My name is Stef and I started Stretch Their Legs with my partner Ben following conversations with fellow dog owners, friends and animal lovers. I had been working in offices as an administrator / office manager for the last 17 years and felt it was time to do what I wanted to do. I have always been an animal lover and have owned dogs, horses, mice, degus, hamsters, cats, guinea pigs, rats, rabbits and a pygmy hedgehog.
We currently own two Romanian rescue dogs, named Waffles and Molly; a degu called Eve (degus should not live alone ideally but we lost our other degus to old age), and an African Pygmy Hedgehog named Mr Pricklesworth.
I began house sitting when working for an environmental consultancy. My boss at the time asked if I would look after his smallholding while the family were on holiday. This involved looking after 2 cats, a tortoise, 2 horses, up to 4 ponies and either sheep or pigs depending on what they had at the time for up to 2 weeks at a time. I slept at the property and spent my weekends there - normally poo picking! I also hacked out the horses and monitored their anaerobic digester.
For another colleague I looked after their elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier, cats and gerbils. This involved staying overnight at the property, feeding and administering medication as required. They also rehomed a Rottweiler that I looked after as well.
Before adopting my two Romanian rescue dogs I home boarded a friend’s deaf Springer Spaniel for a few days. This included walking her and taking her to work with me.
I am also a Trustee for SOS Romanian Rescue South West, a charity that rescues and rehomes dogs from Romania. This cause is close to my heart as the charity rescued my two dogs.