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Who wants a puppy?

We mentioned Jacque’s impending trip to help at a spay-neuter clinic in Mexico (read here) but wanted to give you more information about the puppies we mentioned who are up for adoption down there.

OMG, puppies.

Can you smell that magical puppy smell through your computer monitor?

The organization Jacque will be working with – Salyulitanimals – rescued a mom and five puppies off the streets about four months ago. They spayed and neutered them, gave them their vaccines and a makeshift home at their facility.

However, they are not a shelter and are very anxious to place these wonderful pups asap. (And Mama too, if anyone is looking for an adult!)

If you have room in your heart (and living room) for a new little family member, please read on.

Jacque leaves for Mexico on September 30 and is asking for a minimum $100 donation to fly your new puppy home. All are about four months old, socialized, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and in good health.

Now, without further ado… LET’S MEET THE PUPPIES!



SEX: male – neutered

AGE: 4 months

PERSONALITY: high energy, protective, bulky and strong, loves to play and dominate, needs a firm owner, is in dog training classes right now to shape him into a nice young gentleman.



SEX: female – spayed

AGE: 4 months

PERSONALITY: extremely well behaved, quiet, loves water, very playful, loves toys, attention and gets along well with all other dogs.



SEX: male – neutered

AGE: 4 months

PERSONALITY: very sweet, slightly shy, loves toys and bouncing around, extremely playful.


SEX: female – spayed

AGE: 4 months

PERSONALITY: extremely shy, always on her back, loves belly pats, quiet, reserved, just wants security, peace, and gentle love.


SEX: female – spayed

AGE: 4 months

PERSONALITY: all around awesome, very vocal, LOVES water (always sitting in her water bowl, biting at the water spout , loves to be soaked), very playful, sweet, and listens well.


SEX: female – spayed (now!)

AGE: about one year

PERSONALITY: very loving, craves approval, easily trained, perhaps 1 year old, loyal, vocal, and loves to play.

And there you have it – six beautiful little lives you can change by opening your homes and sharing your lives.

Contact WOOF or Jacque at woofceo@yahoo.com for more details.


Vickie Jean @ WOOF


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. 😎

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!

 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. 😎

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


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!  (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. 😎


Vickie Jean @ WOOF


WOOF gear top ten list

Have you ever thought of all the tools you’d need to keep track of a bevy of dogs each day?

(We know – who needs to plan that far ahead?)

Well, we do! Us humans with real jobs and real responsibilities need more than just soft fur, soulful eyes and natural charm to get by.

I know, Bentley. It’s shocking but true.

I got to looking around WOOF and started to notice some bonafide WOOF GEAR we would absolutely perish without. And the more I thought about what each tool does – how unique they are to the care and management of our canine guests – I thought, why, this would be a good thing to share.

So may I present:

The WOOF Gear Top Ten List

By Vickie Jean

10. Loop Leads!

This may seem pretty basic, but this leash has some unique attributes, including a loop on the end for the neck and padded grip. It is worn by all of our staff so they can quickly catch a dog in playgroup. Since our guests play with no collar for safety purposes, we find our lasso-style leads quite handy!

9. Shoe Pouches!

It’s simple math: dozens of dogs = dozens of leashes and collars. These hanging shoe pouches are perfect doggie cubbie holes.

8. Walkie Talkies!

Quick communication is key between our front desk and the dog handlers. When it’s time to corral a dog to go home, all the communication happens over these cool little walkie talkies. This is especially important because we like to keep our dog handlers with the pack at all times so nobody goes unsupervised.

Watch Dog Handler Deztiney demonstrate:

Who’s lunch is this?

Got it!

7. Ceramic Tiles!

To the layperson, this may look like your average kitchen or bathroom tile. But to a WOOF employee, it’s a perfect creation for boarding suite identification. Whoever discovered that dry-erase marker would wipe off these shiny little numbers was a genius. (And you can pick your favorite color too!)

6. Aprons!

You need hands-free body storage bigger than a pocket? Behold the WOOF apron. Small and stylish, this will hold all your gear: leashes, markers, poop bags, gloves, and more.

5. Whistles!


Safe dog management comes down to keeping everyone’s attention in a positive direction. Whistles are wonderful tools to redirect dogs who start to play too rough or get stuck on a barking jag. The key is once you’ve got their attention, get them to do something nice (like sit or quiet) and then praise them all over the place!

4. Little brown bags!

We love these because they keep track of everyone’s personal belongings. (We secretly really love them because they let us express our creative sides – this one shows Great Dane Baxter Holbrook in many stages of development while he’s been with us!)

