Hangout a playschool for pooches

02:29, Sep 01 2014
Elaine Ngarongo, 13, and Jurni Timu, 9, cuddle up with Tua the rottweiler.

A kindergarten for dogs is the best description Sarah Gray can give for her new business The Hounds Hangout.

"They get dropped off in the morning, they socialise, exercise and get a whole bunch of human affection," Gray told the Taranaki Daily News at the official opening on Saturday. Gray, who recently moved to New Plymouth from Hamilton, said opening her own dog daycare had been a dream for a while.

"I got my puppy Bella a few years ago and I'd either come home to a dug up garden, neighbours complaining about her barking or chewed up couches and cables," she said.

"I thought ‘I need to do something about this, there must be hundreds of people out there with the same problem'." Gray found a couple in Hamilton running a similar venture and became their first franchise holder. But she wanted to go out on her own and moving to New Plymouth provided the perfect opportunity, she said.

Dogs often got up to mischief when they were left at home all day because they didn't get a chance to exercise. "But owners can drop them off here and they will go home tired," Gray said.

Scott and Amber Kendall were among the dog owners who attended opening day.

Their beagles Baylee and Freddie had just made friends with Tua, a 10-month-old rottweiler, when the Daily News met them.

The Hounds Hangout, on Devon St East in Strandon, is open Monday to Friday and costs between $20 and $25 depending on the size of the dog.


Taranaki Daily News