10Jun/13

Our amazing staff

One indisputable fact about running a doggie daycare? The canines definitely outnumber the humans.

the group

 

staff feet

staff unknown

I’m becoming suspicious that they know it, too.

i know it

(See that knowing look?)

So it’s really important to find and hire just the RIGHT HUMANS for the job.

staff max weimereiner

Max

We get a lot of resumes at WOOF. I think it’s because people have a romantic notion of what it’s like to work at a doggie facility.

puppies-in-the-field

(insert self in field, maybe carrying a basket of fruit)

Whenever we interview an applicant, I ask “why do you want to work with dogs?”  (Hint, I’m looking for an answer that goes beyond the typical, “Um, because I love dogs!”)

Some of the better answers have included:

I like interacting with them.

kyle with flying dog

Kyle

I’m interested in dog psychology.

abby says hello

I like to stimulate their minds.

staff frankie ballFrankie

 

Those are the kinds of answers that intrigue me.

Because, to be honest, it’s a lot of hard work. It takes a lot more than just love to keep a yard with 50-plus dogs clean all day. And it takes more than love to keep them entertained and – more imporantly – safe in the process.

It takes a lot of energy, compassion and commitment.

bag organization

(And organization. Did I mention organization?)

There are 7 am start times, diarrhea clean-ups and slobber on clothes.  When you can love them through all that, then I know you’re right for WOOF.

staff more brandon on floor

Brandon

staff more brandon on floor two

Our track record of finding these kind of extraordinary people is pretty good, if I do say so myself. 🙂

katherine

Katherine

andrewAndrew

nathalie bio pic

Nathalie

lauren bio pic

Lauren

I updated the staff bios recently on our web site (read them here), and as I was writing them, I realized that it takes a special person to do this job well.

We have a lot of young people in the mix – people who are typically in school, studying to be nurses, psychologists, actors – you name it, we have an employee aspiring to be it. WOOF is their “day job,” a pit stop on their way to their futures.

As I wrote their profiles, I thought about the difference between the present versions of these people versus the people they are striving to become.

I thought about Lauren and Max, for example.

staff lauren and max

Two of the most genuine, sweetest young people I’ve ever met.

Lauren is in school getting her general education credits toward her nursing degree. Max, who has worked at WOOF through most of high school, is leaving us in the Fall to go to college to study mechanical engineering.

Even though their plates are full with outside goals, when they are at work, they are 100% present for the dogs. They arrive early and stay late. They always take extra shifts. I, on the other hand, can barely get my grocery shopping done.

Ah, youth.

staff max and dog

Max

I find that passion and commitment to the dogs starts from the top down. I’d love to take all the credit, of course!

reagan

Look at how the dogs just ADORE me.

But the truth is, it takes a real team to tame the wild and wooly WOOF pack. And I have to hand it to WOOF owner Jacque.

staff jacque 2

She’s the kind of owner who is here just as much as everyone else. And cleaning and doing the dirty work on top of it.

staff jacque

When your staff sees you not just telling them what the right thing to do it, but doing it yourself, it makes a big difference.

staff elisa

Elisa

staff kyle

Kyle

staff nicky couch

Nicky

 

I think the bottom line is, you can’t fake it. It’s obvious when you have a true passion for dogs. And if I ever detect that passion wavering, I know it’s time for someone to move on.

Because the dogs always give us their very best selves.

staff buddies

And they deserve nothing less in return.

all about the dogs

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

06May/13

Top 10 Summer Safety Tips

It was a hot one last week.

hot dog

The dogs in the play yards were a little more subdued than normal.

better hot face 2

hot friends

hot dogs 2

There were lots of shade breaks…

made in the shade

water cooler gossip sessions….

inside outside water

and general lazing about.

dog pool (1)

Let me tell ya, six years (yep, WOOF is six years old!) of dealing with the blazing San Ramon summers has taught us a thing or two about hot weather safety.

