Introducing: Pets in the City
Posted at 11:24am Thursday 19 Nov, 2020
When dog owners leave their dogs at daycare, they want to be sure their beloved pets are having fun. Pets In The City has only been open in Silverdale for a few months, but co-owner Layamon Bakewell says dogs love it.
“We have dogs that rocket out of their cars, race through reception and into the play park,” he says.
A structured day of personal attention and activities awaits each dog. It includes games like chasing bubbles or balls or ripping up cardboard, and photos of the fun the dogs are having are posted on Facebook for owners to see.
Dogs are lulled to sleep with calming ‘doggie music' – a range of classical tunes that Layamon says genuinely seem to help dogs relax.
Layamon and his partner Laura Stapley met in the Navy. Laura currently combines training new Naval recruits with helping at Pets In The City, while Layamon left the Navy and is the business' full time operator.
The couple say the Pets In The City franchise ticks all their boxes as animal lovers. It is based on an American model, where luxury daycare is in demand.
The Silverdale Pets In The City is one of the biggest doggie daycares on the Coast, and can cater for up to 80 dogs but personal attention is the priority.
“With high caregiver to dog ratios, dogs are under constant supervision to ensure they are have a great day and remain safe,” Layamon says.
The purpose-built facility includes a room for puppy play and a play park as well as ‘apartments' for resting in. There is also an on-site grooming and training service.
As owners of cavoodle Mabel, Laura says they understand how much people love their dogs and how much work caring for them can be.
She says their service is designed to take the hassle out of dog ownership, providing flexible drop off and pick up times and no need for pre-booking.
There is also a pick up and drop off service.
“Everything here is focused on giving each dog the best day possible,” she says.