Sunday, 18 March 2018

A challenging winter

The boarding dogs and cats have all been warm enough as have their own heating in their own unit.

The self filling water dispensers have proved a little more challenging with the very low temperatures as the pipes froze and then popped apart on de frosting which surprised me as I thought the under floor heating would help through the night. I have he'd to resort to the "old fashioned" way of buckets to fill the water pots but repairs will soon be made and the automatic system in full swing yet again.

No real plans for this year in terms of building but improving what we have already. One job is double fencing all the runs, that way the dogs in neighbouring runs cannot get to each other, even if they wanted to.

We do enjoy what we do even in this inclement weather as the animals always make us smile


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Cleaning, cleaning with a little painting in between :)

This is what we do at this time of year as dogs are so destructive and messy. We do, of course, on a daily basis clean but a deep clean is what will stop our kennels ever harbouring diseases or becoming smelly. We use a specialist detergent called Virkon too

We are quiet at the moment so it"s preparation for our next busy time which will be Christmas now

We are open 365 days a year and have quite a few pets to care for over the Christmas period as people go away or have family visiting so we get to care for their pets. 

What ever the reason we don't mind. The pets have a nice time and all are lovely and snug, the dogs have under floor heating the cats heat pads and they all get a Christmas treat too

Summer worked well with the extra dog runs. We now have 14 separate exercise areas which means we can have a lot of dogs out at the same time but not together. We have very strict policies as to who can safely go out with who so no one is put in any danger of having a fight. It also means all dogs in our care have a long period, twice a day to be out in a run playing, doing their business or what ever they like but not sat in solitary confinement  24/7

We do have a few small groups who will get along well together and it is so lovely watching them, having total freedom to run, play and wrestle then when they are back in their own unit they are quiet as tired. It makes the job worth while especially if we have had one in who starts off a little nervous but after time spent comes out of its shell and joins in the fun and goes home shattered




Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Phew!

Summer madness is almost over and we have been busy with lots of new and happy customers at the same time we maintain our standards and ensure our existing customers are happy too.

We have had a couple of tricky dogs in this year but it hasn't posed a problem as we now have so many different exercise areas to keep them at a safe distance from the rest and we very tight policies as to who, what breeds can go out together or need to be out alone. Even with the very sociable we never have more than 3/4 playing together and no dogs are ever left out unattended.

It has, as always been fun too. We have introduced a gold award scheme. The idea is that my staff take it in turns, on a weekly basis to award it to a dog. The usual criterion is those coming for the first time, who are quite nervous but settle well and leave having enjoyed themselves as this is important to me and my team.

At this time of year we focus on repairs and cleaning and making any improvements as necessary ready for our next busy period.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dog fleas!!

For all we have many, many dogs in and out of our kennels we have never had any fleas.

A boarding dog came in with them recently thank goodness we have bult our kennels of materials fleas cannot live in and we have a rigorous cleaning policy as there were no fleas left behind.

The family are fumigating their house to rid there of them as well as the dog herself.

I do think the use if Frontline has made a difference as we seldom see any of the little kritters

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Can you spot Missy?



Cats Whiskers, boarding for cats and small pets has an assistant, pest control officer

Missy

So, how is life down on the farm? :)

This time of year is always busy as people go on holiday. We do have a little availability for both cats and dogs having said that but I'm sure the few remaining spaces will soon be taken.

Having an additional 6 dog runs  (15 in total now) is making life so much earlier as we can get several dogs out, safely, at the same time.
As they have all had a good run around  in the outdoor runs, our kennels are very quiet as they all sleep when back in their  own unit.

I do feel quite humble as to how well our very new kennels are doing and with little advertising too. We must be doing something right :)

We have a new, assistant pest control officer and when I work out how to get photos from my phone onto here, I will show you her cuteness. Danni, our senior pest control officer has taken several weeks to accept her and has just started playing with her. Danni still loves to meet and greet all our guests, especially those for Cats Whiskers. She tends to stay up high and look down her nose at the Dogs Paws guests.

I get little time to ride in the summer but my young, at times cheeky horse is doing well. I may even fit a dressage test into life one day :)

Must go, lots to do but hope to see you soon

Sunday, 16 July 2017

New runs

As summer approaches we are all prepared as now have 6 additional exercise areas.

This means we can have more dogs out, at the same time but not in the same run so they are safe. They do tend to run up and down the fencing so get oooodles of exercise.

If we have a couple of dogs who would be good together then we do mix but keep an eye on them of course.

My theory is that if the dogs have lots of time out and are well exercised then they are quiet in between and that certainly appears to be the case as we have many dogs in just now and not a sound.

Council have increased out licensed number so we still have a little availability in August