Give Your Dog Somethin' to Bark about!

Wag-On-Inn office hours: Monday ~ Friday 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am ~ 12:00 pm. Closed on Sundays
Daycare hours: Monday ~ Friday 6:30am ~ 6:30pm; Saturday 7:00am~6:00pm (DSR Members Only)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Spring or Winter?

With most of the snow gone, it kinda feels like a brisk spring day. Don't get too used to it guys. Remember, this is Michigan and we are gonna get some more snow eventually. Thanx for another great day and don't forget to check out the DSR Red Dingo Tags!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Small Dog Central Today

Today it seems like we had more little paws than we did big dogs! The milder weather brought out everyone to take advantage of it. Everyone had a great day! Thanx for remembering to give your dog somethin' to bark about today!

Red Dingo and DSR Update...

As many of you know, we now carry Red Dingo ID tags. For the past couple months we have been working on a project with Red Dingo designing a tag special for Dog Star Ranch. We are so happy to say that the project has been a success and the tags are now undergoing production! They will be available for shipping to you the end of March or early April. We do have a sample tag on display for you to see. We are now accepting pre-orders for these Dog Star Ranch only tags. If you are interested in being the first dog on your block with a Dog Star Ranch Red Dingo tag, pre-order yours today! They are available in medium and they are $15 per tag (includes personalized engraving, ring to attach to collar, and shipped directly to your door). Stop by the Wag-On-Inn to view the sample tag and place your order (orders can also be made via email at

Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday, December 26

Welcome back after a wonderful Christmas! Everyone had plenty of energy to spare (maybe from all the yummy Christmas treats). Today we had a lot of familiar faces ready to play. Some dogs were able to enjoy the snowy fun of the Star Buddy Park while others had a change of atmosphere and played on the sandy floor of the Wag-N-Train arena. Meggy and Molly were the first to arrive and they brought their friend, Andy, to join in Daycare for the first time. Andy is from Kentucky so it was a treat to play in this much snow. Shortly to follow was Franklin and Lola. This dynamic duo loves to romp, play, and run run run… They teamed up with another Labradoodle, Miss Rebel. Rebel was also able to work on a special project with Kevin today. Shhh, it’s a surprise… Molly was also able to spend some time with her pal, Kevin. “He sure has a way to make learning fun.” Goliath was happy as could be to spend the day with his pal, Boogie, and his new friend, Tocino. Pup Paradise was where they bounced around inside then it was off to the arena. Tank also spent the day with us while his mom was running the grooming salon. “I always love it when Mom brings me to work…” We also had another newbie today. Missy was able to join us for the afternoon. Since she was a little bit late in arrival, she just went for her fieldtrip with her Star Buddy, but next time we’ll make sure you’re here for your group playtime. Thanx for a fabulous Daycare day! We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we’ll cya on Monday!

Park Information

Important Note to All Park Members
As many of you know the recent weather has put a damper on outdoor activities and travels. Dog Star Ranch has been working very hard to still provide you and your dog with a safe place to run and play. Rather than close down the entire park system, we were able to keep the Small Dog Park and Active Dog Park up and running. For the safety of all park members, we closed down the Special Use Park and Canine Frontier until we were able to get back there and evaluate the parks, fences, and gates for possible snow damage. A notice was sent out over email, posted on the blog, and posted at the Members Entrance. Those parks were only closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day (reopened this morning). During that time frame, someone disregarded our notices, tossed their dog over the locked gate leading into the Canine Express then followed and climbed the gate themselves. They then proceeded to force the gates open causing damage. Dog Star Ranch would like to remind everyone to please be considerate of other park members and park property. If you are caught damaging park property your park membership will be terminated. All of our park rules are here for the safety of everyone.
If you have questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me. We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
Jen Hutchison

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Park Notes...

Merry Christmas to one and all!
May you all have a wonderful holiday despite the crazy Michigan winter.

