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It’s January and summer is in full swing! Most of our Christmas guests have finished their holidays and returned home with their special Elcho Park Pet Hotel Christmas Gifts. There have been a few changes over the holiday period and we would like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest addition to the management team, Lauren Hill. Lauren, the daughter of owners Alan and Yvonne Hill has recently bought into the family business and will be looking after the administration and management of Elcho Park Pet Hotel.
Lauren graduated from Deakin University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Sport Management and Finance. During that time she was awarded the Pearson’s Education Award for the highest mark in business communication. She also undertook a number of internships including working with the Victorian Olympic Council and the Australian Olympic Committee, in addition to working regularly for the Carlton Football Club assisting them with Corporate Match Day Hospitality.
Lauren is a successful Equestrian, focusing on the discipline of Eventing. She and her horse Arabian Nights were selected for the Victorian Team to compete at the Pony Club Australia National Horse Trials in 2011 after winning the Victorian State Horse Trails earlier that year. Lauren has also been awarded the Pony Club Association of Victoria’s highest honour for service, the ‘Award of Merit’.
In 2012 Lauren was able to combine her passion for equestrian and sport management by traveling to the United Kingdom. She held the role of working pupil with Australian Equestrian Olympian, Sam Griffiths in the lead up to the London Olympic Games. During the Games, Lauren volunteered for the Australian Olympic Committee and then was contracted for the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival upon her return to Australia.
Lauren has spent the last two and a half years working in a small team at The Sport Australia Hall of Fame where she helped to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian sport through delivering sports 'Night of Nights', the annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner. The Hall of Fame also aims to excite the next generation of young Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and in life and Lauren helped achieve this through the management of the Mentoring Program as well as working on other programs the Hall of Fame delivers.
With a broad business knowledge and years of experience with animals and the operation of the best pet accommodation in Geelong, look out for some big changes in the coming months! With the weather heating up, our Conservatory suites are extremely popular; offering not only a spacious suite with garden views but also being fully air-conditioned.
While all dogs love the comfort of a cool place to holiday, there are some breeds yappyhour1which benefit greatly from having an air-conditioned room. Brachycephalic breeds (dogs with shortened muzzles) such as Cavalier King Charles, Pugs, Bulldog breeds and Boxers, find the heat particularly difficult to deal with and are at the forefront of our minds over the warmer months.
All hotel activities are scheduled nice and early, in the cool of the day. This allow all guests to spend the warmest part of the day napping in their rooms. Those lucky pets who have additional services booked, have them in the late afternoon in our tree-line and shade covered yards. For our water-babies we have supervised paddling pools available during Yappy Hour.
All guests are monitored routinely throughout the day, with Pet Attendants constantly filling water bowls and checking how everyone is doing. Our Smoothie Snacks are a popular treat over summer; at only $3 each these frozen snacks are ideal for cooling down in the afternoon.
As always, our consulting veterinarians are always on call if we do have a pet who is suffering heat stroke or any other illness.
Even for us humans, the Australian summer can be unbearable - especially when temperatures soar over 35 degrees. Air conditioners are a necessity, cold drinks and swimming in a pool or beach provide us with some relief, but it’s important to spare a thought for the well-being of our furry family members who are also struggling to keep cool!
Ensure that you pet ALWAYS has access to PLENTY of water both inside and outside the house. A good tip is to put ice blocks in them to keep the water cold. You can even freeze containers of beef or chicken stock for outdoor animals.
Another great idea is putting ceramic tiles or towels in the freezer and then providing these to your pets to lie on. You can also wipe them down with cold wet towels. Even most cats will allow this when the weather hits extreme temperatures.
Allow outside pets inside to cool down in front of the air conditioner or fan.
Once wet, dry them in from of a fan or air-conditioner
The Beatles recorded a high-pitched dog whistle and placed it into ‘A Day in the Life’ on their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for Paul McCartney’s beloved Old English Sheepdog, Martha.
The high frequency 15 kilohertz tone cannot be detected by the human ear but will have your pooch groovin’ along to its own Beatles’ beat!
Our guests REALLY enjoy their Playtimes and Yappy Hour!
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“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving him only two of them.”
- Phil Pastoret