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Good Companions
10 Woodcrest Drive
Kingston, New Brunswick E5N 1P3

Phone John & Sally Weston
on 506 832 3753

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Welcome to Good Companions
10 Woodcrest Drive, Kingston, New Brunswick E5N 1P3

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About Us

Boarding Kennels Location

We are a small private and personal pet care boarding establishment for cats and dogs.

We are set in 100 acres in pleasant rural surroundings mid-way between the Gondola Point Ferry and Hampton.

We provide Kindness and Professional Care for your Pets. We pride ourselves on the care and comfort offered to all of our guests. We specialize in senior pets and those with special needs/disabilities but welcome all Breeds of any age.

We strive to provide an enriched environment for all of our guests. We even offer a massage service for both cats and dogs whilst they are staying with us. Luxury size suites for cats and dogs designed specifically to ensure all of our guests are not intimidated or stressed by their environment.

The establishment is heated/Air Conditioned. We have large outdoor exercise paddocks, open pasture areas for gentler walks as well as groomed trails available for the more adventurous guest.

During the summer we are also able to offer swims in the lake (we provide the life jackets) or paddle in one of our outdoor wading pools.

Our cat guests have their own individual luxury suites with their own window and perching ledge for viewing the birds and other wildlife and that includes us!. The Cattery is separate from the dog facilities.

We are professionally qualified Proprietors in Animal Care, Physical Rehabilitation and First Aid for Small Companions.

Opening Hours & Visiting

Boarding Kennels Building

Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sundays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed All Day for Arrivals/Departures:

Easter Sunday, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Public Holidays Open 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or as Posted

PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT gcompanion.john@gmail.com

Our Establishment has been Inspected and Approved in accordance with the Provincial Regulations - Licensed #097

Staff & Knowledge

We have 2 full-time staff working in our kennels.

Our staff ratio is:      1 Staff : 2 Kennels

Boarding Kennels Staff/Owners

Good Companions Boarding Kennels in New Brunswick

About our staff, knowledge and experience:

Sally and her husband have owned and operated two successful large Boarding Kennels in England.

John has been involved in Welfare and was the former chairman of The British Dalmatian Welfare Charity.

John is also qualified in Canine Hydrotherapy. Sally has an Honors Degree in Animal Science, Canine Hydrotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation Accredited, Honors in Kennel & Cattery Management, Distinction in General Canine Studies, Advanced Healthcare & Nutrition in Small Companion Animals.

Sally is a Former Member of the Advisory Panel of the UK Pet Care Trust. We have both been Fosterers for the Cats Protection League in England.

We are first aid trained in Small Companion Animals. We have over 25 years experience in the care and management of dogs, cats and small animals such as Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and Exotic Birds.

Our Kennels

We have 4 Kennels with Attached runs: Covered runs:

They were built in 2010 and are licensed for anything up to 10 dogs (maximum).

Less than 20 kennels per building
We're proudto say we have a maximum of 4 kennels in any one building
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(The ideal is a maximum of 20 kennels in a building, as the less dogs, the calmer & quieter it is)

Less than 20 kennels per building
We're proud to say we have a maximum of 10 kennels in any section of any building.
(The ideal is a maximum of 10 kennels per section)


Boarding Kennels Sleep Accommodation

Boarding Kennels Exercise Run

We only have 4 suites for dog guests.

Dogs from the same family may share a suite.

We have two suites that are 6ft x 5ft

We have one suite which is 8ft x 7ft

We have one suite which is 10ft x 8ft

We have 6 cat suites. 3 suites are 6ft x 7ft and 3 suites are 8ft x 7ft

 

WE DO NOT CRATE OR CAGE GUESTS AT OUR ESTABLISHMENT

About our Kennels

All of the products used in our cat and dog Suites are safe for pets and that even includes the paint used on the walls which is Eco Friendly and does not emit any VOC.

Dogs:

Dogs can choose their own DVDs to watch whilst relaxing in their suites.

None of our guests have nose to nose or eye to eye contact therefore they can relax and enjoy their suites.

Cats:

Our cats suites have been built to exceed the FAB (Feline Advisory Bureau) Standards for Catteries.

 

Dog Exercise & Play:

Dogs get out of their Kennels for exercise:

Dogs are taken out of KennelsWe're proud to say dogs DO get out of their kennels here.
We know how important it is (mentally and physically) for dogs to play, sniff, run around and stretch their legs.
In other words, for dogs to be dogs!


About dog exercise with our Boarding Kennels:

Exercise & Play in Boarding Kennels

We have three large secure exercise areas.

Two exercise areas are 30ft x 10ft and one covered exercise area which is 20ft x 15ft.

We have numerous trails for all ages of dogs

We have over 8 acres of clear walking fields

All guests receive complimentary one on one attention to meet their needs.

