17Apr/12

Eat, sleep, play

The month of April means two things at WOOF: Spring break and rainy weather. It adds up to a full (and occasionally wet) house.

Oh no!

 Don’t worry Mr. Bill, we can handle it!

One of the major keys of running a busy boarding facility is organization.

And more organization.

Each of our guests gets a bag with a detailed list of their belongings. (And their own cute little tail hook!)
 
But dogs don’t care about organization. All they want to know is:
 
1. Is it time to eat?
2. Is it time to sleep?
3. Is it time to PLAY?
 
So we organize our philosophy of good dog care under these three very important tenets. (And we humans could benefit from them as well, don’t you think?)
 
So without further ado we present: EVENING TIME AT WOOF
Subtitled: EAT, PLAY, SLEEP.
 
After a full day of play, we begin ferrying our overnight guests from the Daycare building to the Boarding building. The first round of business is to put everyone in their own, private kennel so they can EAT.
 

Micky: where's dinner?

 
The dogs wait patiently (mostly) as we dish up everyone’s dinner. And since everyone has their own feeding instructions – and in some cases, medications – we have to slow down and really pay attention.
 
For example, Spencer gets carrots in his food.
 
He seems to like them.
 

All gone

 
 Micky enjoys a classic mix of wet and dry.
 

When everyone is done eating, the next question is, of course:

Is it time to PLAY?

 

Not yet! We have to have a rest period while everyone digests. For some of our guests, it’s not a problem.

Major Weimereiner Food Coma

 

When rest time is over, the dog handlers initiate the evening play groups.

I had the pleasure of taking Leo the German Shepherd to the outside yard. But it was raining and he wondered – why on earth are we going outside?

Me outside, in the rain, taking a picture of Leo inside, dry and warm

 
After a little encouragement, Leo joined me for a sniff and a potty.
 

Good boy, Leo

 
While Dog Handlers Kyle and Amanda monitored the big dog yard, I took charge of the little dog recess. Everyone was let out into the hallway leading to the upper yard.
 
 
 
Unfortunately, the little dogs also didn’t care for the rain and were developing a case of their own “Leo-itis.”
 

Come on everybody, get out here!

 
I was finally able to convince everyone to come outside. When they did, the big dogs the next yard over were curious.
 

Hey, what's going on in YOUR yard?

 
Everyone got into the full swing of playing and (let’s be honest) pooping except for little Mona.

 

Her feet were getting wet and she wanted to be picked up.

Of course, I put my foot down and resisted.

Just kidding

But as the evening outside time was winding down, I had to put Mona elsewhere so some necessary clean up could be done.

Mona sat in a chair...

 

While I attended to other matters

While the dogs were finishing up outside, we picked up dinner bowls and fluffed beds.

Their bellies full and their bodies tired, the final question of the night was upon us.

Is it time to SLEEP?

Of course.

Goodnight, sweeties. See you in the morning for more EAT, PLAY, SLEEP.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF. 

10Apr/12

Hug Your Dog Day!

Leave it to a major dog food corporation to make up a holiday. But who can resist HUG YOUR DOG DAY?

Pug Hug!

The folks at Beneful declared April 10 as Hug Your Dog Day, encouraging everyone to post a photo of doggie PDA on Beneful’s Facebook page.  In return, you are entered into a contest to win something amazing!

Well, it’s just a $2 coupon.

But you do get to show off your dog love to the world and add to Beneful’s Hug-O-Meter for the day. We love the idea of keeping track of dog hugs. A good day should have a couple dozen. (At least.)

And there’s this really cute video starring Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and his own dog, 12 year old Coleman Hawkins. It’s pretty hilarious, showing different hugs (the casual hug, the deeper hug, and – as we’ve all experienced with our squirmy firends – the resistant hug):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58wi8a3Uz28&feature=share

So, in honor of this totally made-up holiday, here’s some of WOOF’s best hugs.

Jenna and Fiona

Nicky and Fred

Jacque and Reesi

Of course, dog hugs are hard not to give when the “hugg-ees” look like this:

Bert: hug me.

Bella: hug me.

Boo Boo: HUG ME!!!

Now, go forth and hug your dogs. You know you want to.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

05Apr/12
more toys WOOF

Extra services

When your dog stays at WOOF, did you know that you have extra options?

Kind of like when you order a burger, you can get sauteed onions, avocado or extra cheese?

(That was an extra cheesy comment and we’re okay with it!)

One week before your boarding, we will send you an e-mail with an online boarding check in link. On it, you can request:

Baths and nail trims…

Baths at WOOF

Hello Leia Stewart!

