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Our Team

Joanna Stewart

Joanna Stewart

Joanna was born and bred in Edinburgh and moved out to East Lothian when she was 15 years old with her parents, who live in Pencaitland.

She has three wonderful children, Finlay 18, who’s now studying at Edinburgh University, Eilidh 16 and Avalon 5, Stella their much loved Flat-Coated Retriever, who’s now 12 and their two cats Spike & Rocky 10, as well as our three hens, Lou Lou, Coco & Speckles.

When Joanna was unable to find quality care for her own doggie, Stella, she assumed that there must be other dog lovers like her out there who were also searching for suitable dog care.

So in June 2004 she took the plunge and launched Doggie Daycare.

In October 2004 Joanna successfully completed a residential ‘Canine Communication’ course run by Jan Fennell “the dog listener’ in Lincolnshire, England.

Joanna continues to study canine communication techniques using audio visual aids, books and also gains practical experience on a daily basis.

Prior to establishing Doggie Daycare, Joanna worked as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in Edinburgh’s Sick Children’s Hospital where she worked for 16 years, 12 of them within the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units. She’s still in touch with her former nursing friends and enjoys meeting up with them for a catch-up and a giggle.

Doggie Daycare is very much as family affair with everyone helping out and enjoying being with the doggies in their care.
Joanna has never regretted her decision to leave nursing and feels very fortunate to be living the life she loves.

Michelle Kerr

Michelle Kerr

Michelle is considered to be a local girl having family in New Winton, although she now lives Edinburgh. Michelle has a lifelong love of horses and has attended Oatridge Agricultural College, studying and qualifying in Equine Care. Needless to say doggies are also a love of hers, having been around doggies constantly in various stables and family and friends homes. While she doesn’t have a doggie of her own at the moment, she would dearly love to become a pet parent, in the meantime, working here is a great substitute! Michelle has lived and worked with horses in Australia and currently works with Clydesdale horses near Edinburgh, training them for showing and riding.

We’re delighted that she also finds the time to work here driving, walking, supervising and caring for your doggies.

She’s a hard working girl who we’re proud to have as part of our team.

Michelle has been with Doggie Daycare since September 2012.

Meg Gustaves

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Meg is originally from the United States of America, having been brought up in a military family, she has many places to call home. However since 1975, Scotland has been her true home and she has been settled here ever since. Meg has been a friend of Joanna’s for many years and has a vast amount of animal experience under her belt. She was initially a professional horse trainer, but has had a wide and varied career over the years, currently offering an animal minding service to people with small-holdings throughout the UK.

Meg has always had dogs in her life and has an elderly Border Terrier, Skippy now 13years old, bred, born and raised by her. Skippy sadly died in March 2014, missed by all who loved him.

Meg works for us on an occasional basis which includes covering Joanna’s holidays, when she stays in our home and cares for any B&B doggies who may be staying with us.

Meg is a great person to be able to trust and rely on.
Meg has been with Doggie Daycare since April 2012.