Author Archives: Krista Reynolds

Story Time…with Ranger and Hank.

I just finished a bedtime story with Samantha and Olivia. (our two youngest)

I enjoy the down time at the end of the day to just settle down and read.

Not sure why I thought of doing the same thing for one of our kennel guests tonight.

I figure I would take a book out to them and try it.

Olivia choose the book…The Little Puppy.

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She thinks they would enjoy a book about about themselves.

I guess it is kind of like we humans check out People magazine to look at other humans. Every time I sit in a doctors office, I seem to always gravitate towards the magazines about people and their so called lives over the Better Homes and Gardens.

Why is that?!

So I went out and gave it a canine reading whirl after our 8:15 evening dog run tonight.

I’m not sure why I thought everyone in the kennel would just quietly lay down and listen right along.

It took them a minute to get over this big person sitting in their space…but after licking my ear off etc. They settled in right at the end.

After all… the story was VERY exciting!

I don’t see a book being the way to go the next time some late night entertainment sounds like a good idea.

I will plan a big screen event staring…. Lassie!

With popcorn and red vines for me…bacon for my friends.

I’m sure these dogs won’t even know who Lassie is…he was WAAYYYY before their time.

Just like me making my kids sit through….Sixteen Candles or The Dukes of Hazard.

Both are classics!

~Just Krista

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Dog Globe…Delightful!

Just wanted to share a delightful Christmas card we got from one of our neighbors…The Krafves!

I LOVE IT!  This one is going to be saved for future display.

It is hard to take all the holiday decorations down each year.

This one will stay on my desk for a little bit longer.

~Just Krista

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There is a light…I can see it….I REALLY CAN! (not kidding)

The building of our kennel has been a long and (at times) painful process. But I don’t think any of us would appreciate the good things in our lives…if life was always easy.

Years ago, we had dogs living in our house with us. We graduated to our old barn. Then we finished out half of our shop…but now…We are in a building that we can be proud of!

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The ole’ drop off tent

Now…I said…

We can see the light at the end of this construction tunnel.

We are not 100% but I wanted to share with you the “almost” pictures. So you can appreciate the new phase in our life.

This is our drop off area. The famous outdoor tent.

I know many of you are going to miss watching us run from the tent down to the kennel to retrieve your furry family member.

Julie is already worried that her lack of sprints down to the kennel is going to force her to up her fitness regiment to compensate for the lack of calorie burning.

She is going to have to cut back on her Red Vines!

The drop off tent has become a Reynolds Kennels landmark. But when the rains and winds are in full force…this tent struggles to do it’s job. But for the most part..we will miss it.

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Derek showing off his masterpiece…the reception desk.

This is Derek in our (soon to be) reception area.

He built this nice desk with a friend of ours, Randy Trost.  Painting is almost finished and the counter tops will be installed this weekend. We look forward to all of our clients to be able to drop their dogs off with no worries about the rain.

We plan to have Items available to purchase if you happen to have forgotten something at home. Food, blankets, treats etc. Anything to help your dog to have a great stay.

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Dog areas

We want to give you a glimpse of the kennel rooms.

Their is four of them. We separate the bigger dogs from the smaller ones, but all the rooms are generally the same way. Derek and I had a tough time agreeing on a color…I’m sure the dogs don’t care but I wanted the dogs to feel cozy. Even if I am the only one that feel cozy. I guess that is all right.

The floors are polished and stained concrete. Every room is heated and has air conditioning.

My house doesn’t even have air conditioning!

Sometimes in the summer, it crosses our minds to go “sleep out with the dogs” because they have it better than we do.

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Food Prep

We have our food prep areas…an of course the LAUNDRY ROOM!!!

(BIG PICTURE BECAUSE I AM SO PROUD)

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My Beloved Laundry Room

I am the most excited about the Laundry room. You have no idea how much dog hair and dirt would go through my machines. It would take me a couple empty washes and a vacuum to get the machines ready for human laundry.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy! :0)

Actually, Just looking at this picture makes my eyes swell up with tears of joy! (I’m not just saying that either. )

Our signs are still being ordered and we have a few more fences to rearrange….but we are happy to be ALMOST done.

