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.