We have over 30 years experience with pet care through personal and work caring for pets from the smallest of animals to the largest of dogs.
Nicky Slater has completed first aid training for dogs also various courses with IMDT including practical instructor courses for dog & puppy training.
We take safety very serious as when dogs are in our care running and playing anything can happen thus us investing in GPS tracking devices so they can be tracked at all times.
In 2012 Pickles Pets was born. Having worked for the past seven and a half years in Early Years Child Care and Education I decided to return to my passion, that of working with animals.
On leaving school I worked at Goose Green Kennels. (Now the Blue Cross Centre.)
I left the kennels to start a family and once my eldest son started school I returned to work working part time in a pet store in Bitterne handling small animals, birds and a parrot called Charlie along with my other duties of helping customers and cash handling.
I left the pet store to work for Guide Dogs for the Blind where I spent many happy years in kennels and gained my kennel management certificate dealing with lots of breeds of dog from Labrador’s, Retriever’s to Shepherd’s, Labradoodle’s, Leonberger’s but to name a few.
I left Guide Dogs to work full time as a manager for another pet store company as the new store was to be opened in Eastleigh where I stayed until having my second son thirteen and a half years after my first son.
I decided not to return to pet store management and was approached by my former employer Guide Dogs who offered me a position working back with the dogs in kennels at the weekends. This fitted with my family commitments and gladly returned, whilst at guide dogs during this period a lot of changes had to be made and I was promoted to Boarder Coordinator where I was responsible for visiting homes across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset to interview potential Guide Dog Boarders and then work alongside trainers to train new volunteers in handling and caring for our dogs of all ages.
Unfortunately due to changes and cuts in Guide Dogs I was made redundant this is when I retrained and moved into early years child care and education. I have through all my life from a very young age had animals of all sorts and been with all breeds of dogs from your smallest to the largest.
I now feel it’s the right time in my life to return to my passion of animals and getting to know their families.
Any enquiries please contact us on 07858 446492 alternatively you can contact us through our Online Enquiry Form
Yes. We ensure that anyone looking after your pet has a CRB Disclosure form. You can ask to see a copy of the documentation on the consultation.
Yes we accept bookings via phone, text or email or you can use our online enquiry form. Please note we will require 24 hours notice for any cancellations.
We accept cash, cheque, PayPal and BACS for payment.
Our business insurances cover the following:
Business Description: Dog Walking / Pet Sitting
Public Liability: £5,000.000 Cover
Care Custody and Control (Liability to animals): £25,000
Non-Negligent Cover: £25,000
Loss of Key Cover: £10,000 Cover
Employers Liability: £10,000.000
Nicky grew up in Southampton with a love and passion for animals even as a child.
She had rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises, cats, budgies, 2 Labradors and hamsters.
She volunteered in a veterinary practice during her summer holidays, walked neighbours dogs as well on her own.
Enjoys photography and cross stitch in her spare time.