The Team

Lesley writer at Poppys Pets and domestic abuse

Lesley – Owner & writer

Poppy’s Pets began as a dog walking business but after my first fluffball client Covid-19 started. That November, Poppy’s Pets became a website with a YouTube channel to follow.

In May 2021, I was approached by a newspaper, Withernsea District & Community News, serving the Holderness coast and inland, to have a pet-related column.

The newspaper closed in 2023 because of running costs and I was approached by Holderness Gazette and offered another pet column. By then, I’d fled a domestic abuse & violent relationship and because no longer living in Yorkshire, the offer was retracted.

Joey cat from Poppys Pets

Joey

Joey was my boy – he had pancreatitis, the grumps and was very independent with the occasional cuddle when he lowered his barriers. His best friend was Tabitha.

Joey died suddenly in March 2017, aged 13 – he developed on going seizures after hitting his head in a cat fight when a neighbourhood cat visited his garden.

He was my rock.

Tabitha - cat with high blood pressure

Tabitha

Tabitha was advertised in a Spalding newspaper for £25 . The breeder opted to sell her because she was too timid to show her. Following a visit to my vet, it became apparent she had never been looked after. One major issue was diarrhoea after eating. Prior to a biopsy, I bumped into a La Perm owner who advised me to have her spayed – the breed has issues with their ‘lady bits’. After spaying, the diarrhoea stopped.

Today, Tabitha is 17, has hypertension, deafness and the onset of dementia. She has daily meds called Amodip. Tabitha and I were together during my domestic abuse relationship.

She also features in videos and articles.

Albert cat with pet dementia

Uncle Albert

Albert lived with me for 19 months before his death on 8th January 2017 from a sudden blood clot in the leg. Because his weight was too low, it was unsafe to operate.

He was found as a 16 year old stray at Hardwick in Kings Lynn and went to RSPCA West Norfolk where I volunteered as a cat cuddler. Albert had two pellets in him but according to a vet, Albert had veterinary treatment. He had thyroid issues and the shelter paid for his meds. When he developed dementia, I ordered and administered Aktivait, a brain supplement – the non-prescription medication helped him to remember to eat.

Albert’s weight stayed around 2 – 3kg because of his thyroid and occasional ‘depression’ and loss of appetite which lasted a week at a time.

Uncle Albert features in my articles.

Molly adopted cat aged 15

Molly

I was volunteering as a cat cuddler with a Norfolk branch of the RSPCA. Molly was picked up by an Inspector and was originally to live with them. Changing their mind, she went into shelter. She was given 7 days for rehoming then euthanasia.

I was honoured to meet Molly and offered her a home immediately. I asked the RSPCA to pay for her blood tests and microchip – I paid for her thyroid meds and pain relief for her severe arthritis. I learnt from Dr Jess, her original vet, that she was going to adopt Iris (as she was named) if the RSPCA booked her into be put to sleep.

Molly lived with me for five years until her death aged 20 in June 2019. Her little body began shutting down.

Molly appears in several articles.

Border collie puppy help

Bertie

Bertie was a puppy when he arrived – born into a farm environment, he wasn’t given any training. Bertie appears in videos and articles focusing on the Border Collie breed. He enjoyed a fantastic lifestyle but it became apparent he was a one-parent pooch only and now has a settled life and his own Instagram channel!

Romanian Rescue Dogs

Teddy

Teddy passed away in November 2023 aged 10. Given his life was previously filled with brutality and harsh conditions in Romania, Teddy was the most docile, gentle and sweet dog I’ve ever met.

So many people wanted to meet this gentle giant where ever we went. And he began well-known in his own home town for his size, loveable character and funny antics.

Teddy appears in articles and has his own walking and holiday playlist on YouTube.

worm composting

The Worm Gang

My gang of composting worms provide me with liquid plant feed that has proven to provide poorly plants with new life. Combined with liquid, worms produce castings, another source of fertiliser.

If you love composting and green living, The Worm Gang have there own playlist on YouTube, including beginners worm composting articles.

The Worm Gang are reproducing quickly and in 2024 I’ll begin a cost of living worm bin.

Bokashi conposting is another playlist on YouTube so please subscribe.

Hoof care by a farrier prevents diseases for a donkey

Miranda & Emma

Mother and daughter, both were our donkeys in the 1970s. Miranda was black & white, and Emma full black.
Both were the sweetest. We have mislaid the only photograph we have.

Miranda and Emma are mentioned in my donkey article.

Dachshunds can develop hereditary skin disorders

Penny

Penny is a 10 year old Dachshund who belongs to a family member. She is a pedigree and has the sweetest of nature. Penny had temporary paralysis from Intervertebral Disc Disease and following a lengthy road, physio and care, she recovered.

Penny’s IVDD and her skin allergies are described in two articles on this website.

Contributors

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Maisie – Woofers Dog Groomers

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Dawn – Tuks Law

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Poppy – RSPCA, Clough Road, Hull

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Jayne – Dog Lost UK

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Lisa – Muddy Paws Crime

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Grey Fern Park Equestrian Centre

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Olive – Oldies Club

Examples of dogs who have been through the exemption process

Jayne – Save Our Siezed Dogs