All guests are out for full exercise 4 times per day for a minimum of 20 minutes (weather permitting).

All guests are taken out for "LAST CALL" before treats, tuck-in and lights out.

WE NEVER MIX GUESTS

Dog Walks/Exercise/Playtime with Staff:

Dogs exercised by staff:

120 minutes of walks/exercise with staff provided daily

Less than 20 kennels per buildingWe're proud to say we offer walks/ exercise/ playtime WITH staff.
We know how important it is for dogs to have our company one-to-one.
It's much more fun!

About dog walks/playtime with staff

Dog Walks at the Boarding Kennels

There are short trail walks (20 to 30 minutes) and longer trails available.

We have trails leading down to our lakeside in which we can offer our guests a swim in the summer months.

We also have available in the summer months wading pools which allows our guests to cool off.

We have open pastures which we exercise the older dogs or dogs requiring a more gentler exercise regime.

We have groomed trail walks for the more adventurous guest.

Dog Care

Welfare & Settling In

Comfort items from home allowed:

DAP Therapy used: DAP Therapy (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) used in Kennels

Comfort items We're proud to say we DO allow & encourage comfort items for dogs. We understand how important it is to help your dog relax and feel settled quickly, more at home with us. This is such an easy way to comfort your dog. After all, we all love our home comforts don't we?!

DAP Therapy (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) used in KennelsWe're proud to say we DO offer D.A.P therapy here to calm and reassure dogs. We believe in doing as much as possible to help your dogs have a happy stay with us, especially when such great, positive benefits to dog welfare can be provided so easily and simply.


Our policy on comfort items:

Dog Welfare in Boarding Kennels

We encourage you to bring any possessions from home to help your pet feel more comfortable.

This can be a favourite toy, stuffed animal, blanket, etc.

We do provide all of our guests with bedding.

We use Profleece Veterinary Bedding, Bolster Beds and Ortho Mattress type beds.

All suites have Kuranda Beds so your dog is off the floor.

We would ask that if your pet is on a special dietary brand of food or you do not wish your pets normal diet to change that you bring with you their food with clear instructions and enough for their stay and a few days more in case of any delays in collecting.

We provide homemade treats whilst your dog stays with us.  All Natural with no preservatives and organic ingredients.

If your pet has an allergy to any flours, gluten or other foods please let us know so we can create a treat appropriately for them.


Diet

Will you feed the same diet as at home:

Comfort items We're proud to say we DO offer to feed your dog the same diet as at home.
We understand how important it is to help your dog settle in quickly and easily without any digestive problems that would be caused with a change of diet.

 

Will you feed special/prescription diets:

Will feed natural/organic diets:


Caring for Dogs

Care of Easy-going & Steady Dogs

At Good Companions all of our guests are cared for to their own individual needs.

Should one of our guests be a little shy or unsure than we structure our routine to assist them in settling down and being comfortable whilst with us.

For the guests who are steady in which nothing fazes them again we ensure we adapt to their requirements.

For example some of our guests just like to be stroked and cuddled whilst lying down with us in one of our pastures this is fine with us.

Our cat guests enjoy their daily brushing whilst watching the bird feeders or like to be held and have a cuddle. Some shy/nervous cats like to be left to themselves initially which we believe is ok because from experience we have found that after 24 hours they have adapted to their new environment and begin to come out and explore.

We do not believe in forcing ourselves onto a guest who is not too sure as this only adds to their anxiety. We let them find their own way and as long as they are eating well even if it means cooking up something special for e.g. fish poached in a fat free milk broth than so be it! Our cats have 3 x daily play sessions with us as well.  Some of our cat guests leave being experts in "ANGRY BIRDS"!


Care of Active Dogs

We have secure exercise areas where our guests are off lead and able to play ball etc.

Since we only cater to a small number of guests we are able to offer 3 to 4 times a day play sessions.

What every dog loves is walks on our beautiful groomed trails. We have short and long trails. There is always plenty to see on our trails and lots of sniffing time. We try to match our walks to the health, age and size of your pet. If one of our guests is particularly energetic we can during the summer months take them on our Excursion Package and they can have a swim in the lake with a secure fitted life jacket always supervised.

Swimming is a great way to exercise your pet without causing any concussive force to joints and muscles. For the less energetic dogs we are able to offer them the wading pools where they can splash and play and cool off. Of course they get great delight in ensuring we are as wet as they are!


Care of Daycare/creche Dogs

At the moment we do not offer this service.  However we do board pets for 1 day only if there is availability.


Dogs with Special Needs

Separate, quiet section available:

About our care of special needs dogs:

Dog Welfare in Boarding Kennels

Here at Good companions we do not discriminate against any pet with special needs or disabilities.