Special cuddle time…

Dog Handler Deztiney having a very special moment with Molly

Ball time!….

And let’s not forget the toys. We’ll give them out while they’re here or save them for pick up. (So you can finally answer, “what’d you bring me?” with “Look what I brought you! I’m an amazing dog parent.”)

We have funny toys:

Tree plush toys at WOOF

Tree plush toys! (because dogs love trees, of course)

 And cute toys:

more toys WOOF

 And, of course, bully sticks and pig ears, for our guests with a taste for the exotic.

pigs ears bully sticks WOOF

All of these little extras are very well priced – most are $20 and under!

We offer these little extras because every dog is different. One’s bully stick is another’s cuddle time. And as the parent, we know YOU’LL KNOW what little extra your dog will really enjoy.

Because WOOF’s boarding burger is always delicious. But who doesn’t need a little extra cheese once in a while?

Please contact us if there’s anything we can do to make your baby’s time at WOOF extra special.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF

29Mar/12

Staff appreciation night

It was a typical Thursday night at WOOF. ALMOST a typical night at WOOF, that is.

There was a certain excitement in the air – a certain anticipation – as we did our normal closing rituals.

 We had one final recess before bedtime.

Come on guys, get it out of your systems!

We put everyone who was spending the night to bed.

Goodnight Ginger Keane and here’s your nylabone. We love you!

We told our personal dogs that they should take a nap too.

Lay down Olive Preble! (that’s owner Jacque’s dog…)

Stay inside, Joe Preble. (another one of Jacque’s dogs!)

It was a very special Thursday night indeed because it was STAFF APPRECIATION NIGHT at WOOF!

Yay us!

As dog caregivers, we love our work! But, make no mistake – we do WORK: keeping the facilities clean and safe for your best friend. And sometimes, no matter what you do for a living, you need to remember to appreciate your coworkers (and yourself!) for everything they do.

So Jacque, WOOF’S owner, made it a point to take the staff out to dinner. Because even though WOOF is a place of business where we take the care of your dogs very seriously, and Jacque runs a tight ship…

….it’s also fun!

 So off we headed to spend some quality time together over sweet potato fries and fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. Because we take this motto seriously.

 

 And our dream this particular evening was to sit down and break bread together.

The dream came true!

Excuse the dark picture – the restaurant had mood lighting!

In order to really enjoy our time together, Jacque suggested an age-old challenge. Everyone had to put their cell phones on the table.

 The first one to grab their phone (smart phone addicts anonymous anyone?) had to pay for dinner!

 Luckily, we had dessert to distract us.

Dog Handler Deztiney going to town on a chocolate indulgence type thing.

And we had left-over boxes to decorate. Deztiney chose to make an homage to a dog she hopes to own someday. (She lives in an apartment at the moment that doesn’t allow dogs – maybe that’s why she loves working at WOOF so much: to get her dog-fix!)

She’s already picked out the name Simba.

 Here we are again, with Jacque at the head of the table.

 

Still mood lighting, of course.

We learned a couple things from Staff Appreciation Night:

 1. We can’t resist chocolate.

2. We get tired past 8 pm.

3. We miss our dogs when we’re out.

4. We are, in fact, addicted to our phones. (But Jacque still paid – thank you, Jacque!)

Just as important as we feel it is to appreciate each other, we also want you to get to know us better. So STAY TUNED for a new addition to our web site: our About Staff section, where you can meet all the wonderful folks who look after your babies at WOOF all day.

 People like:

AMANDA!

 JENNA!

And KYLE!

 We’re so proud of our staff at WOOF. Everyone here really cares about animals and it shows. We can’t wait to share with you more information about these wonderful people because we know that we are more than just the people who take care of your pets. We like to think of ourselves as your extended doggie family!

 Also, one of these staff members is starring in a local production of The Crucible…

 But you’ll have to wait to find out!

 Until then.

 xoxoxo

Vickie @ WOOF

15Mar/12

An epic battle

At WOOF, we try to keep things exciting.

We have spirited staff meetings.

We love on our dogs.

We check safety stations and fluff beds.

We do other things we’re not so proud of.

When this happens we know it’s time to do something more stimulating. For us, and the dogs!
Like TUG OF WAR TIME!
In the left corner, in WOOF blue, is Nicky, Dog Handler Extraordinaire!
In the right corner, in a glossy coat of yellow, is Bonnie Taylor, mild-mannered Golden Retriever and Master Tugger!
Let’s watch the action.


