We’ve never seen anything quite like this. A video is garnering a lot of attention as viewers watch a group of dogs expectantly lined up at a fence. When you realize what they are waiting for, your heart might just melt.
Good Hands Boarding Kennels’ owners, Rachel Haggett and her partner Wayne Devoe, know a thing or two about dogs and their owners. Most dog-lovers want the very best for their fur-babies, and a pet owner’s heart breaks to think about their furry family member locked in a kennel all day. But, we have to work, so what do you do? Rachel and Wayne had the perfect answer to this dilemma.
Founded in October 2011, Good Hands Boarding Kennels offers a doggy daycare modeled after the kinds of schools human children attend while their parents are at work — right down to the yellow school bus. So, if you ever find yourself in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and you see a little bus driving down the streets of the town, you might just find that the passengers aren’t who you’d expect.
Good Hands Boarding Kennels uses the bus to pick up its doggy daycare clients whose owners can’t drop them off personally since Rachel couldn’t stand the thought of the pups being locked up in their kennels and alone all day. “I figured since we all love our dogs like our kids, it would be fitting,” Rachel Haggett told The Dodo.
Indeed, our pets are part of our family, and most of us would spare no expense to keep them not only safe but happy, comfortable, and stimulated as well. And, it’s that sense of love and respect for our canine companions that was the inspiration behind Good Hands Boarding Kennels. The staff is willing to do anything for their puppy pupils, right down to braving the chilly Canadian winters to gather their clients for daycare. But, make no mistake, they go all out in the summer too.
“One of my favorite days was the opening of our swimming pool,” Rachel recalled. “The dogs loved it so much. They love when we get something new.” Transportation and a pool aren’t all that Good Hands doggy daycare offers. The school-themed doggy daycare and boarding facility, which generally has 15–30 dogs in its care at a time, treats the pups to many toys and activities, including two trampolines which have been lowered for safety.
But, when it comes down to it, it’s the bus that grabs the most attention, and with the unique pickup method being like nothing we’ve ever seen, it’s no wonder why. Rain, shine, snow, or sleet, the Good Hands bus makes its way to customers’ houses, honking the horn before getting out to help the furry travelers board. Some of the “students” are even sent off to “school” with a backpack, carrying their daily necessities.
After the bus parks at the facility, the driver releases the travelers from their roadway-safe kennels, and the canines sprint into the daycare where they are greeted by a ball pit, squeaky toys, stuffed animals, kiddie pools, a tetherball, trampolines, a seesaw, and, of course, kind staff members who are ready to play with them. The dogs can even play fetch with a giant slingshot.
They get to celebrate birthdays and holidays as well, which is extra special for the pups who are in boarding while their owners are away. “It’s especially nice when families are away for Christmas, and they can watch a video of their dog getting a present Christmas morning,” Rachel said.
But even with everything else they offer, including transportation seems to be the best decision Good Hands Boarding Kennels has made. “We almost bought a cube van, but when I saw this little bus online, I could just picture the dogs in it,” Rachel recalled. “We had to have it,” she said of the bus, which can transport up to 10 dogs at a time. And, it’s been a huge success.
“Some people just use it because of the convenience of it, or they don’t like to drive in winter,” Rachel explained. “Most people use the bus because they get called into work and can’t make our business hours,” she added. Helping remedy this issue, the bus leaves an hour before the daycare opens to pick up pups, and it drops them off at home an hour after the daycare closes.
Good Hands Boarding Kennels is truly a dream come true — for both the canine and the dog owner. There’s a reason this incredible doggy daycare is so popular around town: It gives these furry family members a loving and stimulating experience, freeing their owner from worry as they tackle their responsibilities.
What’s more, there’s no fear of returning home only to find whatever mess Fido may have made while we were away. I used to think crate training was the way to go if you had to leave the house for long periods, but Good Hands Boarding Kennels definitely has a much better idea.