We would encourage you to contact us prior to making a reservation to discuss with us your pets needs.

We have experience with guests who may be epileptic and understand the importance of administering medication for this condition at the correct times. We also know with guests with epilepsy that they require a stress free and quiet place.  We also have experience with pets who may be undertaking chemotherapy and require an experienced person to handle their needs and medications etc.

We are happy to administer insulin via injections/eye drops for our diabetic guests. Again we will work with you to ensure that the times your pet requires their insulin we are able to adapt our schedule to meet.

Convalescent guests under your Vets supervision we can provide a safe, quiet environment for recuperative post injury or post operative guests.

We are also able to continue any Passive Range of Motion Exercises for example as we are qualified in Physical Rehabilitation for Companion Pets.

We have walking harnesses especially to assist guests who may have a difficult time getting up initially or require extra support for stability whilst out for a walk.

Age considerations:

Puppies

Senior Dogs

Elderly Dogs

We care for dogs with:

Allergies/ Allergenic

  Digestive Problems

Arthritis/ Arthritic

  Disabilities

Blindness

  Heart Disease

Convulsions/ Seizures/ Epilepsy

  Kidney Disease

Deafness

  Nervous/ Sensitive/ Separation anxiety

Diabetes/Diabetic

  Skin Problems

Services

We offer 1/2 hour Feline/Canine Massages at an additional charge.

Please enquire at time of making your reservation.

We also can provide your pet with Homemade All Natural Gourmet Treats on a daily basis whilst staying with us or order some for your pet to take home.  TREATS CAN BE FROZEN SO YOU WILL HAVE SOME EXTRAS ON HAND BEFORE THEIR NEXT STAY WITH US!

We do provide all of our guests with Homemade Biscuits at bedtime just before lights out of course with the owners permission.

Please let us know at the time of your reservation whether your pet has any food allergies so we can avoid any upsets.

We can adapt our biscuits for example to gluten free if necessary.

During the summer months we have an "Excursion Package" for our dog guests.

Please speak to us for details.

There is a small additional charge for this service.

Emailed Updates:

We offer email updates of your pet while you are away to ensure that you know your pet is in safe hands and enjoying his/her time with us.

Services for Dogs: Other Services:
Collect and return service Collect & Return, or Dog Chauffeur Service Pet Supplies
Professional grooming service Grooming Service (professional option, full bath & cut) Cattery (Cat Boarding)
Hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy Small Animals Boarding
Webcam service Webcam Service Stables
Webcam service Send updates while you're away  

140 Guests

Guests Gallery


31st Mar 2013

BLACK BEAUTY - NOT A SLEEPING BEAUTY FOR SURE!

This was Black Beauty's first time with us.  She took a day to get use to us and her surroundings.  She was not too sure about being around the other residents but soon figured out that she was safe and she wanted to play.  We loved her slinky moves whereby she would lie on her side have belly rubs or a brush and than just slink across the carpet to get to you for more patting.  You had to watch where you were walking because she was always at your feet.  Her favourite games were the crinkle tunnel, feather wand and the laser beam.  She even earned her allowance by helping out in the kitchen with washing up duties.  For her efforts she got a few temptation treats.  She really liked it when she had the cattery to herself for a few days as she was allowed to be out and about all day and night.  She soon found the rocking chair and that is where she preferred to snooze especially late afternoon when the sun streamed through the window and bathed her in sun rays.  Welcome anytime.


20th Mar 2013

BOB MARLEY = HE WAS A JAMMING!

What a cutie pie!  Tiny, affectionate, playful and quick.  We had so much fun with him.  He would play all day long if given the opportunity.  He looked ever so smart in his very comfy coat when out and about and he may have been a wee mite but he could hurdle over the largest of snow banks.  Fantastic little eater as long as you played again after the bowl was empty.  Mum and Dad were worried but he excelled which we were so pleased about.


26th Feb 2013

ELLA - BLONDE BOMB SHELL

Ella came to us for the first time and spent the weekend with us.  Ella settled into her suite quickly and gave us no problems at all.  She ate her food as soon as it hit her room!  Now a bit strong on the lead and with icy patches around were very worried we would all fall down but she skirted the patches and preferred bouncing like a spring lamb through and over tall snow banks.  Welcome to come and play with us again.


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1 Videos

Video Gallery

17th Feb 2011: Buster and Jack - Dental Time!

2 News Articles

Latest News


5th Apr 2012

Ca-r-ma.org - Cat Rescue Maritimes

Cat Rescue Maritimes the Saint John Chapter.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
They Trap, Neuter, Return - Fixing Feral Felines.

Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal.

