Spring 2011


Every Spring it’s the same – I find I am writing about the crocuses in bloom and the roses showing signs of some life in the stems, and the sounds of the sand hill cranes heading north again, This year everything seems different – changed, though not necessarily for the better. Winter’s cold winds and freezing temperatures came early and stayed late. Louis has been gazing in dismay at his roses and their blackened stems, no sign of green or pink buds on them. He has been out with powerful pruners reducing those once lovely rose bushes to stubs, hoping something might rise from what appears so dead. I have set out all the flower catalogs that flood our mail box at this time to tempt him with some other choices.

The sand hill cranes have flown over, chanting their haunting call but the clouds have been so low we haven’t caught sight of those elegant birds. Like the spring bulbs and blossoms they have been hidden. Perhaps warm weather will come soon – here’s hoping!

It’s been a busy winter and in spite of the cold weather, our wonderful staff of kennel workers have taken great care of an increased number of boarders, making sure they are exercised, kept dry and warm and well fed. So our thanks go to Kathy, Cecilia, Amanda, Kurese, Lori, Sonia, Bobbi, Mary and Tamese.



Our hours are still as they always have been

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday though Friday

9 a.m. – noon Saturdau

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday

We are closed Holidays such as Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Holidays that fall on a Monday, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, are like Sundays, open only from 5 – 7 in the evening for drop off and pick up.

Payment in full is expected when you pick up your pet and we do not bill or run an account.

Please remember we DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS – just cash or checks.

I know our requirement for deposits to insure reservations at our busy times is still somewhat new but would you PLEASE SEND BACK THE LETTER AS WELL AS YOUR CHECK.


“In the middle of a world that has always been a little bit mad, the cat walks

with confidence.” Rosanne Amberson – 20th century writer.



YES – a friend or family member can pick up or drop off your pet.

However your pet is your valuable property and so we require to see photo ID of the person you have assigned to do this. We expect arrangements to have been made between you, the pet’s owner, and the person picking up or dropping off regarding any special instructions for boarding. We also expect prior arrangements to be made between the pet’s owner and the Kennel owners or manager regarding all boarding details; that they are fully understood by both owner and person dropping off or picking up. These details include signing the boarding contract and the understanding that we do not take credit or debit cards, nor do we bill or run an account. If someone else, not the owner, is picking up the pet they should be prepared to pay the full amount for the pet’s boarding charges in order to pick up the pet.

“A Cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings. but a cat does not.” Ernest Hemingway

We are occasionally asked to board a pet that has serious medical issues. A dog that has been in an accident, had surgery, a cat requiring insulin shots twice daily for its diabetes, a dog that has a dressing requiring changing, pets on antibiotics, medications to take care of seizures, you name it and we’ve boarded it. We can provide the type of care you, as owners, would be able to provide if at home with your pet. But we are not a veterinary facility and our staff is not trained veterinarian technicians. We are not able to take care of pets that are totally disabled, nor ones in post surgical recovery.

So if your pet requires the sort of medical care that you would not be able to give if at home then it’s important to talk with your veterinarian about what would be best for your pet. Frequently we will ask the owner requesting boarding to check with their veterinarian to assess if this pet is fit enough to board.

Elderly pets pose somewhat the same problems as those in need of medical care, but there are some differences. Elderly pets may need special food, will eat slower, go to the bathroom perhaps more often, may need help getting up and walking about. Elderly pets may have lost some of their hearing, have poor eyesight, be more easily stressed by unusual behavior around them.

We can care for most pets with the problems aging presents but it is important to talk to us about these so we can plan what is best for their boarding care. It is important to talk to your veterinarian as well and see what they think is in the best interest of your pet.



You may have guessed, if you’ve been reading my Newsletters, that I not only like to write but I LOVE to read. Especially animal stories. I cut my teeth on Kipling’s “Jungle Book” and my first attempt at fiction was a class assignment entitled “My Pet”. The title of this thriller was “My Pet Monkey” – and when the teacher discovered that I didn’t have any pet monkey, or indeed any pet at all, she gave me an “F” grade. I was seven years old and decided not to write any more fiction – at least not for that teacher. But at least I didn’t stop reading and I have discovered a magazine I read almost from cover to cover, including most of the advertisements. It is “BARK” – the dog culture magazine. The latest issue has a great article on adopting older dogs – they make the best companions – and another piece on the “Good Old Dog” – the telltale signs of aging by Nicholas Dodman and the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. I have an “aging” dog and I appreciated the points this author made.

So if you like to read about dogs – essays, health pointers and research, discussions, book reviews, great photography and short stories, all bound together with some good humor – I can recommend you look for, or even subscribe to “BARK” – web site is thebark.com And they didn’t even give me a free issue for writing this! I may send them a copy of this Newsletter.

According to Groucho Marx…

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend,

Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Two dog poems inspired by a couple of Front Room boarders

Lucy in number 51,

The notice says

she eats her kennel card

and jumps


chews gate


I think Lucy

needs more food

Perhaps a bone to chew

or else a big mac.

Paddy in number 68

likes to pee on your shoe

or even on your leg.

His owner says he’s shy.

Nothing shy about a dog

that gets that close.

Jenepher Field


  • Please put in some nice treats in that weekend boarding bag but remember the people at Sagemoor Kennels discourage tennis balls or any small ball because they roll into the gutter and then into the drain and then someone has to fish them out – and they swear something awful when that happens. And no sticks or greenies or pig ears or horses’ hooves or ceramic bones. For so many reasons and all of them have to do with us dogs’ good health. Pity – I’ll just have to wait till we’re home!
  • Can you please stick in that old sweater – the one with the tear in the sleeve and don’t wash it first – I want to smell you on it. It makes me think you’ll be back soon.
  • Can I please have a bath before I go home? Please, pretty please! That groomer

makes us dogs smell so nice and gives us a pretty scarf to wear.




PASCO WA 99301

(509) 544-9696 and (509)544-9682

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