Five-star luxury for pooches

IF this is a dog s life, then call me Rover! Guests of the Canine Country Club run by Tim and Jackie Ferrier on the Devon and Cornwall border at Meddon, are waited on paw and jowl. Pampered pooches relax not in kennels or even rooms, but in their own suit

IF this is a dog's life, then call me Rover!Guests of the Canine Country Club run by Tim and Jackie Ferrier on the Devon and Cornwall border at Meddon, are waited on paw and jowl.Pampered pooches relax not in kennels or even rooms, but in their own suites. Club, penthouse or executive, it's not a dog blanket for them but real beds, single or double - or they can choose a hammock. Rugs on the floors, underfloor heating, pictures and ticking clocks on the walls all go to create a home from home. There are plans for the executive suite to have its own web-cam, too! And for those special occasions, there is even a honeymoon suite, hearts and all. Garden rooms connected to the suites enable guests to look out over a tranquil, green area and be amused by strutting chickens and ducks.But any dog worth his or her bone needs activity.So what about a swim in the indoor heated pool, or a workout in the fitness room - complete with weighing machine and treadmill? Or there's the pets' playground and acres of fenced space in which to roam.Pets can even bring their own favourite items with them and owners can stipulate special dietary treats."We have dogs that like toast for their breakfast and even one whose owner would not leave without his mobile phone," said Jackie.Some may say they are barking mad, but Jackie said she and Tim are merely responding to their own experiences of leaving dogs in kennels."Setting up the Canine Country Club was not so much us seeing a niche market, but rather with our own dogs in mind," she said. "We want to provide a holiday for the dogs, so owners do not have to feel guilty about going away and leaving them behind, knowing they will be having a good time, too."For pets used to living at home a trip to old-fashioned kennels could be an alien experience, said Jackie. So she and Tim have tried to make theirs as much like home as possible. Advertising on the Internet has brought clients from far and wide and Tim now makes regular trips to London to pick up new canine guests.


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