Due to the weather, we have to close a portion of the park systems. For everyone’s safety we have closed down the back parks (Special Use Park and Canine Frontier). There are locks on the gates until we feel that they are once again safe to use. We are going to do our best to keep up with the front parks (Central Bark, Small Dog Park, and Active Dog Park) so that you still have access, but please be patient with us. Running the plow, the snowmobile, keeping the gates working properly, and keeping up with the building’s winter needs has turned into a 24/7 project with the continued snow fall. Also remember that winter provides conditions that are not always appropriate for dogs and people to be outdoors. Use your best judgment for the overall health and safety of you and your canine friends.

Again, have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous start to 2009. We hope it brings you hope and joy for the coming year.
~ With love and hugs from all the Star Buddies at DSR ~

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'Tis the 12th Daycare Day of Christmas!

Since today is the last of our Daycare Days of Christmas series, I decided to pull up an old classic... Enjoy!
General Reminder: Daycare is running tomorrow (12/24) with drop offs up until 12pm and pick ups between 4pm-6pm. There will be no Blog posting for the day.

Merry Christmas to one & all!

Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the 11th Daycare Day of Christmas!

Snow is definitely what we have today! Thanx for coming out and braving the weather Beene and Izzy, Chelsea, Copper, Dia, Ginger, Meggy and Molly, Sammie B, and Thea. You guys are definitely the troopers of the season!

I clearly remember the day I found out that my family had taken in yet another dog. I was away at college at the time, and to say that I was not at all pleased by this new rescue would be the world's biggest understatement. We already had five dogs; we didn't need one more! When I came home for a weekend visit, my shock at the site of this rather large, brown, curly-tailed beast quickly gave way to annoyance at his hyperactivity and constant need for attention. However, despite my feelings toward him, he thought I was someone new and exciting with whom he could play. I have come to the belief that dogs know when someone doesn't like them and it then becomes their goal in life to work on finding their way into that person's heart. The first few visits were very trying, and I could not wait to return to the quietness and seclusion of my dorm. One cold morning, after the snow had fallen in sheets, I took him out on a leash to play. It was the first time that he had seen snow in such a vast quantity all piled in one place. When he started to sniff the snow with genuine curiosity, something in my heart melted and suddenly, I found myself marveling at the true innocents and wonder that a young puppy has the potential to experience. He reminded me of a child (a version of myself about 20 years ago) and I couldn't deny that his persistence and cuteness was starting to pay off. The transformation had begun! Today, I can't imagine my world without my fuzzy friend in it. I have come to appreciate his constant enthusiasm for life and his unconditional love for his people. Over the time that I have been home since graduating from college, we have formed an unbreakable bond. I never knew a dog had the capability of reading my thoughts. However, he has done so on more than one occasion. He has even played an important roll in me taking better care of myself (those daily walks aren't just for his benefit). He is the one constant in my life that makes me smile every day, and it's a wonderful feeling to wake up knowing that someone is always happy to see you first thing in the morning. I hope that we can share many more fun, happy, and healthy years together! Thanks, Tristan, for all your love and the happiness you bring to our home.

Have a great Christmas!


Friday, December 19, 2008

'Tis the 10th day of Christmas

How much snow? who knows; alot

Today a letter was sent to us from a person that is in search of helping there dog. Dog Star Ranch hopes that their wishes come true.

Dear Dog Star Ranch Staff,

We need your help!!!
We are looking for a Weimeraner purchased from Happiness is Pets.

I am writing to you to ask your help in a serious and time sensitive issue. My dog Maverick has acute leukemia. As you may know, this is a very serious diagnosis. My husband and I have decided to try to get Maverick a bone marrow transplant. It is our only way to potentially save him or at least extend his life. For his bone marrow transplant, we need to find a bone marrow match by locating a sibling or littermate. That is why I am writing to you. Maverick is a Weimaraner who was purchased in Downer’s Grove at Happiness is Pets. We are looking for other Weimaraner who was as well. If you could please post this flyer in your facility, that would be so extremely helpful. The more people who see it, the higher the chances are of finding a match.

