Award-winning dog walking, pet sitting and home boarding in Southsea

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We Love Pets Southsea

We Love Pets Southsea is locally based in the stunning coastal town of Southsea. We are pleased to provide a comprehensive range of pet care services, with dog walker and pet sitter services at our core. All of our We Love Pets Southsea dog walkers are fully insured, DBS checked, pet first aid trained, and professionally qualified in animal care.

We offer care options for all kinds of animals, regardless of shape or size, so you’re certain to find the right fit for your pet! Need a dog walker while you’re at work? Wanting to plan a holiday, but struggling to find someone trustworthy to look after your pet and home? We Love Pets has you covered! From dogs and cats, to birds and rabbits, ferrets, geckos and everything in between, we are happy to look after every pet, 7 days a week.

Each of our We Love Pets Southsea pet care professionals is experienced, well-trained, and passionate about caring for your pet. We are a national brand, operated by a local, friendly team, which means there will always be an available dog walker or pet sitter to fulfill your needs!


Meet Elkie | We Love Pets Southsea

Our We Love Pets Southsea branch is overseen by Elkie Pilkington, who has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember! A true animal lover, Elkie has two dogs and two turtles of her own, and even completed a two-year course in Animal Management, which gave her the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals.

Elkie is a City and Guilds qualified dog walker, and enjoys exploring the coastal walks around Portsea Island. The Southsea team are fully insured, first aid trained, and police checked – so you can rest assured that your pets are in good hands.

Read more about Elkie

Originally from Coppull, Lancashire, Elkie moved to Portsmouth with her partner and was originally working in insurance. Feeling a bit burnt out with the industry, she said that one morning she was browsing dog walking jobs and happened upon a We Love Pets advert. She clicked on it to find her old neighbour in the photo – Caroline from the WLP Chorley branch! Elkie visited her mum’s the following weekend and had a chat with Caroline, and it “all went from there!”

Elkie loves that We Love Pets allows her to be out and about with the dogs, and finding new walks in her area – instead of being stuck in the same boring office day to day. When we asked  what the best part of the job was, Elkie said, “I have wanted dogs ever since I can remember and this job lets me have lots of them, they just don’t always live with me!”

Southsea pet care services

Dog Walking

Our dog walker service runs throughout the day, 7 days a week. Your dog will be walked in a safe open space and will return home, happy and tired. We also provide fresh water, treats and will towel your dog off in wet weather.

More about our dog walkers

Our dog walkers aim to make each walk the highlight of your dog’s day, giving them a chance to play, socialise, exercise and explore new sights and smells.

Your dog’s safety is always our top priority which is why we never walk large groups of dogs at one time.

We want your dog to experience a fun-filled walk whilst under constant supervision, without being bombarded by lots of big dogs!

We’ll match your dog with a doggie friend who is suitable in age, size and playability.

Our fully trained, trusted dog walkers are experts at tailoring each walk to your dog’s individual needs and will reinforce any training or routines that you already have in place.

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Pet Sitting

Pet sitting allows you to go away happy with the knowledge that your pets will be well looked after at home where they are comfortable. We'll spend time with your pet, make a fuss, feed and water them, plus clear up any mess.

More about pet sitting

All of our pet sitters are professionally trained, vetted by us personally and background checked. They are also pet first aid trained and fully insured.

We look after dogs, cats, horses, ponies, small animals and birds. Don’t worry if you have more than one pet – the more the merrier! Before you book, we will visit you to talk through your animal care routine and ensure we stick to your normal pet care practice.

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Home Boarding

If you can’t bear the idea of leaving your dog in kennels when you go away on holiday, then our home-from-home dog boarding service offers the comforts and fuss of a dog lover’s home that’s as good as your own!

More about home boarding

Your dog will be thoroughly pampered and welcomed into a trusted pet sitter’s home as part of the family, with your dog’s diet and daily routine maintained throughout your dog’s stay.

When you’re going away on holiday, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your dog is safe and happy without you.

How does dog home boarding work?

While you’re away, your dog will be going on a lovely holiday of their own! They will become part of the family and enjoy walks and plenty of individual attention. Dog boarding is perfect for dogs who get on with other dogs and people.

We Love Pets boarders are not just dog sitters – our aim is to fully integrate your dog into the life of our family during their time with us.

