|Rodney lives in the lap of luxury
Forget designer coats or diamond studded leads
- the ultimate in pet pampering is the UK’s first pet resort.
But is it any good, and is it a step too far?
The people behind Mypetstop in Manchester claim they
offer a lot more than average kennels or cattery, for when pet owners
go on holiday.
They have everything from TVs in the pet apartments to
an indoor exercise arena the size of two tennis courts.
The resort has its own veterinary surgery with a vet
on-call 24 hours a day. Dogs recovering from illness or simply in search
of some good clean fun can also relax in the hydrotherapy pool.
apartments with full board
and video service
Peter Branson, founder of Mypetstop says they are offering
pet owners an element of trust, "They really know that when they come
to us we’re going to care for their pets exactly as they care for them…"
But that trust comes at a price:
And can they really look after people’s pets the way
owners can at home?
Inside Out asked two of the north west’s most pampered
pet owners to put the new resort to the test.
Man’s best friend
hangs in Bill's family home
Kennels are normally out of the question for Bill Goulding.
His beloved Border Collie Tess goes everywhere with him.
Bill even takes her to work each day.
Bill admits that he could not go on holiday without Tess
and enjoy it, "She’s treated like a big kid… we dote on her."
Clare Strafford can’t bear to be separated from her rabbit
Rodney - so much so she’s set up a webcamera so she can keep an eye on
him while she’s at work.
Clare says, "During the day you have to be curious about
what your pet’s up to when you’re not around."
"Over time, broadcasting over the internet, we’ve had
1.5 million hits. Australia’s picked up on it, Japan’s picked up on it
and I would have to say that Rodney is a very, very famous rabbit in Germany."
Clare admits that people think she’s crazy, but says,
"I know there are some even more crazier people out there than me."
|Clare keeps a
close eye on Rodney whilst at work
So was the high-class pet hideaway up to scratch for
Bill and Clare?
Despite the spacious rabbit hutches offered by Mypetstop,
Clare was concerned, "Rodney’s a house rabbit, do you have anything bigger?"
Rodney was eventually upgraded to a cat apartment – complete
Bill has only left Tess with his daughter previously,
but says, "I think I’d leave her for a day first rather than overnight.
The only thing I didn’t like was the plastic beds."
RSPCA Online has advice for anyone who has to leave their
pets whilst away:
- One of the best ways to make sure your cat
or dog will get reliable care is to board it at a reputable kennel
- Visit several establishments to check facilities.
- Ask your vet, local council or RSPCA if any
of its local animal centres take boarders.
- Book a space in advance to avoid disappointed.
- Ensure that your animal has up-to-date vaccinations.
- Ensure the establishment has an insurance
scheme in case your pet needs emergency care.
- If friends offer to take care of your animals,
leave full instructions.
- Check that your pet will be welcomed by all
members of the friend's family and their pets.