm, and in a  kennel/cattery.

Katy is profoundly deaf. She lives with her husband Gerard also profoundly deaf and two cats and a bearded dragon in Basingstoke where I grew up as a child. Katy has always been interested in animals and her deafness has never been a problem in looking after them.

Katy is in no way  held back at all with the dogs ... dogs ;as always to go off lead ..require owners consent and this again is clarified with each owner that Katy will walk for and be explained to.. Lovely Layla seen in the picture has taken beautifully to Katy when out focusing on her for instruction.. even when I’m there she is zoned into Katy as she knows she is taking the lead. Zoe, Nico ad Riley .. all BoardWalkers pups too have taken to Katy beautifully .. 
All dogs will be lead on long lines until a bond is made ( as we do with all of us)..

Katys hobbies consist of Mountain biking,  and a leader for deaf sailing for the Rona Sailing Project at Southampton .. running three weekend trips a year. 

Katy is also known by her nickname....

 Cheeky Monkey

Charlotte Traynor
sub contractor home sitter / dog walker

Charlotte joined the team in 2016 as work experience whilst studying at BCOT college Basingstoke in National Diploma in Animal Care. Charlotte is currently in her final year. 

Charlotte has continued to work along side myself and as an important asset to the team assisting as a house sitter mainly for our pups that are unable to board or need a few hours / overnight cover / holiday sitting. 

Charlotte lives at home with her family and has a household of animals ranging from her two pups Fraser and Jasper to a collection of tarantulas. 

BoardWalkers, Basingstoke Hampshire, UK

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