Doggy day care aims to help owners at work

Jo Cebula, with Pagan and Pilgrim in their wendy house
Jo Cebula, with Pagan and Pilgrim in their wendy house

Dog owners who don’t like to leave their pets unaccompanied while they are out at work can take advantage of a new doggy day care centre near Rushden, which opens today.

Doggies Day Out is based at the Hill Farm Estate in Little Addington and is being run by husband and wife team Chris and Jo Cebula.

Jo has spent a number of years working with animals as a veterinary nurse but when she was offered a job which would involve a long commute, she did not like the thought of leaving the couple’s seven border collies alone throughout the day.

She said: “It occurred to me that there were probably lots of people in the same situation who didn’t like leaving their dogs alone for long periods.

“I had been running my own dog walking business for some time in an area alongside someone called Sam Watts, who also ran a dog walking venture.

“Sam had already set up a branch of Doggies Day Out near Kettering, so I decided to start up a Rushden branch.”

Jo and Chris can cater for about 15 dogs on any given day.

Jo added: “There is an outside play area and an indoor area and the dogs get at least a 30 minute walk during the day, as we are right next to the Nene Way.

“There are lots of toys and activities for the dogs to keep them occupied throughout the day.”

Anyone interested in dropping their dogs off will first be asked to bring them in for a trial visit so the dog’s temperament can be assessed.

Jo said: “We are able to partition the inside area into several smaller areas if we need to, so if, for any reason, there are two dogs who don’t get along, they can easily be separated.”

The centre will be open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm and costs £15 a day for one dog.

For more information, or to book your trial visit, phone Jo directly on 07906 034986. Visit www.doggiesdayout.co.uk for more.