I would like to thank Theo and his wonderful team, for providing an inspirational and informative day at the SBS winners event on Friday 30 January.
It was my husband and business partner Doug Cole’s, first time attending a business event, and boy it did not disappoint.
Doug was diagnosed with MS at the age of 40 and I suffered a brain haemorrhage some six months later, which is why we decided to follow our dream of working with animals. Our business, NINA’S NANNIES FOR PETS was founded soon after.
It was always our dream to work with animals, but I am the extrovert, who works front of house and Doug is the steady hand that guides the ship, while still actively involved with the day to day dog walking and visits. No mean feat with Multiple Sclerosis!
On Sunday 29 June, I tweeted Theo about our pet sitting business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.
To my utter delight, Theo re-tweeted my message to his 260,000 followers and as a result we are now profiled on a new website www.theopaphitissbs.com, that is exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners!
I really hope that this recognition will help to promote animal welfare and encourage more people to adopt their pets, rather than buy. This is also why we now offer discounts to people who have re-homed their pets, along with senior citizens who would rather keep their pets at home while they are on holiday .
It is wonderful to have support from Theo and Doug (my business partner), and I are ‘over the moon’, to be recognised for our hard work and to help spread the word about what we do.
We cannot wait to meet Theo personally to collect our Small Business Award and a may even cheekily ask him to give his backing to Pupaid, a petition started by Marc Abraham to help ban the sale of young puppies and kittens unless their mother are present.