We are utterly delighted to have passed our Leeds City Council Home Boarding Inspection reaching the Higher Standards of Home Boarding Provision.
Our Council Inspector visited us on the 6th August, 2019 for our renewal inspection and spent a good two and half hours thoroughly inspecting our premises and paperwork.
She was impressed with our policies and procedures which range from Managing Canine Interactions to our procedure in caring for our dogs in Extreme Weather and every procedure in between! Our customers are able to view our full range of policies and procedures.
Our Inspector was pleased with our hygiene procedures which include disease prevention and health and welfare monitoring of all our dogs. We use DEFRA high level disinfectants for sanitising everything from our dogs feeding bowls to their toys and bedding. We are also supported by our local Vets at Towerwood who agree to provide veterinary care to all our dogs for your peace of mind.
One of our regular boarders, Pebble, was staying with us at the time of the inspection and she made sure she was available to show our Inspector how we roll. Pebs also showed our inspector our transport which is a high spec Police Dog Handler vehicle.
Another area of provision our Inspector also admired was our programme of Canine Enrichment which not only includes stimulating walks in areas with woodland, water and natural obstacles (and lots of opportunity to sniff and explore); she also liked our supervised and voluntary play time which promotes our dogs physical and psychological health.
It was a pleasure to show off what we do here at Hanson's Hounds. We hope you come and visit us soon.
If Hanson's Hounds can't fit you in please always choose a licenced Home Boarder provider. A list of all the licenced providers in your area should be available on your local authority Animal Welfare web page.
EL PERRO - Google reliably informs me this is the Spanish term for 'dog'.
Here are our two Spanish pups enjoying the facilities at Hanson's Hounds. Pumpkin and Sally are two gorgeous Spanish rescues who must have some tales to tell about their travels!
The girls enjoyed a couple of nights boarding with us and were absolutely adorable. It was love at first sight. To be honest, they were the perfect house guests and spent most of the time snoozing on the sofas, it was very cold outside!
Sally is approximately 12 years old and a little terrier type who likes to chase squirrels, who doesn't? She's a quiet girl and you forget she's there apart from the little sneezes she gives every now and then. She's more cautious than her sister, Pumpkin and she likes to stay close whilst she's out and about, except when she spots a squirrel. She's been in the UK about 19 months or so and has settled in well. She loves a cuddle and will make sure you know this, by giving you a gentle tap on the arm with her paw if you dare to stop stroking her. She loves her food but wont eat unless she's got a quiet place to chow down and is not disturbed. What a gorgeous girl.
Pumpkin is about 8 or 9 years old and is a Spanish Pedenco Canario, which means Canarian Hound, originating from the Canary Islands. They were used to hunt rabbits and are an excellent sight hound. Unfortunately, our Pumpkin is completely blind due to progressive retinal atrophy, over the years her sight has failed her. She also has diabetes, so the two could be linked. Its likely her diabetes wasn't managed when she was a street dog in Spain and so her sight failure could be a result of that. However, this girl has adapted brilliantly and you would be forgiven for thinking she could see.
She is amazing and nothing seems to faze her. She is, of course, cautious of steps and understandably hesitant and needs a helping hand. But apart from that she gets around very well. Her other senses have likely become highly sensitive to compensate. It was clear whilst we were out on our walks that her nose works incredibly well, she was sniffing and catching scents and following these without a problem. She enjoyed being off lead in open fields and navigated her way like a pro. Although she loved being out and about she does take some encouragement to get off the sofa!
Her diabetes is managed by twice daily canine insulin injections. Her lovely owner, supervised me doing this and it was OK once I got the hang of it. Pumpkin loves her food, she gets so excited when she hears the bowls being put out and she can jump as high as the kitchen counter, eager for her meal. She has a special diet to manage her diabetes so she couldn't really have any treats but she does enjoy a bit of chicken.
These gorgeous pair of girls now have a wonderful, safe home to live in, thanks to their amazing mum. She is an angel to take these two girls from overseas and give them all the love they deserve. They give that love back in spades and of course, we are very pro-rescue here at Hanson's Hounds and these two girls just go to show what incredible dogs are out there desperate for our love and care.
PLEASE DON'T SHOP - ADOPT xx
MY FAVOURITE RESCUES; but there are lots of other amazing rescues too.
Yes, shes got the shiniest coat of the gang. But she loves water, mud and rolling in stinky stuff so she doesn't stay clean for long. Luckily she stands well for a hose down or a sponge bath.
Have you seen her unique swimming style?
She points her front legs straight out and seems to flail around but it works for her.
There's a video of her showing Geoff and Kato how its done on our FACEBOOK page (if only I could work out how to post a link here?????)
Pebble is super smart too. She reads body language so well, I have never known a dog as good as she is at picking up whats needed just by a word or a gesture. She is a pleasure to care for and regularly boards with us, always a fun house guest.
