All dogs can go to lo­cal day­care heaven

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

De­spite hav­ing a PHD Ti­rau’s Mar­ian Brens­sell is let­ting her­self go to the dogs.

Brens­sell, who is a doc­tor in pro­fi­ciency medicine as well as a dog be­haviourist, has opened the South Waikato’s first dog day­care, Red Brae Farm Doggy Day­care, on her 30 acre ru­ral prop­erty in Pa­paramu Rd with hus­band Cameron.

The cou­ple, who have four dogs of their own, were mo­ti­vated to do so af­ter mov­ing to Ti­rau from Dunedin last year and be­ing shocked by the lack of places avail­able to ex­er­cise dogs due to the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s ban on dogs in town.

‘‘One of the things I no­ticed as soon as we came up was there is nowhere within a 20 minute drive where you can just let your dogs play and be dogs,’’ she said.

‘‘We were liv­ing in town at the time and we were pay­ing $200 a year to reg­is­ter each dog but we couldn’t even walk them down the street. I feel sorry for dogs here.’’

Now that they have pur­chased their own farm, and with Mar­ian be­ing made re­dun­dant by her cur­rent em­ployer, she said it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to help other frus­trated own­ers.

‘‘Hav­ing a dog fa­cil­ity has been a real dream and when I found out I was be­ing made re­dun­dant I had to start look­ing for a new job and thought life is short why not do some­thing you en­joy,’’ she said.

‘‘I saw on the side of a job ad­vert that you should do the job you love and you will never work an­other day in your life and that is ex­actly what I am go­ing to do.’’

She said the day­care will cater for all dogs as well as groom­ing.

‘‘We’ve had it deer fenced so the dogs can’t get out, there’s a huge pond where they can go swim­ming, and at the back there is an acre of trees,’’ she said.

‘‘Ba­si­cally they will be able to just go for it and be dogs. We keep say­ing it is like doggy heaven as there is long grass and we do things like hid­ing ten­nis balls.’’

‘‘We will also have struc­tured games and go for walks so they are be­ing asked to think as well,’’ she said.

Mar­ian said there are sep­a­rate ar­eas for big, small, and older dogs and while not ken­nels, dogs can also stay overnight if need be.

‘‘We are go­ing to cover Mata­mata, Pu­taruru, Ara­puni and sur­round­ing ar­eas and I will do a pick up run in the morn­ing. It will just be a day of fun and the dogs will go home hav­ing been stim­u­lated,’’ she said.

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