SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED since I last wrote to you! How many of you have started letters in this way? I have, and it has – and I don’t know where the time has gone! Worn out cliches, but so true. I went to Italy with my daughter and grand daughter – to see another granddaughter who was in an exchange semester from the U. of W. (sorry, you Cougs we’ve some Huskies in the family!) and decided I must return there again, just couldn’t see all I wanted to see.
English Pointer “Sagemoor Sue” – one of Louis’s Pointer pack won a First Place in an AKC Open All Age Trial in April. Louis is very proud of Sue. Med, Louis’s Derby, ran in five trials, ran away twice, chased and dug four ground squirrels once and won first place twice. Truly a loose cannon!
The Kennels flourish – as it always does under Kathy’s eagle eye and with our staff who are so attentive to our boarders’ needs. We’ve had some staff changes, said sad farewells to some who have worked long and hard for the Kennels and welcomed some new faces with gentle hands and kind hearts to join the familiar gang. Several have studied and passed the Pet Care Technician certification examination given by what used to be the American Boarding Kennels Association. This organization, which put us securely on the road over twelve years ago to building the best of boarding kennels is now Pet Care Services Association, an association that more fully represents all types of pet care facilities and services. They still provide us with excellent support, information and networking.
We are in the process of putting together all the information needed for the Pet Care Services Accreditation – it’s a worthwhile though very detailed and time consuming process, and through it we realize what a quality pet boarding program we are providing.
“A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime”
“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled.”
RAISED FOOD AND WATER BOWLS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO BLOAT.
“Gastric Dilatation-volvulus” commonly called Bloat, “is a painful, life-threatening condition most commonly seen in large, deep –chested breeds, such as the Great Dane, standard poodle, Saint Bernard and the basset hound” (Your Dog, November 2008) The cause of this condition (GVD) is not fully understood but it appears to develop when dogs eat rapidly or exercise soon after a meal.
“The stomach rotates on its axis and blocks blood flow back to the heart, spleen and stomach itself.” Symptoms include distended abdomen, dry vomiting, restlessness including pacing back and forth, rapid shallow breathing and drooling. Without immediate treatment by a veterinarian, which may include surgery, a dog will go into shock and die.
The article in “Your Dog” which comes from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, states that new research has shown that “RAISED FOOD AND WATER BOWLS may contribute significantly to GVD.”
As with all medical concerns we strongly recommend you talk with your veterinarian about the use of raised food and water bowls. We’re just passing on what we’ve read and what we think is worth thinking about.
WHAT YOU BRING WITH YOU FOR YOUR PET’S COMFORT
– may not go home the way you brought it
We always encourage you to bring something familiar for your pet when he or she boards with us. A blanket, their bedding, a toy, an old t-shirt or sweat shirt (don’t wash it, it needs your familiar smell to give the most reassurance!)
But please don’t send along something that is new, precious to you, some item you don’t want torn up, chewed up, dirtied. We do our best to launder items before they are returned to you, but if your ‘Best Friend’ decides to chew up that new blanket, new bed, pillow off your bed, there is nothing we can do, except remove it before damage is done. We record all you bring so we can make sure it all goes home again.
We have bedding here – we are just cutting up a new roll of sheepskin for the holiday rush – and it is very washable. We do laundry daily. Even those cuddly toys, pink rabbits, orange parrots, grey ‘somethings’ all get a wash if they are soiled.
SPEAKING OF ‘luggage’ and ‘snacks’ for your pet, we strongly suggest that any chew toys, chew bones, things for your pet to chew on, be as long as your pet’s jaw so there is no danger of it being swallowed whole and getting stuck in the throat.
“Our Dogs tugboat us home.” – Dan Liebert in Howl, 2007
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS – when you leave your pet with us.
Some of you bring us written instructions about your pet’s needs – what they like and what they shouldn’t have, where you can be reached, who we can call in emergencies and any other detail that you consider important. It’s all important and we really appreciate your consideration in doing this. It’s especially helpful if the person bringing in your pet doesn’t know all that information, such as feeding instructions, exercise requirements, grooming or not, medications to be given and even how long the pet is to stay with us. We ask a great many questions so that we can give that ‘peace of mind’ care and your written instructions can provide the answers and save some time.
