*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***
Well ladies and gentlemen in Spring 2007 Chalet Cats opened its doors to all you cat lovers in Wakefield, the surrounding areas and customers even travelled to us from as far away as Harrogate; but unfortunately the time has now come to close those same doors due to ill health..😔😥
The very smiley face of Chalet Cats and my very Ginger wife Marie has alas been suffering from a medical condition called Fibromyalgia for about three years now which isn’t and won’t be getting any better in the future. Marie has now reached a point where she cannot physically manage anymore, so the time has come and the sad decision has been made to hang up her Litter-Scoop 💩 and call it a day. Chalet Cats will cease trading in November this year.
We’ve chosen this year because I actually retire from my own job in summer and between us decided it was the right time to begin a new chapter in our lives...
Like any businesses, we have had such an eclectic mix of customers over the years and the vast majority have been wonderful to work with and ease the stress of you going on holiday knowing your precious pets are looked after and cared for just like they were at home . Equally, there has been some dreadfully rude and vile customers who have had to be told on their departure to ‘Adios’ or ‘Sithii’ (that’s if thas from Yorkshire 😉), and find somewhere else in the future. Everyone of those people owned lovely cats who were looked after like they were our own during their stay, but just like the cattery’s high standards, we’ve always expected respect both ways and rudeness has never been tolerated.
There has been some real laughs over the years and to be fair some customers have realised that if they get to deep into conversation with Marie, they were at real risk of loosing a day off their holiday due to chatter!..😂 (you know who you are😊)...
Unfortunately though, like the ups there has been some downs and a few tears shed because of poorly cats..
Some of you will know the history of our home, No. 60 Blacker Lane. The home of Marie’s parents from 1966 and where Marie and her sisters were actually born and born in our daughter Maisy’s bedroom!😌.. At the same time, Marie’s Grandparents lived in the house four doors up at No. 66 and owned all the land which boundaries the four houses.. So it’s a site that means a great deal to her and because of this, Marie does not want to leave the Lane.
So there’s a Cracking opportunity for anyone in the area thinking about starting their own cattery. All the chalets / runs can be dismantled and rebuilt anywhere. All these are to be sold together with the respected company name, website, Facebook page and goodwill. To be able to start a business with such a head start would be a real bonus. If anyone is interested, get in touch. The chalets could be split perhaps..
We haven’t taken any bookings after November so bookings prior and including are as normal and in fact we are STILL taking bookings from now into November.. Nothing changes until the last cat departs it’s chalet in November and our high standards will remain the same until that very difficult day.
Marie has always had a small dedicated team working with her but one lady who has always been at her side from our opening day is Diana Hazell. Diana has been a life long family friend to Marie’s mum Val and one of those “made-up” Aunties to Marie?!😆🥴.. A very loyal member of Chalet Cats..
Let’s not forget our most recent signing-on though, Clare Lockwood. Clare has been with us for over three years now and has proved to be a very dedicated and reliable member of the team..
Marie has gone through some tough emotional times over the years with one thing and another and without having a ‘Diana’ or a ‘Clare’ to depend on, things would have been much more difficult to manage. Both ladies have been a real credit...
One fella who will miss all the customers throwing his ball 🎾 will be our beloved Jack Russell, Butch. He was there at the start and will be there at the end.. 🐶 ... Oh, yes and our ASBO Dolly Dog will miss yapping at everyone who comes through the gate no doubt (even me..🙄).. The dog that’s so ugly, she beautiful..😆
This is just a ‘Tarra for a bit’ and not a full on goodbye yet. We are still here and everything will be just as normal for the next few months. Both Marie and I thought it only right to let customers know out of both respect and courtesy..