At around the same time as all this, Gregory Hands was living with his late wife, Georgina, opposite Battersea Park. Like Barry, Gregory had always been mad about dogs. Sensing a growing demand among his fellow urbanites, he decided to become a dog sitter. Together, he and Georgina devoted much of their time to learning about dog behaviour, while training their own fox red Labrador, Bruce.
As an entrepreneur by heart and by trade, an idea slowly began to dawn on Gregory: He started to imagine a new type of place that would make canine wellbeing top dog. It would be big, it would be bold; it would be totally different from anything else. Along with Georgina, he pictured a Dog Club and Hotel for the urban canine community.