Lambeth Village Post
written by: Ken McTaggart
Boarding my dog Snoopy, has never been fun, but as I drove up the tree-lined lane way to Care-A-Dog, Bed & Biscuit, I was caught up with the comfortable “homey” surroundings, the beautiful scenery and that fresh country air. 40 acres of it, complete with a bubbling stream and grassy meadows. Snoopy’s nose was already enjoying the scents as Larry led us into the office. The idea for this family business was conceived in 2003, and with help from friends, neighbours and a couple of good contractors, a 1600 sq. ft. shed was turned into a modern boarding kennel, with spacious dog runs and kennel areas for 15 dogs.
Satisfied customers and happy pooches keep the spaces filled and appointments are definitely needed. No wonder.
Special dog biscuits from all-natural products are made in their special kennel kitchen, which the dogs love for treats, but you have to supply the dog’s own foods due to costs and taste preferences. With a background of animal care, Larry cleans and sanitizes the runs meticulously and each dog is given loads of TLC. Now when it rains, there’s even an indoor lounge area with a TV and ‘doggie movies’ & play toys for the dogs where they can romp and play with the staff. Radio music drifted through the kennels, and the dogs can watch TV in the evening, just like at home. Wagging tails and friendly looks met me everywhere. The dogs are walked along a trail twice a day, freedom to an exercise yard every two hours and even have their own soft rubber mat to lie on. However, it’s preferred that you bring your own sleeping mat for comfort.
For the dogs, it’s a real holiday, getting to see old friends again and living in air conditioned and heated comfort. Even birthdays are celebrated. Pickup and drop off service is flexible. What a great idea and I had no problem leaving Snoopy. He was already settling in and “talking” to his new neighbours through the fence.
Let’s face it, out here Love Is A Four Legged Word.