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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. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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.


What do dogs see?

It’s a common misconception that dogs only see in black and white.

Care to weigh in, Pancho?

Well, turns out it’s not necessarily true.

Most experts agree dogs see just as many colors as we do. Their eyes have rods (discerning black and white) and cones (discerning color) The only difference is that maybe their green looks grey and their yellow looks green…that sort of thing.

Kind of boggles the mind.

Travis thinks we think too much as it is. (I agree, Travis.)

Whatever the real truth is (Travis?) – at WOOF, we love color.

I mean, have you seen our snazzy new door mats? Seriously.

In fact, WOOF’s facilities are full of color. And we’re not just talking about the decor.

Oh, Ricki Bobbi.

What lovely pigtails you have, Mac.

Happy birthday, Milo.

COLORFUL is the word all right.

Luckily, we also have an equally colorful staff, full of creativity. One of which is Nicky, our resident artist.

Nicky volunteered to paint a mural in our daycare area because – while it had some color – it just wasn’t colorful enough.

Here’s the daycare before:

Green bottom, white top. Not bad – but not very stimulating.

Nicky took care of that problem with gusto.

She and sister Jenna (who works in the front office) spent a whole weekend painting a masterpiece.

Some familiar faces showed up.

Cartoon Baxter meet…

The real Baxter!

ย Cartoon Jake meet…

Meet real Jake!

Soon the large wall buffeting big dog playland was fully adorned with a kind of canine nirvana.

It’s so big and beautiful, in fact, it’s impossible to fully capture without a panoramic camera.

We’re not quite sure if the dogs are noticing the difference. But it’s definitely more fun for us to look at and – if the experts are right – it is offering the some mental stimulation!

We’re just not sure what they think. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

However, we do know the aforementioned Jake – a true ham among hams – was happy to be immortalized.

He showed us his gratitude in the one way we know FOR SURE dogs and humans share.

We love you too buddy.


Frozen doggie treats are here!

Meet Turk.

turk the corgi at WOOF dog day care and boarding

One tri-color, male-neutered Welsh Corgi, age two, enjoying a boarding stay in sunny San Ramon’s WOOF Daycare & Boarding.

Turk doesn’t know it yet but he is about to have a wonderous encounter with something inside WOOF’s refrigerator.

Note the sign.

And as promised –

freezy bones WOOF dog daycare and boarding

A stack of bone-shaped frozen treats.

Yes, in celebration of summer, WOOF now has frozen treats you can order for your dog while they stay with us. It’s part of the “bedtime treats” option which you can find on the online check in here

Now, remember Turk?

His parents – Jeanmarie and Tom – did just that!

So we documented this delicious encounter of the frozen kind so you can see how DELICIOUS they are!

First, the sniff test –


Second, place on floor and watch the magic.

Get yer face in there, Turk!

Scoot it across the floor until you find a Freezy Bone back stop.


Dog butt view. (In black and white for extra drama.)

And just like that, no more Freezy Bone.

All good things must come to and end and it was time to put Turk back into play group.

“Oh, hi guys.”


“What’d you get, what’d you get?”

“Well, if you must know, my parents bought me a freezy bone.”

“And I liked it.”

If you’d like to add a Freezy Bone treat to your dog’s visit, let the front desk know or sign up for it on your online check in form. Each treat is $4.

(Note Freezy Bones are dairy-free and low calorie, but consult your veterinarian if your doggie has dietary issues!)

Tell them Turk sent ya.


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


Daycare Photo Bomb! June 6 Edition

Hey WOOFers!

We love to entertain, educate and illuminate with this blog. We have big plans to cover all sorts of topics – from crate training to kennel cough to all things dog-loving people want to know.

But sometimes we just want to look at some super cute dog photos.

So, may we present the first in a series we’d like to call of DAYCARE PHOTO BOMB! (Even though we know the strict definition of “photo bomb” is when some goofball sneaks in the back of a posed photo…)

We’re sticking with the name anyway. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So here goes – here are all the dogs Nicole could catch mid-day in daycare at WOOF’S San Ramon facility, dated June 6. (very official, you know).



Bear! (growing, growing every day...)

Sweet little Bella!



Ellie and Fletcher! (ah, the family bond is evident...)

Demure little Fiona!



Jake! (did you notice the Boxer theme?)

Good ol' Jack!

Yo, Joey!

Gorgeous little Kona!

The equally gorgeous Kona Bean!



Oh, Parker.



And last, but not least, the amazing Stella…

Yay Stella!

What is that – 22 dogs? Not bad for a –



Now, if your dog was here today and did not get PHOTO BOMBED, never fear.

They may be next!


Vickie Jean