Waglands - About Us

FamilyBen and ErineBen

Ben

Ben with his friends

 

Cynthia

Cynthia with Kora and Lita

 

Tinni

Tinni

 

Sue

Sue

 

Alex

Alex

 

Cherly

Cheryl

 

 

Jorde

Jorde with Buttercup & Winter

Ruth

Ruth & Baxter

Karen

Karen with Gryphyns & Gremlyn

 

kate

Kate

 

Lumas

Lumas

 

 

 

Lumas

 

...Together we are really proud of the environment we have created at Waglands, and love seeing our new guests' confidence flourish as they explore and learn to thrive in their newfound playground...

 

1Ben and Arlene Adams

Since 2009, Ben and Arlene have made Waglands their absolute passion. Every aspect of this little holiday spot has been developed as a collaborative effort using every bit of their collective experience to make Waglands an outstanding and special social experience for furry friends.


Ben combines a warm heart with an academic head for his guests. With two degrees and a Masters from past lives spanning Engineering and Health Science, he has worked as an Engineer and Osteopath. This rare but useful combination is driven by a passion to continuously transform Waglands into a true experience for both two and four legged friends.


With fond experiences of the family dogs and every holiday spent on a family farm, Ben learned early on the exulted place of the dog in family, work and play.


Arlene grew up fully immersed in the family pet shop, competitive dog obedience and Siberian Husky and ‘SiBord' (Siberian Husky/Border Collie X) breeding activities, giving her a rich and in-depth experience of many facets of canine care and training.

Leaving a remarkable career in project management and business analysis to devote herself entirely to Waglands has brought her full circle back to the world of dogs.

Arlene’s evolving interest in grooming has seen the development of an outstanding professional grooming service at Waglands, from excellent washes, pet grooms right through to show dog grooms. She is the only NZ and Internationally Certified Master Groomer in the Wellington region, competes overseas in grooming competitions and is on the NZ grooming team. 

 

 

Cynthia (with her diverse furry family Kora and little Lita)

Cynthia came to Waglands following five years of working as a Porse in-home Childhood Educator, and has also worked with in-home pet feeding in Palmerston. Cynthia has also volunteered for the SPCA in Auckland. With an absolute love of pottering around outside in her garden with her two and four legged family, Waglands is a natural extension of Cynthia's life.

Cynthia has been part of the Waglands' team since November 2011.

 

Tinni (with her favourite little Buddy)

Tinni's passion for dogs started early, growing up on a property in her native Sweden with many dogs of various breeds. Waglands provided Tinni with her first opportunity to combine her love for dogs and work. In addition to her time at Waglands she is also a part-time administrator in Wellington. Since moving to NZ in 1995 she has been heavily involved in community work.

Tinni has been part of the Waglands team since November 2011.

 

 

Sue (with her beach loving dogs, Gypsy and Kizzy)

Sue moved to NZ from England in 2007, Having always grown up with a house full of pets, the dogs of which were manly Black Labradors. When the chance to work with dogs arose she snapped it up. She now has fell in love with the Kiwi farm dogs and generally all of life's misfits.
Currently her house is shared with Gypsy the Heading Dog , Kizzi the HUHA Recuse. Two Tabby Cats  Woodie and Rocket ,a flock of chickens.

Sue has been part of the Waglands’ team since September 2012.

 

Alex (with her sweet little Nugget)

Alex was fully involved with her family training guide dogs as a child. With a love of nature and the outdoors, she actively applied her tertiary training in Zoology and Zoo Keeping to the benefit of the SPCA and boarding kennels in Auckland, where she met her gorgeous little dog Nugget.
For Alex, volunteering at animal shelters over her European OE was a highlight.


Alex joined the Waglands team in February 2017.

 

Cheryl

Cheryl came to Waglands straight from the North-West of England, bringing a great background of skills from working in a large pet shop chain, providing care for vulnerable adults with various mental and physical disabilities, and owning her own barber shop for 15years.
With a deep affinity for animals right from a young age, Cheryl has a particular interest in Waglands guests with more nervous temperaments who need particular personal attention and cuddles.
In Waglands she has found a perfect amalgamation of all of her skills and passion, and applies her barber skills now to working alongside Arlene with the beautification of our furry guests.

Cheryl joined the Waglands team in March 2017.

 

Jorde

Jorde is a native animal lover, thriving in fostering SPCA litters of kittens (and all other animals), dog showing and handling from the age of 5, and horse riding and competing. She has a truly diverse role at Waglands, and you may see flashes of her doing some incredible washing and pre-grooming work, as well as maintenance and repair work. She goes home to her family, her standard Poodle (Winter), and her pet KuneKune pig (Princess Buttercup) who she is teaching to do a range of tricks.

Jorde joined the Waglands team in May 2017.

Ruth

Ruth joined us in 2017, fresh from Yorkshire in the UK. She is Beagle mad, loving all things Canine from a very young age. Coming from a high pressure background as a chef in the UK, she loves being immersed in each busy day of caring for all our guests up at Waglands. She shares her house with Baxter her Beagle, Rooney the Cat … and her Husband.

Ruth joined the Waglands team in July 2017.

 

 

Karen

With three children flown the coop, Karen applies a career of parenting and working in her family business to the care and delight of all the fur babies at Waglands. Throughout her life, she has surrounded herself with a menagerie of various animals, from cats, birds, chickens, fish, turtles and rabbits – but dogs have always been her consistent companions.
After a fleet of foot day at Waglands, she gets to enjoy her homelife, surrounded by little canine cuties Gryphyns and Gremlyn, along with grumpy cat Gus, and husband Alan.  

Karen joined the Waglands team in December 2017.

 

Kate

Kate’s beloved family dog Wilson was a great start for her appreciation of dogs, leading on to looking after the whole neighbourhood’s furry fellows: walking, and dog sitting them while their families were at work or on holiday. But the real life changer came with a recent trip to Bali, where she devoted herself to a hard-up animal shelter full of abandoned street dogs rather than a beach, and experienced the difference she was able to make by sharing her calm capabilities in their care. Deciding then to change careers and devote her life to the care of dogs, she abandoned the Gold Coast in favour of Wellington’s delicious weather, and approached Waglands to see if she could help here.

 

Lumas

From an early age, Lumas made himself quite at home at Waglands. His generous and outgoing nature is shared between the office and grooming room, where he fulfils his important role of meeting and greeting both two and four legged arrivals with remarkably casual ease. With grooming truly in his bloodlines, he has a strong career ahead of him in challenging Arlene's grooming skills and techniques to their limits and beyond, presenting her work to expert judges for critique and ongoing improvement.
Despite all of this busy activity, Lumas still finds time to update his Facebook page, and can virtually be befriended as "Lumas Waglands".

 

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