Gympie gets set for doggy day care
PRECIOUS pooches and coddled canines throughout the Gympie region will be cared for in fine style while their owners go to work, go shopping or just enjoy some "me time", with a doggy day care opening soon in Duke St.
Catering for up to 50 dogs at a time, the day care centre will not offer overnight stays but it will offer a doggy day spa of sorts, with a grooming service and a range of grooming products for sale.
It will operate 7.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and employ up to three people.
The Southside owner of beloved family pet Leo, Renee Albrecht, says the service will be a great one for pet owners, especially those who have to go away for the day and feel guilty about leaving their dog at home all alone.
"It will be a great thing for dogs that don't have other dogs to interact with," she said.
Doggy day care will be located under the building occupied by Kingsway Computers at 52 Duke St.
It will include a 28sq m outdoor area for the dogs which will be accessed through an existing 2.8m high roller door which will be open and accessible by the dogs at all times.
Concerns about the level of noise created by the dogs were allayed in a noise report which suggested the owners build a 1.8m high barrier fence along the perimeter of the outdoor area of the dog run.
A revised noise report was then ordered and recommended the noise barrier be 2.4m high.
Cr Ian Petersen said the council seemed to have become obsessed with noise reports and he "reckoned" the only sounds coming out of the doggy day care would be contented sighs.
Mayor Mick Curran said noise created by dogs had been a contentious issue for the council over the years.
"Another concern is the 15 car parks (required)," Cr Petersen said.
"Dogs don't drive. I can't see why you would want 15 car parks."
The council heard the car parks were required for the staff and for customers dropping off and picking up their dogs.