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Farewell Cairo

There are a lot of little faces running around WOOF every day.

Little faces in birthday hats.

Little faces posing patiently so we can send pictures to parents in Hawaii.


And little faces that just come up and surprise us.

(Whoa! Where’d you come from?)

And sometimes these little faces have to move away and it makes us a little heartbroken.

Meet Cairo.

Just your average, black, 65 lb, 3 year old pit bull mix.

Today was his last day. And we were sad.

He’s only been in our day care program since June. One wouldn’t think we’d get all torn up about a dog we only knew for such a short time.

But Cairo was one of those dogs. (And truth be told, aren’t they all?)

So we had to mark this day – September 12 – and say a proper goodbye to our relatively new friend.

Some quick Cairo facts:

  • Dad Zach boarded him with us five days a week so we saw him quite often.
  • He looked tough on the outside but was a gentle soul on the inside.
  • He once jumped up on my back and licked my hair. (?!)
  • We had to be careful using the hose around him because he would attack the nozzle. (DIE, NOZZLE, DIE!!)

All in all, he was a pleasure to have around.

So good luck to Zach returning to school in San Luis Obispo. (Studying something to do with business and engineering I couldn’t quite understand.)

And goodbye to sweet Cairo. You were here for a short time but we’ll always remember you.

We’ll keep an eye on that evil hose for you too.



Vickie Jean and staff at WOOF






Mona says get your vaccines!

Today I had the pleasure of taking Mona, one of our boarding guests, to get a vaccine updated. She wanted me to chronicle the trip because she had so much fun!

Mona is of “Mona and Rupert” fame. You can’t say one’s name without the other because they always come as a family to board at WOOF!

WOOF offers this “vaccine service” for a very nominal fee for those who need some last-minute assistance with being up to date with their shots.

(At WOOF, we require Rabies, Distemper-Parvo and Bordetella – more on that later…)

Luckily, we’re within two minutes of the ABC Clinic, a local veterinary hospital that partners with WOOF on providing care.

They just moved into this swanky building across the street from the In ‘n Out Burger. (Their web site is here.)

So the very kind Dr. Raj allows us to bring WOOF guests in for all sorts of vet-related issues: vaccines, injuries – you name it. We feel so safe having such a competent veterinarian nearby in case of any medical emergencies.

Back to Mona and her distemper vaccine.

Mona was more than happy to take a car ride with me. (I think she felt like making brother Rupert jealous.)

It was time to cruise.Even if the cruise was only two minutes – we of course had to look cool.

Mona just wanted to GET THERE ALREADY.

Soon she got her wish. She hopped right up and took her seat in ABC’s super swank air conditioned waiting room.

Soon there were new friends to meet.

Everyone liked Mona so much humans decided to stand so she didn’t have to give up her seat.

Our wait wasn’t long at all – even though Mona waited very impatiently because she knew SOMETHING AWESOME WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

I mean, really – isn’t something incredible on the brink of happening all the time? (Dog thinking – which I like!)

Finally a nice technician approached and got down on the floor with Mona.

It’s important to establish a level of trust and intimacy before you stick a needle in someone. ­čśÄ

Another tech came to hold Mona steady.

She didn’t seem too worried. And then the moment of truth came.

Good girl!

And just like that it was time to leave.

Once again we were excited for the car ride.

I showed her the paperwork so she knew it was official.

Now in case you are wondering why we bother with vaccines, here’s a short primer:

Rabies – protects against the rabies virus – for adult dogs generally updated every three years

DHPP – protects against distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza – also updated every three years for adult dogs

Bordetella – protects against most strains of upper respiratory diseases (“doggie colds”) – like the human sickness, it is not “curable” and passes from dog to dog in the air or by contact. Frequency of this vaccines is generally every 6 months or yearly.

As you can see, getting these vaccines – ESPECIALLY if your dog is coming into contact with a lot of other dogs (like at WOOF) – is crucial to keeping them healthy.

(For all you locals, the ABC Clinic holds vaccine clinics every Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.)

Mona has another three years of glorious distemper-parvo protection and she’s super happy about it.

Or maybe it was just the car ride?

Whatever it is, we’ll take it.

For more information about WOOFs vaccine policies or services, contact us here.


Birthdays – Human vs. Canine

Happy Friday from WOOF!

Today is an especially festive Friday because we are celebrating TWO birthdays.

Dog handler Krista (today) and boarding guest Reesi (tomorrow)!

Krista and Reesi in the requisite silly hats.

We thought, in honor of these fine birthdays, we’d share what the similarities we can find between DOG BIRTHDAYS and HUMAN BIRTHDAYS.

