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2018 Closed Dates — Mark Your Calendar!

 

We’re a little late getting these dates posted for y’all, so without further adieu, here ya go!  For your planning pleasure, listed below are the dates that we will be closed for vacation.  There are as follows:

  • September 7 – October 7

Watch Funny Dogs Work Together

We’re creating a YouTube page for our website so that you can see us in motion!  Our YouTube channel boasts tasty treat recipes, dog training tips, some of the adventures we go in (KROMP) and so much more.

An example of our pups in action is in the video below.

 

End of Life Mobile Vets

We all know that there’s no place like home, and for most of us, that is the place where we prefer to be when we’re not feeling well.

Home provides us security, comfort, love and peace.  It is also the place where many wish to live out their last days. For our pets (most anyway), the same mentality abounds.  They just want to be home with their loved ones when they’re in their last days.

Is it always possible to provide our pets the option of being euthanized at home?  I guess it depends on where you live, scheduling and what your budget is.  Below is a directory for nationwide mobile veterinarians:

In Home Pet Euthanasia Directory

KROMP to Resume Soon!

KROMP is our premier off-leash, adventure service where we take a handful of pups on excursions to places outside the area to run, swim, hike and have a blast with their friends.

We had to put KROMP on-hold towards the end of last year due to Larry’s (Jessie’s husband) heart surgery, and subsequent, complications that had arose out of the surgery.  Thanks to The Lord, however, he is fairing much better  now enabling us to strongly consider the date in which we will post and resume this awesome service that so many of you are waiting for 😀

Participants must meet the following criteria in order to attend:

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  • Great with other dogs (zero aggression)
  • Current on all shots
  • Stay under voice command AND line of sight at all times (no running off or dogs that are semi off-leash trained)
  • Great with people
  • Know basic commands such as “sit”, “stay” or “wait”, and “come” (“down” and “heel” would be great not necessary to know in order to attend)
  • Cannot be sound sensitive
  • Must ride well with others in vehicles

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Donner Lake

Donner Lake

If you have any questions about this service, please see our KROMP page or feel free to contact us at (530) 867-5727.

Hoping to have your pup with us for fun in the sun (and SNOW!) <3

Joint Relief for Older Pups

Lanai is getting a little older (okay, she’s 13 years old now!) and is at the point where she needs a little help with her joint aches and pains.  She’s not NEAR as bad as some her age, but she does lay down slowly and her movements are fairly calculated.

Recently, while at Yolo Vet, Dr. Bulkley asked me if I was giving Lanai Actistatin as a joint relief agent.  Since I had no idea what Actistatin even was, the answer was abundantly clear to her 😉  She suggested that I try it with Lanai and gave me a FREE 10-day supply to see if it helped her (this was so kind of Laurie to do!).  Apparently, many people are raving that their pets are feeling SO much better on this stuff that Laurie (Dr. Bulkley) decided to keep it in stock for them!

The 10-days came and went and I will say:

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  • Lanai was getting up and down easier
  • She was much happier and had a spark in her eye
  • She has always been energetic but appeared to have a larger bounce in her step (more than usual)
  • She loves the taste of these things and takes them with NO problem

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For Lanai and I, it’s well worth the money!

New Service: K-ROMP!

Announcing a new service as of June 8th:  K-ROMP!  K-ROMP is now the name of our Truckee off-leash adventures, in the Tahoe area, or should I say, Paw’ventures 😀

We are excited to share in our adventures on our Facebook page where you can see pictures and videos of our adventures.

If you’re interested in this service, please check out information on this service here and feel free to let us know if you have any questions.  We would be happy to help you!

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Training Begins with… Trust

People often wonder how I get the dogs to obey me all the time (frankly, they don’t 100% of the time because that would make them PERFECT, which nothing is and they’re not…LOL)… they want to know what I do, what I say, do I use treats, what my training “philosophy” is, etc. So, I thought I would share my experience in working with dogs and what I’ve learned so far (I’m always learning something from and about them) when it comes to starting out with a new dog.

Develop a Bond

[pullquote_right]In everything concerning dogs, in general, it starts with trust.[/pullquote_right]

Trust, Security = FUN

Trust, Security = FUN

My first point of order when a new dog comes into my care is to establish a bond. This bond will assure the dogs that, when in my care, there is a balance … a hierarchy which promotes security. The bond begins to form the moment we meet for the very first time. It’s during this first, initial introduction that the dog quickly learns I’m the leader of the pack (all humans in the pack or family should be seen as a leader in my opinion) and that they’re safe. They know there is safety because the leaders are calm but in control; this promotes the security dogs look for and need.  This security is witnessed through not just the control that is over them within the form of rules and boundaries but the control that is also wielded over all of the animals within the pack (the pack can consist of many different animals, too, including cats for example).  These “rules and boundaries” are established right away—enforcing respect–which stimulates trust–that further defines and strengthens the bond.

