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Our dogs taught us new tricks about life: NI pet owners on the dilemma of returning to work after lockdown


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Sinead McGuckian and her Jack Russell terriers Benni (black coat) and Simba

Sinead McGuckian and her Jack Russell terriers Benni (black coat) and Simba

Caroline Finlay with her springer Rufus

Caroline Finlay with her springer Rufus

Melanie Harrison and French bulldog Blue

Melanie Harrison and French bulldog Blue

Taryn Bailie with Elsa and Abby

Taryn Bailie with Elsa and Abby

Sinead McGuckian and her Jack Russell terriers Benni (black coat) and Simba

New figures reveal that almost half of Northern Ireland's dog owners worry about leaving them when they return to work after lockdown. Linda Stewart hears how four people are tackling the dilemma.

‘I lost my job, now I’m going to start a dog walking business’

Sinead McGuckian (29), who lives in Killyleagh with her partner, was on furlough but has just learned that her job in sales and advertising no longer exists. She is launching new dog walking business Walk and Roll NI, which will allow her to spend more time with her one-year-old Jack Russell terriers Benni and Simba.