Better Life for Bora Bora Dogs—Tracy Fentem really loves dogs; so much in fact that she has eight of her own.
By Yvonne Dick
As Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in the French Polynesian islands Tracy Fentem found it nearly unbearable to drive along the island roads and see the stray dogs.
“Anything that’s dog related, you know, I’m the crazy dog lady,” she says.
Fortunately she was not the only one who felt this way and with a little bit of luck and love she was able to partner with local veterinarians and hotel management and come up with a way that hotel patrons and islanders could also show the dogs love which they had been desperately lacking as strays.
“One day I saw a dog that was walking around and her leg was just awful, it wasn’t even really like a leg anymore and I said I can’t do this today—we need to get her to a veterinarian right now. Took her straight to the vet, the two vets on the Island are wonderful. We saved her. She had to have her leg amputated and we caught her sister, I called them Katniss and Pita. Katniss found her home before Pita did.”
Recently the St Regis Bora Bora has had the pleasure of launching Fentem’s line of dog accessories and apparel. Styled after the colors, textures, and symbols of Bora Bora the line includes leashes, collars, coats and more available to purchase at the St Regis. Guests can pick up a special souvenir for their own furry loved one while supporting the local stray dogs and the network of humans who take care of them, a percentage of sales goes toward the St Regis Bora Bora Furry Friends.
Merchandise includes bandanas in local browns adorned with paw prints which are coloured and put onto stems like wildflowers. Leather and natural rope collars and leashes with the SRBB Furry Friends logo. For grooming and other supplies there is a burlap dog tote featuring paw prints, and to go inside the tote consumers can add the tie-strap grooming kit which is a fold-out wallet style matching fabric case for collapsible water bowl, brushes, shampoos, clippers etc. Finally there is a soft canvas nylon dog treat belt pouch with inner plastic lining and adjustable snap-buckle belt.