Woof Woof Understands Your Fury Baby’s Needs

July 10, 2015

 

By Len Lathrop

Almost 12 years ago on Range Road in Windham, Belinda and Ralph Sinclair moved their professional dog services to 47 Rockingham Rd. the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, many customers and the staff celebrated the new state-of-the-art facility with a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 26.

Since 1990 the Sinclairs have been recognized as leaders in the care of dogs.  While Belinda runs the daycare and boarding facility, both are certified professional dog trainers.  Ralph has been known to show his understanding of dogs and their owners by writing a doggie column for this paper that was very well received.

The new facility offers all the amenities that any self respecting K-9 would want.  This new larger facility was needed as the Interstate 93 expansion project took the Range Road building.  The State of New Hampshire, which bought their previous property several years ago to make way for the highway, offered the couple an assistance package to help them relocate.

The new Woof Woof includes two floors and a large outside play area.  Though they moved in November, the owners opted to wait for the ribbon-cutting ceremony until more of the renovations were completed upstairs.  Now operational, the lower level opens into a series of outside play yards, which are paved and covered with a crush material so that there is no mud and all run-off is treated with swales as it leaves the yards.  The dogs’ personality, as well as their size and age are taken into consideration when deciding what yard the “fury-babies” go in.  The four yards are classed as the babies, the preteens, teens and adults.  The classifications help in apt for the overnight staff when there are boarders at Woof Woof.

The ribbon cutting was scheduled for noontime, after touring the upstairs rooms, which in included a salon for grooming, a rest area and several other multipurpose rooms.  Guests watched from the outside deck, as all the yards are visible, while the dogs who had finished their lunch and nap came outside to play.

There is a staff of 10 caregivers in addition to the Sinclairs, who all are trained in first aid.  There are on average 60 day care dogs and 10 boarders on any given day.  While the tour ended before the water pools were brought out, the dogs all seemed to be relaxed and playing with each other