For your peace of mind, our home pet boarders are:

  • Experienced dog owners
  • Licensed by the local authority
  • Fully insured
  • Police checked
  • Trained in canine first aid
dog visits

Dog Visits

Our dog sitters provide company and toilet breaks for your dog when you're unable to pop home and let them out. Perfect if you work long shifts, or if your dog needs medication, frequent feeding or regular trips to the garden.

More about pet visits

Whether you have an older dog that needs medication or a younger dog requiring frequent feeding, our dog visits take care of everything your dog could need, even if that’s just simply spending time with them until you get home.

When you need to be out all day or stay late at work, we can pop in to feed your dog, provide fresh water, a toilet break and settle them down for the evening.

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House Sitting

House sitting allows you to go away happy knowing your pets will be well looked after where they are comfortable. Your We Love Pets house sitter will be there to look after your pet 24/7, as well as to look after your home as if you were there.

More about house sitting

We Love Pets house sitters are local and friendly, love animals, are dedicated and extremely reliable.

Our house sitters are police checked and fully insured for your peace of mind.

You will have met your house sitter before you go away to make sure we completely understand your needs and you trust us to stay in your home. You’ll also get frequent updates on how your pets are doing.


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Puppy Care

We can help you get through those first few weeks and months after a puppy arrives, so that you can go to work without worrying. We'll make frequent visits for regular feeding, cleaning, toilet breaks and lots of fun!

More about puppy care

Bringing a new puppy into the home is an exciting time! We understand that when you go back to work it is important that your puppy has as normal a routine as possible.

We Love Pets can help by providing daily visits to help take care of your puppy without the worry of leaving them alone all day. We will visit your puppy at times agreed with you and provide updates throughout the day (if required!).

and we offer so much more…

Why choose We Love Pets?

We never pack walk!

Pack walking is when a large group of dogs are walked together at the same time. This is not safe for dogs, walkers or the general public who run into them. We'll never pack walk your dog, which means they get more time out and about enjoying their walk than stuck in a van travelling to collect other dogs. 

We've got high professional standards

  • We're all pet first aid trained
  • Nobody is hired without a DBS check
  • All walkers have full insurance
  • Home boarders have licences from their council
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Areas covered by our Southsea branch:

The Southsea branch covers the southern portion of beautiful Portsea Island. Look here to see if we service your area. If your specific location isn’t listed, we may still be able to help – go on and give us a shout!
We are happy to serve the lovely seaside town of Southsea – a popular holiday spot full of local charm and natural beauty.
Once an important naval stronghold, Eastney is Southsea’s quiet counterpart. We always enjoy walking our dogs along the beach!
Just a hop, skip, and a jump west is the harbor town of Portsea. It’s always a treat to stop for some fresh fish ‘n’ chips on a sunny day.

What our customers say –

“Elkie looked after our 2 cats while we were on holiday for 10 days and we couldn’t have asked more from her. She came for an initial consultation to find out about their needs and to get to know them a bit – they were more than happy with her. When we got home it was like we’d never been away, they were calm and relaxed and we could tell they’d been looked after. We would 100% recommend and use her again!”

Gemma Coulthard

Elkie has been absolutely amazing with our rescue. She has been so patient with her and helped build her confidence up. Our dog has gone from not wanting to go out of the house completely petrified to now enjoying all her muddy walks. We get updated regularly on our pup which puts us at ease whilst we’re at work. Due to working shifts Elkie is completely flexible and always works around us with no issues. I could write an essay about how wonderful Elkie is but best thing to do is give her a shout and book her!
Karen Cascarina

Professional services at very good prices, Louis loves it every time Elkie’s looks after him, excellent service and a big help !!
Lee O'Connor

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Contact We Love Pets Southsea

Call the branch on +44 7539 429719

or tell us about your pet here

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For more than one dog, small animal care and anything else, please get in touch.

Why we love Southsea

Our favourite places to take dogs in Southsea

One of the most prominent features of the island’s seafront is the Southsea Common, where you can let your dog off the lead to enjoy a bit of freedom. We recommend packing a picnic on a warm, sunny day.

From the common, we like to walk our dogs down to Southsea Castle and its surrounding beach. Hike up to the ramparts for some of the most amazing panoramic views of the sea.

A little ways farther up the east coast is the picturesque Canoe Lake Park, which boasts multiple walking paths, wide open green spaces, cafés and family friendly attractions. With an impressive garden landscape, your pup will have plenty to sniff!

For surfside walks, we especially love dog friendly, Eastney beach – a beautiful stretch of waterfront. Dogs are welcome on and off the lead from September until March.