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TV show goes behind the scenes at dog "hotel"
7:00am Monday 19th May 2014 in News
A “dogumentary” charting the opening of the UK’s first luxury dog spa and hotel will finish filming this week.
Dog Hotel follows the staff and canine guests of House of Hugo in Shoreham, which opened in July.
Married couple Matt and Leon Henderson-Rood put their life savings into opening the hotel, which features a doggie gym, swimming pool and four suites each equipped with a king-sized bed and flat screen TV.
Leon says: “We wanted to run a fun and safe environment for dogs, taking the concept of a dog-sitting service up to another level.”
Leon, 38, a registered canine hydrotherapist and Matt, 33, a qualified dog trainer and behaviourist, head a team of canine first aid-trained dog handlers.
At the hotel, described as the “ultimate dog experience" each dog is assigned a key worker and gets a one-hour walk every day.
Up to 50 dogs are cared for each day, with as many as ten of them staying overnight.
Pets are offered a pampering service which includes “pawdicures”, reiki, aromatherapy and homeopathy as well as one-to-one behavioural sessions and training classes.
Leon said: “It’s nice for people to go on holiday knowing their dogs are having a luxury holiday too.”
The 10-part series by Brighton-based production company Factory Films will debut this October on Watch, UKTV’s entertainment channel.
“The show will be great for anyone who loves dogs,” said Leon.
“There are a lot of heart-warming stories. We have had dogs come to us partly paralysed that have left walking.”
One 17-stone terrier, Alfie, was given a weight management course that shed a stone.
Lisa Fairbank, director of Factory Films, said: “We are looking forward to unleashing this unique ‘dogumentary’ on dog lovers around the world.”
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