23 Rosedale Close
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Welcome to Blackberry Boarding, we are a professional and recommended rabbit and other small animals holiday boarding facility based in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire. We offer a friendly and reliable service and your pets will be given the best care. We welcome visits so please contact us to view our facilities and what we can offer you. Please call to book this as we do have busy periods and need to arrange this with you. You can view recent activities on our Blackberry Boarding Facebook Page.
We are qualified and experienced animal carers and will give your pets the care they deserve whilst you go on holiday, move house, or whatever you need to do then please get in touch and see if we can help. We can also offer facilities for some reptiles including tortoises. We have several tortoise tables with heat lamps and mats available but these do get booked up very quickly so plan ahead if you would like your tortoise to come and stay with us. We are fully insured and supported by Jason Burgess our local Exotics Vet who is a rabbit and other small animals specialist. Please visit our website www.blackberryboarding.co.uk for further details.
Our standard of care is extremely important to us and this year our business has grown very successfully and we are seeing quite a number of boarders return from previous years along with new clients using our services. We have taken on extra help to ensure that our standard of care is maintained and all our boarders are given lots of attention during their stay at Blackberry Boarding.
We offer peace of mind for you whilst you are away knowing that your pet will not only be taken care of but receive the extra special love and attention they would normally have. We don't charge for cuddles here!
Chris & I are both animal loving people who will genuinely care about your furry friends and you can rest assure that they will be given the best care during their stay with us. If you would like to come and meet us prior to booking your pet in then please let us know and we will be happy to show you around our facilities and introduce you to our bunnies. We have many rabbits ourselves and this certainly gives us lots of experience in caring for rabbits and other small animals.
All pets who stay at Blackberry Boarding are given a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables twice daily and any special dietary requirements are also catered for. Rabbits who require special care and/or medication are welcome but we reserve the right to charge an additional daily rate for this level of care. This also applies to disabled pets.
We offer a range of rabbit pellet mixes including Supreme Science Selective and Burgess Super Rabbit Excel. If your rabbit or guinea pig has a different mix we will get this in for them. This is all included in the price you pay, however, specialist foods including packets of herbs and treats will need to be supplied by you.
We have also recently started stocking and selling Supreme Pet Foods and can now supply this food to our customers.
We will provide your rabbits with top quality farm hay from a local supplier. I can guarantee that your rabbits will absolutely love it. If you would like to buy some from us, we also sell the hay in convenient size bags. We also have Timothy hay available along with dried grass.
For our rabbit's litter trays we use a product called "Woody Pet Bedding" which is an extremely absorbent litter, unless you have an alternative product which you prefer. We do not encourage the use of sawdust due to the fact that it has been known to have a negative and harmful impact on rabbit's (and other animals) respiratory systems. If you would prefer us to use something else in the litter trays then please bring enough with you for the duration of your pet's stay.
We have over 25 years of small animal health experience and access to a rabbit specialist vet for telephone advice and consultations.
Experience and boarding now offered for Degu, who require special dietary care and attention. These fascinating little creatures are becoming very popular and are extremely intelligent and require lots of attention on a daily basis. We also take care of rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and birds, so if you are unsure of whether we could take care of your pet, please give us a call to discuss.
We now offer boarding for tortoise who are fascinating creatures. Many tortoise are difficult to keep healthy in captivity and lack of knowledge among tortoise owners means that they are often not cared for correctly. We can offer your tortoise, a heated and fully ventilated tortoise table giving the proper care so that he/she remains happy and healthy whilst staying at Blackberry Boarding. Please contact us to discuss further.
Recently we have had quite a few enquiries for reptiles and can now take bearded dragons and other small lizards. We have a 3 ft and a 4 ft vivarium all set up with appropriate heating and lighting. Please call first to discuss your requirements.
Member of Rabbit Welfare Association and previously acted as an area co-ordinator for the South West for The British House Rabbit Association, giving telephone advice and support to rabbit owners.
Blackberry Boarding is fully insured and we have recently been assessed from a health & safety point of view. This was confirmed as correct and in order.
If you would like my advice on a rabbit related issues then please feel free to contact me on the above email address or telephone numbers and I will endeavour to help. Please note that I am not a vet, my advice is based purely on my rabbit experience. If you think your rabbit is unwell or in need of veterinary attention then you should take them to the vets straight away - rabbits deteriorate rapidly and you should never delay seeking veterinary attention.
I have treated Sharon Maw's rabbits and guinea pigs for the last 12 years, along with numerous other pets whose care she has been entrusted with, whilst their owners have been away on holiday.
I have a high regard for Sharon's ability to care for rabbits. She is very sympathetic to the slightest changes in demeanor and behaviour, allowing any illness to be treated early on and therefore a quicker recovery. Her knowledge of rabbits and guinea pigs is extensive and she has a very caring attitude towards them.
