Later in life I decided to go travelling and explore the world.
For a time I lived in Spain, and there I managed to find my princess, my French bulldog Pascha (Princess Tasha…). She was my home away from home, she came absolutely everywhere with me, everyone around the town of knew who she was more than they knew me!
After a few years of tearing up the Spanish coast, Pascha and I went to Egypt, where once again, she was the centre of attention with people either scared of her or intrigued by her little face.
Coming back home to the UK was up there with the most ridiculous journey any dog has taken! First, I couldn’t get her on the plane, we were stopped by customs and even though she had a seat booked, they told me she was going in with the suitcases – there was no way I was going to let that happen.
I had to find another way home.
We went to Italy, and I couldn’t get her home. We went to a little village not far from the airport where they were having this ridiculous festival. There were no trains for two weeks. The only option was to rent a car and drive to Calais. We got in the car and drove through 2 countries to get home.
At Calais, I couldn’t get her on the boat with my hire car (which I had no way of getting back to Italy either…) Eventually a bus came screeching through with a bloke shouting “I’ve got your dog! Get on!”
I didn’t think – I just threw my suitcases on, saw Pascha waiting and jumped on the bus, we were through, on the ferry and on our way home.
Building A Business With Dogs
I started my working life with dogs as a dog walker, with nothing but a few flyers to get my name out there. All I did was ask if I could walk stranger’s dogs around Wimbledon park! I was walking dogs from 6AM until 8PM, then working in a pub by night.
In time, the day care grew, and it wasn’t too long until I had 20 dogs in my little flat. We had to get more space. After a short stint in a bigger home nearby, Jess and I found our forever home in Cobham, Surrey – where Duncan’s Doggy Daycare lives with 20+ devoted staff, a grooming centre, a puppy behaviour centre and our family.
Today, we look after hundreds of dogs every month, but it’s not enough – there are millions of dogs that we want to nurture and make better lives for, and our food is how we do it.
“We’ve created Duncan’s Deli because we believe there’s a problem with dog food and dog nutrition that needs to be corrected.”
We’re a family business, not some big corporate company, we work from our family home that we share with our fantastic staff and over 100 dogs, 7 days a week.
We’re here to change the lives of every single dog and owner who will let us.