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Community group installs public dog kennel in Kentville

Digby, a Husky and German Shepherd cross owned by Laura Churchill Duke, sits in front of the new Courtesy Dog Kennel at Jason’s Independent Grocer in Kentville. The kennel was donated by the Kentville Community Fund in partnership with the grocery store and Carlton Road Industries Association.
Digby, a Husky and German Shepherd cross owned by Laura Churchill Duke, sits in front of the new Courtesy Dog Kennel at Jason’s Independent Grocer in Kentville. The kennel was donated by the Kentville Community Fund in partnership with the grocery store and Carlton Road Industries Association. - Sara Ericsson

KENTVILLE – There is now a spot to safely leave your canine friend outside while you shop in downtown Kentville.

The Kentville Community Fund partnered up with the Carlton Road Industries Association and Jason’s Independent Grocer in Kentville to build a courtesy dog kennel now sitting outside the grocery store.

Fund member Laura Churchill Duke worked with Erik Deal on the project, and both say they were inspired after seeing similar kennels at Masstown Market and in Parrsboro.

“We were looking for a community-based project that would be beneficial to people. You see people becoming pet aware... and there’s also discussion now for a dog park in town, so this fits in well with that,” said Deal.

The project was approved by the Kentville Business Community organization and unveiled August 24. Digby, a Husky and German shepherd cross owned by Duke, modeled how to use the kennel, sitting patiently outside and later walking in.

The kennel is spacious enough for all dog breeds, whether a Chihuahua or Great Dane, and contains a dish of water and a simple latch to close the door. It also features a sign that provides shade for the animal and kindly reminds users to pick up after their dog.

“We thought of the kennel because it’s a simple thing to do – to keep dogs out of the way of cars,” said Duke.

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