2020 --- A YEAR OF WORRY
After a packed Christmas and New Year, most Easter bookings were cancelled as COVID-19 took hold.
"As restrictions eased, clients made the best of getting away for a few days," said Jackie. "And by July school holidays we were fully booked."
Owners agreed, that their pets welcomed the break away as much as they did.
"The positive feed-back from clients shows just what PAWS INN is able to offer over and above many of the larger pet care establishments."
No doubt the home environment with no kennels or cages plus John's daily one hour plus bush walks in Sir Joseph Banks Park are the main attractions.
Ryan Fisher wrote:
"We needed to board our dog Abby and I didn't want her staying in a cage the whole time (which appeared to be the case with other dog boarding houses). I was very happy when I discovered Paws Inn as they only take a limited number of dogs." Ryan collected a relaxed and happy Abby at the end of her stay.
CASPER, the Brittany Spaniel, is, as owner Ron Dyak says "a hand-full". But adds: "he comes back to us happy, healthy and tired and that's a good thing. The ease of initially establishing a data record and the follow-up visitor check-ins are effortless and efficient. There is no concrete or wire-fenced kennels -- only happy dogs having the run of a great little place. I can recommend Paws Inn as the ONLY place we would leave our beloved doggie."
Ron Dyak, Office Manager, John F. Morrissey & Company Lawyers.
Nikkie Doherty is another happy customer, describing her staffy-X Bruno (pictured in a red collar) "like a brand new dog" after his stay at the Inn. "I'm not sure if you would acknowledge yourselves as dog whisperers Jackie and John. But Bruno seems to have developed a sense of well being - and even muscles. I think Paws Inn is probably the best open ground for holiday stays for my dog. He's truly happy and his behaviour a lot more mannered. Thank you for being diligent and caring to my little friend. I'm happy to recommend you to other pet owners."
Mudgee the Jack Russell snuggling up to Braxton (in our Gallery) is owned by Craig and Florence Dent who left him at Paws Inn while holidaying in Fiji. "Regular up-dates and photos showed us how well he was being looked after and how happy he was hanging out with other dogs, particularly Braxton. We would highly recommend Paws Inn to anyone who needs a caring environment for their dog while they are away," they said adding "being able to leave our car at the property was an added bonus."
Among Paws Inn regulars is Baron Von Awesome.
Kevin O'Toole knows the Baron is a favourite: "Jackie and John at Paws Inn always treat Baron Von Awesome as their own taking him on loads of walks and being big softies, allow him to sleep close by so he doesn't get lonely. The location is great and being a smaller facility, it has the warmth and friendliness that could never be replicated by the big boarding kennel companies."
Here he is having a bath and PetX shampoo after a wild, wintery walk.
Benny (pictured right with his precious ball) had his first holiday away from home at the Inn. Owner Tania, who lives on the northern beaches and runs her dog grooming business The Polished Pet there said "It's really comforting to know we now have somewhere for him to stay, feel loved, safe, happy and well looked after while we're away. Thank you so much Jackie, John and Braxton."
Being a small, family business, Paws Inn is able to make that extra effort for last minute dramas. Othello the "Black Prince", pictured below, is one such customer who has been visiting Paws Inn since 2012. Now almost 16 years old, Jackie and John manage his medication and take care on his walks. Owner, Stephanie Brantz is a TV sports journalist who's often called overseas at the last minute. Said Stephanie after this year's long holiday stay: "He always springs to life at your place ...living the 5 star existence .... Jackie and John you're the best."
"Jackie and John not only house Othello, but gives him such a good time I'm not sure he ever wants to leave. Texts and emails from Jackie, along with pictures, let us know how much he was enjoying his own 'holiday'. A very relaxed pooch. He has fabulous walks with John and a comfy sofa to nap on -- his idea of Doggie Heaven. I'm sure he just waits for us to go away so he can chill out at Paws Inn".
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REGULAR VISITORS TO PAWS INN AT BOTANY BAY OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS