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Established in 2008 Happi Days has come on from strength to strength. We have created more playgrounds, more sofa areas and fenced an area of woodland for your pets enjoyment. After being a dog walker and boarder for so long I (Helen) knew the time was right to communicate with our local council to get a new dog crèche licence written to be unlike a kennel. After a lengthy negotiation with the council, a number of vet inspections and a lot of flooring, fencing and painting work we got the go ahead! Eight years of experience later, we now can offer three locations, Rendlesham day care and grooming, Eyke for the longer holiday boarding for the overnights and Martlesham for the day care, grooming and Canine Hydrotherapy Association endorsed Hydrotherapy suite.
Our staff are all full time so they know all of the individual characteristics of each canine client that uses our crèche. We encourage further education with our staff: most have grooming tuition and canine first aid under their belts and many have dog training and nutrition qualifications. All are highly experienced, and having a low staff turnover you can be assured the dogs are with people that they know and that know them well.
Meet the team
Helen Brown Bsc Hons (Owner)
Hi I’m Helen, owner of Happi Days. I have a degree in Business Management, level three NVQ in horse care and level three Certificate in Canine hydrothotherapy qualifications.
Since our first crèche (the first in Suffolk) was opened our canine family has expanded and now includes two shepherd crosses called Shadow and Angel, a springer called Daisy, a collie called Lara, a French bull dog called Gismo, and a Staffie called Alfie. They all have been given to us due to difficult circumstances in their previous owners lives, and all love spending their days with their chums at Happi Days. You will often see them in the Happi Days playgrounds in our facebook pictures each days with your dogs.
Owner of Billy, Paddy, Lilly, Reuben, Bo, Yogi & Delilah, Emma has a life time of experience with rescue dogs. Having unfortunately lost one of her Lurchers (Oscar) to epilepsy recently, and managing Yogi's epilepsy she has endless advice for any unfortunate owner coping with this problem. With a number of canine qualifications Emma offers behavioural advice to anyone having problems at home or out walking. Please feel free to ask her about this!
Emma is the main organisational contact at Happi Days for Rendlesham and holiday bookings other than the business owners. She does most of the bookings, enrolments and holiday stay confirmations. You are likely to see Emma in the small Creche area where you drop off in the mornings. Please feel free to ask any questions revolving around your dogs care both with us and at home; Emma will always make time to help out with advice.
My husband Chris (owner)
Chris acts as handyman and general help whenever we need it, often roping in his dad (Martin) to help build and fix things. I think he makes any excuse to come and play with the dogs!
Chris is also our IT man, with help from Maurice Gifford. Maurice designed and made the new database. He keeps the computers and new database running! After being around me and my dogs for 15 years now, Chris was finally smitten by a little springer spaniel from the Loddon Wood green dog rescue centre. We named her Daisy and she is currently in training for her future role in detection.Thanks Maurice!!!
Josh came to us five years ago when he was completing his animal care qualifications with Otley college, he was so natural with the dogs that we head hunted him for a job once he had left the college. He has grown in experience and knowledge working for us full time for five years now and is a senior playground supervisor knowing every Rendlesham visitor like the back of his hand.
The owner of two Rottweiler's Woo and Dodson, Josh knows what it is like to live with two large teddy bears. A very popular member of staff with the dogs as he is never far away with a toy or joining in with climbing on the castle with all his canine pals.
Lisa is a doggie fanatic currently having four dogs of her own including a Labrador, Gsd and Collies. Lisa is the trainer at our Happi Days fun agility training at the weekend so you may well meet her there.
Caron has come to Happi Days originally as a customer socialising her German shepherd Tess and her Hovawarts (yes that is a breed I didn't make it up!!!) Tiggie and Truffle. As she had so much fun at Happi Days and couldn’t bring herself to go home, she became our accountant and full time dog cuddle organiser and playmate.
A lively young chap never far away with a tennis ball or toy, he is very popular amongst the dogs! Harry started as a work experience student studying animal care at Otley college four years ago and very quickly became a full time member of staff. Harry enjoys helping in the grooming room cleaning, feeding and exercising the dogs.
Heléna came to us whilst working towards her animal management diploma, and is Happi to turn her hand to any task, she is an experienced groomer and does most of the grooming at Martlesham, and is the main point of contact at the Martlesham creche.
She has 2 rabbits, a cat, and a new puppy lab x puppy called Parsley, but there is plenty of room in her heart for Happi Days doggies.
Jules came to us wanting to make a career change, previously a dog enthusiast working as a hair dresser and as a van driver, Jules was the obvious candidate when we needed a new dog taxi driver. Jules spends her evenings with her german shepard and rottweiler, but at creche you will often find her cuddling some of the smallest members - she doesn't discriminate. Jules often takes your dogs for their lunch time run and is the doggie taxi lady for the boarders. A much loved member of staff partly because she often is the food lady and walkies lady so to our guests she is very important!
Chloe is amazing help at the weekends, feeding, grooming, entertaining, cleaning up after and cuddling whatever needs doing. Thanks Chloe for all your hard work.
Kez is a recent addition, fancying a change of careers from being a chef. Her passion has always been animals, she studied Animal Care and Dog Grooming at Otley College, and has rabbits and guinea pigs at home. She has a particular soft spot for some of our biggest visitors, but you will often find her cuddling the littlest members too.
Chelsea is our most recent addition, having gained her Animal Management level 3 qualification and having worked with various rescues, groomers, and kennels. She has four dogs of her own, two beagles, a spaniel and a lurcher.
You will usually see her when picking up from Martlesham, or on Saturdays at Rendlesham.
Tash lives with her big teddy bear Bruce the Akita, so isn't phased by bigger dogs, and since she started work experience as part of her college course she has met lots of small dogs and fallen in love. After her work experience finished we decided she was too good to let go of, and now she is a permanent member of staff!
Lisa has recently arrived to assist Helen in the hydrotherapy suit, she is a fully trained animal physiotherapist and has added a variety of complimentary therapies to those available at Happi Days.
Hugo is the Happi days mascot he comes with us to all our fetes and fun days throughout the year. Hugo is very popular with the kids and always goes visiting all the other mascots at the Suffolk show!
Rendlesham doggie temperament assesors!
Lilly, Billy, Bo, Reuben, Paddy, Yogi and Delilah are always here to greet your dogs on their first visit. These dogs are especially chosen for their laid back attitude towards new dogs and therefore are always brought out first slowly one by one to make sure any new dog is settled before they meet all the crèche dogs. We do this not only for safety of the existing dogs at the crèche but also so that all new dogs get a positive experience the first few times they come. We are proud of our high intake and low refusal rate at happi days. This is achieved by appropriate introduction, slow exposure and gradually getting your dogs used to this new different experience. We are happi to take any breed but can not take dogs that are highly fearful or agressive. However we find this is rarely a problem with our way of making sure each individual settles well and are not 'dropped in at the deep end' so to speak. (Having said that, each dog is individual and some super confident friendly dogs can make quick progress to full crèche membership if their temperament suggests this).
Martlesham doggie temperament assesors!
Alfie, Ellie, Lara, Angel, Shadow, Daisy and Gismo all together make up the Brown family canines! We are proud to introduce new dogs to a few of these at a time before they are introduced to the busy exciteable crèche dogs for a calm quiet first experience here at Happi days Martlesham. As noted for our Rendlesham assesors also, the Brown family doggies are all so used to being at the crèche each day and meeting new dogs that it is all a matter of a normal day. This is the best way for all newbies to slowly be introduced to this new environment.