Dog playground gets a makeover

What does a pet resort do without any pets?

Hyacinth and Susan Bartlett in front of their mural.

Hyacinth and Susan Bartlett in front of their mural.

For Susan Bartlett and her daughter, Hyacinth, painting was the answer.

Business at Blackheath's Pet Resort died almost instantly after coronavirus restrictions were announced.

As John Bartlett, who runs the resort with wife Susan, put it: "From the 19th of March, in just three days we were just wiped out."

With no travelling permitted, there was no need to send dogs or cats to board. The Bartletts saw 100 bookings cancelled.

Susan, not one for being idle, decided it was the perfect time to paint a mural in the dog playing area.

With free paint from Blackheath's community op shop, she and Hyacinth created a garden scene to give future dog visitors a splash of colour.

"We've wanted to do a mural since we opening but never could with all the dogs."

But with an empty yard (apart from their own pets), it was a golden opportunity.

The Pet Resort is now taking bookings but by appointment only to ensure social distancing. Call on 4787 7778.