Aeolian House and the history so far
It had been a life long ambition for both Andy and Louise to open up a Boarding Kennels, Cattery and Dog Training School.
In 2002 it came to fruition. Even though the house came with the history of the Ann Heron Murder they were not put off. It is a fantastic location on the A67 between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Darlington just off the A66.
It is now a family ran enterprise with all 4 children, Louis, Evie, Jack and Angel aka Gromit, all involved in the day to day running of the business.
The Boarding Kennels & Cattery are modern purpose built, accommodating 50 cats and 96 dogs. The complex exceeds the model licence conditions and guidelines for boarding establishments. The kennels are fully central heated, and are surrounded by 5 acres of woods and countryside – an ideal location for the exercising and training dogs.
A wildlife pond has been developed to attract the newts, frogs and other pond life. This was located close to the outside of the cattery to give added amusement for the cats.
Louise has been actively involved with rescuing dogs for many years. The first being a Briard, Estee. She had been used as a brood bitch and was in a terrible state physically and mentally. Unbeknown to Louise she was also in pup, and one night Louise awoke to find a litter of puppies on her bed with Estee lay by her side. 7 Briard puppies. Suitable homes were found for all bar two. This was how Andy and Louise were to meet, as dog training was required!
Andy has worked with dogs all of his life. As a boy he had sheepdogs and gun dogs, at the age of 17yrs joined the Royal Air Force Police and became a Police Dog Handler.
He competed in dog trials at the highest level, being selected 3 times for the RAF Police Dog Championships, twice for the RAFP Northern Ireland Championships and twice for the RAFP Cyprus Championships. Since leaving the Royal Air Force Police he has remained actively involved with training dogs, providing dog training classes for puppies and adult dogs, behaviour training for difficult dogs, and also personal protection dogs, for celebrities and VIPs. Several dogs have been trained and exported abroad. Both Andy and Louis have competed in dog trials and working tests with gundogs that we have bred in the UK.
We have dogs boarding from as far away as Middlesbrough, Redcar, Whitby, Leeds.