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February 2016 VIP Newsletter

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News from Elcho Park Pet Hotel!  

newlogoIt’s February and by now everyone is back at school! This month’s issue includes some handy tips to get both kids and pets back into the swing of things now that the holidays are over. It can be a huge adjustment, especially for a puppy or kitten who have come into a home buzzing with activity, to days spent occupying themselves at home without any human interaction. logo

A popular option for many of our guests is to check-in to the hotel for Doggy Day Care. Dogs who check-in before work or school are straight out to our Yappy Yards for a morning Playtime and if sociable, are out with other friendly dogs of a similar size and temperament. Pet Attendants supervising the play groups provide plenty of pats and cuddles, while keeping the action going with toys and balls being thrown around to the dogs that like interactive games.

After a big morning play session, your pets are taken back to their suites for some time to rest, and unwind. Any special needs are attended to. The early afternoon is when the real fun starts to happen with yet another Yappy Hour session or Playtime along with our Pet Attendants, to get them well and truly tuckered-out before home time.

Doggy Day Care pets are picked-up before closing, wonderfully relaxed and happy after a day of adventures with their human and furry friends. February’s exclusive complimentary VIP offer is a FREE* Doggy Day Care session. All you need to do is show the voucher at the end of this Newsletter when you come in.

Call the office on 5282 1286 and mention February’s VIP Offer to discuss having your dog come in for their complimentary session and to become one of our regular Doggy Day Care crew!
(*to the maximum value of $30.00, limited to one per customer and valid until 22.03.16)


A Day in the Life 










A big slobbery ball of fun between Ted, Chewy, Skip and Leo in our Conservatory Play Yards in their afternoon Yappy Hour!
Our guests REALLY enjoy their Playtimes and Yappy Hour!
To view more images, please visit our Facebook Page; Elcho Park Pet Hotel.

Did you know? 













Felines lack a sweet tooth; it is believed that there is a mutation in a key taste receptor that prevents cats from tasting sugar.

Back to School Tips For Your Kids and Pets  


As summer comes to an end and we all get back into a regular routine, it can cause some confusion for our pets as to why we are no longer around to play all day. In some cases it can lead to destructive behaviour when pets look for things to keep themselves occupied.

Below we have compiled our best back to school tips for your kids and your pets to ensure a smooth move into the school year for everyone! 

1. Leave Interactive Toys Out During the Day

When your pets’ favourite play buddy heads back to school their day can suddenly feel very empty. Specific dog-safe boredom busters such as Kongs and other pet-puzzles can keep your pets active until their favourite friend returns home from school.

2. Put the Radio on Low

During the summer the house is full of sounds: the kids romping around, the T.V. running and music streaming from iPods and laptops. When the kids go back to school many of these sounds will suddenly be cut off for the majority of the day. If your home will go from full of activity to quiet and empty, consider leaving the radio on for your pets.  The sound of voices talking and singing will comfort both dogs and cats until the family returns home.

Your kids have probably spent a lot of time with your pets this summer. From playing outdoors in the yard, to swimming to cuddling up and watching movies in the evening — there’s no doubt that your children and pets have had a lot of time to bond.

When the kids go back to school your pets can begin experiencing separation anxiety. Remind your children that even though their schedules are now busier, they cannot forget about their furry best friends.

Create a daily routine that ensures your children and pets will continue to spend quality time together, including:

  • Exercise and play in the morning before they leave the house
  • Extra attention and play when they get home from school
  • Exercise and “family time” in the evening

This not only ensures your pets get the attention they love and deserve, but it will help your children learn how to be responsible and caring pet owners. These are important lessons your kids will carry for life.
Now that your pets will be spending more time home alone it’s important toplan evening and weekend activities that include them.
An evening stroll in the park, a weekend picnic or even just a special weeknight brushing can help provide your pets the attention they crave (and deserve).

3. Join our Doggy Day Care

Elcho Park Pet Hotel Doggy Day Care gives your pets an opportunity to enjoy continual interaction with our caring staff all day long. Not only a great way to satisfy your dog’s needs but also it is great exercise and can burn off tons of excess energy.
The benefits also flow on to you the owner. You can come home to a well-exercised, well-behaved tired dog who is ready to relax on the couch and snuggling up with you.

Hopefully the above tips can help set a routine that works for your family (the two-legged and four-legged alike) and you won’t have to worry about coming home to a disaster courtesy of a bored dog.


Geelong Animal Rescue is Looking For Love! 

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Geelong Animal Rescue (GAR) is running a February special on its mums and dads! These very beautiful adult felines will be only $100 for the duration of this month.

So go on and check their profiles, fill in an adoption application and take home a lovely companion!

Click here to adopt Mog
Click here to adopt Chuckles
Click here to adopt Angus
Click here to adopt Summer

Pet Quote 

marley and me quote by fortheloveofpg-d8sk2ek

A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?

- Josh Grogan (Marley and Me)

Complimentary VIP (Very Important Pet) Offer 

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About Us

The Pets Hotel Country Club is situated at Elcho Park and boasts a history that dates back 150 years! The bluestone cottage was originally built in 1867 as the gatehouse to the Elcho Homestead located on the hill on Bacchus Marsh Road and was part of a 4,000 acre estate.

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  • Thank you so much to the staff at Elcho Park Pet Hotel! This was the first time leaving our Mac for more than a night and I was so worried as to how he'd go! Staff were very understanding with this worried mum ringing to check on her puppy! He's come home so relaxed and happy and just want some cuddle time! Highly recommend to anyone needing to leave their pets! Thank you all from the De Marchi's and Mac!

    Jessie Henley April 7th 2015 (Facebook)
  • (5 stars) We have 2 high maintenance rescue dogs that have been institutionalised to stay in our local kennels. Unfortunately they were closed over a period recently and we needed to look elsewhere. Elcho Park was recommended to us by our local kennels and we travelled down from Ballan to do a trial. Jocelyn was exceptional and talked us through a long list of obviously well established and used procedures they have in place for difficult to handle dogs. We then subsequently met Ellen and Marnie at check in and check out who were equally knowledgeable, relaxed with handling the boys and encouraging of us keeping in touch to see how the boys progressed. We rang every day!!! Our littlest initially refused to eat which meant he wasn't getting some medication. The girls were extremely creative about getting him comfortable with lots of different snacks, food choices, hiding v crushing up etc. They also went to great lengths to spend time at the pens so he would be more trusting and relaxed. Perseverance paid off and for that we are so grateful. They also came home relaxed, happy and very vocal ... sadly no bark issues here!!! I will agree with others that the pens were a little on the smelly side and the facility does look quite tired and in need of a little love. That said the pens we had the boys in were spotlessly clean and there was lots of clean fresh water when we arrived unannounced to pick them up just after 8:30am Tuesday. All I can say is the team there really is amazing, the efforts they went to working with us was beyond impressive and their commitment to the animals in their care unquestionable. 5 stars from us ☺

    Michelle Hocking (Google Reviews)
  • (5 stars) Rocky love there service he never says a bad word about them.

    Lara Wreckers (Google Reviews)
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