Paws for Thought, a paradise for pampered pets, was founded by Ann Robinson in July 1990, Midrand, Gauteng. Ann is herself  a breeder of Scottish Terriers, and Pekingese. Ann duplicated the expertise of her Gauteng establishment and opened a second branch of Paws for Thought in Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal North coast in June 2000.
Paws for Thought is a highly geared concept, constantly striving for new innovations to pamper your pets. For example, in Ballito, Ann introduced an innovation that allows your pet to "Check out" for a few hours during the day for a romp on the beach or a stroll along the promenade with their owners, before being returned to their holiday resort at Paws for Thought. Our Kennels and Cattery are fully monitored by CCTV cameras.


Here in this Kennel . . .  I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out there'.  I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed.  I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat.  I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.  I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.  My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.


Here in this Kennel . . .  There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.  I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words.  I will be called by name so that I may know who I am among many.  My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this Kennel  . . .  I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.  I will never be used to improve people's images of themselves.  I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I should be.  I will never suffer from someone's anger, impatience or stupidity.  I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.  If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.


Here in this Kennel . . .  I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch . . .  knowing that no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.  If I am ill, I will be doctored.  If scared, I will be calmed.  If sad, I will be cheered.  No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value.  I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.  My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.  I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.


Here in this Kennel . . .  I will belong.  I will be home.





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