Pulse PR is pleased to announce that a purpose built five-star dog hotel designed to give its four-legged guests a comfortable and stress-free stay has recently opened in Ballybogey, and despite the pandemic, business at Country Canines is booming.

Inspired by owner Amy McIhatton’s two Great Danes, Theo and Lincoln, she and husband Jason decided to build a home-from-home type facility on their 70-acre Ballymoney farm. 

Made up of ten suites on site, each with its own large private grass run, adjustable underfloor heating, comfy bed and a flat screen TV to help dogs climatise to their new surroundings, Country Canines is proving to be a hit with dog owners from Ballymoney, Coleraine, Belfast and even as far away as Portadown and Larne. 

Amy McIhatton explained: “I’ve always loved dogs and looked after other people’s pets but it was only when we got our own that I realised how hard it would be to leave them. We have two Great Danes who enjoy their home comforts and I knew we would struggle to find suitable boarding. This really drove our decision to set up Country Canines – it’s the type of place we would feel comfortable leaving our dogs.

“Thankfully other people feel the same and we have been overwhelmed by the interest and success so far. As boarding goes hand-in-hand with holidays, we were worried about having no immediate bookings and therefore no income from the business, however customers have been using us for their staycations and sole nights away now restrictions have eased.”

CCTV throughout gives owners peace of mind because Amy can see what the dogs are doing when she’s not with them and makes sure they are settling in and also offering different care packages has proved popular with local residents.

“Local customers in particular like the daycare package if they are doing home improvements, attending a function or have work commitments as dogs have full access to their own suite, as well as two country walks. The dogs’ wellbeing is paramount in everything I do. I keep owners informed of their dog’s daily activity with regular photo updates, in fact customers often comment that we are more like a hotel than dog kennels! Amy added. 

More information can be found at www.countrycanines.com