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Michelle has owned and cared for animals all her life and in July 2013 fulfilled a long-standing ambition by becoming the owner of Conifer Kennels and Cattery. She works full-time at the kennels and cattery and is personally involved in all aspects of their running and management. She is readily available to help with any enquiries or queries you may have.


Alix is Michelle's only daughter and has had the amazing life of being able to grow up surrounded by dogs and cats and has never had a moment without one. She works part time at the kennels in between her studies at university. She is an invaluable member of the team dealing with all aspects of customer service, public relations and acts as the deputy in Michelle's absence.



Luke is an ambitious young boy, he is Michelle's only son and enjoys playing with the cats and walking the smaller dogs as well as running around the field and throwing the ball for our larger, more energetic boarding dogs. He loves the outdoor life and living in a rural setting surrounded by animals of all kind. 



Caitlin owns a boxer x staffy, a pot-bellied pig, numerous poultry and a horse. She loves playing and having cuddles with all of our boarding dogs and has taken a shine to our rescue pups. She is very enthusiastic and has recently completed her GCSEs.  



Darwin is our only other male employee, he owns two dogs and is an invaluable member of the team. He is always on hand to help with all maintenance issues and can be regularly seen mowing the lawns, weeding an helping with the continuous improvements the business undergoes.


Eli has recently graduated from Surrey University and now works full time as a vet locally and helps  us around her work commitments. She owns a dog, 2 cats and a horse. She has been a valuable member of the team for the last 8 years. 


Ella is currently studying at Sheffield Hallam University and works part-time in the kennels. She is always smiling and she owns a small lab who also boards at the kennels. Ella has excelled at dealing with all aspects of customer service and we hope she will continue to grow as part of our team.




Evie balances working at the kennels with working part-time elsewhere, shes settled in brilliantly and has become a valuable member of the team. Evie has recently adopted a Romanian rescue dog with her partner. Shes highly motivated, organised, thorough and deputises as and when needed. 



Jane has over 30 years of experience working with rescue dogs and cats as well as regularly fostering dogs and cats in need. She is a member SOS Derbyshire Lost and Found and is on call for all stray and lost pets in the area. She owns 4 dogs and 5 cats and brings her wealth of knowledge that is second to none. 



Olivia balances working at the kennels with her degree course at Sheffield Hallam University. She is very enthusiastic and conscientious and has become an invaluable member of the team. She owns an energetic spaniel and two cats and is brilliant at all aspects of the job. 


Shadow, Maxie, Bailey, Nala, Jasmine, Maya and Nova

Shadow is a 11 year old black and white border collie. He is a typical border collie in the sense that he is extremely intelligent, loves playing fetch, adores having cuddles and will run for miles and miles. His favourite thing to do is swim and he will never say no to a treat or two!

Maxie is a 11 year old border collie cross, he enjoys napping and having lots of cuddles. Maxie's favourite thing to do is chase bubbles and catch flies up on the field in the summer time!

Bailey was our first ever female brown and white border collie. She loves getting attention and hugs. She has had 3 litters so far and has given birth to 16 beautiful, healthy brown and white puppies. 

Nala is a 5 year old brown and white border collie. She was Baileys first daughter and they've been inseparable ever since. She loves chasing Shadow around the field and playing tug of war. She loves kisses and cuddles and is very energetic!

Jasmine is was born at the beginning of spring 2019 and keeps us constantly entertained with her antics. She is a very affectionate dog and loves bombing round with her mother, sister and the others!

Maya and Nova are our most recent additions. They are blue and white border collies born last summer. They have been a challenge for sure but are so lovely and friendly with everyone. Whats two more when you already have 5?

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