I can always tell when it’s time to write the Spring Newsletter for Sagemoor Kennels because Louis is out there pruning the rose bushes when he would much rather be out on his horses and training his dogs for up -coming field trials. He gets out three times a week for dog training but now it’s April and that means rose pruning and planting the vegetable garden and just general cleanup around the garden. I know I must do some cleanup and sorting out of the library and checking which of my books need to go to the new West Pasco Library. I know there are a great many paperback thrillers, now well read, that need to go. But there are a great many of my books that mean a great deal to me. Ones that my mother read aloud to my brother and me and which I have since read to my children and grandchildren. I look at them on shelves – all those Beatrix Potter ones and “Lassie Come Home” and “Black Beauty” and “Just So Stories” I pull one out and then another, open up and turn the pages, as Peter Rabbit hops out and that Cat Walks by Herself right into the room with me. I have decided to write a memoir about my life with some of those books. Louis and I walk around the garden in the same way and he looks at that tree and that shrub or rose bush and decides perhaps one or another has to go.
This winter we both were recovering from replacement hip surgery – both very successful. Then four days before Christmas I tripped and fell, breaking some important bone in my hip – the “greater trochanter”. Three orthopedic surgeons were very cheerful – “It’s just like a broken rib, no need for surgery or a caste – about 6 weeks or 3 months and you’ll be walking again.” They didn’t mention that there would be a great deal of pain about this healing process. So I have been hobbling around with walker and cane but it’s gradually coming right. Only thing was that all that surgery and my falling down put an end to our usual January travel to New Zealand. Oh, well, there is always next year.
Sagemoor Kennels is now in its seventeenth year. Our original boarders have passed on and we miss them dearly. But their owners continue to come and we love them all – owners and the boarders next in line – and there are always the new ones who have just heard about us from some friend or their veterinarian. We are doing some long overdue renovations – painting and fixing up – and the whole place is looking great. We have been lucky in the staff we have hired. All have been with us for many years and we are very proud when we hear someone announce that we have wonderful staff, and that they wouldn’t take their pets anywhere else. Those clients are our best references!
We are sad that out groomer, Cecilia is retiring this summer. She has been with us for more years than we can say and we will miss her as will her loyal clients. But we have hired a new groomer and Cecilia will be with us to introduce the new one to both owners and dogs before she leaves.
“The trouble with cats is that they’ve got no tact.”
“It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and
starts hamming it up”
P.G Wodehouse (1881-1975)
SPRING TIME MEANS SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS
Travel plans may mean no more than making reservations for your pets to board here at Sagemoor Kennels. Just remember to make those reservations early as things really fill up in the summer. And don’t forget to check those vaccinations.
On the other hand you may be planning to take those pets with you. So here are some tips on safety for your pet when traveling.
First of all, make sure your pet is restrained either in a well-ventilated crate or with a dog safety harness. Whichever you chose, remember, as with small children, the back seat is best and buckle either crate or harness with a seat belt.
On the subject of cars, we frequently see dogs traveling with their heads out of an open car window, ears flapping, noses raised and ready to pick up whatever pollen, debris or dust is blowing their way. Better to keep them inside and wipe off those nose marks from the inside of the window later.
Washington State Law allows dogs to ride in the bed of a pickup IF well tied down in a crate or harness. We see many dogs running lose in the bed of a pickup and this is not a good idea in the case of an accident or if the dog decides to jump out.
Another safety reminder – it is not a good idea to let your dog ride on your lap while you are driving. They tend to jump around and if the window is open, may try to get out that way.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current and take with you copies of those vaccinations as well as the name and phone number of your veterinarian, any allergies, medical problems and a photo of your pet. It is a good idea to have your name and address as identification attached to the pet’s collar.
Take food and water for your pet. Even if there is water available at those road side stops, please remember that those stops nicely labelled “pets only’ may have been visited by animals that do not have up to date vaccinations and may be carrying various diseases.
SMELLS, GLORIOUS SMELLS
“A human walk in the twilight is a pallid affair to that being experienced by their dog. Rabbit. Mouse.
