We update this page occasionally with news and chat, it’s also a good way to keep you informed of any changes we have here.
We’ve increased our prices. As I’m sure you will realise, we keep our prices as fair as we can, but it’s time for an increase. This has been our only increase for almost 4 years, You can find details on our charges page. This will only apply to new bookings, ones already in will still be at the old price.
We dog walk for hours each day here, and it’s lovely to see wildlife of all types as we go. Sometimes we notice some that are unusual. Many of our existing customers will remember Stumpy, the squirrel with the missing tail from photos on the previous version of this website, well she is still going strong 8 years after she first appeared! We now have a new ‘one off’. Years ago we had a black and white blackbird, there now is another, known as Whitey, he is very trusting and is around most of the day.
Card Payments. 29/4/22
As requested by some of you, we now accept card and contactless payments. As our old friends, and new will know, we are as fair as we can possibly be with our charges, so, with regret, we add a £1.00 service charge to card and contactless payments to go towards third party fees. Of course if you wish to avoid the £1.00 fee you can pay by cash.
The phone line is now repaired, as suspected the damage was due to branches hitting the line half a mile away. Thank you all for being patient, and thanks to the engineer that worked in the windy conditions up the pole.
Due to the recent storms, our telephone is not working, the fault has been reported but I’m sure that the engineers will be busy after the destruction. We do have space in the kennels and the cattery at the moment. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Hi, it’s been so great to see so many of you recently, normality still feels like along way away though when we’re all talking through masks! Just to clarify the situation, we intend to be open when we can, but if we go into lockdown or other restrictions we may be forced to temporarily close. This isn’t the total disaster you may think as from previous experience, you will be under the same restrictions and unable to travel. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to stay open though. Best wishes to you all, stay safe.
Hi, just thought I’d keep in touch. Hope you are all well and coping with our new and crazy way of life! We are closed through the lockdown of course, but are looking forward to opening again as soon as we are allowed to do so. We look forward to seeing you then. A huge thank you for your good wishes, they are very much appreciated. Take care.
Stay warm and safe.
Hi, we’re ready to serve, assuming the regulations allow at any given time. I’m asking you to keep in touch as regulation changes affecting peoples ability to travel and visit places seem to come at the drop of a hat, but I can assure you that we will be open given the opportunity, there’s no question about that. Feel free to ring for questions or to book in. I hope you are all well and coping during this time.
Second Lockdown Statement, 1/11/20
It seems like we will have to close during the second lockdown. At this moment there seems to be no definite date for the return to normality, so if it continues to the point it includes your future booking, you will have to assume that we will not be able to take your pets. From my experience from the last lockdown, the people going away will have to cancel their plans anyway, so not needing to use the kennels or cattery. If your booking is during the lockdown there is no need to cancel, but if you need to cancel a booking afterwards, can I ask you to please do that rather than just not showing up. We will be answering phone calls as normal as soon as the lockdown ends. We send our best wishes and hope you all stay well, take care.
Our Covid News.
We have been open as normal except during the lockdown, when we weren’t allowed to do so, and we are maintaining normality as best we can here. As those that have used the kennels recently will know, we have things to adhere to here, for example you must distance from ourselves and other customers, and wear masks, if you see another customer here can we ask you to stay in your car and wait for them to leave. We also ask you to gel your hands here. We are not able to take things such as bedding from your homes, and we will put dogs onto our leads rather than handling your leads. It sounds more complicated than it actually is, most of it is exactly the same as you would do when shopping for instance. We will try to remain open in the future, so feel free to book in. The rule up to now seems to be if you are able to travel, we are able to be open. Much of our restrictions are the same as the restrictions you and everyone else faces. Our very best wishes to you all, stay well and look after yourselves.
Hi, I hope you are all well. So the Summer is over, it feels like the year is too! And what a year! We’d like to say a huge thank you to all that have used the kennels and cattery over this crazy time, and to all of those that we haven’t seen I hope you are all well, hunkered down and safe. We will stay open for you if it’s possible and wish you all the best.
I thought you might like to see a couple of photos of insects that we don’t normally see. The first is a Brimstone butterfly. I’ve been interested in butterflies my whole life but this is the one and only brimstone I have ever seen. It was next to the cattery for 3 or 4 minutes, mostly feeding, then flew off at some speed. They are not normally seen in the North, but are gradually moving up here. The pale green colour of this female made it look unlike any other butterfly. Brimstones on Wikipedia. The other insect was a spectacular Banded demoiselle, I have seen these before, but they are rare here, this one was enjoying the Sun. Banded demoiselle on Wikipedia.
Welcome to the new website!
The software for the last website has now been replaced, so this site has been totally rebuilt. I liked the old look, although I think this format works better on phones, and I know that that’s important to a lot of you. I’ll occasionally update this page as I did in a similar way on the last site. Hope you enjoy looking around it, best wishes to you all.