Our Team

The Hazel Corner Team – We all Love Dogs!

Chris Sandiford has managed Hazel Corner for over twenty five years introducing many improvements and new facilities in that time. Chris has owned dogs for many years with several Gordon Setters around the home. In her team are:

Christine – Owner / Manager

Christine Owned Corgi’s as a young girl and also showed Cavies (Guinea Pigs) to Best in Shows. In the 1970s acquired her first Gordon Setter with husband Pete and a love for this breed grew. A former committee member of the Pet Care Trust (now the Pet Industry Federation) Kennels & Catteries committee and also a founder member of the Licensed Kennels and Catteries Association. Has attended many seminars on dog health, breeding and animal welfare.

Claire – Assistant Manager

As well as operating Canine Cuts Claire has now added some management duties to her role. She co-owns Gordon Setters with Chris and her husband Pete. Claire is qualified to judge these at the most senior level at dog shows in the UK. She has over fifteen years experience at Hazel Corner having started originally as a part time kennel assistant.

Daphne – Reception

Manages the office and reception on a part time basis. Daphne is a familiar face to our regular guests, and their owners, who she knows so well having worked here for a number of years. Daphne is a keen gardener and is also mum to Claire of Claire’s Canine Cuts!

Nicola – Senior Kennel Assistant

Will also be familiar to many of our regulars having worked part time over a number of years whilst at College and University. She recently gained a BA Hons in Photography and Video. A skilled photographer she has taken a number of pictures at Hazel Corner, and of show dogs, several of which have been published. She also works as a freelance animal photographer (see links for further details). Nikki shares her home with a Labrador and a Gordon Setter.

Becky – Senior Kennel Assistant

Joined us originally part time but is now in a full time role. Also has a love of dogs inherited from her parents and in Becky’s case it’s Whippets. Another member of our team qualified to judge these at the most senior level in the UK she also shows rabbits with her daughter. It’s also a case of “welcome back” as Becky was one of our first employees when we originally moved to Hazel Corner.

Andrew, Demi, Milly & Sammy – Kennel Assistants

All work part time at Hazel Corner whilst continuing their studies. Dedicated members of the team they all love animals with Andrew bucking the dogs trend by having recently acquired a kitten.

Canine Cuts by Claire

Claire is one of the best groomers in the country and we’re very fortunate to have her at Hazel Corner. She has an extensive knowledge and is able to bath and trim any breed of dog. Claire often prepares, trims and grooms dogs for shows even travelling to the US for some clients!