Who is the 11:00am Dog Run Favorite?

Our staff is a bunch of fun teenage kids! You have to be in high school to work here.

We are proud that our staff is the young and fun.

We learned very quickly that kids make the best dog… friends, lovers and play mates.  :0)

Each dog run of the day, a different furry friend rises to the top of their favorites list.

Who was your favorite dog during this dog run?

When I ask our staff that question multiple times a day…I usually get multiple answers.

I LOVE THAT!

It warms my heart to watch all of these kids work!

~Just Krista

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The Taste Test…Oh Boy.

This morning a delightful couple stopped in for a quick tour.

You could tell from the get go that they loved their dogs!

Judging by their questions about our daily routine, kennel cleanliness etc…. they wanted to make sure that we would take care of them the way they do.

We started to talk about dog food.

We see so many types of food here. But one of the popular brands we see a lot is called “Blue”.

It is a dry food that has two types of kibble. One regular size kibble that is a brown color and a tiny dark round one.

It reminds me of a bowl of cereal with blue berries.

We used to feed it to our Zoe and Preston but we found that they liked to eat all the large kibble but left all the berries behind.

I told this couple my experience with this brand of dog food with our own pets.

I even sent a comment to the company to provide a “non-berry” option because I really like the food…but I don’t like the berry clean up.

The gentleman replied “I’m not sure why they would leave those behind, they taste good.”

UMMM…Really?!

He let me know that he tests all his dogs food. He wants to make sure that it is a food his dogs will love.

So, if he likes it, they will like it.

Honestly, I was a bit surprised…but I then thought….

This is a true dog lover standing in front of me!

If Reynolds Kennels can make THIS couple happy…we can make anyone happy!

We look forward to having their dogs come visit next week…and we are ready for the “HAPPY” challenge.

(Sorry, you won’t catch me testing the dog food though :0)

~Just Krista

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Camera Shy…I don’t think so!

When we are in clean up mode in the kennel. We get our hands dirty!

That is just a fact.

We have mud, dirt , slobber, throw up, wet food, wet bedding, hair, fur..you name it we clean it.

Julie had just come up from a deep clean. I was glad I had my camera handy. She enters the office and looks down at her hands.

She let out some sort of noise crossed between disgust and “You got to be kidding me!”

Look closer… Julie isn’t camera shy.

Look closer… Julie isn’t camera shy…Yes, that is a gushy brown treasure that stuck like glue to her hands.

I don’t necessarily like to talk about poop. It is generally not the best topic of conversation.

But to be frank, it is a BIG part of our world.

Because it is, we here at Reynolds Kennels choose to embrace it.

But we try not to embrace it in a literal sense. (but sometimes we do :0)

We had a good laugh while Julie emptied the hand sanitizer all over herself!

~Just Krista

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Our New Kennel….Almost done.

I know many of you have been around at some point the last 8 months. We got the go from Washington County over a year ago. We FINALLY could move forward on the construction of our new kennel.

Building ALWAYS takes longer than expected. Our situation is no different.

Construction has been kind of fun to watch. When they poured the gigantic slab of cement last fall, it was overwhelming.

That slab would have made a great basketball court!

The Walls are Up.

Projects like this always make my head spin.

Nice Covered Area.

Derek is a licensed contractor. Listening to the engineers/contractors as they were speaking a language (I clearly did not know) was always a treat.

I’m glad Derek can speak a second language.

Now that the siding is on the outside and all the drywall is hung. Samantha and I are in charge of painting the inside.

She has been such a hard worker.

Madelyn took Samantha to the store and she found some red cowboy boots.

We let her know if she earns half the money, we can get those “Footloose” boots.

Samantha (5) The best kennel painter ever.

She has been painting with me that last few days. I have been very impressed with her diligence.  She painted all the nail holes in all of our base boards. That is no small task. She has almost earned enough money. ($25.00)

I’m sure she will be sporting her new fire feet soon!

Fun with our paint brushes.

But what makes me happy is that Samantha will be able to walk through the halls of our kennel for years to come and remember her part of building our family business.

We wanted to have the kennel  finished a few yesterdays ago.  Things just don’t go as planned.

We hope that by the end of July, we can show you a facility that will bring you peace when you leave your furry four legged family member with us.

We want it to feel like their other home.

Thanks for all your support with our next big step in our pet world.

