A Visit to the Woodview Kennels of Ann Simpkin
If you’re looking for a home locally for your dog while you go away on holiday, you can’t do better than go and find Woodview Kennels at the bottom of Ashingdon Hill, past the school on your right, on the road back to Rayleigh and there twenty yards from the next turning on the right are the Kennels.
Never having been to boarding kennels before, I was a little unsure what I would find. Through the reception on the right of the yard Ann led me through to the rows of very clean looking pens off a main corridor, where up to fifty dogs can be housed. At the end of each pen is a closed off area for the dogs to sleep at night, but dogs being dogs, we were given a noisy welcome as she led me past dogs great and small - all with something to say!
Already amazed at how clean everything was, I listened to Ann telling a client how they disinfected each pen twice a day and also washed blankets every day. More to this than I could have guessed! Down at one end was a larger area where a family of five dogs from one home were staying together. On the other side of the corridor I was shown an isolation room to cater for any pet that should be found to be infectious. She led me through to the back to a door that led out onto a spacious, fenced field where the dogs are exercised every day.
With two kennel maids on hand, this is a lady who lives dogs. Sometimes she ends up with dogs that have been rescued or simply left for her to find a home - two at the present. If I had a dog and was about to go on holiday, this place is where they would stay. Almost makes me wish I had a dog!