We were so concerned dropping our dog off at Greendale. We were off for a 2 week holiday and he’s been in kennels many, many times before and very used to them but this time was different. Our dog has been ill for about 8/9 months now and we keep thinking he’ll be better soon but it doesn’t happen. As the 2week holiday approached I was getting more and more nervous so we tried him in our local kennels, just down the road, for 1 night only just to see how he’d do – not Greendale btw!
His illness is pancreas related and his weight has just dropped off him so he’s on a very strict diet to try to put weight on him and the vet and I have been working hard to achieve this with mixed success. He had started to gain a bit of weight and we had it down to a fine art – instructions were given for quantities of the not inexpensive food as well as medication. In two days he managed to lose 1 kg which is a lot for a dog of his size weighing about 19 kg (normal weight about 23 kg). The kennels gave him back to us with a carrier bag with his food in it which he ‘refused to eat, so we gave him our usual brand’……….I was desperately upset!
I told my husband I couldn’t go on holiday abroad as he would be dead by the time we got home – big row!! So he suggested Greendale which is a bit of a trek but the dog had stayed there a couple of years ago and we did like it – good idea!
So that’s what we did………….we nervously picked him up 2 weeks later after again giving detailed instructions for his food and medication which I had written down meticulously and so did they ‘to get it in my head so I know what I’m doing’ the manager said! Very little exercise and feeding 4 times a day – above and beyond etc etc….
He lost .2 of a kilogram – YAAY!!! .2 only – he looked happy, confident – ‘fat’ even – he’s really filled out – should offer a rehab facility or recuperation facility!
We were so very very grateful – to their kindness and absolute diligence – we really felt they had his best interests at heart and when we collected him we nodded and smiled and listened as we were given a blow by blow account of his stay and daily routine… I really cannot praise them highly enough and can only highly recommend Greendale.
Thank you all so very much!