From Humble Beginnings…
The very idea for Happi Days started with company owner, Helen Brown. Helen had been an avid and experienced dog walker for many years. She also started to board dogs, but found herself conflicted with the traditional boarding ways.
She felt that dogs in the local area (and beyond) deserved better. They deserved a place that felt like a home from home, not just a concrete kennel. She began to pursue her dream of creating a fantastic dog creche like no other with husband, Chris.
Establishing The Company
Helen approached the local council in order to obtain a special licence for her ideal creche. It wasn’t easy and there was a very lengthy negotiation over several months, including several veterinary inspections. Luckily, in 2008, Helen was granted her licence and thus began the Happi Days business.
With licence in hand, husband Chris got to work on creating the creche. Chris worked on everything from the flooring to the 6ft fencing. With the last lick of paint came the birth of Suffolk’s first fully licenced creche. Helen and Chris couldn’t have been happier.
Expanding The Business
When the business opened in 2008, it became an instant hit among the local community. Bookings came in thick and fast over several years. Helen and Chris then decided that it was the right time to expand the business.
Their first creche in Rendlesham was then joined by a holiday boarding kennel in Eyke, then another creche in Martlesham. There were now 3 incredible premises, 2 of which were equipped with professional grooming salons.
Over time, Helen noticed a need for more specialist services for the local residents. Many older and larger dogs staying with them had mobility issues, mainly due to arthritis or hip dysplasia.
Helen decided to create a hydrotherapy pool in Martlesham. She also sought a fully qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist in the form of Lisa Grier (a member of RAMP and NAVP).
One Big Happi Family
What started out as a husband and wife duo expanded into a 20+ strong team (plus various hard working doggie temperament assessors and mascot, Hugo).
Many of our talented and passionate staff members have relevant qualifications that make them perfect for the job. But one thing they all have in common is that they all adore dogs! You can be sure that your pooch is well looked after and properly pampered by our wonderful workers.