Grand daughters and Grand dogs

You wake up one day and life hands you little blessings. I just had to quickly share…

It really is true about the grand parent thing. norahgracie1

My first grandbaby arrived in October. That was a moment for me that will go down in the books as one of the greatest highlights of our life. She is both of her parents wrapped up in pink. Norah has already revealed her stubborn side in her 4 month little way.

I have loved moving into “Nonie” land.

But what I didn’t expect was turning into a dog grandparent was just as fun.   I haven’t had the actual experience of being a dogs grandparent until Gracie Lou  joined the scene. IMG_7308

I knew our daughter Madelyn would get a dog the moment she had a house and the means to take care of it properly. Done!

Being the grandparent to both Norah and Gracie is one of the best perks….

Love them… then send them home!

~Just Krista


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Quiet snowball making… with Leo.

No surprise that we got dumped with snow this week. About 6:15 am we heard a loud POP! We had 4 trees total fall on our property. One landed on the power line connected to the kennel. Our dog run at 7:00 required us to wear head lamps until the sun helped us out.

My son Spencer kept pegging me with snowballs. I’d be actively looking for our morning canine deposits before they were lost in the white powder… then I would feel yet another peg hit my shoulder or back.

Get serious Spencer!

That’s exactly what he did.

Out of the corner of my eye I see him making a nice big snowball for his mother.

Leo, was helping him smooth it out!

Well, he was definitely trying to get Spencer’s attention.They worked on it for several minutes getting it to a nice “this is going to hurt” size.

It wasn’t to long before that snowball was headed my way or at least Spencer tried.

Leo is one of the kindest dogs. I’m not sure why golden retrievers are so people oriented. Always ready to snuggle right up and be a friend.  This morning dog run was just fun to watch the dogs enjoy the snow…just because… it doesn’t come very often here.

~Just Krista

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Madelyn and Mowgli

My oldest daughter Madelyn decided to take my sewing machine home a couple months ago.I didn’t expect to see such a wonderful gift when this beautiful quilt was given to me on Christmas morning.

Made of all the scraps of fabric that I had left over from my quilt making days.

It used to be therapy for me to sit and cut squares and triangles to sew together. Especially when I had lots of little children at home. I admit I am a teenage mom…young children were hard for me. So…time spent with color and quiet meant a lot.

Mowgli joined our family in April after we lost our beloved Zoey.

Preston (and the rest of us) needed a new little dog around.

Mowgli has been a joy and a stinker all rolled into one.

mowgliquiltI’m sure you can tell from his face that he enjoys causing a bit of trouble. His favorite activity is to drag items all over the house. I’m never quite sure where one my shoes are…and I now have to check the area for my daughters underwear before I will answer the front door.

But seeing him wrapped up in my new gift was… a gift to me.

A quick reminder that dogs bring joy and love to our lives without saying a word.

~Just Krista


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Wishing for Snow…Sometimes.

Not sure why…. but today I miss the snow of my growing up years. Being raised in Utah that just is part of your everyday life.

I was reminded about a video I posted a couple years ago. Taylor did such a great job capturing the snow fun.

It doesn’t happen often but the dogs love it.

Our Kennel has changed so much since then….We love our new building and our staff.

Thanks Taylor for the great memory :0)

~Just Krista

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I’m Boarding My Mom

My daughter Ella was helping a client last week. She was dropping off her dog because she is headed out on a vacation. We love to hear about where are clients are going. The adventures they are experiencing.

Then, she started talking about where her mom was going to stay while she is gone.

She takes care of her mother and their is no family close to care for her properly…so she is dropping her mom off at a care facility.

She is boarding her mom too! :0)

I have to admit, I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone doing this before. Dropping an elderly parent off somewhere while they head out on vacation.

I’m sure people do it. It is a responsible decision.ldydog

I know so many people/friends that have literally put their lives on hold to care for their aging parents during the golden stages of their lives. It can be all consuming and emotionally draining. I have watched many people post pone trips and job promotions for their parents.

Truthfully, when this story was told, I couldn’t help but picture a darling little lady in a human kennel…just for a split second.

I love spending time with the older generation. The stories that have transpired the last century are amazing. I shutter to think what my great grand kids will think of the way we live now.


I’m sure I will hear that a few times I’m sure.

I just hope where ever this little lady is  this week gives her a treat a couple times a day.

Even better…I hope she gets to play with their new friends at least 4 times a day like our clients do!

~Just Krista

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Little Girls and Little Dogs…(Deep sigh)

Just a quick share today.