I will take a video with a kennel tour….when we are officially moved in.

A sneak peak will have to do for now.

I’m heading towards the light….to finish painting. :0)

~Just Krista

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My Spencer….this is why we do what we do!

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Spencer Reynolds with Willow

Just a quick holiday moment today…but this picture sums up why we do what we do.

This is my son Spencer.

15 years old. Just got his drivers permit.

A classic teenage in this day and age, BUT…

When I see him all cuddled up with one of our furry friends…it tells me he is starting to get it.

Taking care of others (even canine others) brings JOY.

That’s it! That all it needs to be.

Taking care of our furry friends brings so much joy to our family.

We hope you all experience little joys in your families too.

Happy Holidays!

~Just Krista

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Quiet Dog Talk…is louder than people talk.

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I’m Just Darling….says Sidney

I find it interesting that we know that our pets love us…but they have no words.

It has been a great learning experience to watch all of your dogs communicate with my staff and each other. We here at Reynolds Kennels call it dog talk and I have learned to speak it very well.

When we have a client come for the first time, body posture and tail positioning really can help us determine what a dog is feeling.

A waggin’ tail lets us know that our dogs are settled in and are comfortable with their fellow campers. We work hard to get that tail meter to the happy point as soon as possible.

If that means we spend some one on one time to build trust…we do it.

If is means we hang out in their kennel with them to communicate safety…we do it.

If it means we throw a ball 200 times…we will do that too.

What I find the incredible is their lack of words speaks louder than our human words sometimes.

When your dog comes to wake you up and will just sit there and stare at you…”It’s time to get going, it’s a great day.”

The soft tap at the sliding door… ” It is time to let me out!”

The gentle face on your lap at the end of the day… “Need anything?”

The run and greet (with excitement of course)…”I have missed you all day, glad you are home!”

The curl up at your feet under your desk or by the sofa…” I’ll always be here.”

Wouldn’t it be good if we all spoke dog language.

Especially to each other!

~Just Krista

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Rescue is Required…Happy to help!

I know in our world, the word RESCUE carries a lot of heavy meaning.

Reynolds Kennels was approached by a gal from Lake Oswego a couple weeks ago.

Her name is Cheri Tolar.

This gal is on a mission!

She was very excited that her new dog rescue organization “Great Northwest German Sheppard Rescue” just got their non-profit confirmation.

She is ready to start saving lives….German Shepherds lives.

Oregon in general do pretty well with the no kill shelters…however, some of our neighboring states do not.

California being one of them.

Most dogs have 3 days after being dropped off to be adopted before their life ends. Heart breaking!

Cheri came and asked if we could be of assistance in her goal  in saving a few of these great animals lives.

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Meet Ranger!

Of course we are happy to assist!!!

Meet Gus and Ranger.

The first two animals that Cheri saved from death.

Gus (we guess) is about 13 months and Ranger is 18 months.

Both delightful!

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Gus with his Thumper impersonation.

Spending time with these animals reminds me how important every life is on this earth.

It makes me sad to think both of these animals were hours away from being killed.

I know the wonderful families here in Oregon are ready to care for them.

I know Gus and Ranger will care for their families as well.

Just a couple more canine lives that get to keep living, keep giving…keep making a difference.

We humans are the ones that benefit. :0)

~Just Krista

 

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Molly is Part of Our Family…Wedding Invite

Whew!…..We made it through this CRAZY SUMMER!

Not only did we have our kennel filled to the brim but our oldest daughter Madelyn got married August 27th.

Yes, engaged in May…married in August.

Whirlwind of JOY :0)

Molly Dressed for a Wedding.

One step of the wedding planning, was compiling the guest list.

That list of  people that have been key in her (and our) life was humbling.

Honestly, that was my favorite part of the planning…being reminded of the wonderful people in our lives.

“What about Molly?” Madelyn asked

Would it be odd to invite dogs that we take care of at our kennel?

OF COURSE NOT!

Molly has been spending time with us for years. She is our resident queen and clearly lets everyone know her social standing.

She comes 3-5 days a week for day care…and I would say, she (and her owner Ed) have become part of our family.

