insideKENT Magazine Issue 144 - April 2024 | Page 160



THE HOUND HUT www . thehoundhut . dog @ thehoundhut . dog
Born in 2019 and the brainchild of passionate and caring entrepreneurs , Anthony Smallman and Rob Burns , The Hound Hut is a beautiful one-stop shop for pets set in the heart of Rochester . “ Our mission was simple yet profound : to help pet owners keep their beloved companions happy and healthy through quality nutrition , expert advice and attentive grooming .” Taking pride in its RAW food experience , The Hound Hut offers a range of nutritionally balanced options for dogs , providing personalised and tailored advice , and is committed to making their products and services affordable without ever compromising on quality . Beyond nutrition , they also boast a dedicated grooming service aimed at maintaining physical health and enhancing happiness . For those aspiring to start their own business in Kent , Anthony and Rob share valuable advice . “ Passion is the key ,” Anthony emphasises . “ Identify what you love and let that be the driving force behind your business . People value authenticity , so be true to yourself and your vision . Additionally , build a strong network within the community – word of mouth and local support can make all the difference .”
CANTERBURY TAILS www . canterburytails . co . uk @ canterburytailscatcafe
Pip Harris , now joined by partner Viktor , passionately brings to the historic town of Canterbury , Canterbury Tails - a creative combination of coffee , cake , cats and charm . With a background in computer animation but a lifelong love of cats , Pip opened her very own cat café in the May of 2023 ; determined to create an inviting haven of mental wellbeing , offering tasty food and beverages and , of course , homing a beautiful feline family , which currently stands at a cat crew of 25 ! “ We are always looking to keep making things bigger and better ,” says Pip . “ The most exciting thing for us this year is launching our ‘ helping hand ’ rehoming scheme , which will assist locals and local cats to find homes . We plan to offer advice on rehoming , set up a foster network , advertise cats looking for new homes on our socials and website , and help with home checks too . Coming through us , people who are looking for help rehoming cats will be reassured that we have the knowledge , resources , audience and community around us to provide adequate care and to find people as obsessed with cats as we are !”
FURRY FRIENDS PHOTOGRAPHY www . furryfriendsphotography . co . uk @ furry . friendsphotography
With a background of over 12 years in the industry photographing the likes of wildlife , landscape and astrophotography , the very talented Nathan Hammonds began a new adventure back in 2019 , inspired by his own beloved pooch . “ I started furry friends photography in 2019 after plenty of kind comments on my photographs of Fudge , who , let ’ s face it , is my inspiration and main reason I got into this business - I definitely have to thank him for that !” Covering the whole of Kent , Furry Friends offers animal photography services for all much-loved pets , whether they be dogs , cats or horses . Nathan passionately visits pets and their owners at their homes with his mobile studio and takes trips to the great outdoors to visit pups ’ favourite locations . He also covers the commercial world of animal photography . “ I find working with animals an absolute joy and a privilege , from winning them over and watching their confidence build during the shoots to seeing their characters come through for me to capture .”
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