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Team of trainee carpenters behind dogs' play equipment start tails wagging

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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A group of trainee carpenters from City of Bath College have built a new piece of play equipment for dogs to enjoy at the Happy Landings Animal Shelter at Pylle.

The Level 2 Site Carpentry students designed the equipment, made a small prototype and then constructed the real thing at the shelter.

The team of six created a wooden structure the dogs can use to play on or to shelter in from the sun or rain.

Carpentry tutor Tim Bracey approached Happy Landings after he and his wife rescued a cat from the animal shelter.

"It's been a very successful project and I know the students have really enjoyed it," said Tim. "It's given some of them their first experience of working with a customer and meant they had to approach the project very professionally.

"Not only has it given our students experience of the workplace, it's also provided some new and much needed equipment for Happy Landings."

Lyn Southway, from Happy Landings, said: "The shelter is wonderful and exactly as we had specified. The students have created a multi-functional piece of equipment to use for both play and as a shelter.

"The dogs are already making full use of it and we are delighted with it. We look forward to with working with the college again in the near future."

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