I took this picture of my Samantha in the dog run a few days ago. She has been my most dedicated worker (of my own kids) over the last couple of weeks. So dedicated, she would often come out and wait close to an hour for the dog run to begin.


That is Tilly she is holding…a sweet firecracker of a dog. Samantha took an active responsibility with our little dogs this year. We often caught her mediating conversations between them. Just like on the playground at her school, she wants to make sure everyone has a friend. This morning she asked me if she could become a “real” kennel worker. I’m pretty confident that we can put her on the payroll in the future.

Nothing warms my heart than a young person that isn’t scared of a little hard work.

~Just Krista

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Success is… these Wonderful People!

The Whole Reynolds Kennels Gang!

The Whole Reynolds Kennels Gang!

I know that success in every business is dependent on who works at the establishments.

I’ll tell you…it is not easy what we do here at Reynolds Kennels. We have had several come to work for us that realize quickly that your love of animals need to be fairly deep. Working with so many different kinds of dogs…taking care of their needs…is not for the faint of heart.

This wonderful group of people is the center of the love we have for the dogs we care for. Only a handful of them have worked for us less than a year. Majority of them are at least 3-6 years of service. Why?! Because they love what they do!

I was able to snap this picture at the Reynolds Kennels holiday party last week. We rarely have everyone in the same room together. When we work together….a few are in the dog run playing, others are on clean up duty. A couple people are putting breakfast or dinners together…or we have someone up front helping with the drop offs or pick ups.  This group is like a well oiled machine.

Derek and I are so grateful for the wonderful people that carefully do their job.

Our kennel is full at the holiday season….we are full of gratitude for such wonderful people that help.

Thanks…Julie, Spencer, Tanner, Sharla, Collin, Shane, Ryan, Morgan, Alyssa, Ella, Lauren, Savannah and Colton

~Just Krista

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Purpose For Christmas

My two little ones a couple night ago reminded me of Mrs. Clauses Chocolate Chip cooke recipe. It is one of the best I have tasted. Not sure why… but it just does.

Olivia wondered if our kennel clients would be interested in free cookies and hot chocolate for the holidays….of course they would!

We decided to take it one step further though.IMG_1823

Christmas is a time of giving.

It makes us all feel the spirit of Christ at this time of year.

My girls decided to give but if our clients wanted to donate some spare change, they would donate all of their money to the Oregon Dog Rescue located here in Tualatin.

I am thrilled that they like to think outside of themselves. I’m happy they think about the animals that don’t have homes.

Feel free to drop by and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate…donating is optional :0)

~Just Krista

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Who it all began! Madelyn


Sorry, I have been away for a few months. Life seemed to fly by.

I am having a moment as I reflect on how our kennel began.My daughter Madelyn’s’ love for animals truly was our motivation to begin the kennel blessing in our families lives.

Here she is snuggling (and taunting) her brother Spencer with this precious mini-dachshund. This is Spencer’s favorite breed. When we get a hold of one, the pictures start to blow up his phone trying to make him jealous. Which usually works. :0)

Who wouldn’t love a little face like that! (Madelyn’s too)

All for now….but you will hear from me very soon!

I promise.

~Just Krista

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Throw a Dog a Bone….and Go to Prom!

Tonight my daughter Ella had the evening dog run.

Little did she know that our dog friends in kennel were going help her good friend Cole to ask her to prom.

Cole has been Ella’s friend for a few years.

It is bitter sweet to see all these kids grow up and head off to their respective college or jobs.

As you know these kids don’t just call on the phone and ask to go to the dance…like the olden days.

It is fun how creative some kids can be.Cole with Bellas Help.

Cole sneaked in the kennel before the dog run and put some signs up. P-R-O-M ?

We know Cole and his delightful family loves dogs…the standard poodle kind. Excellent Choice!

That is the prerequisite for any of our daughters prom dates…

Canine Acceptance. :0)

Ella enters the kennel to let dogs out….and then she got a nice surprise waiting for her as she let the dogs run free…


Ella says…YES!

Cole needed his answer….Ella said YES of course :0)

This will be a fun filled weekend for all of the Tualatin High school kids.

For Ella and Cole (and many others)  this is their last high school dance they will attend as they graduate in June.

Time sure does pass quickly.

It wasn’t to long ago that boys had cooties and girls….well…who cares about girls!

It brings Derek and I such joy to watch so many good kids grow up to be great people.

Dogs and Kids…they all have to grow up sometime.

I’m just glad they grow up together.

Have a great weekend you two…Enjoy every minute…it is your last.

~Just Krista

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