She makes the most of her walks and bombs around, always with a wagging tail. Such a happy girl with a fantastic disposition. We adore her. She is as brilliant as Boo is, at finding stray balls, others have lost. There isnt a walk goes by where she doesn't find someones tennis ball, she brings it right to me and drops it at my feet. She will chase a ball all day unless Geoff grabs it before I can throw it. GEOFFFF, he never brings the ball back and definitely wont share. Pebs is getting wise to this and when she see's him approaching she grabs that ball until its safe.
AND Pebs does these amazing smiles when she sees you. I've got to get a photo of her tooty grin. Its the best.
Pebs & Geoff Doug & Pebs
Sadly our gorgeous girl Lara passed away yesterday morning. She had been a wonderfully brave girl for many months following surgery and numerous infections in her rear legs.
Despite her mobility troubles she was the happiest, sweetest lady and always had a wag and a snuffle for me when I visited and often brought Sebbies yellow ball to the door in her own unique greeting.
She never complained and just got on with things, happy to have a potter and sniff about and always ready for a treat. She knew exactly which pocket the treats were in and made a bee line for them every time.
It had been a while since we had a walk together as she couldn't manage to walk too far in the last few months but I saw her several times a week when I visited. to walk her brother Sebbie.
Lala as we like to call her, always got up to say hello and came to see what treats I had brought her and we always had a chat and a cuddle after she had a potter around the garden.
She had such an amazingly, gentle disposition and was never bad tempered even though getting around could be tricky for her.
Lala was the most loving and adorable dog and we are bereft she has gone. Both Sebbie and I were sad today and I know he misses his sister. Its not accurate to humanise dogs emotions but they definitely grieve and Sebbie was reluctant to come out today. I had brought my 2 old girls along to cheer him up and once he saw Otty and Nish had come to keep him company and support him, he had a little harumphhhh and settled into his walk.
So its lots of extra kisses and cuddles for Sebbie and the company of his favourite pals out on our walks will surely help him along.
Lara was a rescue and her owners gave her the most wonderful home and she had a fabulous life with them. She was their special girl and mine too.
Lala had fantastic genes - Rotweiler and Alikta or as her mum says, Rokita!
Lara was a Rokita through and through, she rocked it in every which way.
Just take a look at her portraits if you dont believe me.
Night night beautiful girl, it was a pleasure to have you in my life, love and miss you.
Here's Bear, a lovely 19 month old Akita.
He's such a gentle boy and loves meeting new dogs.
He doesn't get flustered by anything. Today we were walking down a track in the woods and a runner came up right behind us at a fair speed, we didn't see or hear him. He startled me and Byron had a bark at him as he also didn't see him but Bear just looked at him and didn't make a move or a murmur.
He has been the perfect house guest and loves to watch the world go by, staring out of the window. And he adores the water, makes a beeline for any river or stream.
He's not quite mastered the art of getting in the van yet. Don't know how much he weighs but I have to place his front feet in first then heft his behind in, a bit undignified but he doesn't mind being man handled at all.
He's a thoughtful boy but got confused when he rolled his ball down a foxhole. He couldn't get down there but wouldn't move away from the hole. I think he thought the foxes were going to throw it back up the hole for him!
Lovely Fergus is one of our regulars and we love it when he comes to stay. He's a very clever Springer Spaniel and always happy, as seems to be the way with Spaniels.
And he is a typical of all Spaniels in that he loves the water. Here he is, cooling off in the river and getting some respite from the heat.
Fergus has the most lovely strawberry blonde top knot which my friend likened to a Donald Trump toupee!!!! What an insult. Don't worry Fergus, shes not my friend anymore!!!
Fergus has enjoyed meeting all the other dogs and likes to join in. He loves chasing Kato around when Geoff lets him!!! He's even been out with Skye, our grumpy pants Husky and she thinks he's OK, so thats quite a compliment.
Olive is a one of our new recruits, she's a 2 year old Patterdale Terrier.
She is quite a serious young dog and takes her time to suss you out. She is alert and inquisitive and has a feisty side to her. She doesn't take any nonsense.
She reminds me of my old terrier Izzie, they have very similar mannerisms and both are very intelligent.
Olive is a joy, she is so well trained and adapts to wherever we go and to whichever pack we are walking with.
She loves the water and enjoyed cooling off today immersing herself in the River Aire and not really wanting to come ashore!
She enjoyed wrestling with a rubber hose that was seemingly a very aggressive anaconda which needed dispatching quickly.
It was such a busy day that come the late afternoon she was tucked up in bed ready for a long snooze.
Poor Max passed away last Monday surrounded by love. It was such a difficult decision to let him go but it was kinder to prevent him from suffering and to peacefully go to sleep.
He had developed a large, aggressive tumour which was unnoticeable until he had symptoms. Poor Maxi. He was loved by everyone who met him.
I walked him every week day and I miss him terribly, afternoon walks aren't the same without him.
So very sad to say goodbye to such a loving, cheeky, happy boy who we shared so many great adventures with.
Broken hearted. Night night gorgeous boy. X
This liver brown and white blurry flash in the photo is the amazing, zippy Fergus. And here is Kato showing him the ropes in the sand pit.
This is Kato's favourite part, on one of his favourite walks - digging in the sand. Fergus loves it just as much.
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're two years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.