So in honor of summer, here’s our Top Ten Dog Summer Safety Tips. (We’ll count it down David Letterman-style because we’re cool like that.)

10. Backyard BBQ Boo Boos

bbq

There are some good reasons not to invite your dog to your backyard BBQ.

For one, sticks in the fire pit can be tempting to grab and – needless to say – a fire-scorched toy is not what your doggie had in mind. Also, hastily discarded paper plates full of bones can be grabbed when nobody is looking and cause blockages in your dog’s tummy and possible surgery.

All the excitement and unfamiliar people whooping it up can be too much for our furry little sweeties. That’s why we recommend boarding your dog with WOOF while you have your party. Your pooch will be in a calm, safe environment and you can part-ay the night away, guilt-free.  😛

9. Sunscreen – Not Just for Humans

sunscreen

Fair skinned, light-colored dogs need sunscreen just as much as we do! Make sure to dab some on any exposed skin or even spritz a light film over all their fur. Make sure the sunscreen is safe to use on pets and don’t get it in their eyes!

8. Beach Bugaboos

beach

Taking your dog to the beach is one of the best parts of summer! But remember to keep them safe from a couple of common pitfalls.

Dogs who have been sedentary all winter should not be encouraged to run like Bo Derek in the sand. Running in sand is HARD and an ADVANCED WORK OUT. Out-of-shape or older pups who get swept up in the moment can end up pulling a muscle or – worse- tearing a ligament that will require surgery. So keep it mellow.

Swimming in the ocean is fun – especially when you’re chasing a ball! – but please don’t let your pup swim out in raging waves and get pulled under. Also watch that they don’t gulp salt water, which can make them very sick (and include vomiting in the car on the ride home, which we’d all like to avoid.)

7. Water – Fresh, Clean, Cold and Lots!

swimming

Make sure wherever your dog hangs out in the heat, there is always a bowl of cold, clean, fresh water. And that he knows where it is and can get to it. Dehydration feels crummy and is dangerous.

6. Shade

sleeping three

If you have your dog outside, make sure there is access to shade. They might want a sun nap but when it gets too hot, they have a choice to avoid the heat.

5. Rest Breaks

flat face break

Resting in the heat is not optional. In fact, for short-muzzled breeds like bulldogs, frenchies, pugs, etc. – it can be a matter of life or death.

These dogs can’t cool their body temperature as well as long-muzzled dogs by panting because their face is an inefficient shape (that’s science, people!) so they need to get breaks from the heat as often as possible. Or avoid going outside all together.

4. Hot Pavement: A Paws For Reflection

hot pavement

I often marvel at how tough dogs’ feet are. They walk around all sorts of places on those cute little pads.

But make no mistake – hot asphalt burns their bare feet just as badly as it does our own. So don’t walk your dog across that scalding hot parking lot – drive them over to the nice, cool grass instead.

3. Foxtails – How We Loathe You

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I worked in the veterinary field for 15 years, and can I just say that these little monsters kept us busy all summer long. Foxtails up the nose, foxtails in the feet, foxtails in the ears.

Foxtails, foxtails, foxtails!

And more often than not, we’d have to use anesthesia to get those suckers out because they are shaped to BURROW deeper and deeper into your unsuspecting doggie (who was just trying to run through a field for gosh sakes.)

If you see any dry weeds or anything that resembles what’s pictured above, STAY FAR AWAY. Trust me on this one.

2. No Parking Zone

dogs in car

I love to take my dog with me on errands just as much as the next person. And I too have been guilty of the “I’ll just be five minutes in there!” reasoning for leaving my dog in a car when it was a little too warm out.

But this is truly a serious no-no. Once the outside temperature reaches 70 degrees, the inside of a car becomes an oven. And no cracking of windows or opening of sun roofs will help.

I remember one of my veterinary friends calling dog heat stroke “the big smile,” because when their core temperature starts to climb to 107 degrees, the sides of their mouths pull back really wide. And that’s the sign that they are about to die from heat stroke.

I always think of that darkly poetic term whenever I’d like to run into the store when I have my dog with me in the car and it makes me shudder.

I don’t mean to be graphic about it but it really isn’t a good idea – ever. If it’s not below 65 degrees outside, please just leave them at home. (Or better yet, bring them to WOOF for a quickie daycare visit while you run your errands- up to five hours is less than $20!)

1. Enjoy Each Other

fun summer

Once we become grown ups, we sometimes forget to play. And summer is built for playing.

So take your dog’s advice and just hang out. Drool a little bit, nap a little bit, wag a little bit.

Here’s to a wonderful summer.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean

01Apr/13

Dog on-the-job training

We take our roles as guardians to your dogs very seriously. Our priorities stay steadfast:

* Be safe

* Play hard

* Have fun

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t also teach one of life’s most important lessons:

* Have marketable skills

receptionist

Sure, the economy is slowly improving. But things aren’t the way they used to be. Every penny counts. And we figure, since you’ve invested in WOOF as clients, we want to invest in your financial future.

It’s time to put our dogs to work.

Who couldn’t use an extra income? And don’t let these dogs fool you – they are quite capable.

So we brought everyone together and explained the WOOF Dog Training Program. Every dog took an intensive job profile personality test. Sure, there were some eye rolls. And sure, we had to repeat ourselves several times to those who lost focus when a ball flew by.

But overall, we are off to a very promising start.

handyman

(Handyman training)

It is probably not surprising that many of our trainees gravitated toward food and hospitality.

Travis, for example, volunteered to be a Taste Tester.

taste tester

Pig ears? Bully sticks? Bully sticks? Pig ears?

He described an alluring gamey/piquant quality of the pig ear. Good information because they both smell equally disgusting to us. Thanks Travis!

Some dogs tested more on the artistic, creative level. More left-brained, more emotional. Fiercely fashion-conscious.

artist

Sadie, La Artiste

buyer

A future in retail?

cruise director

Party Planner

cruise director and guest

Party Planner, plus Socialite

stylist

Stylist to the stars

Other dogs really just wanted a good, old-fashioned trade. They are not afraid of getting a little dirty, getting up a little early, and seemed to respond to wearing uniforms.

valet

Dog Valet

valet in full uniform

Whoops, forgot the hat

valet safety coordinator

Dog Valet Safety Coordinator

Other dogs seemed to really value being a leader. They weren’t afraid to rattle a few cages, be large-and-in-charge. (To be honest, they were a bit power-hungry.)

Jake jumped at the chance to become Human Resources Director. He sat Dog Handler Frankie down for her annual review.

human resources director 1

He didn’t mince words

human resources director 3

It was pretty intense

human resources director

NEXT?

Unfortunately, not everyone took their training seriously. Olive, for example, refused to do anything that was too mentally or physically taxing. She stuck to her strongest skill:

office gossip

Total Office Gossip

Oh well.

Interestingly enough, there was one job that every dog was perfectly suited to do.

counselor

Mental Health Counselor

It doesn’t pay that much but the benefits are immense.

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

06Mar/13

New dogs at WOOF

Each WOOF client has been through what we call the “doggie interview“.

The White House Debuts The Obamas' New Dog Bo, A Portuguese Water Dog

You found us, came in for the first time, got the tour, and dropped your dog off.

Luckily, we both had the same goal: that you could go about your day resting easy and your dog would love being at WOOF! That while you work or vacation, he or she would have a safe, rewarding experience playing with other dogs.

We know it was hard – essentially leaving your baby with strangers. Walking out that door can be scary. We know how much trust that takes.

And we work very hard to keep it!

meet your handler

Although we have viewing windows, and we try to keep you in the loop of how your dog does, we realize that nothing can replace seeing things for yourself.

So in order to give you the full picture we thought we’d share some real pictures from a recent REAL LIFE DOGGIE INTERVIEW at WOOF.

Meet sweet little Rocky.

rocky

Rocky is a French Bulldog puppy.

rocky meet handler

Look, he’s still teething!

He is seriously little and came onto this earth a mere few months ago. As a puppy, he has no idea how to politely interact with the other dogs. Puppies charge, mouth and wrestle first – and ask questions later.

So keeping him safe – but letting him learn, make friends and have fun – was (and always is) our mission.

rocky and vickie

(That’s me making my “widdle iddy biddy puppy” face.)

Safely introducing Rocky into group was relatively easy – with a few precautions we have perfected over the years. The first thing we do is let the dogs smell him through the chute. Nor surprisingly, Rocky had no fear and was ready to go.

Everyone else was excited to meet him too.

toy window

everybody is happy

dog with handlers leg

To protect Rocky from his own devil-may-care puppy-tude, we thinned out the group so he could check out the surroundings without being bombarded by dogs (or bombarding dogs, as puppies are known to do!)

rocky inspection

He smelled the K9 Grass. So many smells to smell.

rocky here is the water

We showed him where to get a drink. So much water to drink.

We supervised the introductions. So many dogs to meet.

rocky and friend

rocky and another friend

Rocky did great. He played and played and then – as puppies are also known to do – his little puppy eyes began to flutter and his little puppy body began to droop.

rocky considers

He had fun! He was safe! We tired him out! Mission accomplished!

Needless to say, Rocky passed his doggie interview. He continues to be a spirited member of Little Dog Playland and the socialization he’s receiving now will prepare him for many years of being a well-adjusted member of the canine community at large.

Bigger dog running at me? No problem.

Little dog pinning me down and smelling my butt? Okay.

Having to share this bowl of water? Whatevs.

So hey WOOF doggies, young and old: wherever you go, know that we are always behind you.

pup

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

 

 

14Feb/13

Doggie sweethearts

It’s Valentine’s Day once again at WOOF.

A day of fun! A day of love! A day of excitement!

excitement

Really, it’s nothing we’re not used to.  😎

But this particular day is really special – and worth celebrating. For one, the WOOF blog turns one year old today.

lizzy birthday

Exactly one year ago, I had my very first day at work here as the manager/social media and blogger lady –  and I didn’t waste any time in writing my first post.

And really, how could I resist? It was Valentine’s Day! (Plus, sometimes I do like to push limits…)

vickie and desi

So we had to top ourselves in celebrating one of the greatest days of love – and one of the greatest loves of all…

Dog love!

dog love

Dog handler Nicky – one of our resident artists – had pictures, red construction paper and an idea.

sweet

hearts

sweet hearts at woof

Doggie sweethearts at WOOF!

They do exist, you know.

sweet hearts

Real-life, inseparable, dog couples in our playgroups.

kona travis

Take Kona and Travis, for example. They’re an obvious match because they’re what we like to refer to as “breed buddies.” (Which I’ve also blogged about before.)

Let me just describe what this kind of doggie sweetheart-dom looks like from an insider’s perspective. It’s morning at the WOOF daycare and dogs are trickling in. As each dog comes in the chute, everyone gathers around, excited to sniff the new kid of the day.

The dog enters group, sniffing ensues, everyone runs around and the next dog arrives.

Rinse and repeat.

BUT for our doggie sweethearts, the excitement (or shall I say attachment?) continues throughout the entire day. They are usually found, side by side – running in a pair. Or snoozing in the sun, curled up next to each other.

And can I say there is a little bit of an extra sense of excitement when their sweetheart arrives?

betty bueller

And a little sad sense of melancholy when their sweetheart leaves?

bitsy charlie

It’s a real thing, people.

charlie close

Charlie totally knows what I’m talking about.

I mean, I’m even tempted to give these couples a portmanteau – a fancy term for when you combine two words into one.

You know like Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie = Brangelina.

Let’s see if we can make this work.

coco fred

Foco?

gemma apollo

Gapollo?

jake licorice

 How about Lake? No, that’s no good.

