This post is a little overdue, and I'm hoping to be able to start blogging on a more regular basis, particularly about one of my big passions - rabbit welfare.
We relocated to a wonderful woodland location, called Sutton Springs Wood, on 28th September 2014, allowing us to expand our rabbit boarding capacity and install more of our fantastic 10ft rabbit boarding cabins. Our new location is in Calow, just outside Chesterfield and within easy reach of J29 and J29A of the M1, as well as the A61, A619 and A617. We are ideally located to serve customers from South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and we also offer a collection and drop off service for those who request it.
We've had a busy October half term with rabbits, guinea pigs and rats holidaying here. We're almost fully booked for Christmas and have many bookings for next year already! I'm so delighted that my regular customers have followed me to the new location, and that I've already gained a few new clients!
The rabbit boarding cabins
Our indoor for small rodents is based within our new home, and now there is an option to hire a cage from us for guinea pigs, but currently other small pets must come with their own cage. We had a hamster and two rats holidaying with us when we moved, so they were the first to try out our new home! (Update we no longer offer indoor boarding from October 2017)
Boarding guest Jerry the guinea pig
On a more personal note, I'm absolutely loving the peace and quiet here in the wood, along with the views and nature right on the doorstep. Although the never ending piles of leaves to rake up, are a slight drawback! We've still lots of boxes to unpack, but I'm already feeling very settled.
We decided to make the 'big move' for many reasons, but one of the big drivers is that my Dad has terminal cancer, and we wanted to buy a place with my parents so that we could all be together. This gave me the opportunity to purchase a property with the land I'd need to expand 4 Little Paw's outdoor boarding capacity too. Because myself and my partner Nick, are living with my parents it means that there's usually at least one of us here at all times to keep an eye on the animals staying with us. My parents were a massive influence on my love of animals growing up, particularly my mum.
I'm hoping for my next Blog post to feature my trip to the
(Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund) Annual Conference last month (October 2014) and include some of the information from the excellent speakers, on subjects such as syringe feeding, nutrition, housing, forage and parasites!
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