Established in 2005
Growing up in Sweden, we had three dogs. One Labrador Retriever, and two Toy Poodles. They were a huge part of our family growing up. I was 7 years old when we started forming a pack. Within a year we had all three dogs. The poodles raised Sandy the Lab, to be a very respectful young male dog, and I watched them do it. They lived 15 to 17 happy years. We brought them to Canada with the family in 1979. After living in Canada for a year, we rescued a little mutt that was going to be sent to a shelter. Buttons was quite a little sweetie!
As a young adult and then later with my new family, I really missed having dogs, and I knew the girls would love to have a dog, so when we left downtown Vancouver in 2004 to live on this wonderful acre, we decided to rescued Alfina from a shelter in Alberta. That’s when our lives changed forever! Now we each have a dog and they do really well sharing us all with the dogs in daycare.
The concept of starting the dog daycare came about at an information session for entrepreneurs, watching the last years ‘entrepreneur of the year’ award winner receive her award on DVD. She ran one of the only dog daycare centers in all of Surrey back then. She operated her dog daycare from her home, situated on an acre, and she had a yellow school bus (with paw prints all over it) to transport dogs to and from her daycare, covering most of the Fraser Valley. Genius! She was great with the dogs and would handle 25 or more dogs with help from only one employee, and stayed very calm and in control doing it. She was my mentor through my first years of running the daycare. I was so thrilled when I realized I had all the makings to create a daycare center for dogs at my home. We now had a dog and I was so thrilled that I could create a job where I could spend my whole day with her and other great dogs. I am so fortunate to have been able to start this business .
A huge ‘Thank you’ to my auntie Maureen & uncle Ted for all their help and support.
I’m the alpha in our pack…and I’m always here.
Here at Doggy Dooli’l daycare we enjoy a consistent group of dogs that attend regularly. Some dogs come every day, and others come a couple of times a week. We only separate the dogs into groups during exercise time, so the little ones don’t get trampled, and we spend the day playing. Our max amount of dogs daily is 15. While doing my R & D for my business plan, I discovered that North Surrey had no dog daycare centers at all, and still to this day (fall of 2011), we are the only doggy daycare center here in the North Surrey/Delta area that offers care for all size dogs. (no bully breeds)
I think we have the best job ever…
”You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.”
- Antoine de Saint Exupery