In any case, we thought we’d share some of our most obvious doggie sweethearts with you on our wall for this very special day.

lucy murphy

maverick fiona

rex dixie

We found that most owners already knew about their dog’s love lives at WOOF. And some were surprised!

shadow denali

Oh, Shadow and Denali. You can’t hide a love like your’s forever.

denali close

Just look at her. Love struck.

So, may we officially wish a Happy, Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! We do love taking care of your little lovebirds every day.

And finger’s crossed nobody breaks up. I’d like to reuse these for next year.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

03Feb/13

All kinds of cuddles

At WOOF, we try to give our guests all the creature comforts of home.

creature comforts

But we know that all the fancy kennels, beds and treats in the world can’t really replace one very important thing.

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Human touch.

While your dog is here with us, we do as much individual hugging, reassuring, playing and positive touch as possible. No small feat with our dynamic, active play groups!

ears up

Woo hoo!

With this in mind DID YOU KNOW you could “schedule” individual cuddle time for your pup while staying with us? (Read all about it on our boarding services tab.)

owner cuddle

For dogs used to lots and lots of individual attention at home, this can really enhance their stay and ensure they get all the special human touch they are used to! And – especially for the lovesick, vacationing parents out there – each session includes an e-mailed or texted photo so you can check in with your pup while you’re away.

In honor of our “cuddle time,” we have put together some of our CUDDLE TIME GREATEST HITS photos.

aerial cuddle

 Aerial cuddle

bedtime cuddle

Night-night cuddle

big couch cuddle

Big dog, big couch cuddle

birthday cuddle

Birthday cuddle

goofy cuddle

Goofy cuddle

double cuddle

Double cuddle

double basset cuddle

Double basset cuddle

double basset kiss cuddle

Double basset blurry kiss cuddle

pajama day cuddle

Pajama day cuddle

And my personal favorite:

let it all hang out cuddle

Let-it-all-hang-out cuddle

So let us all remember to:

Cuddle hard

Cuddle often

&

Cuddle like nobody’s watching!

After all, it feels just as good to give as to get.

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

09Jan/13

What CAN’T you feed your dog?

We all know this look.

dogs want treats

What are you eating?

It’s pretty hard to resist.

did someone say treat

I smell bacon.

While old-school dog wisdom was: never feed your dog people food, new-school rules have changed.

Feed a raw diet! Cook for your dog! Beware of additives, preservatives and everything non-organic!

Personally, I grew up with dogs who ate whatever was on sale. Sometimes we’d slip them a treat from the dinner table. Overall, they did okay.

As an adult, I worked at a veterinary hospital and my eyes were opened. I saw obese dogs suffer from arthritis. Every holiday season, we’d see a handful of very sick little dogs who’d eaten an entire box of See’s candy.

holidays are over but

No chocolate for you, Denali!

I had to educate myself and clients about things like pancreatitis, kidney stones and the dangers of bones splintering in the intestinal tract.

Needless to say, what is okay and not okay to feed your dog can be confusing. And no matter what your personal preferences are with “dog food” versus “people food”, there are some hard-and-fast rules that can help you make an informed decision.

Because, after all, they are definitely worth it!

keep them safe

WHAT TO AVOID FEEDING YOUR DOG AND WHY:

Avocados – these have a fungicidal toxin called persin, which is not only in the fruit but in the leaves, bark and seeds. No guacamole bites!

Onions/garlic – destroys red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Watch out for onion powder in baby food, which is recommended sometimes for sick pups.

Grapes/raisins – researchers aren’t sure what they contain but studies show them to cause kidney failure in high quantities.

Macadamia nuts – like grapes and raisins, contains an unknown toxic element – as few as six can be fatal.

Xylitol – an artificial sweetener found in gum, mints and other products, it can spike insulin levels and eventually lead to liver failure.

Chocolate – contains varying amounts of theobromine, a chemical that is toxic in concentrated quantities. Milk chocolate has a little, baker’s chocolate has a lot – in general, the smaller the dog in body weight and the higher in concentration the theobromine, the more dangerous the chocolate!

