Dogbless is a service that can take in a customer's dogs, or mind all their animals at their home. It's run by Dee (She's a bit camera shy - so the closest I got to a piccie of her is this Anime!) and here's her story ...
One of my most significant childhood
memories is the sadness of dropping our Irish setter Gibson off at the boarding
kennels in England before we went on our yearly family holiday to West Cork. I
couldn’t understand how on earth he was going to cope without his family around
him and all the home comforts he was used to. On the ferry home I would be
beside myself with excitement at the thought of rescuing him from his ‘cage!’
feeling was compounded when the family (including dog) upped and moved to The
Middle-East for a few years. Poor Gibson had to endure six months of quarantine
on his way back into the UK. I recall the excitement of the weekly visits, but then the
agony of having to leave him behind. Sadly, he passed away on my tenth birthday, a few weeks before his release date. (Not an illness related to his
The irony is not lost on me then when we
fast-forward thirty years and I find myself living in West Cork and running
Dog-Bless a pet/animal holiday service that offers an alternative to kennels.
Now there is nothing wrong with a good
boarding kennel, there are some fantastic kennels here in Ireland, however, its
good to have a choice as to what sort of accommodation and/or care our pets
will receive whilst we are away. (Pictured left: DogBless resident Willie Wonka, left, and Sparky a frequent Dog Bless guest ... ready for action!)
In Ireland, the popularity of dog ownership
has increased dramatically in the last ten-fifteen years as the countries
thriving economy encouraged the owning of dogs for pleasure rather than just
the traditional working dogs. Also with more women taking the lifestyle choice
of a career instead of raising families we have a new type of dog owner who
need their ‘babies’ needs attended to whilst they are at work or on business
trips. Many dedicated professional pet care home care services sprang up around
Ireland to meet these demands.
Dog Bless was the first of its kind in
County Cork. We offer dog walking, home visits, vet visits, as well as day care
and family care where dogs can come and stay and live as part of the family.
Lots of beach walks and not a kennel or cage in sight!
We also cater for the traditional family
households who may have a couple of dogs, cats and a cage full of rodents, the
pets being cared for in their own home environment is a much easier alternative
to finding kennels, catteries etc for the annual family holiday. Or indeed the small holder who may have
livestock and domestic pets to consider, even those living ‘The Good Life’ need
I find the little extras make all the
difference; regular email/text updates are a great way of putting a clients
mind at ease. (Nothing like watching videos of a much-loved dog bouncing round
the beach with his new doggy pals to enrich a holiday) Or a text to say “Prince has fallen in love
with Lady and has given up his morning Pigs ear to her!” can do wonders for a
tough day at the office. (Pictured: denise of Irish Animal's own Dolly and Molly - a photo that I sent to her while she was travelling.)
In the meantime, I get lots of fresh air
and exercise and great job satisfaction in seeing my charges happy, well cared
for and loved. I also get to feel the most popular person in the world. All
that doggy love!
Often, with a wry smile, I find myself
preparing my charges (owner supplied) food for the evening knowing my own
dinner will nowhere near as substantial (or succulent) as the sirloin I am
chopping! These days it’s definitely a dog's life…
Dogbless is a dog walking/animal holiday care service covering the
Clonakilty, Bandon, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery regions of West Cork. www.dogbless.ie Contact 0879545756or firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's note: When checking out any of these pet sitting services available in Ireland, such as those listed on my website, please spend time researching and asking questions of the people providing the service. Ask about their insurance coverage, any qualifications they have for working with animals, a visit of their premises and also references.