About Us

Welcome to the Portobello Paws website. My name is Ruth Darlington and the care of animals has been a large part of my life as you will discover when you read this page.

I now offer these years of knowledge and experience to all my Portobello Paws’ customers.

My Story

I decided to start Portobello Paws in 2020. Until then I worked in the London Taxi trade which had seen a collapse in demand due to Covid19.

I initially enrolled in a City & Guilds Dog Grooming course which kept me busy during lockdowns but I also bring with me lots of previous pet care experience.

Born and still living in West London, I was that child that rescued squirrels, birds and hedgehogs. I’ve always owned dogs, everything from a Great Dane to my last dog ‘Daisy’, my beloved Jack Russell who died in 2020 aged nearly 18. She is featured in my logo and is the Portobello Paws mascot.

I left school at 16 to train in horse management. I’ve been lucky to own 2 horses during my life. I then went into veterinary nursing, working in 2 West London surgeries.

Motherhood led me to seek a more ‘self employed’ income and in 1997 I passed the Knowledge of London black taxi examination to become one of the iconic black cab drivers.

I’ve also volunteered at a dog rescue centre in Thailand and at a horse riding facility in West London for the disabled.

My main ethos for Portobello Paws was to provide a pet service to my fellow West Londoners where their pets are cared for with kindness and love.