Fat & bones – fatty, rich foods can overwhelm your dog’s system and lead to pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Bones, while safe in many instances, can sometimes splinter in your dog’s stomach and perforate the digestive tract – or create a blockage that might require surgical removal. Feed with caution!

Stone fruits – peaches, avocados, plums, etc., can be dangerous because the swallowed pit can cause an obstruction. Also, in some cases, the stones contain toxic elements like cynanide.

Raw eggs – besides the danger of e-coli or salmonella, raw eggs can block the absorption of vitamin B.

Unrised dough – don’t leave that dough to rise unattended! Ingested dough can rise in your dog’s tummy and cause a very unhappy situation.

Other common substances to monitor:

Advil/Ibuprofen: very toxic to dogs. Be sure to store these in a safe place and not to drop any on the floor.

Antifreeze: leaky antifreeze puddles on the garage floor or driveway can be very tempting to lick since it tastes sweet. Clean spills up immediately and store in a high cabinet/shelf.

That covers the basics of dog ingestion safety. In an emergency or if you’re ever in doubt, call your local veterinarian, emergency center or the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 1-888-426-4435 (note a $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.)

But before I sign off, the dogs at WOOF wanted to make sure I gave you another message.

BY ALL MEANS, GIVE YOUR DOGS SAFE AND TOLERATED TREATS!

what treats are ok

Eating is one of your dog’s main joys in life. Don’t deprive them of things they love – so long as they’re not overweight, can tolerate the treat with no tummy upset and it’s not on the no-no list.

Because life should be enjoyed.

dont worry

And as Martha Stewart would say, that’s a good thing.

good

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

28Dec/12

Sparkly Hat Alert

The busy holiday season is ALMOST over at WOOF and we are happy to say we have enjoyed every minute caring for your babies!

There was ball time with festive winter coats.

ball time coat

(Lookin’ good, Apollo!)

There was kissing and cuddling by the fireplace.

cuddling and kisses

And sometimes there was a combination of both!

cuddle ball time combo

But even though we were quite busy caring for all these little holiday angels, we had tome for some good, old-fashioned tom foolery.

Of course, in the form of hats.

One Walgreens silver-sequined Santa Hat later, and the rest was WOOF Christmas history.

Enjoy our greatest hits:

 AileyAiley!

Beckham

Beckham!

Buster

Buster!

Dakota

Dakota!

Denali

Oh, Denali.

Dukee

Dukee!

Ellie Mae & Fletcher

Ellie Mae and Fletcher!

Ginger

Sweet ol’ Ginger!

Logan

Logan!

Princess

Ah, the Princess

So until next year, we promise to restrain ourselves from accessorizing your dogs while they are in our care.

Or will we?

vickie hat

pancho hat

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

21Dec/12

Secret Santa Stikes at WOOF

Shhhh.

We did something totally sneaky!

Don’t tell anybody, but…

One day we rounded up the dogs and took professional photos of them to give to our WOOF moms and dads!

It was all owner Jacque’s idea. Just look at her scheming with Pet Photographer/Friend of WOOF Tonya Perme.

Denali says, “You are up to something, ladies!”

Jacque checked her Naughty & Nice List – otherwise known as our “Who’s In Daycare Today” report.

She checked it once…

She checked it twice…

Truth be told, they were all a LITTLE naughty but overall nice.

Jacque and Tonya quietly set up the boarding building with Tonya’s fabulous “photography studio to go”. (And she can do the same for you in your garage or large room – e-mail her at petrates@tonyaperme.com for more info…)

The dogs came over over, one by one.

Boarding guest Buffy was like, “hey – what is going on out there?”

We threw her a ball and said, “Shh! Buffy, don’t give us away!”

We set up the big light to capture their beautiful, furry features.

We enticed sweet little Whitney to be a brave girl and step in for her close up. She had to take her jacket off first.