Please feel free to contact me with any information, questions, or concerns. Also please visit Maverick’s website for more information and pictures-

# 203-286-7415

Thank you so much in advance for your help and compassion,
Marna Altman

Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Tis the 9th day of Christmas

Always so happy, he makes anyone’s day better just by a wag of the tail. He’s there for me to cuddle with when I just want to relax and watch movies and he’s there when I want to run and play. He has been with me since I was 6. His name is Bodean, he’s my best friend, and unfortunately he is 11 now. Don’t you just wish life would never end for someone who has brought so much happiness in your life? We need to be thankful for love of our older dogs this year. You never know what will happen in between this Christmas and next Christmas. These are the dogs that have been there for everything. With Bodean he has been with me for almost every first day of school I have ever had, he has cheered me up after every bad day and is always greeting me with a kiss and love when I get home. It doesn’t seem like he would be as old as he is, if you met him you mite actually think he’s just a really big puppy. He defiantly has the attitude of a puppy, just not the body of a puppy. Bodean is the happiest dog I have ever met, and I have met a lot of dogs. I couldn’t ever replace the love I have for him with any other dog. I know he is getting old but somewhere deep down I feel like he may never pass on, he’s just to happy to leave me. But then again that might just be my hope. I hope you all have a very special dog, or had a very special dog to you. If they passed on then take a minute to remember how much joy your special dog brought you, or if they are getting up there in years, take this Christmas to make it there best ever. Show them how much they mean to you, because we never know what the future holds for us, or our beloved pets.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

'Tis the 8th Daycare Day of Christmas


I have a Rottweiler & live in a rural area on LI, NY. One day when I was taking a shower-(I had the bedroom door closed to keep the air temp cool) it was summer and Chandler was in the bedroom with me (of course indulging in the A/C as she is always by my side) and quite fortunate for her, she lives a very pampered life.

While I was in the shower I heard all of this "to-do" outside on my deck and Chandler started to get all worked up. I go to the back sliding glass door and there is a woman putting a very confused looking Rottweiler up on my deck. (Of course there's a locking gate for my daughter & dog's safety to not run off without me.) I then call out to the woman about this very confused dog on my deck!

She says she knows we have a Rottweiler & saw her wandering down the road so she wanted to return her to me safely. Now of course my dog is by my side going nuts about this other Rott on my deck! I immediately thanked her for returning "MY" dog to me but explained that she wasn't mine & that I believed the confused dog she-- (1) put in her car, (2) drove to my house, and (3) locked on my deck belonged to the house on the next street.

We then returned the confused dog together and I couldn't thank her enough because if it had somehow been my Chandler-I would have been crazed to find her. I said good-bye and went directly to the phone to have flowers delivered to this lovely neighbor I never knew before, who had the guts to be brave & caring enough to "Deliver" my 108lb baby back to me.

(This is a true story) As you can see-some people do care and please remember not all big dogs are too mean to approach to give help to when they are in trouble!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

' Tis the Seventh Daycare Day of Christmas...

Meet Rusty...

