An important consideration for those of us who have dogs, is where to place them when we go on that long-awaited and well-earned holiday.  Obviously friends and family will often help out – particularly if an amicable reciprocal arrangement can be made, if not, just how do you choose a good boarding kennel?  We have decided to change boarding kennels this year, from a large Animal Hotel to a smaller family-run business only 5 minutes from home.

Skully, Cyda & Fin in their new bed

So what do you look for in a good boarding kennel?  Cleanliness, security and quality care are all important.  We always visit to look round the kennels before deciding where to leave our pets.  If the kennels smell strongly, we walk away knowing that hygiene precautions may not be as high as we would like.  Likewise, if the dogs in the kennels seem relaxed and friendly, this would lead us to believe that our dogs would be happy there too.  The kennel we are using has two sections, one for large dogs and one for smaller breeds.  Having said that, as we have a number of cavaliers, we have opted to use a pen in the larger dogs section, which all our cavaliers can share.

We always provide our own food – Fin has allergy problems, so all our dogs have Burns Fish and Rice, as that suits Fin.  We will be providing our own dog bed too and their bedding, and some favourite toys, to make it as near to being at home as possible.  The proprietors will ensure that Fin gets his medication – vital to keep him reasonably well, and they will bathe him too to keep the infection on his skin down to a minimum.

Cost is not an issue, it’s down to peace of mind at the end of the day and that is priceless!

…  Anne