It’s definitely Spring. Every morning I watch the birds, all in pairs, chasing each other, cooing and cackling, twittering – or tweeting if they had internet access, and perhaps they do – quacking and honking and making the appropriate mating sounds. They are doing their house building too, collecting old bits of dead leaves and twigs, dog hair and anything that will do for a nice cozy nest. The doves are setting up house in the junipers behind the bench near the lilacs and the robins are surveying their old house site in the honeysuckle next to the patio. The quail have all split up into pairs and are scurrying about in the low junipers down along the lane. I hear them when I go with the corgis to get the paper in the mornings. Every now and then a proud rooster quail will let out a rousing crow of success. I am a little worried about a couple of ravens that fly low over the junipers and I don’t think they are looking for a good upscale house site – more likely surveying where others are nest building and where there may be a succulent dinner snack sometime soon.
Louis had a bad year with his English Pointers. One died from cancer and another was run over by someone who didn’t stop to see what he had hit. It was a sad time for Louis as he was very fond of those two. He was left with just one, Tess, and he is out at least three times a week with Tess and one of his horses for a day of field trial training. But things may be looking up. He has now two English Pointer puppies – Jill and Dot – now about ten weeks old and as full of charm as they are of running and chewing. They have been in an X-pen in the sun room for the past month and Louis has been up twice a night to take them out. Yesterday he declared it time for them to move to a barn kennel. I think he was needing his sleep and they were showing every sign of wanting to roam further afield – like down to the road perhaps. He now spends time with them doing leash training and whatever else is needed for a couple of potential field trial champions.
THE RICHLAND UPTOWN DOG WALK
April 28th was a pleasant sunny Spring day – just right to sit outside a computer shop in one of the Uptown Shopping area’s breezeways, watching the dogs and their owners walking past. We enjoyed talking to many owners we knew and patting their dogs who enjoyed the treats we had on hand. Above all we enjoyed the opportunity to talk to so many people about Sagemoor Kennels as the best place to board their pets in theTri-Cities. Kathy and I had had a little practice at this at the Northwest Public Radio and Television fund raiser featuring Rick Steves a couple of months earlier in the year.
For this occasion I put together a display board showing photos of the Kennels, the various activities that go on there and some of the boarders. We had baggies of treats, all labeled with the Kennels name and logo, bowls of water for thirsty walkers – the canine sort – and hand-outs describing our services. We had table and chairs and when we arrived there we set up in the shade and hoped for a little sunshine for warmth. The sun came around in plenty of time and we started to take off jackets and sweaters.
Other pet organizations were close by and it was fun to meet not only those walking, but representatives of these other organizations, some of whom we knew only by name, others by phone contact. We enjoyed meeting the dog owners who were walking their dogs and also those walking without any pet but who had either a dog or a cat at home and who were curious about our services. It was the chance to talk about our favorite subject – pets, ours and theirs. And we admired and petted some great dogs, some of whom were wearing vests saying they were looking for a home. The whole event lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and that’s not counting the couple of hours it took to set up.
We will do it again – just looking for the next opportunity – and I have no idea when that might be. Any invitations anyone?
“A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and they can be taught any crime.”
As you know if you read this Newsletter, I always include something from a book and this time there are two books.
First one is “Hi! It’s Me, Your Dog! Let Me Take You For A Walk Through My World” by Emmy-award winning journalist, Lisa Mendoza. It’s just that – a dog telling you how it is to be a dog, what they like best and how their breed affects their behavior, do they have nightmares and what they like to eat – “one caution though, don’t ever give me any pieces of chicken, turkey, pork, or fish that contains bones..they are highly dangerous to me, they can lodge in my throat.. pierce my stomach wall… and I can die from these injuries.” You will love the pictures as well as love the doggy conversational way it’s written.
Next is the one I wrote –“Watch Where You Step, or Going to the Dogs” by Jenepher Field. “You have to retire to something, not retire from something.” And I don’t know how many times I heard Louis tell me that, but that is just what we did – retire to build and run a boarding kennels for cats and dogs. This is the story of how we did that and at the same time learned to expect the unexpected as we coped with issues we hadn’t planned for from flash floods to escape artist. Reviewers write “This book is by turns poignant, funny and utterly engrossing – a sweet and engaging testament to midlife – complete with memorable animal characters from the gentle giant to the little mobster.” “An amazing read.” “A real story with lots of little stories.”
It’s for sale through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Malleys Pharmacy, the CREHST Museum, Adventures Underground, Ariel Gifts and Gourmet and, of course, at Sagemoor Kennels. There is a coupon attached for an autographed copy available through the Kennels.
“Montmorency’s ambition in life is to get in the way and be sworn at. If he can squirm in anywhere where he particularly is not wanted…he feels his day had not been wasted.”
Jerome K. Jerome Three Men In A Boat
YOUR PET’s MEDICAL NEEDS.
We welcome pets with medical issues and work with their veterinarians to insure the best therapeutic care while with us. We require written confirmation from the veterinarian that the pet is in fact fit to board and what care should be given. Medications and the dosages should be included in this confirmation. There are some limits on what we can do for some situations so it is important for clients to let us know the complete medical situation at the time of completing the pet’s reservation.
During the sixteen plus years we have been in business we have seen some of the youngsters who first came to stay, now growing older, greyer and slower. Like their owners we know that the time will come to say goodbye to those four, or even three, legged family members. An important consideration when boarding these older pets is that owners spend time deciding with their veterinarians what exact amount of care they want given in a terminal situation. We at the Kennels would appreciate knowing that such decisions have been made.
SOME ITEMS TO REMEMBER WHEN BOARDING WITH US
- We know your pets like their familiar beds and crates and we encourage owners to bring such items with them – boarding is stressful and familiar items can relieve that stress.
- But please remember when it is time to go home, crates will be brought out the rear door due to lack of space in the reception area
- Large beds for large and small dogs cannot be washed and therefore will have to go home in the condition your pet leaves his or her bed at the end of the boarding stay. Perhaps a blanket from home would do instead, even a couple of blankets.
- Medications will be returned to you when you pick up your pet, so please look out for them and let us know if you do not get them.
- We prefer that you take your dog’s collar and tags home with you. We do not want to have them left on the dog for fear they may get caught in something around the kennel area.
- We would prefer that you take your dog’s harness home with you and bring it with you when you come to pick up your pet – putting the familiar harness back on is a great way to say “It’s time to go home now.
hours, holidays – same as always.
Open 9 am – 6 pm monday through friday
9 am – 12 noon saturday
5 pm – 7 pm sunday for pickup and 6 pm – 7 pm for drop off
We are closed Holidays such as Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Holidays that fall on a Monday, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day are like Sundays, open only from 5 pm to 7 pm for pick up and drop off.
Payment in full is expected when you pick up your pet. We do not bill nor run an account. Please remember WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS – just cash and checks.
Deposits are required for our busy times as well as lengthy boarding stays of seven days or more to make sure that the reservation you require for your pet is there waiting for you. When you receive the Deposit Agreement letter, please be sure to sign it and return it with payment within five days of receiving it.
SAGEMOOR KENNELS LLC
FOR PEACE OF MIND BOARDING AND QUALITY GROOMING
7196 COLUMBIA RIVER ROAD, PASCO WA 99301
www.sagemoor.com 509 544-9682 or 509 544-9696 fax 509 544-8851