Our brave subjects were happy to oblige by answering some key questions.

(And wearing the silly hats.)

Let’s begin.


Krista: Fondue with friends.

Reesi: Little Cesars by myself. (And please stay away from my food!)


Krista: 25 (Krista said she’s having a “quarter life crisis”. I smiled serenely and thought, “Talk to me in another 25 years.”)

Reesi: I have no idea!├é┬á (Reesi’s turning two years old. We’re pretty sure there’s no crisis involved.)


Krista: seeing the movie “Magic Mike” with my friends. (A story about the world of male exotic dancers.)


Reesi: Watching the Friday Night Movie at WOOF: “A Dog’s Day Petsitter DVD” (A story about the world of farm animals scurrying about and squirrels running through trees!)

4. How long have you been at WOOF?

Krista: Just started as a dog handler a few weeks ago. (Krista’s bio on our staff page is coming soon!)

Reesi: Has been a proud WOOFer for over a year!

In review: Krista and Reesi, though years apart in age, are pretty in tune birthday-wise.

They’re both dining on delicious food, watching stimulating films and donning adorable birthday hats in celebration of their big days.

In the interest of fairness, I put on a hat too.

So a big happy birthday from WOOF to Krista, Reesi and all you Cancer signs out there! Astrology says your best attributes are loyalty, sensitivity and that you’re family oriented.

Traits I think definitely apply to Krista and Reesi, come to think of it. ­čśÄ


Vickie Jean @ WOOF


Wildlife at WOOF

Oh, the little critters we encounter every day at WOOF! In fact, the more we look into their furry faces, the more we start to see…


So we’ve decided to share some of our favorite DOGS WHO RESEMBLE WILDLIFE AT WOOF.

(We have a special guest named Rudy who inspired this blog. But more about him at the end.)

First up: WOOF owner Jacque’s very own little bundle of wildlife – Olive the Rodent.


In fact, Jacque says she affectionately├é┬átermed Olive’s├é┬áspecies as├é┬á“Olive Rodentialis” or some sort of made-up science name. In my opinion, she also├é┬álooks a little “Ren” from “Ren and Stimpy.”


We also have Missy, the black bear cub.


And Kozmo, the Arctic wolf.

Scooter, the baby possum.

And Shelby, the….

… Cute little baby!┬á(Now, I know this isn’t wildlife per se, but I couldn’t resist pointing out Shelby’s baby-faced qualities.)┬áBut back to Rudy. He’s kind of hard to photograqph because he’s always on the go.

Ah, there he is – RUDY THE HEDGEHOG!

Rudy is a Norwich Terrier. (You may remember the breed featured on the hilarious mockumentary “Best in Show.”)


And in this particular category, we think Rudy takes the blue ribbon.


All behold RUDY THE HEDGEHOG. Inspiration to this blog, and inspiration to us all. We love you, you little hedgehog-like creature.

And that is all we had to say.

Vickie @ WOOF


Boomer time

We take care of all kinds at WOOF – the young, the not-so-young, the big, the little…

But one special guest really stood out for me today.

Meet Boomer Roland.

Boomer is a 17 year old Pomeranian. He’s getting up there in years (the longest living Pom is rumored to have been 25 – so Boomer keep on going!) and consequently he has lost most of his vision and hearing.

He gets along pretty well though. We noticed he likes to hang out in Jacque’s office, on the couch.

And since I was working a lot in the office today, Boomer and I were kind of hang-out buddies.

What up, Boomer.

After a nice long snooze, Boomer got a little restless. He wanted to be lifted OFF THE COUCH and do a little EXPLORING.

(Now, as you can imagine, this can be a little frustrating when you can’t see or hear.)

So I leashed him up and guided him slowly outside, thinking maybe he’d like to take a potty break.

But after wandering aimlessly (I more than him…) I finally knelt down, held him to me so he felt secure (he knew where I was and that someone had him) and we just…


I noticed that his heart rate slowed down. He lifted his face to the sun.

He sniffed all those smells in the breeze that only dogs know about.

I tried to imagine what it was like for Boomer, not being able to see or hear anything. All he knows about the outside world is what he can feel and smell.

So that’s what we did: a lot of feeling and smelling!

Just Boomer and I on a bliss-out break.

It was unexpectedly awesome – again, probably more for me than for him.

So thank you Boomer Roland for helping me see things in a new way.

(And this is why I’ll say for the millionth time, LISTEN TO YOUR DOG – THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.)


Vickie Jean @ WOOF