The Reynolds Family

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.

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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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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!

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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

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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…

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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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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!!!

(BIG PICTURE BECAUSE I AM SO PROUD)

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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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Molly is Part of Our Family…Wedding Invite

Whew!…..We made it through this CRAZY SUMMER!

Not only did we have our kennel filled to the brim but our oldest daughter Madelyn got married August 27th.

Yes, engaged in May…married in August.

Whirlwind of JOY :0)

Molly Dressed for a Wedding.

One step of the wedding planning, was compiling the guest list.

That list of  people that have been key in her (and our) life was humbling.

Honestly, that was my favorite part of the planning…being reminded of the wonderful people in our lives.

“What about Molly?” Madelyn asked

Would it be odd to invite dogs that we take care of at our kennel?

OF COURSE NOT!

Molly has been spending time with us for years. She is our resident queen and clearly lets everyone know her social standing.

She comes 3-5 days a week for day care…and I would say, she (and her owner Ed) have become part of our family.

Raising 5 kids takes lots of different people/dogs to teach all they need to know to succeed in this life.

Dogs are excellent teachers and influences. Often better than human ones.

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Molly and Ed greeting Tucker and Madelyn.

Unconditional love, respect, hope,work , peace, stability, patience….I could go on and on.

Molly is one of those dogs.

Madelyn had a few dog friends on our list.

I was pleased to see my beautiful (now married) daughter take a moment and pause to recognize who is important in her life.

Human or not.

As I expect now and in the future….the Reynolds kids will have dog friends on all of their wedding lists.

~Just Krista

 

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Kennel Essay Contest…What has Reynolds Kennels Taught Me?

Every year Reynolds Kennels has an end of summer campfire night.

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Just some good ole’ campfire fun

We have so many teenagers that work for us that it is important to have a fun night of marshmallows and chocolate.

Our employees are friends with each other too.

Derek and I love to watch them jump on our trampoline, chat about going back to school… just being kids.

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Taylor and Tegan

As a  “get ready for school” activity, we ask all the kids to take a few minutes to write an essay based on a topic we give them.

We offer some cash prizes to the top 3 entries…and frankly, it can be very entertaining.

In years past, the topics have been subjects like…

“How Poop and Slobber has changed my life” and “When I look through a dogs eyes I see…”

Those are a couple of examples.

This years our topic was….”Since working at Reynolds, the most important lesson I’ve learned is…”

Here is our first place winner this year, Ryan Elder.

(Sorry it is a bit dark…it is night time)

We love how creative these kids can be. We love to hear the many angles that this working experience shows them about life. We appreciate that they can see beyond just the kennel tasks to see that they are learning skills they will use beyond their time with us.

Great Job Ryan!…and everyone else who participated.

Derek and I enjoyed our bonfire night and maybe…just maybe…. they are ready to get back in school…not!

~Just Krista

 

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Our New Kennel….Almost done.

I know many of you have been around at some point the last 8 months. We got the go from Washington County over a year ago. We FINALLY could move forward on the construction of our new kennel.

Building ALWAYS takes longer than expected. Our situation is no different.

Construction has been kind of fun to watch. When they poured the gigantic slab of cement last fall, it was overwhelming.

That slab would have made a great basketball court!

The Walls are Up.

Projects like this always make my head spin.

Nice Covered Area.

Derek is a licensed contractor. Listening to the engineers/contractors as they were speaking a language (I clearly did not know) was always a treat.

I’m glad Derek can speak a second language.

Now that the siding is on the outside and all the drywall is hung. Samantha and I are in charge of painting the inside.

She has been such a hard worker.

Madelyn took Samantha to the store and she found some red cowboy boots.

We let her know if she earns half the money, we can get those “Footloose” boots.

Samantha (5) The best kennel painter ever.

She has been painting with me that last few days. I have been very impressed with her diligence.  She painted all the nail holes in all of our base boards. That is no small task. She has almost earned enough money. ($25.00)

I’m sure she will be sporting her new fire feet soon!

Fun with our paint brushes.

But what makes me happy is that Samantha will be able to walk through the halls of our kennel for years to come and remember her part of building our family business.

We wanted to have the kennel  finished a few yesterdays ago.  Things just don’t go as planned.

We hope that by the end of July, we can show you a facility that will bring you peace when you leave your furry four legged family member with us.

We want it to feel like their other home.

Thanks for all your support with our next big step in our pet world.

Who knows, maybe when we have emptied the current dog space …maybe we might start kenneling cats :0)

Now wouldn’t that be an interesting idea.

~ 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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