Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We are back

Our blog hosting system failed so we have been off line for a while but now we are back :) :)

So what is new??

The kennels are doing well with lots of bookings coming in from both existing and new customers so the word is spreading that we are good at what we do!!

Happy customers make it happen, that is both pets and their owners

I do love it when we get a dog in who is nervous and sometimes a little intimidated by kennels and with a little patience and gentle handling we bring them round, they come out, hold their head up and thoroughly enjoy the experience. Their owners arrive and they find a happy, waggy tailed dog to great them. Sooo rewarding

I am not planning on building or growing the business anymore this year as I do feel there is a limit by which you loose that personal touch and I do love to be able to let all the pet owners know just how their much loved pet has been as I have spent the time caring for them

Personal level  My eldest at age 20 has been offered a great promotion and is in a very secure position. Very proud Mum

My middle son is loving his university life, gaining great grades and has a fantastic placement lined up for his middle year  Very proud Mum

My youngest is knuckling down to his A levels and is formulating his life plan Very proud Mum

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Dog milk

My boys were telling me of a study whereby the researchers gave a group of people milk to drink and asked their opinion. All said it was very nice, rich in flavour and very drinkable.

They were then informed it was dogs milk :)

Could you imagine my having a doggy milking parlour :) From Rottweiler to my little poodle

Apparently dogs milk doesn't carry the bacteria cows milk does so wouldn't need to be pasteurised and judging how incredibly quickly my puppies grow it is very rich and nutritious

I wonder if will ever take off :)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

It's been sooooo long

I cannot believe I haven't blogged since September 2016

At Dogs Paws /Cats Whiskers we have been busy. As always we have been caring for a number of pets but also getting on top of maintenance jobs after Summer. Dogs really are messy but such fun.

We scrub down and re paint all of the dogs units as necessary. The cat units are all hoovered thoroughly (including the run) and we re paint the walls as needed.

All time consuming jobs but it does keep things looking good and smelling great.

Cats Whiskers is 10 years old already. Where do the years go?

The plans for this year are to establish some more dog runs. To do this I need the ground to dry out as need to bring many tonnes of stone in to lift the ground level so the dogs are not on grass/mud, which it soon becomes with a couple of dogs playing in it

Having watched how the dogs played last summer when we were very busy I will now build the runs with a good gap between them so the dogs concentrate on playing not having a pop at your neighbours :)

We have quite a number of bookings already and I am finding people book a year hence to secure their place.

I promise not to take so long before i'm on here again :)

Friday, 9 September 2016

They are not your puppies Phoebe :)

Aunty Phoebe just loves to be a Mum as she allows the Labradoodle puppies to suckle off her. She has no milk but if I allowed her to let them do it long enough it would stimulate her to produce. It has happened before

The puppies, now 6 weeks old are being very well socialised, as you can see. They run on our yard with several of my adult dogs are are really not phased by any of them
They just exude confidence 

Next week vet check, jabs and ready to leave us for their new life

Friday, 2 September 2016

136 bookings in August

What a great summer we have had at Dogs Paws 136 separate booking for dog. 

Some single, some double and for varying lengths of time but WOW what fun it has been. 
Yes at times challenging making sure that each and every dog has all the care and attention needed. There are always a handful of dogs who will happily play out together but I am so very pleased we have a number of separate exercise areas so we can have lots out playing and staying safe.

Next year we will have another 6 runs in the far paddock so lots of space to play

We have taken a lot of bookings already for summer 2017 and the feedback for our efforts has been fantastic

There has been a team of 8 helping me over the summer to whom I will extend a huge thank you

This was just our third summer with the kennels and never advertised so we must be doing lots right
Thanks everyone

The cattery of course is still very important to us and has also been very busy as usual. We have had quite a few young kittens who are always a pleasure to look after and we can always find time to play
Someone has to do it :) :)

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Gold award

Get you Elvis :)

At Dogs Paws Stenson we have introduced a gold award scheme. 
It is given to dogs who prove our initial thought to be completely wrong.

Elvis was a little nervous upon arrival (not unusual) but he very quickly settled and became a star by playing, running and wrestling with a small group of friends. He/they particularly liked our moat field as they loved playing chase around the trees. When their tongues were hanging out it's then back into their individual units for a well earned rest and food.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Exhausting but fun

As I thought we are so very busy as it's summer.

It is good fun but what a responsibility looking after other peoples "babies".

The cats are easy as never get with others unless they live together and are happy sharing a unit.

Lots of dogs love to play and wrestle so once we have assessed them and carefully manage so they can do just that. Any sign of foul play and they are separated and only go out on their own. Most are very good and go back into their own unit for a rest until next play time.

Some dogs really don't want to be "bothered" by others and that is fine too as we have a number of separate exercise areas. We have strict policies over certain breeds etc too