For more information or to volunteer or donate contact Angela 506-672-CATS(2287)

Donation Wish List (Year Round)

Cat food (dry or tinned), Toys, Dishes, Feline Revolution (Blue & Mauve), Monetary donations to assist with Vet bills, Spay & neuter and Medications, Gift Cards

Food can also be dropped off at the following locations:-  Pet Corral (West), Shur-Gain Feeds N' Needs (Rothesay Avenue), Global Pet Foods (East and West stores) and Arrow Fuel (Quispamsis)


22nd Aug 2011

Contributing Feature Writer For The UK Trade Industry Kennel & Cattery Magazine

It is with great honor that Sally has been asked to contribute articles to this very well respected Kennel & Cattery Management Industry Magazine.  Sally's first article appears later this year.  We will try and provide a copy of the article to this space as soon as possible.


30 Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

Some of the things our customers love us for...

21st Nov 2013
The Absolute Best Place For Your Fur Baby
by Pauline Milner, Saint John, New Brunswick, Saint John County

The Absolute Best Place For Your Fur Baby

I am sorry this testimonial has come so late.  I thought I had posted already!  Last year, Uncle John and Aunt Sally kept our little guy, Bullitt, for a week while we went Christmas shopping in New Hampshire.  Bullitt is 10 years old and is a diabetic.  He has to have two needles a day and drops in his eyes to keep them healthy (He had catarat surgery on one eye to restore his sight, but his other eye had issues.  As a result, he did lose 20 percent of his vision, but you cannot tell.  There is still a catarat on his other eye.)  He was so happy at Good Companions.  Of course, we called twice a day because we missed him so much.   John and Sally did not mind at all and kept us well updated.  They are incredible people.  They are a Godsend for your pets, Angels right here on Earth.  We are going away again this year and have booked Bullitt his reservation.  I have no worries about leaving him.  He will have the very best of care and he is looking forward to spending a few days with his beloved Uncle and Aunt.  Thank you John and Sally for being our surrogate parents when we go away and cannot take Bullitt with us.  See you soon!  Love from Pauline, David and, of course, Bullitt.


3rd Sep 2013
Fantastic
by Mike Girouard, New Brunswick

Fantastic

Leaving Gunner, a 3 year old Victorian Bulldog, with John & Sally Weston at Good Companions was the only way I would go on a vacation for a week without him!!  Gunner felt right at home as soon as we took him there to visit the kennel, and Sally massaged his backside which he loves!  I felt very comfortable with the surroundings and the fact that I could see him occasionally on facebook and hear how he was doing!!               John & Sally are very experienced in their field . I would recommend them and their kennel to anyone leaving a pet while away on vacation!!


8th Aug 2013
Wonderful Experience
by Angiee Davis, New Brunswick

Wonderful Experience

I have 2 dogs (one a senior and one very shy).  Good Companions were amazing with both of them.  My shy dog was giving hugs, that is the best testimonial for me and will definitely be calling them again.


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Fees

Fees are per dog, per day (includes any tax)

Boarding Kennels Fees

$0.00 for a Small Dog

$0.00 for a Medium Dog

$0.00 for a Large Dog

$0.00 for a Giant Dog


Further Information

Please call for more information on 506 832 3753 or gcompanion.john@gmail.com

We charge on a per day basis and by suite size not breed size.

We only accept cash or cheques made payable to John Weston at this time.

Full payment must be made before we are able to release your pet.

No HST.

Late cancellation of 7 days prior to due date an administration charge will apply.

We only accept Guests who are up to date on their Vaccinations. Including Rabies and Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

 

Please call for daily rates.

Map, Directions, and Driving Distance & Time

Good Companions Boarding Kennels,
10 Woodcrest Drive, Kingston, New Brunswick E5N 1P3

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Directions

Take the Gondola Point Ferry across to the Kingston Peninsula.  Turn right and follow the 845 Highway to Kingston Corner.  Turn right at Kingston Corner continuing on the 845.  Approximately 6 minutes along you will see Woodcrest Drive sign.  Turn onto Woodcrest Drive and 10 Woodcrest Drive can be found on the right hand side. 

Coming through Hampton go to Kredls and than turn left onto the 845 Highway.  Follow the 845 for approx 8 minutes until you see Woodcrest Drive sign which is located on the left hand side of the road.  Turn onto Woodcrest Drive and 10 Woodcrest Drive can be found on the right hand side.

Landmark:  The Hidden Valley Campground - or Campground blue sign.  From Hampton we are one driveway past this sign and if coming from Gondola Point direction we are one driveway before this sign.

Contact

Bookings, Queries & Appointments

Sally & John will be happy to discuss your queries about Good Companions Boarding Kennels including bookings, availability, and making an appointment to visit.

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phonePhone John & Sally Weston
on 506 832 3753

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