See how Bonnie twists and gets the upper paw here?

Silly human.

 I always win.

Tune in next time for other exciting WOOF events, like CUDDLE TIME! TENNIS BALL EXTRAVAGANZA!

Maybe even SLEEPING UNDER THE DESK TIME!

Until then –

xoxoxo
Vickie @ WOOF

13Mar/12

Abby HAS a home

UPDATE: Jeff and Jeff, Abby’s owners, had a change of heart and decided to keep Abby!

From their e-mail:

“We have decided to try and adjust our schedules to keep Abby part of our family… We feel we owe it to her and ourselves to try harder to make our little family unit work. The thought of parting with Abby saddens us too much.”
 They also noted that Rex excitedly greeted Abby when she returned from WOOF day care – something that is new!

 We wish the best of luck to Abby and are so glad she will stay in a familiar environment with people who love her. In our book, that’s a win-win.

 Please consider all the other wonderful dogs out there for adoption. There are more Abbys that need you!
____________________________________________________________

One of our most wonderful doggie guests at WOOF needs a new home.

 Presenting the super sweet Abby.
Now if that didn’t get you, here’s a close-up.
 Have you just died with cuteness fatigue? I know I did.
Last week at WOOF the staff told me there were two heartbroken men who were looking for a home for Abby. They would be coming to pick her up at the end of the day and I should talk to them.
When I met them in the lobby and proposed doing this blog, their love for Abby and reticence to give her up were immediately apparent.
Both of them (both named Jeff!) looked as if they’d just gotten off a long day of work. The Jeff in the medical scrubs smiled uncertainly as I introduced myself and offered our help.
He agreed that they wanted to find a new home for Abby but they were willing to wait for just the right one. Her being a Pit Bull worried him because he didn’t want her to end up with someone unscrupulous, looking to make her into something she wasn’t.
(Read more about nature vs. nurture in Pitt Bulls here.)
I assured him that our WOOF network would only find the cream of the crop – because our WOOF owners are themselves the very best owners! 
So attention WOOF network! (That’s you…) Please read about Abby and pass her story on to help her find a new, wonderful forever home!
ALL ABOUT ABBY
Age: 8 months
Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
Weight: 45 pounds (average weight is 55-75 lbs)
Sex: Female- spayed
Vaccines: Up to date
Microchipped: Yes
Training: Fully potty trained, basic commands, waits to eat until given permission
Disposition: Social and friendly with dogs and people (especially loves little girls!)
Activity level: Can run up to 6 miles but is just as happy to be a couch potato
Loves to: Chew on her nylabone and bully sticks and watch TV (it’s true!)
So why would the Jeffs need to give Abby up?

A brief history:

They adopted her in November from the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. Abby was just a 35-pound, 4-month old back then. She had been taken to the shelter with her brother, who was adopted before her.
The Jeffs were immediately attacted to her sweet face and calm temperament. Their goal was to add her to their family as a companion for their male Border Collie, Rex.
Abby and Rex
Bringing young Abby home was challenging but she proved to be a quick learner. They worked with her on potty training, eventually getting her to use the doggy door to go outside. They taught her to sit and wait for her food – she’ll only start eating when she is told, “go ahead.” She was such a joy to be around, laying in her parents’ laps as they watched TV in the evening and going on runs with them and Rex.
But as the months wore on, they worried they weren’t giving young Abby enough attention. Both of them work over 12 hours a day. Abby enjoys her day care at WOOF, whining in excitement as they drive up. But Rex – who the Jeffs hoped would grow to love Abby – would get annoyed with her when she tried to curl up with him at night on his bed.
After a lot of soul-searching, Jeff and Jeff came to the conclusion that Abby needed a family that wasn’t gone all day. Someone with children maybe, because she loves the neighborhood kids so much she always goes in for a kiss and a hug.
“We picture her living with a family with children. Or, we see her with someone that may be able to take her with them to work regularly,” they wrote. ” She would be great as a greeter in someone’s shop.”
Hello. Welcome to the shop.
They also think she may fit in well with retirees who can be at home with her all day.
“Nobody can resist her cute face,” they concluded. “Her eyes just beg for a nice pat on the head and a scratch under the chin.”
We couldn’t agree more.
If you’re interested in learning more about Abby, or know a very special home for her, contact her owners via e-mail at thejeffs@sbcglobal.net. Or ask at WOOF’s front desk. 
Feel free to leave comments and questions in our comment section below. We’re happy to help!
Like all of our wonderful pups, Abby deserves the very best.
xoxoxo,
Vickie @ WOOF
06Mar/12

Interview with Your Dog: Fred

Our first interview subject in this series is Fred.

