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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.

It's Jamba Time!

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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Belly Itch….or Swimming Laps?

I remember being a young girl and my father would talk with me about homework, curfew….life. During the conversation he would slowly walk over to the corner of the wall and start to rub his back up and down.

When he did that, I would picture the old National Geographic programs.

The big brown bear working out that itch on the side of a tree. The tree eventually breaking to the ground.

Dogs get itches too. We see scratching behind the ears, neck, sides…all over!

Dogs struggle with allergies that cause some irritation. Just like humans.

Moose is no different.

He gets VERY itchy on his tummy.

After Moose has done the rounds with all of his selected play groups, he finds one of us to give him a good scratch down.

But this morning he was a bit impatient…so he took matters into his own hands.

I’m not quite sure but… I do think their is a breast stroke in there some where.

I’m sure if he could get that darling (athletic) body to twirl we would have seen some very intricate moves.

Either way, I’m sure a good scoot along the bark chips accomplished just what he needed….a good belly scratch!

I need the rake to take care of his wake…Moose is one of a kind!

~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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Bathing Buddy…Washing the Fun Away.

Buddy is Dirty.  That’s a good thing!

I know we give dirt a bad rap.

We get mad that it is tracked in on our clean floors.

I have to sweep the dirt out of my bed sheets. I went and bought dark brown sheets so I don’t see the dirt I sleep in every night.

Dirt is on my clothes every day. We have plenty of piles of dirt that need to be weeded , raked , moved or just plain looked at.

When our furry guests near the end of their stay, it makes us proud to see all the dirt on some of their bodies.  We know that they have been wrestling with their new pack friends. Rolling around on the tennis balls to make sure their scent is clearly rubbed in. Digging a good hole in the dog run… just because they can’t do it at home.

We love dirt!  We love that your dogs have had hours each day to collect the dirt we wash down the drain.

Our kids are just like these precious dogs.

Dirt proves that they are out making a witches brew out of grass and dirt for the chickens. Or pulling up rocks to see what is crawling underneath.

I love that they bring in the dirt attached to a worm or one of my flowers that has just been pulled out of my flower bed. Just to say that they love me.

Dirt is good for all of us!

We just wash it down the drain today…then we look forward to getting dirty tomorrow.

–Just Krista

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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 reynoldskennels@gmail.com 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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Love/Hate….Laundry!

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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Spring Break…Thursday

Not much to add to this video. It speaks for itself!

We just love our work!

 

Keep dogs happy…that is the goal. Love, exercise, food and a clean place to sleep.

Happy to do it!

–Just Krista

 

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Spring Crazy!…Monday

Spring break is not the same for us at Reynolds Kennels. The word “break” should be changed to CRAZY.

Madelyn with Homer and Shasta

While our clients are out soaking in the sun or hunting for snow, we are filledl to the brim.

I love these busy times.

We get to see all of our staff often. Dog energy is high. We go to bed tired and happy. (just like our dogs)

Our spirits are fed with your dogs unconditional  love. Our young staff  learns the meaning of hard work. Our clients know that their dogs are having fun.

I dropped off my youngest children at their gymnastics camp this morning. I couldn’t help but think all of our kennel guests are at their camp as well.

They get to be in a “dog park” four times a day. Mixing and socializing with our great staff.

More important, they mix with each other. Dogs love to be with their own kind.

Just imagine how your heart melts when your dog is waiting to greet you at the door….times that by 50!

I’m going to post a glimpse of our world everyday this week. Enjoy! We are. :0)

–Just Krista

 

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