Dogs lap up luxury at five-star pet resort
IF Anthony Cooper finds himself banished to the dog house for any reason, he will not be doing too badly.
Anthony and his wife, Lorraine O'Neill, have opened a five-star pet resort at Tanawha so that pets can enjoy a bit of pampering while their owners are away.
The "dog chalet" at Furkids Retreat boasts reverse cycle air-conditioning, a pendant light with crystal drops, and - soon to come - piped calming music.
The couple, owners of Maltese terrier-poodle crosses Muddy and Milly, said they simply wanted to create an environment where dog owners would like to leave their pets.
"When were talking about doing a business, we wanted to do something of our own, something that we would like our dogs to stay at," Lorraine said.
"Some people, they don't have any children, so their pets mean a lot to them."
Unlike traditional dog kennels, which often have concrete floors and metal wires or caging, the "dog chalet" is set on stumps, with commercial grade, moppable flooring.
The chalet has 10 timber cubicles, each with a safety glass door "so that when they're put away at night, they can look out and see other dogs," Lorraine said.
A red padded lounge in the chalet looks to a fully-fenced yard where the dogs are free to roam by day.
During their stay, guests dine on gluten-free, preservative-free food made by Lorraine from free range chicken and paddock fed beef.
"All tested on Anthony, without any ill-effects. We are feeding them food fit for human consumption," Lorraine said.
Lorraine and Anthony are still adding the finishing touches to the chalet, like security camera monitoring and a red carpet on the ramp from the chalet down to the yard.
The couple have plans for another three dog chalets and and a lodge of cat suites on the four hectare property.
At $35 a night, living a life of luxury at the five star retreat is not that much more than other pet boarding operations, which often charge around $30 a night, but there is a catch: the retreat is designed to accommodate small dogs only, and Milly and Muddy are the measuring sticks.