Mr. Fred Jenkins-Downie
Let’s begin, shall we?
WOOF: Fred! Look, I have your pig.
FRED: I see that. I would certainly love to play with that.

WOOF: No problem. Just get up on your couch and help us fill out this little bio.

(Flash of black and tan fur…)

WOOF: Fred, are you ready?

FRED: <squeak, chomp, squeak>

WOOF: Fred!

FRED: Do you want to play with my pig?
WOOF: Not right now Fred. Right now we need you to fill out the form so everyone knows your vital statistics.
(Fred picks up a pencil and gets to work. We did not document this because he asked us not to.)
QUICK FACTS ABOUT FRED (by Fred)
NAME: Fred 
PARENTS: Lisa and Terry (I love them so much! They feed me and pet me and love me and I love them so much!)
BREED: Welsh Terrier I’ve been told.
AGE: 3 years, 8 months my parents tell me but I don’t feel a day over 2
WEIGHT: 17 pounds and proud of it
SEX: boy dog
INTERESTING FACT: allergic to wheat but many treats don’t contain wheat… did you know hot dogs are wheat free so if you want to give me a hot dog I could eat it
NEUTERED?: no comment
PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: fully vaccinated and didn’t cry once
WOOF: Thank you, Fred! Now, please sit down for the formal interview.
WOOF: Very good! Now let’s go!
WOOF: No, Fred we’re not going anywhere! Stay there and try to answer these questions.
FRED: Will there be toys involved?
WOOF: Soon, Fred. First question: what’s the hardest thing about being a dog?
FRED: It’s great being a dog!
WOOF: Really? There’s nothing at all? We know you always seem happy but there must be something that bothers you. How was your puppyhood?
FRED: My puppyhood was great! But there might be one thing that’s hard! Not being able to play with  my toys. Can we play with my toys? I’ve lined them up on the chair so you can throw them several times and I can run and catch them and then you can throw them again several times.
(Flying leap off the couch.)

WOOF: Fred, you’ve knocked my camera sideways. 
FRED: What?
WOOF: The camera…it’s sideways.
FRED: What’s sideways?
WOOF: Never mind. Let’s continue. Please resume your seat on the couch.
WOOF: Great, but the camera is still broken.
FRED: I’m sorry, you seem preoccupied with that thing you’re holding. Meanwhile, I have one question for you: can I have my toy?
WOOF: (sigh) Of course. 
FRED: <squeak, squeak>
WOOF: Well, Fred, we think that should do it. Thank you very much for the interview.
FRED: Wait, that’s it?

 WOOF: Well, yes – we think we’ve tired you out. And the camera is still broken. Is there something else?

FRED: Yes, I had borrowed a scarf so you could take my official portrait.

WOOF: Okay Fred, but the camera is still broken. The picture will be be sideways. Is that ok?

 FRED: What’s sideways?

And that was our first Interview with Your Dog, starring Fred.

Tune in next time –

Maybe YOUR DOG will be next!

xoxo
WOOF

28Feb/12

Good morning sunshine!

Mornings at WOOF start early.
Bitsy McNaughton, Olive Preble and Lady Hans
Some would say too early.
Duke and Ellie White
Ina and Tola Sellars-Cover

 

Bella Spamer
It’s 7 am and time for our boarding dogs at WOOF to GET UP!
If there’s any grumbling we remind them that it’s their own fault. 
(Oliver Ballard-Mick, remember you just HAD to stay up and finish your Friday night movie.)
But even those reluctant to pry themselves off their comfy Kuranda beds jump right up when they realize that the day is starting and certain good things are ahead.
Certain crunchy things that will be put in a bowl to be consumed by certain hungry individuals.
Yes, that’s right. IT IS ALMOST TIME.
Did you hear a bowl, Heidi and Beau Blomeyer?
Travis Wang and Hudson Glassman are certain they did.
Lizzy Oliva has her set up ready to go!
Well, hold on everybody. Here at WOOF, after our boarding dogs get their wake up call, their first order of business is – well, doing their business. 
No need for embarrassment, Lola Lobas.

