I went and checked out Happy Hounds Doggy Day Care on Barrington Street today because they're hosting Silvia Jay and Adina MacRae's seminar on September 18th and 19th - and I'm the one who's organizing it, so I wanted to see what it was like before everyone showed up at 9am and no coffee was ready for them!
And I have to say I was super impressed with the facility - it's currently the only institutional dog day care on the whole of the peninsula here in Halifax -
In case you haven't heard the elected officals and bureaucrats at the HRM really do not seem to like dogs or dog businesses very much - even though Halifax has steadfastly stayed dog friendly in spite of everything that they've put in front dog dog owners - so we are horribly under serviced in the area of doggy day cares currently - and Happy Hounds has got some pretty onerous restrictions -
One of which is that they don't have any outdoor area for the dogs - but the dogs don't seem to notice - they were really happy there today - even more so since it was so hot outside! This picture is the area where they have their "doggy socials" when the humans come to have a good time! It's also part of the "small dog area"
And this is where the big dogs play - which they were doing with great aplomb when I was there - they get around the "no outdoor area" by going for pee breaks at regular intervals - which I'm sure is find because it gives the dogs some good chances for time-outs anyway
I thought it was a really well run facility and the ladies there had a really good handle on the dogs and the layout was really well thought-out - I give a "four paws-up" - I've been to several institutional doggy day-cares in the city and this one is definitely one of the better ones, for sure - and they also have NO breed restrictions - you can take any breed of dog to Happy Hounds - which is awesome.
Here's a final shot of the big dog's floor of all the dogs having some good Friday afternoon fun!This was Winston - and his housemate Willow - who will some day be his "wife" Willow
Here he's giving me the "what-for" - he's saying - "you are too far away from me to lick you!"
And here's a shot of what it looks like from the front door of the facility - it's a pretty nice view of the MacDonald bridge!