Rusty, the name alone still brings tears to my eyes. I first saw his story on the internet. Dog needing a home. He was not just any dog but an old dog, 13 y.o gsd, and one with hip problems and with no teeth. I ignored the call for help, but it nagged me. Then I said I would help if no one else would. I was told he would live out the rest of his short life in a no kill shelter with as much love and careing that the overworked staff could provide. This made me very sad but I let it slide for a while but could not get him out of my head. Finnaly I said I would take him. There was a problem he lived across the country from me. I am sure you ask why not help one near you? I can not honestly say why Rusty touched me so much. Then the first miracle happened. People started stepping up and offering to transport Rusty across the country. I drove across 3 states and was put up by a wonderful family so I could go get him. When I got to see him the second miracle happened, time stood still his spirit was so strong and he was willing to love anyone who touched him. Rusty never knew a stranger. He travled that 1000 miles home with me with NO complains what so ever. Even thou I had to hold his hips for him to get in and out of the car he did it willingly. Rusty who had lived his entire life on a chain. This old man who did not live in a loving home and never knew what it was like to be spoiled came to live with me. I am proud to say I spoil my animals with love and kindness (ok with food also :) ). Rusty was a sad site. He could not walk without pain and to watch him get up made me often wonder why he tried so hard. The answer was simple. He had more heart and love in him than anything I have ever seen. He never complained and would not think twice about getting up to come to you if he saw you, no matter how hard it was, no matter how much it hurt him. He was kind to my other dog and my cat. His coat was absoulty horrid when I got him. He had huge callusis on his elbows from laying on the hard ground with no soft spot to rest. Every bit of his food had to be soaked as he had no teeth. I was asked why not put him to sleep? MY answer.... He deserved better. He had been faithful, kind, loving for 13 years and never asked for anything. He never got anything but a chain, cheep food thrown out every now and then, and misery. Rusty lived with me for a year. He knew kindness, love, good food and all his needs both physical and emotional taken care of. I kept his pain down so he could enjoy life. What I got was the privlage of being able to take care of a true gentleman. Words can not explain how noble this dog was. I was forced to put him to sleep when his heart gave out on him. He had a sudden massive heart attack that left him without the ability to eat or walk. That was a sad day but also a happy day. What made it happy is the knowledge that he would be able to take the love he got in his last year and hold on to it forever. He is now running and playing with no pain and the knowledge that he was loved like he loved, unconditionaly and totaly. Rusty will live in my heart and those that he touched on his way here FOREVER. For he never asked "don't I deserve better?"

Looking to adopt a new family member? Adopt a Pet! On January 24 the manufacturer of Hill's Science Diet pet food will underwrite the cost of adopting a pet for all would-be owners across the country. Log on to to find a participating shelter near you.

This information was found in the Ladies Home Journal January 2009 publication.

Monday, December 15, 2008

'Tis the Sixth Daycare Day of Christmas...

My Lady

I'm so glad to know that there are other people in this world who will take their time to help animals. In 1998, I saved an abused dog, who is very special to me.

I had been working at a preschool center for about six months, everyday this black lab mix would come over from across the street. She came to eat. Her owners across the street never fed her and let her have two to three liters of puppies a year. I could tell her body was completely worn out. Anyway, for six months I fed her everyday and gave her love and attention.

I would go home at night ( unable to sleep ) not knowing if she had a warm place to stay or not. One day I decided I'd go across the street to find the owners, it took a little while, but I finally did. I let them know that I thought she was pregnant again and should be getting proper nutrition. They told me that they let her roam all day and that she probably was pregnant again , but oh well! Right then, I told them if they could not take better care of her, I would call the humane society and have them fined. they promised they would.

Anyway, about two or three weeks later, she came across the street ( in the snow) carrying one of her dead babies in her mouth. She was crying and standing at the back door of the preschool. I called the humane society ( couldn't take her myself lived in an apartment) . They took her and ended up giving her back to her owners later own. To make a long story shorter. My sister also worked at the preschool and called me at home one day and told me that she thought I needed to come check on Lady ( Lady is her name) when I got there, she was laying under the school bus in a pool of blood, she had a tumor on her abdomen the size of an orange. I rushed her to the vet.

Two Vets told me right away that she had breast cancer so bad, I would have to put her to sleep. I couldn't do it, I kept saying to myself this poor baby has never had the life she deserves and I want to give that to her. I got another opinion from a Vet , I explained the situation she had been in and he told me that he would do everything in his power to help her. She went through emergency surgery for four hours, they removed all of the cancer they could. I had her neutered , and brought her home with me. I stayed up night after night for three months taking care of her wounds and giving her pain meds. After six months, the cancer came back and had to go under major surgery again. Once again they removed all of the cancer.

It has been two years now and the cancer has not come back. She's nine years old now and very healthy and very happy. My husband and I bought a house, so she has a back yard to play and she gets lots of love and attention ( she's spoiled rotten, now). Every morning when I go out to feed her, she puts her head on my chest, as if she is trying to say thank you. She also has two other playmates ( who were homeless). She really has the life she deserves after all of those horrible years with those people.
I want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to help abused animals!!!

Thank You for Listening!

Friday, December 12, 2008

'Tis the Fifth Daycare Day of Christmas

Every dog finds us for a reason. That reason may not be very clear at the time, but it will show itself down the road. They all find a special way right into our hearts and our lives. When I was growing up, my family worked with a local vet clinic and some rescues and did foster care for animals that needed our help. They ranged from dogs and cats all the way up to horses. Shortly after I graduated from college, I came to back to live with my family for a while to get my life situated (find a job in my field and find a place to call my own). That summer we were asked to take on a big project. A rescue had a female dog come into their care that was very pregnant. They didn’t want her in a regular rescue environment with so many young pups, so she came to stay with us. She had nine pups, all a different color. She was very skittish of people in general, men more so than women. My family always had an open door policy. I had 3 siblings and we always had friends over so it was a great opportunity to socialize the mother dog. When it got to be time for the pups to find homes of their own, I was going through an application process with an apartment. There were only two pups left and one was the runt. She was the homeliest looking puppy. Her ears were clearly too big for her head and stood straight up like a satellite dish. She had long legs that she kept falling all over and a tail that was far from helping her balance. Of course she was the one that was calling my name. She came to live with me and we started our life together. We have been down some crazy roads together over the last 5+ years and I know I wouldn’t be the person that I am today with out my Sadie Mae. She continues to make me smile every day and she licks my tears away when I am sad. She has been a major blessing on my life. This holiday season I remember how thankful I am to have her (and her little brother, Boogie) in my life.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

12 Daycare Days of Christmas...

REMINDER: We are on the fourth day of Christmas and we have eight days to go! Keep on sending me your stories about your dogs so I can use them for one of the days. Yesterday you got to meet more about our Ranch gal, Sasha, let's get to know your heartwarming stories! Email them to

The snow has stopped, but not us!

'Tis the FOURTH day of Christmas at the Ranch...

My Dogs Saved My Life and My Home...

This past Wednesday I was home from work. It was the noon hour and I sat down at my computer to play some spades in this online spades club I am involved with. We had just got our seat assignments for the beginning of the tournament and my dogs Kosmo my black Lab mix, and Codi my dalmatian began barking uncontrollably. I hollered at them as sometimes they just bark at the wind. The were barking and barking, Codi ran to me barking I went to living room and Kosmo was there growling at the wall....he walked with me as we walked around the kitchen. He was growling at the laundry room with his hair standing up on the back of his neck. The whole way he was by my side ready to get whatever it was that was back there. Ready to protect me. I thought there was an intruder in the house. As I walked closer I saw smoke the door was cracked to the laundry room and I saw huge flames up to the ceiling. I was panicking unsure of what to do first. My mind began racing. Fight the fire or get time to fight this fire it was getting big. I closed the laundry room door ran back to my office as my phone was there on the desk, called 911 and headed for the door. By this time the house was filling with smoke and the fire alarms in the house sounded. Kosmo was by my side the whole time. Codi had run and hid she was scared. I couldn't find their leashes as I was so panicked I just opened the door and told Kosmo to go. I didn't know where Codi was-it felt like an eternity as I screamed for her from the front door to come. The house filling with smoke fast. She finally did run to me and we waited outside for the firemen to arrive. My home sustained minimal damage and I know it was because of my 2 dogs Kosmo and Codi. My life was saved because of them. I would have been trapped in the back part of the house had they not given up on warning me. No longer will I ignore their barks. They are my hero's. I am attaching pictures of Kosmo and Codi. Attached is a picture of me with Kosmo, the black lab and the other is a picture of Codi my dalmatian.

The Daystars of this fine Thursday are Brodie, Harley and Sissy, Buddy F, Rebel, Tarby, Banjo, Chelsea, Brady S, Beene and Izzy, Faith and Hope, Copper (not Cooper), Sophie W, Red, and Rockingham. Thanx for another fabulous wintry day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

How much snow do we have?

