Lincoln law grad sets up doggy day care

A Lincoln law graduate who couldn’t find a job after university has established a new dog day care centre in Lincoln.

Amy Gregg graduated in Law in 2009 and now runs The Dog House with her family on Crofton Road, a dog creche and grooming parlour.

“When I finished university, I couldn’t get a job anywhere,” Amy said.

“I wanted to be a legal secretary when I graduated but it coincided with the job cuts so I ended up taking a part-time job as a dog walker and it all just spun from there.”

The six-months-old business offers basic animal care services, including dog grooming and walking, as well as a behavioural training programme run by on-site animal behaviourist, James Breakspeare.

Amy said: “It was actually really difficult to set this place up, the banks wouldn’t give me anything, but just because we couldn’t get the money we needed, it didn’t stop me from doing it.”

“The number of emails I get – ‘have you got any job vacancies?’ – is remarkable.

“I think universities need to start encouraging people to get work experience placements before they graduate, or set them up as part of the course.

“Something really needs to be addressed with giving young people the help they need with full-time employment,” she added.

Photos by Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite