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Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Let Me Tell You A Story" feat. Goliath

Goliath has a story.

Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a Goliath. A fearsome creature so tall that he could see over the tops of even the tallest of trees. He was so big that whenever he was dirty he had to take a bath in the Pacific Ocean. However, this Goliath was not as ferocious as he looked. This Goliath was kind and gentle, so gentle that butterflies could rest on his back as he wandered in the meadow.

The Goliath didn't like that his appearance made the other creatures in the land fear him, it made him sad and lonely. Everybody was too afraid to be his friend. The Goliath wanted to change his appearance. He didn't want to look ferocious, so he set out on a journey to find a witch who could change him.

Deep, in the dark forest of Fetchland the Goliath found the witch. He wished for her to turn him into a small creature, one that would be loved and have many friends. The witch warned the Goliath to be careful what he wished for, but the Goliath was certain that this was what he wanted. The witch mixed up the potion and handed it carefully to the Goliath. Not all spells can be undone, she warned as the Goliath left.

Once out of the forest, the Goliath sat down on a mountain and took a sip of the potion. And waited...and waited. Nothing happened. He didn't feel any different. Disappointed that he was tricked by the witch, the Goliath fell asleep. When he woke up he could still see over the trees, but as he left the mountain the trees got taller. And taller and taller. The Goliath looked up at the trees and started to dance around excitedly. It had worked! The potion worked! The Goliath was small! The Goliath ran into the meadow where all the other creatures were and they didn't run away! The Goliath joyfully made friends for the first time.

The Goliath was happy with his size, he was happy that he had friends; he felt like finally his life was the way that it was meant to be. Until...

A truly ferocious creature came into the land. It was BIG and HAIRY. It had LARGE and SHARP teeth. It smelled moldy, like rotting cheese. It began to pick on the little creatures. Bossing them around and forcing them to work for him.

The creatures frantically wondered where the Goliath was! Where was the Goliath to protect them. The Goliath in his little form listened to the creatures as they talked about how they wish that they would have been nicer to the Goliath so he wouldn't have left. The Goliath wished desperately then that he was himself again. He never realized how important he was to all the creatures. He told the creatures that he was the Goliath but that he wished that he was smaller. The creatures told the Goliath that they were sorry that they feared him, they knew now that he was a gentle giant creature.

The Goliath wished deep inside himself that he would return to how he was before. His friends needed him. Just then, the Goliath felt a tingling in his toes and a stretching in his legs. The more that he wished that he would return to his normal self, the taller that he got! The Goliath became so tall that he could see over the tops of even the tallest of trees again. All his friends hipped and hoorayed.

The Goliath stomped over to the truly ferocious creature and told him to give him his friends back and to leave his land! The ferocious creature, much smaller than the Goliath became afraid. After returning the Goliath's friends, he ran away.

The Goliath was happy to be tall again and he and his friends lived happily ever after.

The End

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"King" feat. Archer

Greetings Two-Legged Alien,
I am King Archer. Welcome to Planet Great Dane where Great Dane's rule...the planet.
     "Are you really a King?"
Am I technically a King? ...no, not technically. But who is going off of technicality. Are you 'technically' a human being?
     "...yes."
Oh, well then. What are you doing on Planet Great Dane then?
     "I had to walk you over to Planet Great Dane."
Nonsense. I am not walked. YOU are walked. I walk you, you follow me.
     "..."
You are a puny human being under the mind control of...of...me! King Archer, ruler of Planet Great Dane. If you try to disobey me I will knock you over.
     "Please don't..."
Good, compliance is good.
     "What else do you like to do besides pretend to be a King?"
First, I am not pretending! Second, I love eating. Third, I love sleeping. And fourth, I love running around. As King of Planet Great Dane I am very busy. I have many responsibilities and duties. I've got a lot on my plate. I am a very busy man, so you should feel lucky to be in my company.
     "King Archer..."
Yes, peasant, you may speak.
     "Why aren't there any other Great Dane's on Planet Great Dane?"
Umm...because. I OSTRACIZED ALL OF THEM! 
     "Why?"
Because a great, haha, get it? Great, Great Dane, great! Hahahaha! Because a great time ago there was a mighty battle among the Great Dane's. They all wanted to be ruler of Planet Great Dane, but none of them got along. They fought with brawn and I fought with brain. I convinced them that I would the most sensible to choose the real ruler, so they put me in charge. And then I kicked them all out.
     "I see...King Archer?"
Speak human.
     "We have to go back now."
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"What's Goin' On?" feat. Dozer
Two Boxers and a Boston!

Our Main Characters:
Charlie the Boston Terrier
Dozer the Boxer
Greta the Boxer
Zoe the Boston Terrier
Sam the Mixed Breed
Previously on Two Boxers and a Boston!
It appears that Charlie and Dozer have taken time to see other friends. Whether this means that they have had a spat over Greta or not seems to be unsure. What this does mean, however, is that Dozer now has been spending a lot of time with Sam! Last we saw Charlie had little Zoe head over heels in love with him, and although it appeared that Charlie did not reciprocate Zoe's feelings, she seems to be growing on him as they have been seen together acting rather cozy. Charlie is still adamantly barking that he is only interested in friendship, but his actions are speaking differently. As we know, Dozer has run into the paws of another woman. And that is where we pick up today!

Separate from each other, Charlie and Dozer were able to keep their minds off of Greta and be wooed by other women. Charlie, while out with his little friends, could only keep his eyes on Zoe. Unlike herself, she played  hard to get, which drove Charlie INSANE! She loved every second of the chase, and it definitely made Charlie want to catch Zoe all the more.

Dozer was eager to see Sam, as she was just as equally excited to see him. Dozer could not resist Sam's charm as she darted and dashed around him. They were even caught (check out the pictures from today) by the paparazzi engaging in several romantic embraces. Sam and Dozer happily romped around with each other like two peas in a pod.
It appears that Greta is losing both of her men! How ever will she get them back? As much as Greta appears confident in herself, is this one battle that she is going to lose?

Is Zoe finally wiggling her way into Charlie's heart? Can Greta fend off TWO women, Zoe, the bubbly Boston and Sam, the sweet and salty charmer? As the saga continues, it appears that Greta is losing both of her men! As confident as Greta is, is this one battle that she is going to lose? Will Dozer choose Sam? Could Dozer be thinking "Greta who?" Does Charlie love Zoe? What will Greta do? The plot thickens...
Tune in next week on Two Boxers and a Boston!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

What does being a Dog Star Ranch Park Member really mean for me and my fur-baby??

September 15, 2014
  
Greetings pet parents,

I hope that you have been having a wonderful summer!  Time sure seems to fly and it’s hard to believe that September is here!! 

Have we ever talked to you about our Dog Star Ranch park memberships?  Dog Star Ranch has 48 acres of fenced in dog parks, nature trails, and ponds.  When your dog is a member, you receive your own park key that allows you 24/7 access to our parks so you can come whenever it works for you!  Our parks are regulated so every dog must pass our temperament test to play out there so you know that all the dogs you encounter will be safe to play with your fur baby!

Dog Star Ranch park members get lots of perks and privileges! 
1.   Sirius Star Members – 10% off all Ranch services, 50% off after hours fees (making Sunday departures cheaper for members rather than waiting until Monday)
2.      50% off nail trims
3.     Priority Boarding – Lately this has been a huge factor!  Priority boarding means that we will always have a spot for your dog to stay with us.  Over the last few months, our boarding program has been growing and every weekend, generally by Thursday, we get to the point that we are “Members Only.”  That means that if you are a member, we can book you.  If you are not a member, you would be added to a waiting list in case someone cancels.

Are you unsure if a membership would be a good investment for you and your pup?  Stop on out!  Your first time in the parks is free with this letter and you can take the parks for a test drive to see if it’s something you’d like and use. 

Have a great day and we hope to see you out in the parks soon!

Sincerely,

Jen Goudreau

jenn@dogstarranch.com
Dog Star Ranch

"Take Me Out" feat. Stella & Lacie

It's a rush.
Imagine having your knees locked, or relaxed even, and someone (or in my case, a dog) come up behind you and push your knee(s) forward. That jolting feeling. The feeling that you are going to fall, but you don't. Take that same feeling, that single jolt through your entire body and apply it to being swept off your feet (not in the romantic way). There have been numerous times where I felt that jolt of fear that I was going to fall. Sampson (a Saint Bernard) running at me from behind, or any of my fur-friends when down at the pond and I get in THEIR way. Ha! My fur-friends think that it is fun to play between and/or around my legs. It never happened though, they never succeeded in taking me out. 