3. Smart phones!

Okay, so we know we’re not the only ones privy to the wonders of these little devices but we are so thankful for the technology! We are now able to photograph our guests and e-mail Cuddle Time and Tennis Ball Time instantly, take videos and post them to our Facebook and YouTube pages and instant message all manner of goodies to our clients – without missing a step with the dogs. (May I personally thank the iPhone for the ability to do this very blog, in fact.)

2. Headsets!

The more hands-free tools, the better. Especially since our front staff is usually on their feet, ferrying doggies. (I have personally witnessed Elisa cleaning up a mess, holding a dog and taking a phone call all at the same time. Truly amazing!)

And now for number one – the MOST IMPORTANT WOOF GEAR OF ALL TIME.

Are you paying attention?

1. Dog flair!

No? Maybe that’s just me.

Until next time –


Vickie Jean @ WOOF


Sleeping & bathing beauties

Happy May Day!

Around the world people are celebrating the beginning of summer. At WOOF, we celebrate with two perfect “the weather is getting warmer” activities.


Hello, Cody Murphey

And napping:

Goodnight, Riley Murphey

For our own little tribute to May Day, we’ll share all the swimming and napping moments we captured this week.
Jesse demonstrates a common misconception among our guests. 

Jesse Feil

 That you can actually “catch” the water.
Others take a more laid back approach.

Buddy Garcia

Buddy just relishes the cool water on his toes.

Beckham, hoping the water won't make his curls frizzy


Lola keeps herself calm, cool and collected – which is quite important for these short muzzled breeds. (She’s a bulldog so we make sure she stays cool in warm weather.)


Lola Jennings

WOOF TIP: Did you know dogs with this face shape overheat easily? Dogs regulate their body temperatures by panting and breeds like bulldogs, pugs, french bulldogs, boston terriers (think “scrunched face” dogs) have an inefficient face shape to lower their body temperatures naturally. So it’s important to keep these guys in the shade and with access to cool water at all times. Learn more here.
Then there are, of course, the heavy drinkers.

Bottoms up, Heidi Bennett


Daisy Angle goes right for the source

We don’t blame them – the water is so cold and delicious!
A few shots from the “straight-up splashers” group.

Show that water who's boss, Cody Murphey!

Notice Lola standing by, getting some residual spray.

Girl power, Heidi Bennett!

This group gets cooled off and their exercise, which leads to… NAP TIME, of course.
Some choose our comfy Karunda beds.

Niki Feil


Sweet little Mindy

Others prefer a sun nap.

Big ol' Baxter Holbrook

Some curl up right on our comfy flooring in the shade.

Ina and Tola


Beckham and his TAIL


Oh, Travis

Once again, I think we can take a lesson from these dogs. It’s summer – don’t stay cooped up in front of the computer or behind the wheel of your car.
Get out there and go for a good swim. And then lay down and take a good nap.
Throw a little lunch in there somewhere and we can call that the perfect summer’s day.
Until next time.
Vickie Jean @ WOOF


Perfect names & breed buddies

When you work around dozens upon dozens of dogs, you start to notice things. Patterns emerge. Alliances are formed. Discoveries are made.

(This might be a high-falutin’ way of saying if you stare at dogs long enough, you might go a little nuts.)

Today Nicole, one of our dog handlers, told me there were several dogs who had THE PERFECT NAMES. I wasn’t sure what she was talking about until I saw for myself.

For example, meet Peanut:

I'm Peanut!

Meet Peanut’s friend, Meatball.

Yo, I'm Meatball.

Now behold Peanut and Meatball together.












You know, Nicole, I’m starting to see what you  mean!

Now let’s look at a few more.

This is Licorice.

This is Shadow.

And this is Hades.

(Now I get The Omen reference, but if this is what H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks looks like, I’m not so afraid anymore – such a beautiful smile!)

The other thing you start to notice are BREED BUDDIES. It is an observational “fact” (if that exists, and we say it does) that like breeds tend to gravitate towards one another in the playrooms.

Look at Sammy and Buddy, the Golden Retrievers.


They always seem to sit together.

And Sarge and Lando – the king of terriers – Airedales!



They get each other’s high energy like no one else.

Also Lola and Oliver, the Puggles.

We're special.


They’re from the same family but we still consider them BREED BUDDIES.

And there’s Stella and Marzen, the German Shorthair Pointers.

We're huntin'


And last but not least, the stunning pair known as Travis and Kona, the Siberian Huskies.

This is my girlfriend.

She makes me laugh.

We're young, beautiful and in love.


So the next time someone sends you one of those funny e-mails of the owners who look like their dogs, send them this blog.

It may be that we subconsciously choose dogs who resemble us – but it’s also true that dogs know a few things too.

Like that they have the perfect name and totally own it!

Or recognize their own and like what they see.



Vickie Jean @ WOOF

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.


Vickie Jean @ WOOF