As you know we have a new Groomer – Kathleen Hankel – and she is doing a great job. Owners and pets have gone away very happy with her work. She talks to the pets and I really think they talk back. ( But as Louis will tell you, I talk to pets too!) For some dogs who are nervous about getting up on the grooming table, she even gets down on the floor and brushes and clips them there.
Kathleen also grooms cats but suggests that the owner stays with his or her pet while the grooming is going on. Cats seem to need that reassurance only the owner can give.
Kathleen’s message to you all at this time, is to make your holiday grooming reservations as soon as possible because that’s the best way to insure you have an appointment. She appreciates any special instructions, information and suggestions you can give her. And please, if you are not happy with the work she has done, let her know. Kathleen really wants to give your pet the best grooming he or she – and you – deserve.
A TRIED AND TRUE DE-SKUNKING METHOD
(from “1001 Reasons to Love Dogs” by Christine Miele and Mary Tiegreen
- DO NOT WET THE DOG
- Prepare a paste of one bottle of hydrogen peroxide
2/3 cup of baking soda
1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing soap (Dawn)
3. Add 1 cup of white vinegar for the more serious cases
4. Sponge this on the skunked places
5. Let this set for about 10 minutes,
6. Refresh it and rub it in
7. Rinse and dry
“Every hair on a Pointer shouts “Here!” “Here!” – Dan Liebert in Howl, 2007
A new BOOK and MUSIC FOR DOGS
I have discovered two items I feel are important to pass on to you all – and of course you may know them already. First, a book and a magazine – both from the same authors/editors. Howl announces itself as a Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit. And that’s just what it is with great short stories, essays and entries by Henry Alford (How to Tell the Difference Between Your Mother and Your Dog), Al Franken Kirby and Patrick F McManus A Dog for All Seasons. This collection is compiled by the editors of a quarterly Bark which TIME magazine describes as “The New Yorker for dog lovers.” Of course I have subscribed and await my first issue.
The October issue of Pet Care Services Journal, which we get because we are members, has an article about the dangers of noise pollution on our pets’ nervous systems. Something is always clanking, crashing, honking, squeaking, banging, pans dropping, bells ringing, boom-boxes booming and if we think this is hard on our ears, imagine what it does to our pets’ very sensitive ears! It’s stressful! So Joshua Leeds, author of the article, with the help of concert pianist Lisa Spector and veterinary neurologist Susan Wagner, DVM, put together a series of CD’s (you can purchase them from www.throughadogsear.com) that showed how the music selected on these CD’s calmed the dogs tested. In a kennel environment a little more than 70 % of dogs became calmer while listening to this music and in a home testing environment 85 % became calm, or fell asleep. The titles of the CD are Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Music for Canine Household, and Music for Driving with Your Dog. The CD’s cost $14.98 each. There is also a book Through a Dog’s Ear: How to Use Sound to Improve the Health and Behavior of Your Canine Companion (Sounds True, March 2008 $18.95)
You can count on me to purchase these items! I thought I’d give myself some early Christmas presents.I must explore a way to pipe music in to the main Sagemoor Kennels. We already play NPR classical music in the Front Room for the ‘tinies’ and in the Office for the Staff!
WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND FOR 2009
Kathy McGuire, Manager, Kathleen Hankel, Groomer, Lindsey Bull, Lillemor Chavet,
Sara Earls, Amanda Erdman, Labelle Kurese, Lori Mattox,Pet Care Technicians
Jenepher Field, Newsletter Editor, Louis and Jenepher Field, Owners
WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS DAY,
NEW YEARS DAY and JULY FOURTH
MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY FALL ON MONDAYS. WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY ON THOSE HOLIDAYS BUT OPEN FROM 5 PM – 7 PM JUST LIKE SUNDAYS AND THEREFORE WE CHARGE FOR THE WHOLE DAY IN THOSE CASES
OUR REGULAR CLIENT SERVICE HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS
Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Check out time is 1 pm. Pets picked up after 1 pm, will be charged for another night.
Saturday 9 am to 12 noon.
Sunday OPEN EVENINGS ONLY – pickup 5 pm – 7 pm and drop off 6 pm – 7 pm
We charge for the full day Sundays and Holiday Mondays
SAGEMOOR KENNELS FOR PEACE OF MIND BOARDING AND QUALITY GROOMING
7196 COLUMBIA RIVER ROAD, PASCO WA 99301 (509)544-9682