We round everyone up and send them outside to use our special, high-tech K9 grass. Like real grass, it’s fun to squish your toes into – but so much nicer when everything drains through the anti-microbial fibers.
Ah, the wonders of technology.
Potty time goes quickly because everyone who’s anyone knows that breakfast time immediately follows.
Excuse me. I must get inside.
But as soon as the bowls go down, it’s all over. 
Everyone is rearing to go, go, go after breakfast. But we know that full bellies and hard play do not mix. So we institute a mandatory 10 minute digestion break.
Axle Kantor wonders what is taking so long.
Hold on….
Five more minutes…
It’s killing me!
Okay, go have fun!
Hooray!

After all, we know there are many adventures to be had at WOOF before the sun sets again.
Cooper and Tucker James know there are kisses to steal from WOOF owner Jacque.
Winston Connell understands there are seats to be claimed.
Gixer Anderson has igloos to conquer.
Lola Hansen has general busy-bodying to do.
And there’s always more movies to watch.
 
Soon it is night time again and the bed is calling. Our big Great Dane friend Baxter Holbrook curls up and waits for tomorrow.
(Proving our beds are big enough for even our largest guests!)
Jacque’s dog Joseph finds suitable lodging in her office. We’re pretty sure he knows where we keep the bully sticks too.
We usually have room for everyone in our boarding hotel. Here’s where you can find our current rates. Please let us know if you have any questions or special requests!
The inn is open 7 days a week.
xoxoxo,
WOOF

14Feb/12

It’s Valentine’s Day at WOOF!

It was just another Tuesday at WOOF Daycare and Boarding in beautiful San Ramon, California.

Some of our guests were sleepy.

Some, like German Shepherd Ginger Keane, were hungry.

Others, like Travis Wang the Siberian Husky, were just really excited to greet the day.

But there was something else about this chilly winter Tuesday that had the crowd stirring.

Jake Wengert, the handsome Boxer, saw something on the boarding sheet that was a definite clue.

(The heart might have given it away.)

That’s right! It’s Valentine’s Day at WOOF! And when you combine dozens of sweet little dog faces with the sweetest day of the year, well – you just might find yourself on cuteness-and-love overload.

Some guests could barely hold their composure.

 

We called every one’s attention and began the celebration with identifying the guest with the most Valentine’s spirit.

It was a nail-bitter while the votes were cast and tallied.

Tola and Ina Cover-Sellars watched to make sure there was no cheating.
Gus Pike was just happy to be nominated.
Coco Walsh wanted to know who won already.

And the award went to….

Bitsy McNaughton! Who was sleeping at the time.

 

Bitsy, left

Everyone agreed that Bitsy’s red sweater with the embroidered “Loved” on the back proved her the undeniable winner. Woof Receptionist Elisa and Handler Deztiney presented the award to a stunned Bitsy.

Deztiney, left, holding Bitsy and Elisa, right, receiving Bitsy’s kiss
 
When Bitsy composed herself we explained that – out of all the dogs at Woof today- she was voted with most Valentine’s spirit. Upon hearing this news, she went insane with excitement, swooping Deztiney into what can only be described as a vortex of dog love.
Once everyone congratulated Bitsy and settled down to play, the humans enjoyed lunch, courtesy of Woof Handler Nicky. She had a $20 winning lottery ticket and decided to treat the Woof staff to some Valentine’s pizza.
(Thanks go to Nicky and the State of California for this gigantic pepperoni pie.)
But even though this was a special day, responsibilities had to be tended to. Jake needed his lunch.
Coco wanted to have some Tennis Ball Extravaganza time.
(But really, when does Coco not want that?)
And Pancho, the wonderful little male mixed breed Woof owner Jacque Preble recently rescued from Mexico, just wanted to snuggle with his duck.
(Hes’ up for adoption, you know! Ask Jacque for details.)
Oh, we might want to formally introduce Jacque – Woof is her pride and joy and she often goes on trips to Mexico to contribute to the great doggie charities down there. Here she is just last week in Mexico, lending a hand to the less fortunate pups of the world:
But back to the story.
Eventually our guests’ moms and dads began to trickle in and Valentine’s Day was winding down. One by one, the dogs were led out of the big door and chauffered home.
But not before several loud canine hints could be heard, asking for one more little Valentine’s treat, conveniently sold by our exit door.
Pancho stayed behind, ready to go home with Jacque, his foster mom until he finds his forever home. We tried to get him to say some final words, but we think the day was just too much for him.
So allow us to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from Woof! We are so happy you entrust us with your little furry loved ones and are so amazed that playing with dogs all day is our job. 🙂
Please stay tuned to this blog, which we plan to update with new stories from Woof regularly. Share it with your friends – the more the merrier, we always say.
Until then, see you on the flip side.
xoxoxo,
Woof