About Us


Hi my name is Stuart French and I set up Acklam Pet Care in May 2011.

When I grew up in Linthorpe I was one of six children and we always had lots of pets: a Boxer named Prince, a Cat named Tibby, Rabbits, Tortoises, Fish, I think my brother even had a Snake! As I grew older we had 2 miniature Dachshunds named Pepe & Cass and later a West Highland Terrier named Scottie.

My wife and I have had several rescue cats the last being Smudge a lovely black and white cat, he had a lovely gentle nature but sadly died in February 2010.
We decided that we could now offer a rescue dog a home but after touring the centres and speaking to staff we realised that most of the dogs were not suitable for a family with young children. We took the plunge and got a young puppy, a Border Terrier that we named Dandi. He was born in January 2010 and we quickly all fell in love with him. In October 2014 we got a little sister for Dandi, the lovely Abbi, another Border Terrier. She was just 8 weeks old when she joined our family. I'm pleased to say both have turned into lovely, healthy, friendly dogs.

I have previously managed large retail stores (or sheds as they are known) for Bed Retailers and before that worked in our family business of Wholesale Fruit Merchants. I have also helped Teesside Hospice raise much needed funds by recruiting new members for their successful lottery.

As a dog owner myself I know the problems you can have leaving your dog home alone all day. A 50 minute "group social walk" will break the day up for your dog. After the walk most of the dogs are tired so have an afternoon nap, ready for your return!

Read more about our Dog Walking on our "Services & Prices" page.