Every weekday morning two dozen dogs in the small town of Gisborne eagerly wait for the bus that stops at their door. It's a group of doggy day-care. Bernice David-Goodwin, their 'teacher', takes her canine pupils on an excursion to the farm, river, or beach.
Bernice loves dogs very much. In Gisborne, New Zealand, these pets live in many houses, but people are busy at work and often can’t pay much attention to their four-legged friends. So the woman came up with an idea to organize a doggy day care center, in which she looks after 23 pets at once.
Each day at the doggie day-care has its program, that resembles a school vacation schedule. Bernice says the dogs know the daily routine.
"It's funny, but they all even memorize their seats. They sit down, ready to have their belts fastened, and then we're off. The dogs seem to look forward to our trip. They just love it. They know that when my van stops, there will an interesting adventure waiting for them. They sit and wait," Bernice says.
The "kindergarten" is located on 4.5 acres of land with a small house rented by Bernice. She says, "We have a little piece of paradise in the middle of our noisy city.” Bernice adds that on seeing her van one of her dogs, Charlie, just goes crazy, screaming and bouncing in the air. “He realizes there's a lot of exciting things waiting for him," the doggy day-care owner says.
Bernice takes the dogs on a variety of places such as the beach or park, but most often they go to a farm about a half an hour's drive from Gisborne. There they can run free and swim in the river.
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According to Bernice, people are amazed that she can control so many dogs in a pack. However, having worked for nine years as a dog handler at a shelter, it's not hard for Bernice.
“After I left there, I wanted to go on a more positive note,” Bernice adds.
Bernice could no longer stand the neglect and cruelty towards animals, she had faced at the shelter. “That's why I created this doggy day care. It seems like the perfect place for dogs to socialize, have fun, and make the world around them brighter and happier,” the woman says.
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