About the Merooka team

Located in a lovely rural area in the Dubbo region, Merooka is a family-owned business run by Debbie and Darrell Mathews providing cattery, kennel and grooming services.


Over 50 years of experience

Merooka has been run by Debbie and Darrell Mathews for over 30 years. Debbie grew up in a dog show family that also ran a large boarding kennel in Mulgrave, New South Wales, giving her over 50 years of industry experience that includes competition, obedience training and accredited hound judging.

The cattery and kennel commenced operations when many dog and cat owners throughout the Central West were unable to find a suitable boarding establishment. Darrell previously owned and operated “The Dazzling Dog”, a successful dog grooming business located 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.

Debbie and Darrell currently breed Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen under the Rickaby prefix, a breed which they have imported from the United Kingdom. For more details regarding our dog breeding, please go to rickabykennel.com. Debbie has also been involved in showing, breeding, judging, grooming and obedience. Merooka have also previously bred and shown Burmese and Abyssinian cats from the 1980’s to 2000’s.

Over the years, Debbie and Darrell have exhibited and/or bred the following breeds:

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • English Setter
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Beagle
  • Deerhound
  • Poodle Standard
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Irish Setter
  • Afghan Hound
  • Dachshund Longhair
  • Saluki
  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Learn more about our services

Our kennels have a secure exercise area with toys and sandpits to keep your dog physically and mentally active.

Our cattery offers large individual apartments with exercise and play areas to ensure a relaxed and enjoyable holiday for your cat.

Rickaby Kennel is a breeding kennel currently breeding Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen.