Pampered pooches need never by left home alone thanks to a new business initiative launched by a Falkirk dog lover.
Maree Brown spotted a gap in the market when she bought her own dog and didn’t like leaving her while she was at work.
Last month, she opened Hound Hangout, offering specialist daycare for man’s – and woman’s – best friend at premises in Bankside Industrial Estate where she looks after canine clients between 8 am. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
The former marketing and events executive even gave up full-time work to ensure her venture was up to scratch.
She said: “After getting my own dog I began wishing there was somewhere I could take her to be looked after during the day whilst my partner and I were at work. I thought if I felt like this others must do too. No-one was offering the service locally so I went to Business Gateway for advice.
“It was a gamble going part-time but it allowed me to focus on researching the market, obtain my planning permission and licence etc.”
Dogs can be booked in for the full day or a half day of care in the 2500 sq.ft building which offers them plenty of indoor and outdoor space to lay and exercise – and like any good ‘nursery’ they even have nap times.
Maree (31) has also launched a grooming service at the weekend with ‘Dog Wash’ and is running puppy training classes.
Sandy Slater, Business Gateway adviser, said: “Maree has benefited from both our workshops and tailored advice, and we have referred her to both Falkirk Council’s Employment and Training Unit and to Skill Development Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive.
“Our assistance with her business plan meant that she could apply for a loan through Start-Up Finance Scotand, whom we work in partnership with.”