Finding safe space to exercise our dogs ‘off-lead’ – especially those with ‘uncertain pasts’, who lack any initial training - is a problem. Having greyhounds and lurchers, for me and some of my dogs, finding Celine’s Orchard, was life-changing. Most especially for two boys, who had previously spent over seven years together in total social isolation in a rural kennel, and who found the big wide world all too difficult. At the Orchard, they could run and play with my older dogs, yet jump back into the car for five minutes, if noise from farm traffic or passing walkers was alarming. They gradually gained confidence and it completely changed their lives.
I can’t exactly define what makes it a special place. One can drive in, lock the gate, let the dogs run, work through some exercises, or just sit and watch them investigate in their own way. The advantages are obvious and the quiet, timeless atmosphere of the space has been sensitively enhanced by Celine’s management and her unobtrusive dedication to making sure that standards are maintained by clients. But it is more than just a beautiful, peaceful old orchard; it has an aura which enables you and your dogs – some of whom may have had a traumatic past - to re-energise. Whether you need a safe space for them to run and play, or to use the interesting, natural facilities for some individual agility training – or simply an hour away from an ‘increasingly mad world’ to redress the balance of your mind and soul, as well as theirs - then a session at the Orchard is the best place to start. Mxx