Home away from home for hounds

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LIKE the say­ing goes, a dog is a man’s best friend, but many dogs and other fam­ily pets tend to suf­fer from ne­glect when their own­ers go to work or leave for hol­i­days.

Lo­cal dog lover Kate Jor­dan is plan­ning to put an end to leav­ing pets home alone by start­ing up a busi­ness in Port Dou­glas called K-Nine.

K-Nine of­fers dog sitting, walk­ing and wash­ing to lo­cal pets while their own­ers are away.

“Dogs are in­di­vid­u­als with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and needs,” Ms Jor­dan said.

“I can cater for them, whether they need to run, fetch, stroll or sim­ply so­cialise with other an­i­mals.

“I have been do­ing this for friends for a re­ally long time so I thought why not make a bit of money out of it.”

Ms Jor­dan said the dogs are walked twice a day, are given treats if they are well be­haved and are bathed if they de­cide to roll in the mud or sand on Four Mile Beach.

She takes care of up to four dogs a night at her own home in Port Dou­glas and sends them to the laun­dry to think about their ac­tions if they mis­be­have.

“The dogs are gen­er­ally re­ally good, I have only ever had trou­ble with one lit­tle dog but once she sat in the laun­dry for a few min­utes she knew she was be­ing naughty,” she said.

Obe, her own King Charles Cava­lier, has learnt to tol­er­ate the new vis­i­tors in the house and is en­joy­ing all the new smells.

Ms Jor­dan and Obe will travel to your home if your pet prefers.

“This is gen­er­ally the case with cats be­cause they are very ter­ri­to­rial,” she said.

“So I am happy to check up on them, feed them and en­sure they are safe.

“I think this is a job I will con­tinue to do un­til my re­tire­ment be­cause I love an­i­mals, and it is good part­time work.”

If you are in need of a “dog sitter” con­tact Kate on 0400 727 523 or check out her web­site on www.knine.com.au.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Happy to help out: Kate Jor­dan with Obe

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