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About us

Merrylegs is a family run Pet Hotel operating from its present location for seven years.  On 15th November 2013 we are re-locating to our purpose built luxury facility. 

Our team consists of Laura and Ralquei (Logan) Browne Rocha (wife and husband) and Melanie Woodman.  Laura is the Hotel Manager and her dream has always been to run and operate a quality certified Pet Hotel in the Algarve.

From the age of seventeen Laura studied Animal Care at Bishop Burton Agricultural College for four years and graduated with a National Diploma in Animal Care and a higher national diploma in animal care (zoology and behavioural science).

After graduating she went on to work in a prestigious boarding kennel establishment in the North East of England.  Whilst working there she became interested in hydrotherapy and became a qualified dog hydrotherapist  and went on to open a very successful pool.

She also completed and qualified in various dog behavioral and training courses as well as a Diploma in Kennel Management.

The family moved to Portugal and purchased a established kennel and has successfully built up a well known dog hotel.

Laura then became interested in Portuguese Water Dogs.  Her first success was in Water Trials and then showing.    Her own line Sol Da Laurita has  bred two litters up to the present time and has produced three Portuguese champions one of which is a European Champion.

Logan joined the team in 2011 and has had on-site work training and has become a strong team member.  He has a love of dogs and has also built up a good rapport with our clients.

Melanie has a vast experience of dogs and worked in a Veterinary practice for many years.  She is also an exceptional dog trainer.