Happy New Year everyone!! I have so much news I can’t possibly cover it all in one blog so will just cover as much as I can. Hasn’t it been hot – OMG I have never experienced such heat – not since moving to Queensland in 1990 – and now poor Adelaide and Melbourne are copping it!
Richard and I have had a very busy Christmas/New Year period with the most wonderful dogs and cats staying with us. For the dogs, two walks a day, at 5am and 6pm to both miss the heat and other people (as we had lots of dogs) and then visiting in their homes all the other lovely dogs, cats, feathered friends, fish and couple of horses. We have watered gardens, walked dogs, sorted out pool and plumbing issues and all in all our aim was always to provide an amazing service to our clients. Sometimes we didn’t stop for dinner (usually cheese on toast or something similar) until after 8.30pm when sending emails, texts, uploading to Facebook as well as all the cleaning and cuddles and caring was done. Our last Christmas “visiting guest” – Angus, the beautiful black labrador goes home tomorrow – he is bathed, brushed and primped and pretty, all waiting to see his family! Angus has been a very special guest as I have had to give him chemotherapy treatment every second day – he is amazing and has never been cranky and has a real spring in his step. To say we will miss him is an understatement! All the other dogs have loved Angus and vice versa! Currently we have five dogs staying and more coming and going – right up until the day we go away! It is amazing and fascinating how every dog has its little ways, its funny differences and needs and aren’t we just so lucky to have been blessed with caring for them all and learning about them and loving each of them.
We have another special needs dog coming to stay in the next few days – little Bijoux who is a 9 year old Papillion. Bijoux is recovering from Polyradiculoneuritis (a neurological autoimmune syndrome of dogs) and while she has regained the ability to push herself up on her front legs (and with help stand under her own weight) she can't get herself to a standing position or walk. It has been a four-month journey to date for her owners and all this time Bijoux has maintained her usual easygoing demeanor. I am going to use a baby’s harness and carry her with me everywhere so if anyone has one spare for a few weeks, please consider loaning it to me! I am also looking for a “dogs handbag” to carry her in for going for coffee and in the car etc. Anyway, we are looking forward to caring for little Bijoux along with some other lovely visitors during this time. After this – its holiday time for us!!
As February historically has always been the quietest month of the year (although it hasn’t started at all that way), we have decided to take off on holiday from Monday 17th February until last day of February - Friday 28th, inclusive and enjoy a break! We are starting our holiday with a 4-night stay at Salt in Kingscliffe (for the luxurious and romantic start – I’m hoping it will work!!) Whilst we are away, the lounge room timber floors and parquetry in the kitchen are getting sanded, resealed and polished – yippee, hopefully the floors will look cleaner for longer once they are resealed! Our cats are staying downstairs and are being looked after by a friend – downstairs in our “Cat Retreat Resort”. Then we will come back for a day or so, collect the dogs from my friend Michelle’s place and go camping to the beach. I hear Yamba (on the beach in northern NSW) is lovely so perhaps this is where we will head (with dogs and campervan in tow!) and yes, we do use it occasionally!
For the clients who we have regular doggie day care and scheduled walks or visits during this time, I will contact you all individually to see what we can arrange for you. It’s two weeks that we will be having a break so hopefully it won’t inconvenience anyone too much!!
As those of you who read my blogs will know, I only started the cat homestay side of the business just before Christmas and wow --- has it been fantastic!! We had 8 cats staying in the busiest time and constantly up to four cats with Peanut - our “Mr. Character” resident house host cat, making all feel welcome. I have really used the outside catmax area for all the cats a great deal as well and the cats love it – just sitting there watching the world and enjoying the breezes – all in the shade of the day! The cats have been out there for a couple of hours a day and come back inside chilled out and happy. I had four out there together one day with no problems! I have been amazed how well all the cats have gotten on – perhaps it’s the setup which is so spacious and great, perhaps the food, all the cuddles and toys and extra playing time and attention, perhaps it’s the Feliway pheromone doing its tricks – who knows, but whatever it is – we love it and so do the cats! We have had Birmans, Tonkinese, Siamese, Burmese, moggies and Russian Blues – so different in personality each one!
On a sad note, goodbye to one of our loveliest clients, who has become a very special friend – Karen, and her two cavoodles. They are all off to Adelaide where Karen is undertaking a Masters in Audiology. We will miss you all heaps and I’m hoping to visit you sometime this year. Good luck with everything Karen! xx
Finally, bookings for Easter and long weekends! I already have 7 dogs booked in for Easter and wont be able to take too many more than this so if you know or think you are going away during this time – please book ASAP so you don’t miss out. I hate having to say no we are full but have to draw the line and I definitely need to have less stay than Christmas, as whilst everyone coped – some days it was extremely full on!
Good luck everyone for a brilliant, healthy, happy and successful 2014 – and we look forward to looking after all your pets when you need a break! Robyn and Richard xx