Raising 5 kids takes lots of different people/dogs to teach all they need to know to succeed in this life.

Dogs are excellent teachers and influences. Often better than human ones.

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Molly and Ed greeting Tucker and Madelyn.

Unconditional love, respect, hope,work , peace, stability, patience….I could go on and on.

Molly is one of those dogs.

Madelyn had a few dog friends on our list.

I was pleased to see my beautiful (now married) daughter take a moment and pause to recognize who is important in her life.

Human or not.

As I expect now and in the future….the Reynolds kids will have dog friends on all of their wedding lists.

~Just Krista

 

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Kennel Essay Contest…What has Reynolds Kennels Taught Me?

Every year Reynolds Kennels has an end of summer campfire night.

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Just some good ole’ campfire fun

We have so many teenagers that work for us that it is important to have a fun night of marshmallows and chocolate.

Our employees are friends with each other too.

Derek and I love to watch them jump on our trampoline, chat about going back to school… just being kids.

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Taylor and Tegan

As a  “get ready for school” activity, we ask all the kids to take a few minutes to write an essay based on a topic we give them.

We offer some cash prizes to the top 3 entries…and frankly, it can be very entertaining.

In years past, the topics have been subjects like…

“How Poop and Slobber has changed my life” and “When I look through a dogs eyes I see…”

Those are a couple of examples.

This years our topic was….”Since working at Reynolds, the most important lesson I’ve learned is…”

Here is our first place winner this year, Ryan Elder.

(Sorry it is a bit dark…it is night time)

We love how creative these kids can be. We love to hear the many angles that this working experience shows them about life. We appreciate that they can see beyond just the kennel tasks to see that they are learning skills they will use beyond their time with us.

Great Job Ryan!…and everyone else who participated.

Derek and I enjoyed our bonfire night and maybe…just maybe…. they are ready to get back in school…not!

~Just Krista

 

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Dogs can write?! Kind of…

We love to get mail.  Snail Mail!

Every few weeks or so we get card or note from our furry friends and their families.

A couple days a go we were delighted to get a card from our friends Gunner and Maverick.

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Gunner and Maverick

Gunners eyes would melt anyone.A big love bug.

He loved to rally the troops when needed and he was always up for a good scratch with the best of them…

Maverick (however) you had to earn his respect. Sometime hesitant … but the challenge was met with patience and open arms.

That bow tie sums Maverick right up.

A bit formal in all of his dealings.

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The Crouse family is headed to Austin Texas.

I’ve been there a few times in my life.

Austin is a wonderful place.

Now it will be even better with these two furry people (and the human ones) to help improve the property value down there.

We always hang these cards in our office. We want our staff to be reminded that their hard work does not go unnoticed.

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Our dog friends give us lots of licks and slobbery feedback often…daily.

But it is important to Derek and I that our staff see that their efforts warrant someone taking a moment to send us thanks.

That makes me proud of who they are and what we do!

We wish the Crouse Family all the best in their travels and the new adventure in their lives.

The blessing is that they have two wonderful dogs that are ready at anytime to give them comfort …if and when change is hard.

Dogs help make change easier. That is one of their many talents.

~Just Krista

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Just Good Kids… No Matter What!

My niece, Amanda has been staying with us all summer. She is from Utah and she came this summer to work at the kennel.

She loves ALL the dogs!

She has been a joy to have around!

The 8:15pm dog run just ended and our older and wiser staff were talking about Jamba Juice. My niece Amanda whispers to me…”I’ve never been to Jamba Juice.”

THAT IS A TRAGEDY!

Ryan, Corey and Lauren (college, now college and senior in high school) could have easily looked the other way with this young 8th grader…but they didn’t.

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Ryan, Amanda, Lauren and Corey.

They all just loaded in the car and drove to our local Jamba Juice and officially treated Amanda to her first RAZMATAZ (a classic)

I appreciate the friendships our staff have with each other. It warms my heart to see so many good kids do so many good things.

I know Amanda will feel a little older tonight just because she was included with such a mature bunch.

More importantly, their few minutes of time contributed to a young girls self worth.

Thanks for being who you are…Ryan, Corey…and Lauren. You all are priceless.

~Just Krista

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