Dog Walker Takes A Lead With New Vans

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Dog walker takes a lead with new vans
27th June 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Holybrooks, which offers dog walking services as well as outdoor training courses and private tuition, has taken delivery of three new vehicles from dealer group Rygor Commercials.

Finished in an updated version of Holybrooks’ livery, the long-bodied Mercedes Citan vans feature optional air-conditioning systems and the cargo areas were sprayed with durable, easy-cleaned Line-X coatings after which each van was fitted with three compartments and privacy dividers, enabling it to carry up to three dogs in comfort and safety.

The three Citans replace a pair of similar-sized vehicles – the fact that Reading-based Holybrooks has taken on an additional vehicle reflects increasing demand for its services from local dog owners.

Helen Tuthill established her business as a part-time venture in 2009, naming it after a stream close to her childhood home, which she still walks by. Holybrooks now employs a team of four, working in three shifts per day.

Helen and her colleagues use their vans to collect pets from their homes, take them for walks in small groups at locations appropriate to their abilities and temperaments, then return them afterwards. They also undertake one-to-one training, and make house visits.

“Clients are always complimenting us on how smart our new vans look, while we’ve already noticed a marked improvement in economy, which means we’re making fewer visits to the filling station,” said Helen.


Three of a kind: Helen Tuthill, left, with colleague Victoria Trigger, canine ‘clients’, and Holybrooks’ new Mercedes-Benz Citan vans