Well, we start quite early. About 3 am the slow cookers turn on, stuffed with either chicken, beef or lamb, with fresh vegies from the markets and maybe some special herbs and pasta. Our guests, specially those close to the kennel kitchen wake to wafting smells of freshly cooked casserole. Cook prepares all the meals and even adds scrambled eggs freshly laid from our own chooks. When the rest of the staff turn up at 7am its full on meal time. All of our guests love our warm country breakfasts. However some pets are on special diets and we cater for them also. Our dried food is either Royal Canin or Advance – top of the range. We also serve a rice based dried food, which is very safe for thoses that may have a delicate tummy. After all the razzamataz with “Feed me first – that other mongrel can wait” attitudes, all our wonderful guests in the canine department are fed. Of course there are lots of other little things to attend to as we do our rounds, there is medication, wiping sleep out of eyes, helping the old and stiff geriatric get out of bed and others need hand feeding as some examples. But we get through it within a couple of hours. Then it’s off to the cattery for the feline breakfast, who also enjoy an upmarket menu.
After all is consumed and fixing up those who wanted to listen to ABC’s AM, to make sure the day was worth anticipating and enjoying, it’s cleanup time. Sometimes it reminds me of an aircraft after 12 hours flying. Blankets are on the floor, toys are everywhere, one has taken its coat off etc. We let them out for playtime, while we attend to their accommodation. Faeces are picked up, hospital grade disinfectant is put down, the floors are cleaned, beds are tidied and within a few hours everything is perfect again. Then for those going home the next day, its off for a warm sudsy hydrobath.
By about lunchtime, playtime is starting to become boring, and it’s probably time for a snooze. That’s one of the reasons boarding kennels are closed in the middle of the day. We don’t like disturbing our guests during siesta time. By about 2 or 3 there are signs of life again in the accommodation area, and there is opportunity for more playtime. The afternoon is our time to give the pets that special personal time.
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