Having visited to carry out routine vaccinations on several occasions and seen how she cares for the animals, I have great pleasure in endorsing Blackberry Boarding.
JASON BURGESS - WOODS ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Sharon and Chris looked after our lovely bunnies Naboo and Poppy for a whole year and we simply cannot fault them!! Because we were leaving the country for such a long time it was really important to us that we left our beloved bunnies in good hands, and we couldn't have found anyone better. They looked after them like they were their own bunnies and showed them all the love and affection that we would have. In terms of medical care, Sharon can spot a poorly bunny before the bunny even gets sick! She is surely psychic! Naboo had a bit of tummy trouble through the stress of the move, but thanks to their speedy attention it was nothing to worry about and Naboo soon settled down. Luckily they have access to excellent bunny vets meaning that if anything does happen while in their care they are in the best hands.
It was especially reassuring for us to have regular updates from Sharon and Chris, including regular blog updates, which meant so much as we got to see them even though we were far away. They were very conscientious in letting us know everything that was going on with the bunnies, such as if a new diet regime had been implemented, or if they were having jabs. This sets them apart from other boarders because the level of their care and communication with us went way beyond what we could have expected. They went out of their way to ensure that the bunnies had a similar life to the one they have with us, meaning that a whole room got rearranged! They took extra care to look after them in the way that we asked and even managed to get our chubby lady bunny to lose a bit of weight, which is no easy task! They managed to do this thanks to scatter feeding the rabbits, which shows just how far they will go for the health of the rabbits in their care. Their food routine was excellent, with lots of fresh veg and hay and our bunnies were definitely very satisfied.
They were extremely accommodating to both us and the needs of our rabbits and we doubt very much that our time spent abroad would have been as enjoyable if we hadn't known the bunnies were being taken care of so well. We will definitely be using their bunny boarding again. Sharon and Chris are very special. They are kind, generous and bonkers about bunnies. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found them and Naboo and Poppy definitely agree. The bunnies will miss their auntie Sharon and uncle Chris and we feel like we have built up a friendship with them over the last year, but we will see them again soon in the future.
Zephie, Dave, Naboo & Poppy xxxx
I recommend Blackberry Boarding to anyone who needs a safe and caring home-from-home for their rabbit while they are away. Sharon and Chris are the only people I want to look after our house bunny, Monty, when we are on holiday, as they make every effort to give each rabbit the highest possible standard of care. For me (and Monty), the 2 hour round trip from home is definitely worth making. While he is with Sharon, Monty is able to behave just as he does at home, particularly enjoying his exploration of her lounge and his evening treats and cuddle session! I always feel totally relaxed about leaving him at Blackberry Boarding, knowing that he will have a lovely holiday while I am gone. Clare Wilson Jarvis, Oxford
Our mutual love of rabbits was how I first met Sharon. I run a rabbit and guinea pig rescue and Sharon came to adopt one of our orphan bunnies. She now has quite a menagerie of bunnies, as well as the additions of guinea pigs and degus. Her excuse for the piggies and degus is that in order to care for other peoples pets properly she needs to have personal experience of them. Well, I will leave you to ponder on her reasoning! I guess Chris is just relieved that she did not decide to board giraffes or something!
Whenever I have a medical crisis at the rescue I always go to Sharon for advice. She has a very in depth knowledge of the complexities of rabbits and will always put herself out to help when she can.
Both Sharon and Chris are very caring genuine people, and I can assure anyone who wishes to leave their beloved pet in their care, that he/she or they will be in capable, loving hands.
Alice Chamberlain, Windwhistle Warren Rabbit & Guinea Pig Rescue.
It's so good not to have to worry about your pets when you are going on holiday, and I certainly don't need to worry when they are in Blackberry Boarding! I'm pretty sure my rabbit, Pickles, gets better looked after there than he does at home. And when a pet has any health problems I can be sure of careful professional attention above and beyond the call of duty - one of our rabbits required regular injections and wound flushing, and Sharon didn't even flinch. I'm confident too that if my pet showed any signs of illness during its stay it would be spotted and treated at once - Blackberry Boarding really know and care about their bunnies.
Helen Kemp, Worcestershire
'Knowing that our rabbit Smudge was being well looked after by experts while we've been on holiday has made going away much easier. We received regular updates about how he was getting on while we were away and when we came back he seemed incredibly contented (we wondered whether he really wanted to come home!)
Thanks to Sharon Smudge also met his true love Suzi and so in future both our rabbits will be spending their holidays at Blackberry Boarding.'
