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Short Legs Dog Care is a Cheltenham, Gloucestershire-based company offering something different with wedding day dog care and walking. Owner Christine Fowler has owned and loved dogs all her life. She set up this business to allow her clients to share their special day with all of their loved ones, including their furry friends. Chris is a gentle and kind soul who treats every dog as if they were her own, assisting with photoshoots, dog walking and sitting at the event.

Services Offered

Short Legs Dog Care work alongside wedding venues to ensure that couples get to experience the joy of bringing their four-legged friends along to their big day. A range of services are offered to make sure that your dog is cared for while you are enjoying your wedding event. These services include but are not limited to:

  • A pre-wedding meeting to discuss your timeline of the event
  • Collection of your dog on the day of your event
  • Ensuring your pet is present at the ceremony, reception and for photos
  • Feeding, walking and playing with your pet before and after the ceremony
  • Looking after your dog at your accommodation
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62 reviews
Pete
Pete Married on 11/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing care for our ring bearer !!

Short legs were amazing from start to finish. We had a zoom call with Trish a few weeks before the wedding and introduced her to Rico, we talked her through a rough plan of the day and she suggested timings that fit perfectly with our schedule. Rico LOVEEEED her immediately, and we were kept up to date with pictures of him before she returned for the ceremony. Rico was our ring bearer and Trish handled this brilliantly, it went without a hitch. We really appreciated how flexible she was with our plan for the day, and Rico ended the day happy (and exhausted!). We were initially weren't sure if we needed someone on the big day, and thought maybe friends could look after him, but having a designated carer for the dog on the day makes everything so much easier with everything else going on. Can't recommend more highly!
Jess
Jess H. Married on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't recommend enough!

Where do we start! We cannot thank Chris enough for looking after our two dogs during our big day.
She was super flexible and cared for our dogs as if they where her own!
You could tell instantly that our dogs felt safe with Chris, and we didn't have to worry about them for one second as we knew they where in safe hands!
Her communication throughout was amazing and we have been recommending her to all our fellow dog parents!
Thank you Chris you were amazing!
Jess and Tom
Beth
Beth J. Married on 26/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Reliable and assured your dog is in good hands !

Booking Chris to look after our dog Bentley on our wedding day was the best decision. We did not have to worry about him at all and logistically Chris was fabulous! Bentley was awaiting his big moment with Chris before walking down the aisle and afterwards joined us for photos and our wedding reception before Chris took him back to her home. She also collected him and dropped him where he needed to be! She was fabulous and extremely reliable. I have recommended to all my friends with dogs who are getting married!
Alex
Alex B. Married on 27/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing service!

We can鈥檛 thanks Chris enough for looking after our Milo on our big day. It was amazing to have him there with us and having Chris took the stress away for us and our guests. Communication was fab as Chris was always responsive. Milo also spent the night with Chris to allow us the freedom to enjoy the whole wedding!

If you want your pup at your wedding, we would highly recommend Chris!
Joel
Joel T. Married on 14/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic!!

We found Chris through our recommended suppliers from our venue. She was so responsive and helpful in the build up to the wedding, making sure we didn鈥檛 have to worry about penny. Chris arrived with penny at the perfect time ready for our confetti walk and photos. She blended in perfectly and looked like a guest. Penny was so well looked after and chris was amazing the whole day! I would recommend Chris to anyone looking for dog care during their wedding!
Kerri Risbey
Kerri M. Married on 04/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best decision, worth every penny!

We found Chris through our venues recommended suppliers and we are so glad we did, what a find ! Chris looked after Barney during the day of our wedding and had him into the evening with Barney being dropped back off to the venue the day after. She was absolutely fantastic with Barney and he felt so comfortable with her, which is how we knew we had made the right choice!!! It enabled us to relax knowing he was well looked after and also involved in our wedding as this was very important to us! Chris helped out with our wedding photos and managed to get Barney looking at the camera. I absolutley recommend Chris, she is clearly an animal lover and looks after your dog as if they are her own. Thank you Chris.
Gillian
Gillian S. Married on 26/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Decision of our Wedding Day

Christine at Short Legs Dog Care was the ultimate professional when it came to being our Dog Chaperone for our Wedding day. Christine ensured our 2 year old Golden Retriever Riley was walked and thoroughly exercised before his starring moment as our ring bearer - which ensured he was not over-excited, all the extra energy had been expended and Riley executed his task brilliantly, and stole the show! Chris then took charge and ensured Riley was looked after for the entire duration of our day - putting our minds at rest, ensuring both ourselves and our guest were free to enjoy ourselves. Riley was completely at home with her, and trusted her implicitly, it was a joy to witness, and many of our guests commented on how well our dog was behaved. We whole heartedly recommend Christine as a trusted companion for your four legged family, it's a wonderful experience to have your dogs with you on your Wedding day - the photos with our Golden Retriever Riley, and the footage of him walking down the isle are some of our most precious memories. Christine is well worth the price tag.
Grace
Grace C. Married on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Worth every penny

Chris and Trish we're just brilliant from initial enquiry to our wedding day. They did a wonderful job if looking after our dog Teddy and we cannot thank them enough for making us feel reassured so there were no worries Ted was in good hands. Would highly recommend! Teddy loved it too.
Hannah
Hannah W. Married on 15/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST dog chaperone for our dog Ginny on our wedding day

Well what can I say!! Chris was absolutely fantastic from the start! We could not have asked for a more professional and wonderful person to chaperone our dog Ginny on our wedding day! Chris was there for Gunny throughout the whole day and ensured that Ginny was comfortable as well as making sure she was involved in as much of our wedding day as possible. Chris provided an excellent high quality service and I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a dog chaperone! Thanks so much Chris 鈽猴笍 Hannah, James and Ginny (the dog)
Emma
Emma Married on 10/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Totally made our day to have Basil there.

