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Our Story

We're a very friendly bunch

In 2014, Naomi took the biggest risk of her life: she gave up her job as a retail manager and set up Lakeland Dog Walker. Professional dog walking was a relatively new concept in the area, so there were people that thought she was crazy! Her parents run their own restaurant (Quince and Medlar) and her husband has his own mountain activity company (Lakeland Mountain Guides), so she knew what it took to be self employed. With her love of dogs and knowledge gained through achieving a first class honours degree in Adventure Tourism Management, she had the basic tools to set up her own business. Before she knew it, business was booming and after a year of being a Keswick based one-woman-band, Hannah, (Naomi’s Sister-in-Law) became a Lakeland Dog Walker too. Hannah started walking dogs in the Cockermouth area and  because they made such a great team it only took a few months before another pair of hands were needed, and then another and then another!

As the business continued to grow, Naomi found herself having to spend more and more time managing the business instead of doing the hands-on work which she enjoyed. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Naomi decided to drastically downsize the business by offering some of her current staff the chance to run their own dog walking companies. Bryan took over Keswick under the name K9 Krew Keswick, Sam took over the Dearham side under the name Terry's Tails and Miechelle set up her own out of area company called K9 Adventures Cumbria. Naomi loves the fact she was able to give her team the opportunity to run their own business whilst not leaving her current customers without a dog walker.
The Lakeland Dog Walker team these day compiles of Naomi, Hannah and Mattias with the catchment area for dog walking being Cockermouth, Brigham and Embleton. They pride themselves in offering a five star service, giving dogs the opportunity to play with other friendly dogs in a safe and caring environment.

 

Meet the Lakeland Dog Walkers

Get to Know Us

Naomi Le Voi

Naomi Le Voi

Owner / Pack Leader

Naomi is the owner of Lakeland Dog Walker so all your enquiries and bookings go through her. Since starting a family in 2017, Naomi wasn't able to dog walk full time as she had two little humans to juggle too (Isabelle, 4 and Finnley, 2). Now that both children attend nursery, Naomi is back dog walking full time and loves it! 

Naomi's loves woodland walks where she's not very likely to bump into anyone, so she can let the well behaved dogs off the lead for a good run and play.

Naomi enjoys photography and often gets the dogs to line up for a fun photo whilst on their adventures.

Naomi has one dog called Bindi who is a lovable Goldendoodle. She also has a flock of Chickens called Lily, Kevin, Honey and Amber.

Hannah Turner

Hannah Le Voi

Pack Leader

Hannah is second in command and has been a full-time dog walker in Cockermouth since early 2016. She has created some strong bonds with the dogs she walks. Owners are often commenting on how excited their dog gets when they hear her coming up the drive. The dogs mean that much to Hannah that her partner arranged some of them to be involved with his marriage proposal on Latrigg (of course, she said yes and they're now happily married)

Hannah favourite walk in around Harris Park where she often get congratulated for having such good control of the dogs in her care.

Hannah has a young Springer Spaniel called Burleigh as well as two cats called Sapphire and Socks.

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Mattias Norondal

Pack Leader

Mattias has recently joined the LDW team. He has worked for Naomi's parents in their restaurant (Quince & Medlar) for years so he already felt like part of the family. 

Mattias works on an adhoc basis, covering the busy days of the week as well as staff holidays and sickness cover.

He goes everywhere on foot (unlike Naomi and Hannah who have dog transportation vans) so as you can imagine, his step count for a day at work is rather high!

The dogs took to him straight away which is lovely.

Mattias lives with his Mum and siblings and they have a rough haired collie.

 

The Next Generation of Dog Walkers

One of the perks of our job is that we can occasionally bring our children to work with us. They love it as much as we do (most of the time) and the dogs have learnt to respect them which is great socialisation for all involved.

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Isabelle

Chief Mischief Maker

Isabelle is Naomi's  four year old daughter. She's been walking with the dogs since she was 5 weeks old. She can name alot of the different dog breeds we look after and really enjoys taking the older, slower dogs for a walk.

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Finnley Le Voi
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Finnley

Chief Biscuit Sharer

Finnley is Naomi's Son and is 2 years old. It wont come as a surprise that his first word was "dog"! He can walk for miles and doesn't get bored - he's a true dog walker in the making. He loves handing out biscuits to the dogs.

 

The Dog Walker's Dogs

Being a dog walker's dog is like hitting the jackpot!

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Bindi

Bindi is the result of Naomi getting puppy broody after doing the puppy play dates. She's full of beans, loves a cuddle and never tires!

Bindi is a true Adventure Dog: She can run mountain marathons with her Dad, enjoys Paddleboarding with Naomi and can keep up with a bike zooming down the mountains!

Lexi

Lexi the Lab sadly passed away in March 2021 but she's the main reason Naomi started Lakeland Dog Walker and she can't bring herself to remove her from the website!

Lexi must have been one of the fittest Labradors ever: when she wasn't pack leader for LDW, she was leading her way up mountains with Lakeland Mountain Guides.

Burleigh

Burleigh the Springer Spaniel is like a duracell battery that never tires. 

Ever since Hannah became a Dog Walker in 2016, she knew she was getting a liver and white Springer called Burleigh when the time was right. Luckily 2020 was the right time and they finally got the adorable puppy they always wanted!

 

If you want to find out more about the Lakeland Dog Walker team, please don't hesitate to contact us.