We rarely put our dogs into kennels, mainly because I have always been convinced that they 'wouldn't like it'. However, their recent trip to Derrings has changed my opinion completely.
When we called into kennels to look around unannounced, we were greeted warmly and shown round. The spacious kennels were spotless and the inmates were clearly quite content.
When we delivered our dogs there, (with much concern on my part) they left us without a backward glance, and were very happy to go off with their new minder. I found this reassuring.
When we collected them, although the dogs were pleased to see us, they were obviously fine and had been perfectly alright while we were away. Again the kennels were spotlessly clean and tidy (at 8am), and the dogs were cheerful and unperturbed. (They also were clean and didn't smell of kennels or disinfectant).
Above all, the impression is that Adrian and his staff like the dogs; to me that is essential.
I would not hesitate in recommending Derrings Kennels to any owner who is looking for a good quality boarding kennel and peace of mind while they are away.
My dog is a regular visitor to Derrings.
She always bounds out of the car and is keen to go in.
I feel confident that she is well cared for and well exercised by the caring and knowledgeable staff.
I am happy to have my dogs looked after by Adrian and his staff, as I know how much they care about their own dogs, and how they will care for mine. It is a reassurance to leave my dogs in great hands knowing they will be coming home healthy and happy.
'Derrings was recommended to me by a former colleague at Minster Veterinary Practice. I have taken my labrador 'Tarn' there for two years now, and I can't speak highly enough of Adrian and his staff. They are truly passionate about their work, which translates into high quality service and a reassuringly sound understanding of the dogs in their care.
Adrian is always available to offer support and guidance and he knows his 'regulars' very well. I was thrilled when he introduced the opportunity for dogs to join him and his gundogs on a Woodland Walk on Sundays during their stay.
Tarn is always very excited when he arrives at Derrings, and always a little reluctant to leave - I think that says it all!
We have been taking our three labradors, ranging from 13 years to one years old to Derrings Kennels for over three years now. They are always eager to go in which is a good sign, and come out fit and well, without that musty kennels smell. I would thoroughly recommend these kennels to anyone whose dogs are part of their family.
Oscar, our yellow Labrador, stayed at Derrings several times over the five years from 2004. He was never perturbed by arriving at the kennels and always seemed to enjoy staying! Adrian and his staff have always professional and accommodating, and always remembered Oscar when I phoned. I would certainly use Derrings for another dog in the future.
I have used Derrings Kennels to board all three of my dogs during the past five years.
A sign of a good kennels is how enthusiastic the boarders arrive and enter the premises. I can say that all of my dogs have been delighted to arrive and indeed nearly knocking me over in the process! Adrian and the staff are all incredibly professional and get the combination of love, care and attention to detail just right. I would have no hesitation in recommending these well-run and well equipped kennels to any prospective clients in the future