Sam Morecraft, Wotton-u-Edge
I have no hesitation in recommending Blackberry Boarding to all bunny owners - your obvious knowledge of caring for rabbits as well as your enthusiasm reassured me that my pets would be well looked after. I have used Blackberry Boarding twice in the last 6 months, and my only concern is that my bunnies are so well treated they won't want to come home!
Keira Blanchard, Tewkesbury
Ever wonder why you sign those Forms to say that treatment for your pet can be initiated when you are away, well here’s our story....
Our Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, Minnie, has been to Blackberry Boarding for our annual holidays for quite a few years now. Sharon & Chris have always taken good care of her each time we have left her there. So this holiday was no different when we dropped her off.
Unbeknown to us, the same day that we dropped her off, they noticed that she had blood in her urine. As we had gone up to the Lake District where reception for mobile phones is very variable, & being on holiday, I didn’t even look at my text messages for a few days. They had taken her to the vet – suspected urinary tract infection, so had started on antibiotics. However the matter did not improve, but got worse – so by this time we were now aware as Sharon had been texting me all the time & I had phoned so had found out about the situation. To cut a long story short – Minnie needed to have an operation – she had a tumour in her womb.
So from dropping off a healthy bunny, to having these tricky conversations from the Lake District, not knowing whether to come home again, not knowing whether to have the rabbit put-down, with the amazing help and support and absolute caring response that we got from both Sharon & Chris, we were able to stay on our holiday, negotiate things over the phone and have Sharon & Chris take care & love Minnie as if she was their rabbit.
When we got home Sharon also offered to take care of Minnie for a period so that she could recuperate fully. As we both work full time, this was a good option for us knowing that Minnie was in excellent hands.
So a bad situation , but in excellent hands = still being able to have a good holiday & come home to a rabbit that had been through a major operation and was cared for so well.
Our gratitude and appreciation for all that Sharon and Chris did to make this happen for us. And what an amazing testimony to their dedication and care of these little creatures that we entrust into their care. Excellent service – and happy to give anyone a reference anytime.
Chris & Phoebe Bianchi
We've been boarding our bunnies with Chris and Sharon for around 5 years now and wouldn't consider any alternative. We know that when we leave our bunnies in their care they will always be well looked after. Sharon and Chris are extremely knowledgeable but more than that they care a great deal about the animals which for us is so important. Aside from general boarding, Sharon and Chris have also helped us by caring for our bunny Oscar through illness and more recently helped with post operative care for our bunny Moo following major surgery. Moo needed a high level of care which Sharon and Chris were more than able to give to her. Our experiences with Blackberry Boarding have been excellent and we couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Sean & Kathryn - Swindon
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Blackberry Boarding also has its own Facebook page and this gives daily updates and information on all our boarders, please visit www.blackberryboarding.co.uk
We offer payment by card machine and this service has been very popular with lots of our clients. Small fee payable for credit cards, no fee for debit cards.
We have two, fully insulated sheds which are heated during the winter with frost protection heaters and cooled during the summer with air con units and cool pads.
Indoor Boarding Facility (in our house), we now have two rooms specially set up for indoor bunnies and these have all sizes of indoor cages ranging from 5 ft x 2.5 ft and 4 ft x 2 ft conforming to RSPCA standard requirements. Indoor bunnies have daily exercise and are not kept in indoor pens all the time. We will try to accommodate your pet to ensure that he/she receives as much outside of cage activities as is possible during their stay with us. We appreciate that the majority of house bunnies own a house and allow humans to live in it with them and therefore out of cage activity is very important to them. We have french lops ourselves and both of them have very much taken over our house but obviously at times they have to have time in their cage and will quite happily spends that time snoozing.
All our outdoor hutches are large double or flat base hutches which also conform to RSPCA standards and have runs attached. We have covers on these hutches and at night during the winter we put additional covers on all hutches to keep them dry and warm. The hutches also have insulation fitted to give them additional warmth and protection.
Outdoor exercise runs available and cover provided when raining. Sun shades also provided when the weather is very hot.
If you have special requirements for your pet's accommodation please talk to us and we will do our best to provide a cage or hutch most suitable for your pet. Caring for your special family friend to the best of our ability is what we aim to do.
Your pet is on holiday with us and we want them to enjoy their stay at Blackberry Boarding. Unhappy pets become sick and stressed and this is something we do our utmost to avoid.
Tortoise housing facilities available with appropriate heat lamp and UVA lighting. Please book this facility with as much notice as possible we have a number of tortoises that return on a regular basis and only currently have the one tortoise set up.
We also have two vivariums for lizards. One 4 ft and one 3 ft each has all the appropriate heating and lighting and can be set up with your own accessories if required or we have our own we can use.