Basil our Jug is a huge part of our lives and we wanted him with us on our special day to be our ring bearer. Chris made this totally possible, looking after him beforehand and then taking care of him when he was tired and needed to go and rest. She was wonderful, he loved her and it meant so much to us. The day was complete with him there and it was thanks to Chris. I would always highly recommend. Thank you so much Chris.
Layla Mellor
Layla M. Married on 04/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding decision we made!

We knew immediately that we wanted our pup to be at our wedding - we'd already chosen a dog friendly venue, but were worried about giving one of the guests the responsibility of taking care of him all day. I found Chris while scrolling through Instagram and just knew straight away she would be perfect and care for our pooch as if he was hers. We met Chris a couple of months before the wedding so she and Cooper could get to know each other - Cooper is a Covid pup and we were super nervous about leaving him with someone new all day. He's never been apart from us! On the day Chris collected Cooper and took him to the venue and took care of Cooper right until the end of our evening reception. We got to have some really lovely photos taken with our pup and will always cherish those memories - this was easily the best decision we made for our wedding, Chris made us and Cooper feel at ease, the whole process of booking and meeting with Chris was super easy and I couldn't recommend Short Legs enough! Thank you so much xxx Cooper & Mr and Mrs Mellor! :)
Steph
Steph W. Married on 02/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

100% would recommend Chris!

SO happy with how smoothly it all went for our wedding, Aussie our miniature poodle can be abit reactive and not always great with new people but he warned to chris straight away as she handled him so well! She took him from our cottage and arrived at the wedding venue with him, kept him out of sight within the ceremony until his big moment bringing the rings (which everyone loved)! Followed us round for photos and then brought him back to our cottage, chris is so so lovely and made us feel so comfortable throughout the day. She is super friendly and we felt so happy knowing our little pup was in safe hands!
Emily
Emily W. Married on 20/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Helped to make our day perfect

We contacted short legs dog care very last minute after our dog care fell through. From the very start Chris was quick to respond and flexible to accommodate what we wanted. We were concerned that our dog wouldn't be able to cope with being at our wedding but Chris reassured me and was even flexible on the day when our dog got too stressed out. Even though our dog had never met Chris she was very happy all day and we had some lovely photos. I would definitely recommend to anyone on the fence about whether to include their dog on their big day like we were, it helped to make our day perfect and we are so very happy that we went with short legs day care.
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Georgia D. Married on 04/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely brilliant!

We spoke to short legs dog care thinking they would look after our dog for the ceremony and the photos and then we would have to arrange for our dog to stay somewhere else. This is something we were not keen on. We have a rescue dog and don't want to put her in kennels. We normally rely on family/friends to look after our dog. I communicated with Chris originally and she was brilliant. She informed me that she could look after our dog until midnight and she would often wait in someone's accommodation who was attending the wedding.

We also asked if our dog could meet her before the wedding so our dog would know who she was.

Trish was our doggy chaperone for the wedding day. We met her beforehand and she took our dog, Nala for a walk. She spoke to us and got to know Nala. We left there feeling really confident that Nala would be in good hands on the wedding day! And Nala loved Trish!

Trish made sure we had her number and told us we could message her if we thought of anything else she needed to know. I know we had emails etc but the personal touch was really appreciated.

On the day, Trish was brilliant! She took Nala for a clean walk before the wedding. She also popped into the dressing room so Nala could see us all. She then made sure that Nala was there to meet and greet the guests before the ceremony and during the drinks reception. She also offered to come back for the evening if we wanted so Nala could see the evening guests.

Trish just made sure she was around the guests but in a place that Nala had her own space too. She was brilliant!

In the evening, she went to my brothers pod where Nala would be staying that night. She then dropped the key to my brother at midnight.

I was very happy with the service from Trish and Chris and also was very impressed with the price.

That feeling to know that our dog was happy, with a lovely person and safe was just what we needed on our wedding day and meant we had no worries! We loved having our dog at our wedding day and this was the perfect way to do it! Worth every penny!

Thank you so much!
Imogen
Imogen S. Married on 17/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Simply amazing!

Our dog, Pip, is so very important to us and she loved Chris from the moment she arrived on our wedding day.

Pip had been a little unsettled on the morning of the wedding as there were lots of people and, of course, nervous energy, but as soon as Chris arrived she relaxed completely.

Both my husband and I felt so happy knowing that Chris was with her and that she was safe and looked after at every step throughout the day.

Pip was part of our ceremony, in our pictures and able to say hello to all our guests (which she loved!). She could also go back to our room with Chris for some quiet time whenever she needed it.

I鈥榤 so glad we found Chris, she was simply fantastic and made our day even more special!

(Photos: Will Patrick Photography)
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