Waglands - About Us

Ben and ErineBen

Ben

Ben with his friends

 

 

 

Cynthia with Kora and Lita

Cynthia with Kora and Lita

 

Tinni

Tinni

 

 

Carole with her pack

 

 

 

Sue

 

Joel

 

 

 

 

Joel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 has completed her first of four years of her Master Groomers qualification, and is flourishing under the guidance of some of the best National and International master grooming trainers.

 Cynthia

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.
Her extensive furry family includes Kora an ex-SPCA dog, Lita a long Hair Chihuahua, Tia a Jack Russell/ Border collie , Jasmine the puddy cat, and up to ten fostered kittens from the SPCA.
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

Tinni's passion for dogs started from the day she was born, 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.

 

Carole

Carole's love of dogs started when she was very young and walked a Golden Retriever x Saluki named Lassie, who lived over the road from her home in England. When she left school at 16 she worked for a professional racing greyhound trainer in Sussex, England, in a kennel of 60 dogs, taking dogs as far north as Manchester for races.
After coming to New Zealand in 1985 Carole purchased her first dog, Pepper, a bitzer, and after Pepper died Carole got her “real” dream which was a golden retriever. Carole now has four golden retrievers - Phoenix, Kula, Shadow and Sherry - who she has devoted a large part of her life to.
Her husband, Rob, has had to put up with weekends camping at dog shows, two litters of puppies(so far), purchasing a new freezer just to store the dog food in, and purchasing untold other items including a vehicle just for the dogs. On 15 March 2014, Shadow became Carole's first official Champion show dog! Two weeks later her daughter, Sherry, became a Champion too. Sherry, who also competes in obedience, has achieved a CDX award in this discipline. There is a website devoted to Carole's dogs -www.salhousegoldens.org.nz Carole has been part of the Waglands' team since February 2012.

Sue

Sue moved over from the UK in 2007. After many jobs including working in hotels and hospitality to working crowd management for events and concerts she joined the Wagland team in September 2012.
She grew up in households that always had dogs and cats and enjoys nothing more than long bush walks or pottering in the garden.
Currently Sue shares her home with her husband and two teenage children ,two cats  an assortment of chickens and two dogs Gypsy  the heading dog and new member of the family Kizzi a 4 year old HUHA rescue. Working at Waglands is a natural step for Sue having been surrounded by animals since her childhood. 

 Joel

Joel has had pets all his life, and has a gentle, respectful manner towards all animals. With a National Certificate in Animal Care, he is also planning to continue studying into Veterinary Nursing. As part of his certificate in animal care he worked at the SPCA. His dog Luck is a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier X. Joel has been part of the Waglands team since September 2012.

 

 

 

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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