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Established in 2008 Happi Days has gone from strength to strength. We have created more playgrounds, more sofa areas and fenced an area of woodland for your dogs 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! Ten years of experience later, we now offer three locations, Rendlesham day care and grooming, Eyke for the longer holiday boarding and the overnight stays, 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 3 NVQ in horse care and level 3 Certificate in Canine Hydrothotherapy qualifications.
Since our Rendlesham 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 and a French bull dog called Gismo. 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, Coco, 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!!!
Caron originally came to Happi Days 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.
Lisa is our Hydrotherapist and Physiotherapist at Martlesham. Lisa has a masters degree is veterinary physiotherapy, and is a member of RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners), as well as NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists), and CHA Hydro Association.
Rendlesham doggie temperament assesors!
Lilly, Billy, Coco, Reuben, Paddy, Yogi and Delilah are always here to greet your dogs on their first visit. These dogs are 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. We rarely find this to be 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 Assessors!
Tilly, Poppy and Margot are Alex and Phoebe's doggies. We are proud to introduce new dogs to these pups before they are introduced to the busy exciteable crèche dogs. This helps create a calm, quiet first experience here at Happi days Martlesham. As noted with the Rendlesham assessors, Alex's doggies are all used to being at the crèche each day, and meeting new dogs is all part of a normal day. This is the best way for all newbies to be slowly introduced to this new environment.
Josh came to us 9 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 7 years now and is a senior playground supervisor, knowing every Rendlesham visitor like the back of his hand.
He ows two Rottweiler's, Woo and Dodson, so 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 and loves joining in with climbing on the castle with all his canine pals.
Kez came us fancying a change of careers from being a chef. Her passion has always been animals, and she studied Animal Care and Dog Grooming at Otley College. Shas 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. She drives the van and transports your dogs to both centres, and is hugely popular at Rendlesham because she takes the woodland walkers!
Tash lives with her big teddy bear Bruce the Akita, and is great with even the giant dogs. 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, and now she is a permanent member of staff!
Alex is one of the main carers of the Martlesham pack. Alex has come from running his own home boarding and walking services with over 12 years of experience. He also has his own dogs Tilly (collie) and Poppy (Lab). He has loads of experience working with dogs of all sizes and temperments and is often out and about around Martlesham as walking his dogs is his favorite hobby.
Louise is our senior dog superviser at martlesham and she has an abundance of experience doing agility and obedience with her own dogs. She has even competed at Crufts. Louise has a level two animal care, animal nursing assistance and canine first aid. Louise comes from a background of helping in kennels and in training clubs.
Sarah is the main person that takes the dogs on our enclosed woodland walks from Martlesham. Sarah also does dog walking and boarding for other people and owns two Romanian rescues called Lila and Max. Sarah has a level 3 in animal mangaement and has completed a pet first aid course. She also keeps our martlesham creche hygenic with her deep cleans! Sarah looks after all pets big and small, owning a number of rabbits and guinea-pigs also.
Nikki has a level 3 dipolma in animal mangement, she is also qualifed in animal first aid. Nikki works for the RSPCA at the weekend, and comes from working at other canine creches in the past. She has worked with all doggies, big and small. Nikki can be found on reception at Rendlesham and has the little and shy dogs with her in the front room.
Ellie is one of the fun dog playarea supervisers at Martlesham Happi days and has a level three in animal management. She volunteers at the Rspca and has lots of knowledge of all animals. Ellie is calm, confident, friendly and the dogs have all taken to her new role as dog entertainment for the main playroom.
Phoebe can be found both in reception and in the creche at Martlesham Happi Days. She's always happi to help with any questions you may have and suggests you follow our instagram @ohhappidays where she posts daily pictures of all the fun times at our three centres! Phoebe has her own dog Margot, a gorgeous blue whippet. She has loads of experience with home dog boarding for many years.
Aimee is a member of the Rendlesham team, and has a level 3 NVQ in Animal Management. She came to us as grooming work experience and is studying for her level 2 grooming NVQ. After bonding so well with all the staff and dogs we just had to keep her!
Aimee has worked in kennels before, as well as with a breeder who specialised in Kerry Blues, Lakeland Terriers, Irish Terriers and English Bull Terriers.
Aimee has 2 lovely dogs of her own. Kel the Chihuahua and Jerry Lee, the Husky cross Collie.
Martin is Chris' father and is our general handy man. Hes always happi to help if something needs fixing, or if somthing needs to be built. His spaniel Lilly is also happi to come along to aid martin in his adventures and help out.
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!
Ebany came to us during her work experience from Otley College, where she doing her Level 3 in Animal Care. She was so good and helpful around the Martlesham Creche and with the doggies, we asked her to stay on! Ebany can be found all around the creche, with either with the small crazy puppies or the big boisterous doggies. On the days Ebany is in she always helps Sarah with the woodland walks in Ekye.
Frances and her Weimaraner Blue, are our Canine Carer and Martlesham temperament assessor. She studied Animal Studies at Otley College before moving to Gloucester where she worked in boarding for 4 years. Alongside that, she had her own dog walking business and has done a lot of work in animal behaviour and agility training.
Corrin is our Canine Carer and has a Level 1 and 2 Diploma in Animal Care and a Level 3 Extended Diploma Animal Management from Otley College, followed by a BSc (Hons) in Animal Management from Writtle University. She has experience in boarding and volunteered for 2 years as Grooming Assistant.