Tucked in a knoll at the foot of a ridge in East Meredith is a canine-care facility that treats dogs as if they were children.
Coyote Hill: Dog Grooming, Boarding and More is the actualized dream of entrepreneur Sarah Cummings. Dog-care packages include options such as a dog-themed movie after snack time, soothing music during kennel time, wading in a small pool in the warmer months and hikes along nearby mountain trails.
“I really enjoy my dogs and I love being around them,” Cummings said. “I have always done something that involves dogs. They are really my passion.”
Cummings is a veterinarian assistant. She also is active with therapy dogs as well as canine rescue and a foster program. Coyote Hill was created in 2012 to reflect Cummings’ understanding of dogs.
“Look at this little guy here. Pebbles is a rescued pit bull,” Cummings said. “So many times pit bulls get bad reputations — some communities have even forbidden people to have them. Yet those dogs were bred to babysit little children who were left at home while the mother and father had to be out in the fields harvesting. They are gentle and loving by nature. But they are loyal and people have exploited that and trained them to be mean.”
Before moving back to her grandmother’s home in East Meredith, Cummings worked at a veterinarian clinic in Troy. She saw numerous pit bulls at the clinic and began to foster-home the animals. She is an active member of Out of the Pits, an organization that seeks to educate the public about the American Pit Bull Terrier in addition to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs that are in need.
“Pit bulls who are used to fight either have been trained to fight or they have not been socialized,” Cummings said. “You have to socialize your dog; they have to learn how to get along well with others. Training programs are great for that, or bring them to doggy daycare.”