My name is Nina Cole and I am the founder of Nina’s Nannies for Pets, which I formed in 1998, following my recovery from a brain hemorrhage which occurred five months after my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I have always been passionate about animals and their welfare and my childhood was spent caring for a menagerie of pets including rabbits, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, cats and dogs.
Following my husband’s MS diagnoses and my own recovery from brain surgery, I decided to realise my dream of working with animals.
Pet sitting in the late nineties, was largely unheard of in the UK. but I wanted to offer a more personal service and offer an alternative to kennels and catteries, which allowed pets to stay within the comfort of their own home while their owners were away.
Following much research, I contacted our local newspaper, who helped with our launch, distributed copious amounts of flyers, visited numerous veterinary establishments, training centers and pet shops and within six months of trading, my husband left University where he was studying to be a microbiologist, in order that we could meet the demand of our ever- increasing workload and our partnership was formed.
I am now an established author writing for various magazines and often appear in the media regarding both my business and animals in the news. I am also a regular contributor on BBC radio where I am called upon to comment on animal welfare issues.