Who knows, maybe when we have emptied the current dog space …maybe we might start kenneling cats :0)

Now wouldn’t that be an interesting idea.

~ Just Krista

 

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Schools Out… Time to go to work!

I just finished my sons last band concert. That is my que that summer is on the way.

Most kids can sleep in until 10:00am  just because they can. That is a luxury our great staff at Reynolds Kennels gives up to work here.

Bright and early at 7:00am (on the dot) we are releasing our guests outside to empty that full bladder and stretch their legs.

As you can tell, we have lots of teenagers that help out. We learned very quickly that kids play…dogs play…perfect match!

We have such a great bunch of people I just need to take a minute to introduce them to all of you.

(bottom to top) Derek, Taylor, Madelyn, Corey, Ryan, Luis, Ashlee, Savannah, Tegan, Spencer, Nick, Andrew and (of course) Julie.

Ella, Spencer H , Jane, Colin and Lauren are not there. (Krista behind the camera)

We have a couple new people this year but most of this group has been with us at least 3 years. Some are going on their 6th year. That says a lot!

They love being with your animals.

Every year we have a big staff meeting to get our new dog lovers up to speed. Plus ,we like to remind our veterans of our positive goals for our summer season.

I always find Derek’s wording on some of the meeting information sheet quite interesting.

For instance (and I quote)

We want to see petting, hugs, loving, touching, squeezing during the dog run. Again, we are talking about the dogs and not each other!”

Where else would you read that during a staff meeting?!

However, this one is my new favorite.

Wednesday is not only hump day but also poop day.”

He was referring to the waste being removed each week….but I wish you could have seen all the looks that were being passed around that meeting after Derek read that out loud. I recall a bit of snickering and a lot of shifting in their seats. Always entertaining for me.

Even though our summer is not the time the Reynolds family vacations, it is my favorite time of year.

We love to see all of our great staff as much as we can. They help Derek and I be better people.

It is fun to watch these kids grow up over the years. We are on our third round of high school graduates. It is truly a blessing for Derek and I to witness.

We not only teach these kids how to care for dogs. We watch them learn how to communicate with you (our guests) and with each other.

They learn to respect each dogs breed to better take care of each dog individually.

They learn a good round of ball throwing calms not only their canine friend but it brings a peace to them as well.

I could go on and on…and on!

Derek and I even help with advice about their “love ” lives. :0)

I just wanted to give you all a glimpse of who your dogs get to rub shoulders with (or slobber on) this 2014 summer.

 

 

Hope to see you all soon…I’ll be the one with the smile on my face.

Happy Summer!

~Just Krista

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Poor Tennis Ball!

We just  finished  the 11:00 dog run….

Just wanted to share how much fun Rudy had today.

I’m just glad Rudy never brushed up against any of our pants!

~Just Krista

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Planting Flowers and Raising Flowers. Two different things.

Work, Work and more work is the life on property.

We love to have room to run and have the extra privacy that space gives….but with more space comes more work!

Not just dogs are on our list of  “to dos”. We want our furry guests (and their parents) to come to a beautiful place too.

Flowers are always helpful to accomplish this.

Olivia and Samantha wanted to help with the flowers this year.

We packed up in the car and headed to the nursery.  Little girls love bright and beautiful. They picked orange marigolds and some sort of rosy something. I love their excitement  to add color to our yard.

But… all they wanted to do was plant those flowers. Participation with the weeding and preparing the flower bed was not high on their list.

But I am not the parent that lets any of her kids just do the fun part….they have to help with the hard stuff to enjoy the  fun.

Kids don’t learn how to do hard things anymore. We parents have made life just a bit too comfortable.   I don’t know why my generation choose to forget to teach patience and hard work.

Instant gratification without earning  has become the norm.

When the tough moments of life come (and they will) our children struggle to endure hard things.

Hard work is such a good thing!

Everyone feels great after completing a hard assignment or paying for something with money THEY earned.

That is just what today was going to teach my girls.

We three went to work!

Occasionally, we had to stop to take a snack break. Sometimes we had to refocus.

In the course of the  “hard part” of our project, we got our hands dirty.

Slowly the weeds cleared. Old leaves and twigs were raked. Mole holes were filled.

We were able to talk about little girl concerns.

We even found a worm!

With our faces sun touched, we spread out all the dirt clods and we finished planting our new flowers.