Dog handler Nicky played assistant, and got Whitney into position on the backdrop.

Whitney was shy but Tonya found just the right moment and ….

A little bit of magic happened.

Tonya’s such a great pet photographer. One of her secrets is taking a WHOLE BUNCH OF PICTURES so that she can find just the right one. The other is making the most realistic cat sounds when necessary.

She said she will do anything – including making a complete fool of herself, to get the shot.

(She also wears cool shoes.)

She really gets down on her subject’s level.

You can’t hear it, but she’s making the cat sound for Oliver.

Jacque made sure our models were photo-ready.

Baxter didn’t say thank you, but we know he meant it!

All in all, almost 50 dogs were photographed in one day.

Evan insisted on a prop.

Olive is always ready to be adored.

Even Abby and Rex quieted down to capture this sweet moment.

We can’t wait to give these out to all the moms and dads! In fact, as I’m writing this post I have to WAIT to publish it so as not to ruin the surprise.

Just look at them. Barely containing themselves.

Happy, happy holidays from our family (human and canine) to yours.

xoxoxo,

WOOF

 

 

 

 

12Nov/12

(No More) Bad Dog Photos

Fact: Dogs are the cutest.

Fact: We love to take pictures of them.

Sad Fact: Dogs don’t understand how cute they are, or cameras, or why we’re taking pictures of them, and generally tend move at the exact wrong moment –  RIGHT WHEN YOU TRY TO TAKE THEIR PICTURE!

Case in point:

What’s that thing you’re holding? I want to smell it.

It’s quite easy to understand. One minute your dog is looking at you – you amusing human, you – and it’s just you and him, sharing a moment.

Hi there! I love you so much! Let’s play! Let’s eat! Let’s nap!

The next thing they know, you’re not an amusing human, but have almost disappeared entirely, your face that was once looking at them replaced with some weird camera or smart phone in front of it.

I gotta go.

You can’t really blame them. They don’t understand that device you just put in front of your face doesn’t mean you want them to leave. And they especially don’t understand when that device shoots a horrible flash in their eyes.

I mean, what’d ya do that for?

So – us loving, photo-happy dog owners – tend to go running after our furry models, squeaking toys over our heads, squealing their names  – all to alienate the poor little things and end up with nothing but a bunch of throw-aways.

It’s only once in a while, when all the stars align,that  we get lucky. When the lighting is just right. When we we haven’t lost our pup’s interest. When they haven’t moved.

… the very rare photo magic happens.

(Beautiful blue eyes don’t hurt.)

But more often than not – it’s COMPLETE, BLURRY DOGGIE CHAOS.

(I am not even quite sure who we were trying to capture in these…)

While smart phones have helped a lot – DELETE, DELETE, DELETE! – sometimes you need to go the extra mile get a portrait of your dog that’s not just iPhone-worthy, but truly “blow-it-up-and-hang-it-in-the-living-room” frame-worthy.

And here’s your chance!

This weekend, longtime WOOF friend and expert Pet Photographer Tonya Perme will be on site in our daycare building taking pet portraits for a mere $30.

Many of you have already signed up for Saturday’s sessions but if we get enough response, we are considering booking more sessions on Sunday.

THE WAY IT WORKS IS THIS:

Call WOOF 925-855-9663 or Tonya 510-421-0887 to book your time slot.

Bring your sweet dog or cat camera-ready (but aren’t they always?)

Expect a 5 to 10 minute photo shoot during which Tonya will snap away, getting as many perfectly lit, natural shots of your baby possible

Walk away with a 4 x 6 print, and the option to browse online for more prints!

For multiple pets, Tonya will capture a good group shot, then try for as many individuals during your allotted time as possible.

This is a good opportunity to bring your dog to a place he or she is already comfortable coming to (yay WOOF!) and get that holiday card shot you always wanted.

Faturing the most beautiful and inspiring living being on, you know, the planet.

YOUR DOG!

Minus the kennel obstruction and with poor lighting, of course.

xoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF