About UsDebbie Matthews was born into a dog show
family, that also ran a large boarding kennel in Mulgrave, New South Wales. From an early age, she was
involved with the care and welfare of dogs and cats This included the daily cleaning chores through to
grooming, breeding, showing and obedience. However, her involvement was not limited to dogs and cats.
She has owned and exhibited over the years horses, goats, poultry, birds, guinea pigs and rabbits.
With her move to Dubbo, Debbie was still involved
with dogs and cats, however at this time cats were her priority. Breeding and showing Burmese and
Abyssinian, under the Merooka prefix. It was through the cats that Merooka Cattery and Kennel was
established in the early 1980's. Many purchasers of kittens were unable to find a suitable boarding
establishment in the area, thus the boarding cattery commenced. Then again due to client demand many cat
owners also owned dogs and again were after a kennel where their pets needs were met.
Debbie's husband Darrell is also involved in the
business. He has years of experience, being involved with showing, breeding dogs and later grooming them. He
owned the "The Dazzling Dog" a very successful dog grooming business in Dubbo for many years. With the
demands of the boarding kennels ever increasing, it was decided to close "The Dazzling Dog" and incorporate the
grooming side with Merooka Cattery and Kennel.
Over the years, Debbie and Darrell have exhibited
and/or bred the following breeds:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, German
Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, English Setter, Irish Setter, Lagotto Romagnolo, Afghan Hound,
Beagle, Dachshund Longhair, Dachshund, Miniature Longhair,
Saluki, Poodle Standard. Currently, they still breed deerhound (since
1969)and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, a breed which they have imported from the United Kingdom. For more
details regarding our dog breeding, please go to www.rickabykennel.com Debbie has also been
involved in competition, obedience and currently conducts puppy preschool classes.
Both Debbie and Darrell strive to provide the best possible care
and facilities for their clients, with their involvement in the showring and their vast knowledge of
breeds. They are aware of the temperaments, care and needs of various breeds, with the kennels being
situated in a rural setting of 40 hectares. The kennel buildings and exercise areas have been spread over
a larger area than normal. This enables them to provide varying types of accommodation to suit the various
breed needs. This inturn delivers a stress free environment. The cattery is located well away from the
dogs. So again the cats can relax without being disturbed by the barking of dogs.