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Lochinvar Pet Motel paw-fect place to board four-legged friends


If you need the paw-fect place to board your four-legged friends while you’re away, put the Lochinvar Pet Motel at the top of your list.

Located at 206 Old Northern Road, the state-of-the-art facility offers short-to-long term accommodation, as well as a doggy day-care service, for small-to-extra-large canines, although – apologetically – the team cannot oversee Great Danes.

All pooches have access to their own individual exercise yard, too, from 7am to 8pm or 9pm; later when it’s hot, less when it’s raining.

“Their wellbeing is our priority, we’ve done away with cages… during heatwave conditions, we even turn the air-conditioners and misting systems on to keep everyone cool and comfortable,” said Marcia Baxter, who owns 80% of the Lochinvar Pet Motel.

“The other 20% is under mortgage to the Suncorp Bank, thanks to Robert who recognised my absolute passion for providing quality boarding care to thousands of pets at an affordable price.

“It’s something I’ve had [passion] from the time I was a kid; our family had a Fox Terrier called Tessie.

“And, my love of animals grew from there.

“Thankfully, I’m supported by a team of dedicated ‘we love pets, too’ people and a manager who grumbles when she is required to take a week off,” she added with a laugh.

“We also look after cats, with a grass yard.

“Let me assure you, there is nothing more rewarding than standing watching a feline roll around the grass.

“I have been known to spend lots of time just observing a cat and waiting for the perfect photo opportunity.

“Then reality reminds me I need to give ‘Fluffy’ a quick cuddle and move onto the next guest.”

Marcia started the Lochinvar Pet Motel from scratch 15 years ago.

And, while she’s enjoyed that time, it hasn’t been without hiccups every now and then.

“COVID made a big difference,” she said.

“But, we put that downtime to good use… we renovated the place, the staff did an amazing job.

“It built a real team bond here.

“On top of that, we’ve won numerous awards, including accolades for staff training.

“However, I must thank our loyal customer base for their support.”

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