The dog at the house next door. The ginger tom. Toffee. Dead bird. Earthworm. Pizza wrapping. The
dog from number seven. Unknown cat. Frog.”
Pam Brown b 1929
WHAT ABOUT BOARDING YOUR PET WHILE YOU ARE AWAY.
At Sagemoor Kennels we want to make sure your pet is safe, secure, comfortable and stress free. We have built a facility with those qualities in mind but there are one or two things you can do too.
We all know that any change in our lives means stress. And that goes for our pets too. You worry about them when you leave them with us and we are happy to answer your phone calls or emails asking how they are doing. We are happy to give you a tour of the facility so you can get a better picture of where your pet will be while you are away. Tours are by appointment only and not on Saturdays or Sundays.
To deal with some of the stress from change when your pet comes to stay, we suggest you bring some of the pet’s bedding, a toy or two and even an article of your clothing – a sweatshirt or shirt,
unwashed so it’s got your smell on it – sort of reminding your pet that you will be back soon. Some more nervous dogs are stressed by changes in their diet. We may ask what you are feeding your pet at home and if it is different from what we feed here, then we may suggest that you bring some from home for while your pet boards with us. Please bring enough for two days extra in case you are held up somewhere – we will always return what is left uneaten If you are feeding the same brand of pet food that we feed, then there is no need to bring any. Think of a time when you tried some new type of food and the result was an upset digestive system? That is what happens to your pet when they come to board and you have not brought some of what he or she looks forward to eating morning and evening.. Upset tummy, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting – or worse. I know we feed a high quality pet food, but it may not be what your dog or cat does best on. So please bring your own food.
We are happy to administer all sorts of medications for all sorts of conditions. We charge for this service and keep a record of how the pet does on the medication.
We need to know the name of the medication, the name of the condition for which it is being prescribed, and the name of the veterinarian who has prescribed it. And the best place for us to get all that information is from the container the medication came in. Please bring us that container as well as the medication.
It is helpful if you would tell us how you administer the medication to your pet at home so we can do it the same way, as closely as possible, when he or she is boarding with us.
BRIEFLY, WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOUR DOG HAS EPILEPSY (from AKC Family Dog)
If the seizures last less than five minutes they aren’t life threatening.
What takes the most time is the recovery period (often up to an hour), keeping up with the medications and keeping them filled
The goal is not to eliminate seizures but to manage them. Don’t feel a failure and don’t give up.
Keep records and keep your stress level down – that will lower the dog’s stress too.
A GOOD READ.
“WATCH WHERE YOU STEP – GOING TO THE DOGS” – By Jenepher Field
Louis always said “You have to retire to something, not retire from something”
So that’s what we did –
We retired to the other side of the Columbia River and built a new house, a barn for all Louis’s toys like his tractor and horse trailer and other stuff, and designed and built Sagemoor Kennels. We’re still here, running the place with wonderful staff. I wrote about all that in this book. You can buy it here and I am happy to sign it for you. It’s in the front office, so check it out.
AND A GOOD MOVIE –
This movie is reviewed, with pictures and the story line described in one of my favorite dog magazines – “BARK”. This movie is written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan (“Body Heat “, The Big Chill” and “The Accidental Tourist”) and stars both Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton as well as mixed breed dog Kasey who plays Freeway – a very important role. A great dog story, based on a real life story of two people and, of course, a dog.
OUR HOURS at SAGEMOOR KENNELS LLC
Monday – Friday 9 a. m.-6 p.
Check out time 1 p.m. We charge for another night if pick up is after 1 p.m
Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Sunday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. for pick up only 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. for drop off.
We charge for the full day on Sunday.
We are closed all day for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, July 4th and Thanksgiving. We are closed for those holidays that fall on a Monday, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day but open in the evening from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and like a Sunday, we charge for the full day.
Please remember WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS but love cash or checks. SAGEMOOR KENNELS LLC
FOR PEACE OF MIND BOARDING AND QUALITY GROOMING
7196 COLUMBIA RIVER ROAD PASCO WA 99301
www.sagemoor.com (509)544-9682, (509)544-9696, fax (509)544-8851