We found that worm a new home.

In my opinion, it turned out beautiful!

Olivia choose the perfect places for all those marigolds and Samantha clearly had dirt under her fingernails.

I know our kennel clients will drive in this summer….maybe notice our flowers….maybe not.

But I know when I see the splash of color in my yard every day…I can smile.

I accomplished (for just a few minutes) just what I choose to do… Raise Flowers!

Little human ones.

~Just Krista

 

 

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KENNEL KOOKIES…Olivia Style

The Reynolds are business people. One of my friends daughter said one day.

Yes, we are business people. Actually, I like to say we are in the business of serving people.

My 7 year old, Olivia, definitely has her parents strong entrepreneurial streak…even at a young age.

Sunday night we mentioned that on Memorial Day it is a big day for dogs to be picked up.

Olivia announces:

Let’s sell cookies…Kennel Kookies.

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We got out the chocolate chips….some sugar and flour.

Of course, we dug out the secret recipe from Mrs. Claus at the North Pole. She is the expert cookie maker and Reynolds only sell the best cookies. :0)

What I love is Olivia’s attention to detail.

She choose her business location right next to the Reynolds Kennels sign so everyone knew who she was working for and her customers park there to pick up their dogs.

She made a sign not only to hang for the table but one that would sit on the top of the table…just in case her customer stood to close to the table and they couldn’t see that sign anymore.

Samantha contributed the OPEN/CLOSE idea.

Of course, I was quality control with the product…(a couple of tests just to make sure)

Derek coached them on their approach….and we let them do their thing! (Yes, Samantha had a  itch We promise she never touched cookie! ) LOL

 

Boy, I know they are cute…Admit it..it would be really hard not to buy a Kennel Kookie!

After paying for their product ingredients and a little tithes to serve others…they earned a big 2.50 each!

Excellent first day of business…100% profit margin…1,000,000% smiles and fun.

Watch out business world…Olivia is growing up!

~Just Krista

(Thanks kennel friends for supporting my children)

 

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Lou…Just look at him now!

This is a very big weekend at the kennel. Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to our busy season.

We love Lou!

Meet Lou.

Last Thursday he was dropped off at our kennel for the first time. His owner is a wonderful lady. Lou was found on the streets of California. They think he is about 3-4 years old and they don’t know much other than that…

She warned me that he is quick to growl and be assertive although he has never actually made contact.

I went ahead and introduced him to a VERY small group. Molly our resident grandma was part of that group. She is our old boxer soul that likes to make sure everyone understands the rules of the land.

Lou was quick to pronounce his stance with some good assertive growls…Molly in return decided to one up him. I decided to be the winner of the noise game.

I let out a nice big scream…holding both of their collars….I won!

It takes a minute for dogs to understand that we are on their team.

My heart always softens for animals that  had to endure who knows what…but because of the past, reactive assumptions is how they are wired.

We take the time to earn their respect, build history, so they can trust that we want them to be safe.

We want them to get out here and play.

The first couple dog runs we kept Lou with just a few select friends. Just look at him now!

 

You can tell his posture is still very hesitant but he sniffing out those cell phone numbers!The key is his tail. Every dog run that tail wags a little bit more. :0)  He decided that he is going to test the waters with his “almost” friends. Even though, he keeps coming back to check in to make sure he is okay.

Busy holiday weekends are like a social anxiety boot camp.

They get to play four times a day. Twenty-three opportunities during the 4 days to be reminded he is safe.

It is like your parents throwing you out in the deep end in the pool growing up. Sink or swim!

Yes, I was pretty mad at my Dad for tossing me in, but I knew he was a good swimmer…so I knew everything would be alright.

Lou trusts his new family. They will have to continue to renew that trust everyday that he is in their care. What Lou gives back to them is more than enough to keep moving forward as a family.

Dogs know how to forgive easily but most do not forget….it is the forgetting part that I wish we all could be blessed with when it comes to some of our past (not so great) times.

We are happy for Lou and the bright future he has in front of him.  We were thankful we were trusted to watch his tail wag.

~Just Krista

 

 

 

 

 

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Just a quick pause for a couple weeks…

Just wanted to let you know I will be out of town for the next couple weeks. I hope to experience some good dog stories in my travels.
I’m sure they have dogs in New Zealand :0)
But maybe not… :0)
See you all soon!
-Just Krista

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