Pet motels take the hassle out of holidays
By NERIDA BLOK
LILLI AIKEN gets a little emotional placing six-month-old Coco into the care of strangers.
But at Tradewinds Park Pet Resort, Lilli knows her pet poodle will be looked after.
"I feel very comfortable leaving her there, which is really important," said Lilli, of Lennox Head.
"The rooms are beautiful and you can pick your own menu. I mean, really, we should all be staying there."
Christmas-New Year is traditionally the busiest time for pet motels as owners go on holidays and need alternative care for their beloved furry ones.
Lilli said she felt a little guilty leaving Coco for three nights over New Year so she could be free to celebrate with a friend.
Yet she felt it was a good idea for Coco to get used to staying there over a shorter period before future longer visits.
Lilli, who moved to Lennox from Sydney in June last year, said the Woodburn cat and dog motel came highly recommended to her from Coco's veterinary nurse.
Tradewinds staff member Diane Johnstone, of Ewingsdale, confirmed Coco's stay would be a happy one.
"I've worked in four different kennels in the past and this is the best I've ever seen," she said.
"It's purpose-built, each run is individually sewered and pressure-cleaned every day."
With daily pampering as standard, Diane said they also catered for special needs.
"We have dogs which are epileptic, insulindependent, and some that are blind and deaf," she said.
"We even took photos of each animal sitting on Santa's lap for owners when they returned from their Christmas holidays."
Despite specialising in dog and cat accommodation, a rooster, ducks, several rabbits and a hermit crab have been also checked in at Tradewinds.
Diane said their 64 dog runs and 20 cat runs were booked out over Christmas and New Year.
One night's off-peak accommodation for one dog at Tradewinds is $16, and $12 for cats.