Meg Heath Dog Leads is a business created by Sarah Gleave of Meg Heath Kennels and previously Lincoln English Springer Spaniel Rescue. The kennels were opened in 2002 and although the rescue centre is now closed, the Kennels and dog leads business still thrive.
Sarah moved from Leicestershire in January 2002 to start a new life in the countryside, setting up her first business in Lincoln as Parish Dog Warden Services in November 2002. This business closed in 2016 when she focussed on the kennels and dog leads business.
Today the kennels are open to just 3 clients at any one time and she continues to work full time making bespoke dog leads and collars.
Founder of the Car Boot Lead for dogs and many other IP protected products, her workspace can be viewed by appointment.
How did Meg Heath Dog Leads start?
It all started back in Meg Heath in 2006. Visiting Heckington Show in July of that year and we quite by chance saw a stall selling dog leads. I was attracted by this, being a dog trainer at the time, as I was using long training leads for my recall work with the dogs.
So I decided to start a business making and selling dog leads. It wasn’t long before I’d designed the Car Boot Lead in 2009, with a full range of leads, collars along with a range of design protected products.
Industrial Sewing Machine
I bought my industrial sewing machine from eBay in 2006. I still use the same one, with some modifications to make it the amazing workhorse it is. You could say it’s a trade secret which machine I use as it does such an amazing job. My sewing machine was modified in 2017 and it continued better than before as an invaluable piece of my toolkit.
I have an old Pfaff that is several thousand years old, handed down through my family, but it’s not something that I use for making dog leads & collars as the thread is not strong enough.
I have tried a few other semi-industrial machines, but never found one that works like my current one. I did buy an embroidery machine, but I wasted so much time trying to perfect embroidery on dog collars that I ended up just selling it for an easy life.
e-Commerce Shop Software – ShopFactory
I first used Shopfactory which is great software but it had a few flaws. Sometimes I would go for days without taking orders, 1 ) because I was only running the business part-time and 2 ) in the early days I was not busy every day and cared less if I’m honest with the boarding kennels being my main income.
In 2012, my site suffered a malware infection. I had another site built using Open Cart for about £2,300. It was ‘pretty n all that’, but I never managed to get it to rank anywhere. I do recommend the platform though. It is a really clean UX and great backend, I was tempted to go back recently but wanted to keep all my stores on WordPress.
In 2015 I had my online store redesigned. I was lucky in as much as it only cost me a few hundred quid as I knew the designer.
I now run a successful full-time business making dog leads and collars with several design rights on my creations list.
More about me
I love a good cappuccino, I have 8 dogs and still run Meg Heath Kennels. I love working on websites, which is now a career as well as looking after this store and several other websites too.
I’m a home bird and prefer pottering around at home with my dogs. I have some hobbies that you might not think I would do, hand embroidery being one of them. I recently took up pencil drawing again and making the odd handmade card. I love Drag Racing although I haven’t been for about 4 years. Nowadays on my days off, I can be found pottering around Lincoln drinking coffee and buying things for my dogs also known as spoiling them.
Who is responsible for the website content?
I am responsible for all the content on the website, so all the site content accuracy etc is down to me so please contact me with any queries at email@example.com.
Yup, you’ve guessed it, me again. The most efficient way to contact me is email – firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01522 810150.
How do we process payments for our products?
We may also process transactions securely over the telephone using Square. Square uses a Virtual Terminal to input your card details. We do this while you are on the phone and you get a receipt via email or mobile to confirm your payment.
Although we rarely do cardholder present transactions, we would also use Square Virtual Terminal to do this.