Kennel business with Blue Peter connection sets up in Brechin

A COUPLE who were responsible for rearing one of the most famous television canines on children's television have chosen Little Brechin as the ideal setting for their new business venture, which they hope will produce a number of happy tales, or is that tails?

Kathy and Andrew Johnson, who have relocated their kennels from North Yorkshire to Little Brechin, were responsible for the upbringing of "Blue Peter's" golden retriever pup, Lucy, and Kathy still has a number of Lucy's relatives living with her at Highbrea Boarding Kennels today.

Angus is very keen to encourage appropriate businesses to establish in rural areas and Highbrea Boarding Kennels ticks all the correct boxes.

Kathy and Andrew fell in love with the area and recently located from the north of England to Little Brechin.

It was their ambition to repeat the success of their kennel business over the border here in Angus and they have built state-of-the-art kennelling in a truly rural setting.

It is secluded without being remote and is easily accessible from anywhere in the district.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, who is a dog lover, took time out to visit the premises on their open day and she commented on her delight at the quality of the premises and the commitment of the Johnson family to providing facilities, care and attention to their four legged guests.

"People who entrust their pets to kennels set extremely high standards for the proprietors.

"I foresee a huge demand for the services offered by Kathy and Andrew to pet owners because theirs is a family run business with the welfare of the dogs of paramount importance."

The family is delighted that, although they have only just set up this business, the bookings are already coming in thick and fast.

Kathy was born in Inverness and brought up in Ross-Shire, where her father worked as head stalker on Ben Wyvis Estate for the Late Viscount Montgomery.

Kathy explained that a move south, also motivated by her love of animals, saw her career really take off in the field of animal welfare.

"I moved south to North Yorkshire, near Ripon, to work for the well-known trainer Mr Guy Reed.

"It was there I met my husband Andrew, a Yorkshireman who has been brought up in the farming industry.

"After searching to find a place of our own, we moved to Angus, leaving our son Stephen, who is a plumber to trade, back in Yorkshire.

"Our daughter Hayley has accompanied us to Little Brechin, along with a menagerie of dogs, a cat and a few fish.

"It's a move back to my roots, as my parents Kathie and Bill Munro did likewise when they moved to Kirriemuir eleven years ago."

"We are really looking forward to the new venture in this beautiful setting overlooking the Caterthuns and we are always keen to have visitors to the kennels.

"The response from neighbours and visitors alike has been very positive so far."