Summer 2009

NEWSLETTER NO. 28

Global Warming Hits?

It started late, but summer came this year with a hot flourish of over 100 degrees for at least a week. It felt like it was hot for a lot longer. Swimming pool weather for the labs who love to splash in and out of our portable pool. And not only the labs, but smaller dogs too. Sometimes a sprinkler would be turned on in a gentle shower for running through, but most dogs like to play in the water. Don’t know about the cats. We don’t let them outside because they might take it into their heads to avoid the water and head for some bush or tree. At least it stays cool inside for the dogs, the cats and the staff. We start our walks with the dogs early, when it is coolest, for the sake of both dog and walker.

And it’s not finished yet. It may be cool today as I write this, but it will probably get hot by the last two weeks of the month and then into the first two weeks of September we can expect some hot days. But who knows – the weather has been strange this year.

We have a wedding in September. Our son Michael Field is marrying Randi Lincoln here in the yard and in our barn. I am threatening to put bows on all dogs and have them perform a "dog bark" – a sort of drum roll of barks – to celebrate the occasion. Michael hopes I’m not serious!

But it is a tempting thought.

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the

need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."

Dave Barry, US author and humorous columnist –

Quoted in Spott’s Canine Miscellany, Mike Darton

Remember our Regular Client Service

Hours

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check out time 1 p.m.

Pets picked up after 1 p.m. will be charged for another night

Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Sunday OPEN EVEINGS ONLY – Pick up 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Drop off 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We charge for the full day Sundays and Holiday Mondays

WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS DAY, NEW YEARS DAY AND JULY FOURTH.

Labor Day and Memorial Day fall on Mondays and we are closed all day on those holidays but open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. just like Sundays and therefore charge for the whole day.

DOG SAFETY WHEN YOU TRAVEL BY AIR

You think it might be the easiest way to get from here to there – there being somewhere far off – if you just make plane reservations for you and your dog? A word of warning from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and from the American Humane Association, both organizations that recommend against shipping pets in the cargo hold of a plane. "In general, we do not advise shipping pets by air if you cannot have it in the cabin with you," says AHA spokeswoman Heather Black, quoted in Your Dog, published by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Air travel is stressful for us but it can be far worse for pets. They can be subjected to extremes of temperature, to poor handling of their travel crates, and to long waits when changing planes with little or no reassuring human contact. The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service regulates and enforces the transportation of animals by air. Reports of incidents involving loss, injury or death of a household pet are available on DOT’s web site and another independent web site called petflight.com.

"Puppies, sick animals and those who are in heat, frail or pregnant should not travel by air at all.

Dogs with flat faces should not travel in cargo because of their predilection for breathing difficulty" writes Scot Shaw, DVM, of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. But if you must ship your dog in cargo, have the vet check him/her, get abundant ID and a rigid carrier. In addition, clip your dog’s toe nails to protect against their hooking in the carrier’s door, holes and other crevices. Secure the door with tough plastic cable ties to prevent accidental opening. Fill the water dish and freeze it before shipping. The ice will melt slowly and provide water for the duration of the flight.

"Do not tranquilize your dog beforehand" suggests the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. "Tranquilizers can blunt a dog’s ability to pant or deal with temperature extremes." They add not to give any solid food six hours before the flight to prevent vomiting in the case of motion sickness.

Nevertheless, pets are flying successfully every day but more owners are taking these precautions to insure a safe trip. Many owners suggest the importance of making a personal contact with all flight staff from the counter personnel to the pilot and crew, reminding them that this is a member of your family, they have in the hold. Most will understand, as so many are dog owners themselves. Travel on the same flight and make it a direct one, if possible.

For more information about shipping pets by air, go to the online DOT fact sheet at airconsumer.ost.dot.gov.

Louis Field of Sagemoor Kennels has successfully transported his English Pointers to the Midwest for hunting for many years with little problem. He will be happy to talk to anyone about how to make these trips as stress free as possible both for owner and dogs. I know we can probably find other Sagemoor Kennel clients who would offer suggestions.

DOG AND CAT FIRST AID

Kennel manager, Kathy McGuire, attended a course in Dog and Cat First Aid and CPR instruction put on by the American Red Cross and hosted by Meadow Hills Veterinary. This was very helpful she thought. She and I had attended a similar session some years ago so this was a good follow-up with the addition of a DVD. We will review the material and show the DVD at our next staff meeting so all the staff can benefit from the information.

The instruction book given out as part of the course includes a list of what every pet owner should have in their home Pet First Aid Kit. We have our own Kennel Pet First Aid Kit that follows this list closely.

We suggest you check with the local Red Cross about future Pet First Aid courses and obtain one of these books. It’s good to be prepared because emergencies don’t let you know they’re on their way!

Another book we have found to be helpful is "Speaking For Spot" by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM., a pet emergency and special care veterinarian. We have a copy at the front desk if you want to look at it, but, sorry, it’s not for check out.

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens."

Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865) He kept four cats in the White House

DEPOSITS ARE REQUIRED TO CONFIRM RESERVATIONS MADE FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS

  • Spring Break (Starting the last week of march through April 15th)
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Summer Vacation Period (June 1st through August 31st.)
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Week (Including the weekend before and after Thanksgiving)
  • Christmas (Starting December 15th through January 3rd)
  • Any reservations for periods of more than ten (10) days

The amount of the deposit will be 50% (fifty percent) of total boarding charge. This deposit is payable in advance and must be received no later than ten days after the reservation is made, in order for the reservation to be confirmed.

A full refund with 30 days notice of cancellation or change of dates

A 50% refund with 10 – 29 days notice of cancellation or change of dates

No refund with under 10 days notice of cancellation or change of dates

"The cat has nine lives: three for playing, three for straying, three for staying."

Old English proverb

VACCINATION RECORDS

We cannot emphasize this important item enough.

WE MUST HAVE COPIES OF YOUR PET’S SHOT RECORDS BEFORE WE CAN CONFIRM YOUR RESERVATION

I know some kennels let you bring them in with the pet at the time of boarding.

But we have found that so often the ones that come in at that time are not current

Or the client has left them at home

OR THE DOG ATE THEM.

And then we have no record that your pet is vaccinated and is therefore safe to be boarded.

Those shots are not to keep Sagemoor Kennels safe

They are to keep your pet safe.

Wouldn’t you like to know that all the pets boarding at Sagemoor Kennels were free from disease and that therefore YOUR PET too is safe from anything another pet might bring

in?

There are no guarantees, but keeping current with your pet’s vaccinations is the best way we know to make sure your pet is safe when boarded.

And remember the RABIES vaccination not only keeps your pet safe, but also keeps anyone your pet might bite at the kennels safe too. And that includes YOU.

This notice is from all the staff and owners of SAGEMOOR KENNELS because we think you are all the best pet owners in the world.

And while we’re on the subject of things we need when you board your pet with us,

WE NEED THE PHONE NUMBER OF YOU OR SOMEONE WHO CAN MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOU ON BEHALF OF YOUR PET.

Cell phones don’t do it.

Your vet won’t do it.

When your pet gets sick, hurt or some emergency occurs, we need to speak to a real live person, not the answering machine, not the singing trio from the bank, and not your five year old. Cell phones may be fine, IF YOU ANSWER THEM PROMPTLY.

SAGEMOOR KENNELS FOR PEACE OF MIND BOARDING AND QUALITY GROOMING

7196 COLUMBIA RIVER ROAD, PASCO WA 99301 (509)544-9696, fax (509)544-8851

www.sagemoor.com