My name is Emily and I decided to follow my love of animals and create ‘Scallywags Pet Services’ back in 2012. Throughout my whole life I have been surrounded by animals and I have experience with a wide variety as a result. I have been the proud owner of dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, hamsters, snakes, fish and horses! I currently have an ex-race horse called Gus, a tortoise called Sir Allan and a Border Terrier called Mij along with the family rescue dog Staffie cross named Eddie and the rest of the menagerie!
Along with my love of animals, I have a passion for the outdoors and have business management experience (albeit in a very different business) so it set me in good stead to create the business!
I am very lucky to come from an animal loving family, it’s not hard to see where my passion comes from! It’s in the blood! In 2014 my Mum, Margaret joined the business!
I have an Intermediate Certificate in Canine Behaviour and am continuing my studies to earn a diploma in Canine Behaviour with the ISCP (International School of Canine Psychology). I am really enjoying the course and find it fascinating although it can be hard to find enough hours in the day to get everything done! I also love to attend seminars in my spare time to keep up to date with the latest in canine behaviour, science and welfare. I’ve been lucky enough to see Victoria Stilwell speak twice and attend a workshop with Sarah Fisher as well as many evening talks at Manchester Dogs Trust.
My name is Margaret and I officially joined the Scallywags team in the summer of 2014, though I have been helping out in my spare time since the beginning, supporting my daughter Emily in her new venture! I have always had a love of animals and it has been my dream to work with them, finally making the move after a 14 year career as a receptionist at Tottington Medical Centre. Before changing my career though I’d always find ways to get my animal fix! I’ve owned numerous pets over the years, I also volunteered as a helper for the Riding for Disabled in Birtle for 10 years. I took a 2 year part time Animal Care course at Bury College and achieved an award of merit and have recently taken some online courses including the Sarah Whitehead canine body language course and an Animal Welfare course with Edinburgh University. I also enjoy attending seminars when I get the time.