Fosse Dogotel and Cattery Farm near Cirencester

A kennel near Cirencester has closed after being in the same family for 45 years, writes Chris Roberts.

Allyson Evans, who runs Fosse Dogotel and Cattery, has decided the time has come to close the kennels permanently and retire.

When Allyson’s parents Gordon and Biddy bought Fosse Kennels it was very run down and they embarked on the daunting task of completely renovating it.

Allyson’s mother started taking reservations for the cats, although they had no plans to house them. So Allyson’s father had to build new enclosures as quickly as possible.

At the height of their activity, they could accommodate 100 dogs and 80 cats.

Allyson joined her parents in the early 1980s and learned how to run, grow and grow the pet boarding business.

After the death of her mother in 2011 and her father in 2013, Allyson became the sole owner.

The time spent caring for her parents before they died damaged Allyson’s commitment to the business and she even considered selling on the spot.

But that all changed when she changed accountants for Mitchell & Sarjent in Fairford and met Rebecca Sarjent, who encouraged her to keep going.

Allyson said: “Rebecca helped and supported me so much and at the time I had no idea she would later become my wife.

The couple tied the knot in 2019 after being together for two years.

Reflecting on her time at the kennel, Allyson said: “We had many fun times.

“There was a particularly amusing incident when a man wanted to sign up for the kennel and be a dog for the day.

“My mum told him that was fine, but he would have to pay the daily rate for the race he would like to be.

“He chose to be a German Shepherd and named himself Timmy.”

Allyson wanted to thank all of her customers for their support over the years.

“My dad always said I had to sell the business when I felt the time was right and I needed to move on and reap the rewards of the Evans family’s labor.

“I hope my clients will understand.

“I also hope that they will find suitable accommodation for their four-legged friends in the future.

“Now is the time for Rebecca and I to be more together with our cat and our three dogs.”

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