Posts Tagged With: Krista Reynolds

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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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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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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It’s All About Teeth!

We give tours here at Reynolds kennels. People want to see what a typical day is for Reynolds Kennels.

Most make an appointment . But there are those who like to drop in unannounced because they don’t want us to plan for them.

Is it clean? Are the dogs being treated well? Is everyone happy to be here?

They all declare they want to see where the dogs will sleep…We ALWAYS show them.

I’m VERY proud of my teeth!

Then they comment before leaving, “If you would not have shown us the kennel…we would not have booked!”

Many kennels don’t want you to see the back areas…just for that reason. They are not kept clean.

I have a very clean kennel!

A tour I had yesterday was a little different…

The gal got out of her car.

She was just what I expected from our conversation on the phone. A upper middle class lady. Her dog is her child. Up to date on all the fashions…Her 4 inch heels spoke volumes.

I showed her through the dog kennel.

She showed me pictures of her dog.

She wobbled around the property in those shoes.

Then she said something interesting to me…” I am happy with everything you do here. I knew this was a good place because you have all your teeth.”

Then she went on to say, “You and your family are not what I expected.”

I was a little taken back but I just laughed. But I have been processing her comment all day.

What I think she meant was…” I’m surprised white collar people have chosen a blue collar world.”

I’m going to think about this one for a while.

-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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