So, I thought, yesterday afternoon, let's check out a kennel--reasonable price, (£15 per night), dogs get a few walks a day...sounds okay. Well, after taking two buses for 45 minutes, getting lost, crossing a giant highway called the A40 on what I can barely say was a "crosswalk", I arrived at Lakeside Kennels at Peartree. There, I got a "tour".
The dogs sleep in kennels (fine, that's normal), which have a "hatch" that they shut so it's completely dark for them at night and they have a smaller space (hmm, okay, I guess; dogs like dens). During the day they get let out only TWICE for a simple walk ON LEAD. For how long? Well, as long as it takes for them to use the toilet. They have a long lead so they can do what they want". Ah, ok...so 5 minutes?! Maybe 10?
"Well, don't they play with the other dogs?" I ask, quite used to having Kiara play for 12 hours at It's a Dog's Life in Edmonton (6am to 6pm of playtime, with a naptime in between, and then sleep 6pm to 6am in kennels).
"Oh, no, we don't let the dogs "mix" here".
"In case they don't get on" At which point, I explained how our last dog day care worked in Canada.
"Oh no...that's illegal here. Against the regulations. We can't mix dogs here, and they can't go off lead, because they might run off". I doubt that, buddy. 6 months of paperwork and vaccination proofs to get a dog over here, and you're telling me the government won't let dogs play together?
"So it's not fenced?"
That's right, not fenced. Goes right to the highway. They claim to have kennels much bigger than the "regulations", too. No, thank you. I'm not paying to leave my dog in a place with no exercise, to live in a cage, while I go visit family for a weekend.
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Anyway, just a doggie blog post...more on Oxford coming soon!