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Sheffield’s doggy daycare’s a palace for pooches

Doggy Den,Sheffield's first 24 hour dog Creche,on Little London Road,Sheffield.Ass Manager Sally Kitson and Ben Lewis,Socialisation Manager

Doggy Den,Sheffield's first 24 hour dog Creche,on Little London Road,Sheffield.Ass Manager Sally Kitson and Ben Lewis,Socialisation Manager

  • by Gael Stigant
 

They learn lessons in the morning, enjoy ball games in the playground at break time, and tuck into nutritious food at lunch.

In the afternoon they stretch their legs on the climbing frame or slides, splash about in the paddling pool, or play with a selection of toys.

And in the evening their working parents arrive to collect them, secure in the knowledge they’ve enjoyed a safe, happy and educational day.

But this is no nursery for babies or toddlers.

In fact it’s Sheffield’s first day care centre for dogs - and it’s all set up to offer the very best provision for the city’s much-loved pooches.

Self-taught dog expert Tom Greatorex has spent £80,000 creating The Doggy Den, Sheffield’s only licensed dog creche, on Little London Road.

He spent about five years as a dog walker before coming up with his business plan to offer day care for dog owners whose work means they can’t be with their canine companions as much as they might like.

“This is the future of dog care,” he said. “We have designed the centre specifically so we can be flexible and fit in with people’s busy lives.

“A lot of teachers, doctors and professional people use our services because they are time poor and we can make sure their dog has fun and socialises while they are at work.

“The feedback we’ve had so far has been ridiculously good - in fact we need to get a second one open soon.”

Seven members of staff look after breeds from labradors and cocker spaniels to rescue dogs from as far away as Romania and Spain, all under Tom’s watchful eye.

And whether your canine companion needs just a couple of hours in the creche, a few lessons in puppy pre-school or even a doggy sleepover, the 24-hour centre can oblige.

“We do anything and everything to do with dogs - I have dedicated my life to it,” said Tom, aged 28, from Greystones, who is a devoted dad to a dog of his own, 18-month-old Rottweiler-Boxer-Staffie cross, Doris.

“It’s amazing, I’m so happy. I wake up in the morning with so much excitement in my stomach,” he said.

“We spend so much time getting to know each and every dog that we can ensure a fun, social and positive atmosphere every day.

“When it comes to entertainment there is something for all the dogs - climbing frames, agility equipment, slides and of course the best toys in town.”

Visit www.doggyden.co.uk or call 0114 258 1926.

 

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