Dogs size up personalities (humans, other dogs, cats and so forth) – fast. Literally, in a matter of a couple of minutes, a new dog will know:

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  • I’m not afraid of them
  • I’m happy to meet them
  • I’m the leader…the Alpha

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Have you ever watched dogs and cats meet for the first time? Majority of the time, when a new dog comes into the house, the cats are the first to greet them with nothing short of a smack across the muzzle before it darts off and up its cat tree. Of course, the dog is left absolutely STUNNED for a moment, but more often than not, it never bothers the cats and knows that the cats aren’t afraid of it either. So, what did the cats communicate in a rapid, typical cat fashion?   It said, “Guess what…you’re not all THAT; you’re not in charge around here so deal with it!”

Anxious Dogs

If a dog is experiencing a lot of fear, or has intense anxiety, to develop trust, I will keep them tethered to me for a period of time that could range anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  However long the dog needs to be tethered in order to gain assurance that all is well, this is the amount of time that is given to tethering. The key though when they’re tethered to me and what my objective is, is: Establishing trust through close leadership. This is done through tethering in the form of the following:

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  • Not allowing them to lead while on leash;
  • Not allowing them to go through doorways first;
  • Commanding and controlling the other dogs around them by allowing all of them to smell each other but immediately after the initial sniff has been completed, commanding space between them so they’re not hyper-focused on each other;
  • Giving them praise and affection IMMEDIATELY after a command has been given that has been executed timely and accurately (I give a lot of simple commands; thereby, I’m always giving them a lot of physical (pets, hugs, kisses) and verbal praise)

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By the end of the day, my goal with new dogs is to have established a trusting relationship with them…a first step to a great friendship—a great bond. From here, the rest of our future days together will be built on this trust…the cornerstone in our relationship 🙂 The new commands and skills taught, or refreshed under our command,  from this point forward is much more easily achieved.

[pullquote_right] At the end of the day, it’s about communication [/pullquote_right]

Remembering Misha 2000 – 2014

Meet Misha, an intelligent girl though smaller in stature had a personality that was larger than life!  She was Phoenix, Lanai and Roscoe’s sister, Lanai’s co-puppy trainer, Ross’ herding partner, our warming presence when anyone in the family was sick and so much more.

We met Misha back in the fall of 2005, when she was just five years old.  Sassy and spirited, this girl walked into our lives and planted deep roots in our family from that time on.

Misha at Work

Misha took great pride in helping me, along with Lanai, raise all of the many pups that came into our care–and I mean MANY!  She was a dominant personality who had zero tolerance for unruly behavior, and when a pup needed correction, she felt she always needed to be right there beside me to back me up…LOL.

In conjunction with watching puppies, herding the wayward dogs during the hikes who didn’t come when called (she and Roscoe were great partners in this job duty), she was also the family’s nurse.  Hence, one of her nicknames:  “Nurse Mish”.  Anytime one of us were sick, she was right there to sit or lay with us, along with her brother Ross who would do the same.  She  especially faithful to lay with Jordie when Jordie wasn’t feeling good–they had a very special bond.

Funny things we’ll miss–and always reflect on–are:
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  • Misha digging, and subsequently, throwing rocks to herself that she would turn around and fetch;
  • Misha joining Ross on a dig for “Chippies” (chipmunks)–he loved to see her come because the girl could MOVE earth;
  • Her ability to know the English language and thus help Ross translate commands to new pack members;
  • Watching her and Lanai–sisters in crime–work with the pups;
  • Her expressions and vocal conversations with us (she would always “talk” to us);
  • Holidays because she was always an entertainer;

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mishRoss

Misha and Ross

We were extraordinarily blessed to have her with us for as long as we did and truly thank our Lord Jesus for the gift that she was!

Misha, we will always love and miss you more than words can say and hope to be reunited with you some day when The Lord calls us home.  Until then, sweet girl, GO PLAY!

Quick Tip on Dog Beds for Big Dogs!

One thing you can try is buying a used futon mattress on Craigslist and then just cover it with a sheet.  Since we rapidly go through beds over here, and have large dogs to take care of, the futon mattresses work out well and you actually get TWO for the price of ONE!

Ikea sells them for under $100.

Craigslist may even have them cheaper!

We have used these beds in small dog, indoor, obstacle courses, as well as, just being loungers.

Big dogs welcome

Big dogs welcome