By Mark Barrow
ALL of us hope to get a job we enjoy doing after years of sitting in an office – and that is exactly what happened to an opportunist dog-walker from Woodbrook.
Philip Jackson, 50, feared the worst in May 2015 after being made redundant from the Co-operative’s IT services but instead it gave him the chance to start the venture he’d always dreamed of.
Now in control of Saddleworth’s Premier Pet Services, he couldn’t be happier.
The business, which opened last summer and operates around Saddleworth and Oldham, sees Phillip help pets and their owners alike by providing walks and taking care of pets while owners are busy.
Philip, who is trained in Pet First Aid, either walks dogs close to their owner’s home or takes them into the abundant countryside around Digglea and Woodbrook.
He also provides other bespoke services for pets including rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents as well as more exotic reptiles.
Philip said: ‘’I’ve always loved animals, and I’ve had dogs all my life, so this is something I’ve always wanted to do.
‘’Being made redundant after 15 years is the worst thing to happen, but looking back now it was a good thing. What I’m doing now is ideal – the perfect thing for me.
‘’Working [at the Co-operative] had shown me how having a job really restrains pet owners, so I’m hopefully offering a service that is a benefit to the owner and the pet’’.
Phillip usually provides a set price for walking pets for either 30 minutes or 1 hour, but he can take care of them for longer periods if necessary. He deals with all manner of dogs, from puppies to old dogs, and also offers a cat-sitting service.