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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Due to the escalation of the Coronavirus outbreak and its pandemic status, we appreciate that some clients may be re-evaluating their holiday arrangements, including re-scheduling or cancellation.
Our normal terms of business state:
However, in recognition of the fact that there is nothing ‘normal’ about the current situation we will, until further notice:
We suggest you check your travel insurance to see if you can claim for any losses you may incur from cancelling or rescheduling your pet care arrangements.
Some insurance companies are already withdrawing travel cover or amending the terms and scope of cover they offer in light of COVID-19.
If you have not yet purchased travel insurance we advise you check for the inclusion/scope of pet care cover offered.
If you need to make a claim for any losses due to cancellation or deferment of your holiday and travel plans, we will be pleased to provide evidence of the booking and any monies paid or due.
While it is usual practice to ask for at least one emergency contact name/number when booking your dog(s) to stay, this will now be a mandatory requirement should you fall ill, become quarantined or experience disruption or delays to your homebound travel plans.
Please advise us immediately by phone, text or email if have any concerns that you might be delayed.
We will, of course, seek to board your dog(s) beyond the original collection date/time, but due to strict licencing conditions which limit our boarding capacity, we would look to enlist your emergency contact(s) as the first point of call to look after your dog(s) until you return home. Should this not be possible then we reserve the right to place them in local kennels at a cost to yourselves. In either event, we will first seek your consent to release them into the care of a third party.
If we have the capacity to extend boarding for your dog(s) this will be charged at £25 per 24 hours.
IN CASE OF DELAY
You may also wish to consider providing us with additional rations of food, supplements or medication for your dog(s), over and above their daily needs based on the duration of their planned stay. Any purchases of additional food or medication we make on your behalf will be charged at cost.
Our overriding concern is for the welfare of your pet(s). Our commitment extends to home visits for cats and other small pets which might also be affected by changes or enforced delays to your travel and holiday plans. Since there are no licensing restrictions relating to home visits we are able to extend this service as long as is necessary until you return home.
A copy of these changes, together with all our contact details is available to download as a PDF document from the home page. We suggest you print a copy and keep it with your travel documents in case you need it.
All Up and Running!
It's been a hectic few weeks since I moved my home and business to a new location on the edge of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan.
But now the essential work I needed to do to the house and garden in order to be able to resume my dog boarding service is complete, and I'm delighted to report that following an inspection by Vale of Glamorgan Council I have been granted a licence for home boarding and am now taking booking once again!
This means I can welcome back clients from the Caerphilly and north Cardiff areas as well as offering my services to the pooches of Rhoose and the Vale.
What's more, if you live outside the area but are flying on holiday from Cardiff Airport, I am less than 10 minutes from the main terminal and even closer to some of the long-stay car parks, so why not drop your dog(s) off on the way and then be reunited with them soon after landing and before heading home?
I am taking bookings for home boarding for the remainder of 2019 including the October half-term break and Christmas/New Year, and throughout 2020, together with home visits for cats and small domestic pets.
I have also resumed dog walking on a one-to-one basis (no pack walks), and presently have weekday slots available.
I am also providing home visits for dog grooming, specialising in smaller breeds, and elderly or nervous dogs who may find visiting a grooming salon too arduous or stressful.
Please browse the website for more information about all the services I offer and check out the testimonials from some of the lovely clients it has already been my pleasure and privilege to serve.
Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your petcare requirements. I look forward to hearing from you.
7th July 2016
A new law came into force on 6th April 2016 which stated first and foremost that all dogs within England and Wales MUST be microchipped.
The police and local authorities are tasked with policing compliance with the scheme, and all local authorities and police forces have been issued with an appropriate number of microchip scanners to be able to execute their duties effectively.
Importantly for all dog owners if the police or local authorities find a dog without a microchip since 6th April this year (assuming that the owner of the dog in question can be located), the owner will be given a further short window of opportunity to get their dog microchipped. If they still then fail to comply with the law, they will face a fine of up to £500 per dog.
Of course all responsible dog owners and dog lovers will welcome this new legislation as it is designed to provide a number of benefits that include:
Your dog (and indeed your cat) is probably already microchipped. But is the information stored on the chip up to date? If you've moved home or changed your contact details, such as your landline and/or mobile phone number since the original microchip was implanted, then the data stored on the microchipping database won't match your current details and could result in difficulty tracing you.
The National Dog Warden Association says that 40% of the microchipped dogs they take in have missing or inaccurate information held about their owners on the databases, making reuniting a microchipped dog with its owner as hard in some cases as it can be for dogs that are not microchipped at all.
31st March 2016
Something only cat owners will understand!
BATHROOMS: Always accompany your humans and their house guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.
DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get the door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold or exceptionally wet or windy weather.
CHAIRS AND RUGS: If you feel the urge to throw up, get to a chair or bed quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an oriental rug. If there is no oriental rug, shagpile is good too. When throwing up on any carpet, make sure you back up so the trail is as long as your human's bare foot.
HAMPERING: If one of your humans is engaged in some activity, and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called "helping", otherwise known as "hampering". Here are some of the basic rules for maximum hampering:
cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book -- unless you can lie across the book itself.
When your human is working at their computer, jump up on desk, walk across keyboard, bat at the mouse pointer on screen, and then lay in human's lap across arms, hampering typing in progress and possibly resulting in a spellcheck meltdown.
WALKING: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of your human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.
BEDTIME: Always sleep on your human at night so he/she cannot move around.
LITTER BOX: When using the litter tray, be sure to kick as much litter out of the tray as possible. Humans love the feel of cat litter between their toes.
HIDING: Every now and then, hide in a place where your humans cannot find you. Do not come out for three to four hours under any circumstances. This will cause your humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost. Once you do come out, your humans will cover you with love and kisses, and you'll probably get a treat!
FINALLY: Whenever possible, get close to your human, especially their face, then turn around and present your butt to them. Your humans really love this, so do it often. And don't forget their house guests too!
For more information on any aspect of the services provided by Sit 'n' Stay Petminding, please contact Sue on:
07749 660 738
01446 713 582
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