We can also offer specialist care for your pet if he or she is recovering from an operation and you are either at work or do not have the time to carry out the critical feeding and administering the medication at the correct times. We have nursed many pets and some have just been from routine neutering to more serious problems such as G I Stasis. Please contact us if you have a pet who needs specialist care and we will discuss this with you and whether we can offer you help. We do of course have the support of our local specialist vet, Jason Burgess who would be over- seeing any pet who was unwell.
We feel daily exercise is a necessity for your pet's health and the extra stimulation this gives prevents your pet from becoming bored, lonely or cause health issues. We have secure runs available for this
purpose so your pets can have a free run in the garden (weather permitting). We also have waterproof covers for all runs along with gazebos and parasols to protect them from the sun.
All accommodation is maintained to a high standard and good hygiene is very importance to us. All hutch set ups and run areas are thoroughly steamed and disinfected between every visiting pet. All rabbits must be vaccinated for Myxomatosis/VHD1 + the new VHD2 before they can be accepted at Blackberry Boarding.
Part of what you are paying for when your rabbit comes to stay with us is our experience and knowledge of all things 'rabbit'. We believe that rabbits and other small furries are very special
creatures and they have very specific needs which we know how to cater for. We are very experienced at looking after small furries and we can pick up the subtle signs of a poorly animal very quickly which is valuable as, for example, rabbits can become sick very rapidly and dehydrate within 12 hours. Being prey animals they are also very good at hiding the fact that they are sick which isn't the best thing to do when they need help!
We also have the support of Jason Burgess our local vet, who is an expert in rabbit health, so in the unlikely event that your rabbit does get poorly it will be in very capable hands. (Obviously the cost of any veterinary treatment for your rabbits will need to be covered by you, the owner(s).) If you pet is already on medication when he/she comes to board with us and requires extra attention/time we will not refuse to board your pet as some boarders do, but we may need to charge you a slightly higher daily rate to cover our time.
We have considerable experience in caring for EC bunnies and have successfully nursed several back to a good quality of life. This illness can be very stressful for your pet and extremely stressful for owners and we find that some people are just not able to give the level of care that is needed. This is where we can help and will nurse your rabbit and ensure that they receive the medical care needed in a home environment. So often rabbits struggle to get over an illness when they are in hospital surroundings.
Prices are available upon request, a 25% deposit will be payable. Balance of payment is paid when you collect your pets.
During their stay your Rabbit and Guinea Pig will be provided with the following:
Dried Mix food as normally fed by you
Fresh fruit and vegetables twice daily
Meadow hay and dried grass, Timothy hay
Fresh water, changed daily, can be provided in bottle or bowl
Litter trays changed daily
Bedtime treats (healthy version treats!)
Regular checks for flystrike and bunny conversation/attention and pampering, lots of toys available
Daily access to outdoor runs, weather permitting
Daily grooming if required
Claw Clipping (if required) - Rabbits £5.00 - Guinea Pigs and other small animals £6.00.
If for any reason you need to cancel your booking with Blackberry Boarding we ask that you do give us as much notice as possible and any cancellation fee, if appropriate, will be discussed at that time.
During July and August we are extremely busy so if you require our services please book early so as not to be disappointed.
Grooming and Claw Clipping are available. Pet Baths and fly strike protection information available.
A general health check for your pet is offered free of charge.
If you are local to us i.e Quedgeley or Hardwicke we now are able to offer a home visit service and this enables you to keep your rabbit/guinea pig at home and we will visit twice a day to feed/care for your pet. Please ask for prices for this service.
We are very flexible with our approach to caring for you pet and if you have special requirements please do not hesitate to discuss these with us and we will do our best to accommodate your pet's needs.
From time to time we are able to offer work experience placements to students studying Animal Management and Veterinary Science type courses. If you are interested in working at Blackberry Boarding please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like any advice on your pets health or diet please contact us and we will try to help you or put you in touch with a person who is additionally qualified and able to answer your questions.
Hardwicke is best approached from the M5 motorway, thereby avoiding the centre of Gloucester.
Leave the M5 at junction 12 and at first roundabout take the first exit left on to B4008. Proceed along duel carriageway to next roundabout (McDonalds on left). At roundabout take third exit on to B4008 and continue until slip road on left B4008. Past the Starting Gate Pub on left and at next roundabout take first exit left onto Fieldcourt Drive. Continue for one mile to next roundabout and take first exit left on to School Lane to mini roundabout. Take second exit into Wharfdale Way and at mini roundabout take second exit right and Rosedale Close is second turning on the right hand side. No 23 is on the left hand side.
Blackberry Boarding can be contacted at any time however collection and drop off times are to be arranged when booking. If you are unable to contact us via our telephone, please email us at email@example.com
We try to be as flexible as possible to fit in with your plans but have to set time aside for cleaning/feeding/checking etc.