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Decade at doggy day care for D’Artagnan


D’Artagnan the Welsh springer spaniel is celebrating 10 years as a canine customer at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care.

The Surrey and London business began as a dog walking service on Clapham Common in London in October 2008. Founder Bruce Casalis recognised a gap in the market for busy dog owners and D’Artagnan was his first client. Ten years on, the two are still firm friends!

Bruce Casalis, managing director, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, said:

“I’ve always been a huge dog lover so turning my passion into a business was a dream come true. D’Artagnan has been with me from the start and he’s been an absolute joy. When we first met he was an adorable young pup. I’ve watched him grow and develop over the years into the distinguished veteran he is today. Everyone at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care loves him to bits and he loves us right back.”

D’Artagnan is now 10½ years old and lives in Wandsworth, London, with his owner Amanda Williams. He attends day care twice a week, when he’s collected in a chauffeur driven doggy bus and taken to the Bruce’s Doggy Day Care 25-acre Cobham site in Surrey.

In recognition of his 10 year anniversary, the team has introduced a Bruce’s Doggy Day Care Walk of Fame (#BrucesWalkofFame) with D’Artagnan as its first honorary member. The sprightly spaniel’s paw has been set in stone for all to see!


Bruce Casalis added: “D’Artagnan is a real star and we wanted to mark the occasion in a fitting way. The Walk of Fame does just that and opens the door for future longstanding four-legged friends to join him.”

Amanda Williams, D’Artagnan’s owner, commented:

“It’s such an honour and I know he’s very proud. D’Artagnan thoroughly enjoys his time at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care and cannot wait to spend the day with his friends. He loves the socialisation and mental stimulation which has helped keep him active, curious and sociable. And I’m reassured by the wonderful team and safe and supervised environment.”


Some fun facts from D’Artagnan’s doggy day care decade:

  • He’s clocked up 1,000 days
  • He’s enjoyed 8,000 hours of play
  • He’s had 260 baths
  • He’s consumed 500 treats
  • He’s drunk 1,300 litres of water
  • He’s received 2,000 cuddles