A mother-of-three has opened a luxurious countryside retreat exclusively for sausage dogs.
Hannah Stuchfield, 41, from Derbyshire, is the face behind The Sausage Dog Sanctuary, which boasts everything from spa treatments, afternoon tea, countryside walks, and games galore.
‘I got to that point where I’d had enough of the rat race and I wanted to do something a little bit more fun and light-hearted,’ she explained.
‘I was sick of the whole 9-5 office thing. I announced to my husband – I’m going to open a Sausage Dog Hotel. “Yeah, alright then,” he said.’
Hannah Stuchfield, 41, from Derbyshire, has opened a luxurious countryside retreat exclusively for sausage dogs
Beloved Dachshunds chill out on their beds at the luxurious Sausage Sanctuary, where they are treated to puppachino and cupcake afternoon teas
Even the most lavish kennels can’t compare to the facilities at the swanky hotel, which offers both daycare and overnight boarding.
Dachshunds are treated to puppachino and cupcake afternoon teas, walks around the countryside with treat-based games and puzzles along the way, as well as plenty of naps in the spacious living areas.
The trendy pooches can also have teeth cleaning to remove plaque, nail trimming if they require a little extra pampering and coat conditioning so they are ‘Insta ready’ for photos.
The popular breed is notorious for back problems, so the sanctuary also offers Sausage Dog Agility programmes to help ward off any future health issues.
The mother-of-three (pictured) opened the countryside retreat for beloved pets while their owners are away on holiday
Hannah (pictured), who previously worked in the e-commerce sector, has been inundated with requests from far and wide – including Wales and Suffolk
The sanctuary was opened in February and a stay can cost £28 for 24 hours with treatments pricing up a little extra.
Hannah, who previously worked in the e-commerce sector, has been inundated with requests from far and wide – including Wales and Suffolk.
So far she has taken around 100 bookings in June alone.
‘They’re very en vogue,’ she explained. ‘And what’s more, people seem to collect them. I have two myself.’
Dachshunds enjoying their stay at the Sausage Dog Sanctuary, with one (pictured left) having a nap, as another (pictured right) gets a bath
Dachshunds relaxing at the sanctuary, which was opened in February. A stay can cost £28 for 24 hours with treatments pricing up a little extra
She added: ‘We are offering an alternative to kennels. If someone wants to go on holiday people usually take their dog to boarding kennels but we are offering home-boarding.
‘When you leave your dog in the home with us, they are allowed on the sofas, they are not locked in a kennel all day. They have human interaction.’
Hannah, who describes herself as ‘literally, that crazy Sausage Dog person’, is fully licenced to keep up to 15 dogs at any one time.
She works alongside her husband Ewan, 38, and they both ensure their canine guests have a perfect stay.
Hannah (pictured), who describes herself as ‘literally, that crazy Sausage Dog person’, is fully licenced to keep up to 15 dogs at any one time
Hannah, pictured with some of her canine guests. She works alongside her husband Ewan, 38, and they both ensure their visitors have a perfect stay
The Sausage Sanctuary in Holmesfield, Derbyshire. Hannah said: ‘The Sanctuary reflects what these special dogs mean to their owners’
‘We really wanted to get away from the “kennel” thing, aiming instead for a more boutique feel,’ Hannah explained.
‘The Sanctuary reflects what these special dogs mean to their owners. You’ll get some of them dropping off their dogs in floods of tears like they’re dropping off their kid for the first day of nursery.
‘But even the most stressed Sausage Dog will soon settle in and you’ll even get a postcard from them.
She added: ‘Everyone who contacts me is fully screened over the phone, when they come to the house they are able to meet my dogs.
‘We spend a lot of time and effort to make sure the dogs we have are integrated well.
‘Dachshunds, in particular, are very photographable, they make everyone smile, they have become a very trendy dog.’
Hannah holding one of her beloved guests. Even the most lavish kennels can’t compare to the facilities at the swanky hotel which offers both daycare and overnight boarding
Hannah Stuchfield preparing food for the Daschshunds at the Sausage Sanctuary in Holmesfield