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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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Our Zoey…Mostly Dog…Part Stinker

The Reynolds Family would not be complete without our own furry family members.

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Samantha and Zoey

We currently have two schnoodles in the household. Zoey and Preston. Meet Zoey…

After our Yorkie, Rose passed away, we were not sure if we wanted to stay with the yorkie breed or get something different.We just found out that we were moving to our 6 acres.

We thought a larger breed of dog would be better suited for the move. Our vet had told us about his schnoodles and they peaked our interest.

They are a schnauzer/poodle mix. I know there has been a big “doodle” epidemic the last 5-10 years. Every breed under the sun has been bred with the poodle.We have seen some crazy mixes at the kennel. Beagadoodles, labradoodles, goldensdoodles, cockapoo, morkiepoo, germandoodles, jackapoo, lhasapoo (and my favorite) pekepoo.(sounds a bit nasty :0)  Just to name a few. I know the non-shed factor is the biggest reason, but I have noticed that some breed traits mixed with the poodle are very interesting…and at times conflicting.

Poodles by nature are very people pleasing, obedient, loyal breed. They work hard to gain the affection of their family. They can be very busy and energetic. Of course, they have hair instead of fur.

Schnauzers are stubborn, generally defiant. Super smart. Great hunters and lovers :0) They will “try” to be obedient …only if it doesn’t interrupt their personal agenda.

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Zoey trying to sleep

I often see the inner conflict in our Zoey. She clearly is 50/50 in the breed split.

She will catch a smell of a squirrel or bird and is ready to engage in the chase….then I call her back.  The inner poodle surfaces for a moment. I know she wants to do as I ask…but the schnauzer pull is too great. I can see on her face she has two little voices speaking to her. One on each shoulder.

(Angel Poodle Dog) “Zoey, you really want to do what your human mom says. You may get a treat out of this :0)”

(Devil Schnauzer Dog) ” You know you want to attack that animal. The whole neighborhood will think you are soooo cool!!!”

The devil usually wins!

For example:

This is her reaction when I want her to get off my couch.   Zoey likes to sit on the back of my couch. She  is smooshing the top of one of my cushions. It makes me buggy. She knows she is not supposed to be there.

I know we all have dogs that we wonder why we put up with what they do. Scratching walls/doors. Eats food off the table. Chews furniture and clothing. Hides shoes. Digs in the flower beds. Drools on your pants. Runs down the street. Stresses out the cat. Drinks out of the toilet. HAIR EVERYWHERE!!!

I could go on and on and on….but even with all the little buggy things Zoey does, life wouldn’t be the same without her.

–Just Krista

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It’s not Brain Surgery…Or Maybe It Is

So last week was very interesting…

We had this yellow lab dropped of on Wednesday. Trudy is here for “who knows” how long.

The owner had called and asked if the reservation could be a little open ended because she was going in for a “procedure” and she was not sure how long she would be in the hospital. We are happy to adjust as needed.

Kasey and Trudy

On Wednesday the usual 15 minute drop off took almost an hour. She kept starting up new conversations…. then she would have to say goodbye to Trudy…then we would talk again …then she would have to say good bye again… either way, her good bye with Trudy seemed a bit over the top. :0)

Thursday we get a call from the hospital…It was one of the nurses that was attending this gals operation.  She was admitted for brain surgery and has to remain awake during the procedure. She talked the nurses into logging on to our Facebook page so she could watch her dog play during that particular window of time.

She proceeded to give me the time frame and we made sure Trudy was posted (a lot :0) so she could watch her playing with her dog friends.

I have not heard how the operation went…but hopefully we posted Trudy long enough to make her smile while her head was cut open….

–Just Krista

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We were in a Giant Snow Globe

Our northwest snow storm was such a surprise.

Clearly this doesn’t happen to us often…once a year if we are lucky.:0)

People ask us if we keep the dogs in when the weather is “bad”. Nope…we play no matter what the weather.

We just add a few more layers to the several we already have on…and we go out and play.

All weather, is good weather, when it comes to our kennel guests. We actually enjoy the added energy when we have snow on the ground.

You could tell some of our dogs had never experienced all this white fluffy stuff. They were like small children wondering if it is okay to touch it.

Guess what everybody…It is okay to get out there and have a ball. (literally)

So we did!

Thanks Taylor for another great video clip…I hope it snows again soon. We had a blast!

–Just Krista

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Petunia…or Pig? She Always Made You Smile.

We all have our favorite dogs. Each dog that comes into kennel grabs our hearts.

Meet Petunia!

Petunia, the bulldog, began to stay with us when she was a baby. She always seemed to have a hidden agenda. When it was time to head back into the kennel after play time, She loved to dart the other direction. Petunia loved a good game of canine tag. With that bulldog snout so short, the game usually didn’t last to long.

She would be snorting so loud…concern would actually cross our minds.

We nick named her bulldozer.

She had no problem charging at your legs to try to mow you over. I can say she succeeded to knock me over at least a couple times. I remember we were in the kennel and all of a sudden I’d feel a big WHACK on the back of my calves. My feet shot out from underneath me. All I heard was the sound of my rear end landing on the floor.

Nothing a couple Tylenol couldn’t fix.

Looking her direction,  I am pretty sure she had a smirk on that beautiful flat face! The game of tag would begin again.

During the summer months, if we had a marshmallow roast while Petunia was a guest, it was not uncommon for my kids to leash her up and have her join us by the campfire.

After all, she looked like a big sweet marshmallow too. (Jumbo size :0)

Petunia passed away a couple years ago. They still aren’t sure why. Her family was a wonderful fit for her and I know they miss her.

Petunia was only a here for a few short years, but the amount of time she was with us, really doesn’t matter…

She is still unforgettable.

–Just Krista

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