Dog Talk

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!!!


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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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Quiet Dog Talk…is louder than people talk.


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.


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!


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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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.”


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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Samanthas’ Thoughts….Uncensored!

Samantha and I are driving to swimming lessons today.

Samantha and Zoey

Sam: Mom, Do you like poodles?

Me: Yes, I love poodles. Do you?

Sam: I like most poodles.

(30 second pause)

Sam: Why do poodles start with poo?

Me: I’m not sure but we always say the whole word not just that shorten word.

(15 second pause)

Sam: I’m glad they aren’t called PEEDLES!


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Dog Pearls..who would have thought?!

Dog laundry… I have learned to love. It was hard to find joy in this weekly chore but I have found dog laundry has it’s own fun surprises…

Dog Pearls!

Dog Pearls!

As you can guess the bedding that is used to make our furry guests comfortable gets a bit dirty and hairy. Especially when you have a bunch of Labrador Retrievers or Bernese Mountain dogs in house.

I know in the pearl world, the color and size of the pearls depends on its type of oyster or how long it has been growing inside of the shell.

Dog Pearl Bed (my washing machine)

For us, it is the same concept. Our pearls depend on how much hair is in the bedding. The color of fur that has been deposited and of course where is is positioned in my washer.

We have found they come out in all shapes and sizes.

As you can see some are small, others are large.

They are dark and light. Tightly woven (very valuable) or a loose weave.(not so valuable)

To find the perfectly round ones (that are nice and tight) are far and few between.

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All Shapes, Sizes and Colors.

They are considered priceless!

I have been saving them for the past couple of months. I have quite the collection already. I’m sure you would be impressed.

I plan to make my daughters prom necklace out of them.

I’m sure she will love it! :0)

Girls are so worried about being duplicated by another girl at the dance.

I have been drug all over the Portland Metro area to find “THE” dress that no other girl will be wearing.

I promised her… NO OTHER GIRL… will have this kind of accessory.

If I keep my laundry skills up I may have enough for a pair of earrings too!

–Just Krista


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Where’s Waldo…Reynolds Kennels Style!

Can you find it?  Sure you can? Just keep looking…Where’s POOP-O???? (Wald-O) 

By the way there is two…Good Luck!


We think we see it…then we don’t see it…then it  is on our shoe!

The first 5 clients that email the answer to will get a free day of kenneling added to their account. :0)

–Just Krista



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Gross to Beautiful… It’s Just How You Look at It

It was late at night when Derek and I were able to get out to run the dogs. Our children’s homework got the best of us, so we were a bit late. It is so dark out there without any street lights around. We have 2 big spot lights that we shine over the runs and one overhead light down by the kennels.

Excuse me, You have a touch of slobber on your face...Let me get that!

Excuse me, You have a touch of slobber on your face…Let me get that!

We need more lights but that is still on the list of things to do.

Derek and I were visiting because the last run of the day is the least busy. Dogs are tired and we are out there to get that last potty break done.

We were at the far end of the run…away from the lights. I turned around and across the dog run were a of bunch of sparkles…like little prisms everywhere. I called to Derek. ..”Turn around!”

As Derek turned around, he was also shocked by all the sparkles.  Six dogs had drool dripping from their mouths…some almost reaching the ground. It was like they had all stopped to compare each others drool talents. The lights were shining through them all. Changing this normally gross scene…to beautiful.

It was amazing how the lights sparkled through all that spit!

It reminded me of that Pollyanna movie when she hung all those prisms in that crabby lady’s window….

It is always good to see the positive in all things!

–Just Krista


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Spring Break

Lots of Dogs…Lots of Rain…Lots of Dirt.

Need I say more!



Not a good time for our washer to go out, but we need clean, fresh bedding for our furry friends.

A couple hours at the laundromat can be peaceful…if you embrace it.

All in the attitude…2 hours instead of 2 days.

I enjoyed it :0)

–Just Krista

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