Until today. 
It finally happened. I was out on a run with Stella and Lacie, energetic little fur-friends; I was unaware of where they were running around when.......
BAM! It happened. Both Lacie and Stella ran into my legs. I fell forward, went down into a push-up, and popped back up like I meant to do that. They remained oblivious to the awesome catch of myself that just happened.

Next time that they would like to sweep me off my feet, I would prefer a romantic gesture instead.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

"Fall Is In The Air" feat. Hemi

Fall...
The air is crisper
sweaters are pulled out,
heavier jackets unpacked.
Foreshadowing of snow
makes us grip our mugs of
Hot Chocolate
     Tea
          Coffee
     Pumpkin Spice Latte
a little tighter.
Our minds
     as we, curled up 
     warm within our blankets
w a n d e r...
to Halloween
     Pumpkins
          Costumes
     Trick or Treating
Candy...
As the temperature creeps down
we think ahead
to Thanksgiving
     Turkey
          Stuffing
     Pumpkin Pie
Black Friday shopping
     gift giving
Christmas.
Nature changes
the leaves color
and f
        a
          l
            l
Woodsy creatures go to hide
birds migrate to warmer places
our fur-friends look longingly at the pond
wishing for that one last dip
but the human doesn't want to get cold and wet.

The question asked
When will it be summer again?
The answer
It isn't even the first day of Autumn yet.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Outlaws" feat. Little Buddy & Lily

Growing up I've always had an active imagination. My mind was always wandering and I was always daydreaming. I grew up on a dairy farm, so naturally I also worked on that dairy farm. In the early morning hours (we're talking two o' clock in the morning early) I would either be in the parlor milking the cows, the milk machines droning in my ears and the cows kicking at my hands, or, what I considered to be the worst part about working that early in the morning, I would be outside. In the dark. Alone. With all the outside noises and the calves I was feeding. My imagination seems to be ten times more active in the dark. I would create these crazy scenarios, usually always involving a cougar (a very hungry cougar), and me having to either fight the cougar off or jump into a calf pen. Or, if the cougar followed me into the pen, I would hope that the cougar would choose the calf for breakfast over me. I was terrified of the noises that I couldn't explain and by the things that I couldn't see.

It appears that my active imagination has followed me to Dog Star Ranch.

As the opener (arriving at six in the morning) even the frogs on the sidewalk scare me, causing my mind to start racing. Something that occurs quite frequently at Dog Star, and it really shouldn't come as a surprise, is that there is A LOT of barking. Our fur-friends LOVE to talk. In the morning when I get here nothing comforts me more than hearing my fur-friends chatting away! Seriously, the second I step out of my car I focus my ears on the barking of the dogs. However, my fur-friends aren't always barking when I am walking up to the building. That is when my imagination starts racing. Usually the first idea that pops in my head is that (for some reason!) the dogs have been abducted by aliens. Like that one movie where all the dogs are being called back to their planet (or something like that). Or, sometimes I think that they all ran away on me, or that they have all somehow been "kidnapped" as a cruel joke. Thankfully though, as soon as I get to the door and open it they all start barking to me reassuring me that they are all still here, and all my fears are washed away. Our fur-friends barking makes me feel secure and safe.

The first thing that I do when I get to work is turn on the lights, and for the longest time I didn't realize that there were outside lights...so that was fun! (Thankfully I figured out how to turn those on!) Even then, as I'm taking the dogs out to go potty I am actively thinking of what animals could be lurking in the dark. Like cougars, I have this fear of cougars I guess. I keep my fur-friends close to me. I imagine them as my superheroes. I have nothing to fear when they are all here with me. They make me feel protected. No matter how crazy my active imagination is being, my fur-friends always conquer the thoughts. I will always have an active imagination where I am coming up with 'one-in-a-million' chance scenarios, but unlike the calves, I at least can count on my fur-friends to fight along side me in my crazy imagination.

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