Daycare was very great, we had two Star Buddies; Kevin and Nick.

We measured snow levels and tried to compact in down with play.

'Tis the 3rd of Christmas

I'm glad she found us!

Her name is Sasha and we can only guess where she came from or how she lived in her first 6 months of her life. I was walking on a Bike trail with a my good friend April and I looked up and saw two wild eyes in the distance coming toward us. As we approached each other and met with a happy greeting, I told this Husky. "If you need me to help you, follow me" so we walked for 2 miles to my car. I put her into the back of the car and when I reached the drivers seat she was in it. After the lengthy recovery of Parvo illness, we advertised and searched for her lost home, with no response for humans afar. We called her our own months after she called us hers. Our relationship didn't start off so smooth, she was the frustrating, aggravating, stubburn and always pushing our buttons. Now that I know our Sasha, she was saying "wow are they ever going to get what I'm trying to teach them?"

Sasha has been a blessing in teaching the Star Buddies of DSR on dog langauge and helping us tweek our Temperment test. We are only as good as our experiences through our teachings and Sasha is one of DSR's great teachers.

Sasha, Thanks for finding us!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

'Tis the SECOND day of Christmas...

Google finds Mikey, A Doggone Miracle…

Sacramento, CA Thursday, December 16, 2004. After spending nearly 2 years in an animal shelter, “Mikey” has been reunited with his owner and is finally home. Mikey had been separated from Matthew Strong after he and his wife divorced. His ex-wife kept Mikey until she moved and her landlord would not allow dogs, Strong explained. "She told me she was taking him to a shelter," he said. By this time, Strong had moved to Sacramento, where he also was living in a complex that did not allow pets. Strong even asked friends to take Mikey in, but had no luck. He thought often about Mikey, remembering that he didn't want a dog at first, but how after his wife brought the puppy home, he became more and more attached to the dog. Soon, he and Mikey were best buddies. “I thought I’d never see Mikey again” 18 Months later when he was having trouble sleeping, Strong began surfing the Internet, and found himself at Google. “Out of curiosity I typed in “Tahoe Mikey”.” Strong explained. “And there he was, the very first result; staring at me was Mikey!” Strong worried that Mikey was possibly no longer at the shelter. He sent an email to the organization that had posted Mikey’s photo. Connie Nowlin of the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation contacted Strong and Mikey’s identity was confirmed. Mikey had been at the shelter for 18 months. "Mikey was so lucky. WARF took really good care of him," he said. "They had a kiddy pool with rocks for him to play with, volunteers that would take him on long walks, and people would bring him home to play." A few days later Strong made the two hour journey to the Placer County Animal Shelter in Tahoe City where Mikey was housed. Mikey recognized him right away and was ready to go home. Before leaving the shelter, Mikey demonstrated to the WARF volunteers some hidden tricks he learned from Strong years before. Samantha Loudon, one of the co-directors of Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation, said the reunion must have been meant to be. "He had been adopted two weeks ago, but was brought back because one of the roommates wasn't comfortable with him," she said. Strong and many of his friends at work have pitched in donations to give to WARF for taking such good care of Mikey. “Mikey has always been my best buddy and now he’s home back where he belongs. We have a lot of catching up to do and I’m looking forward to it. I’m so thankful for WARF and all the volunteers who helped bring Mikey home, they made us a very merry Christmas.”

Monday, December 8, 2008

'Tis the FIRST day of Christmas...

Today kicks off our 12 Daycare Days of Christmas with heartwarming "tails" about dogs. If you have a story that you would like to share for one of the days, email Jen at! We're looking for more holiday stories to share... Today, let's meet Faith...


His name is Faith! This dog was born in 2002. He was born with three legs; two healthy hind legs and one abnormal front leg which needed to be amputated. He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him. His first owner also did not think that he could survive and was thinking of putting him to sleep. Shortly after, his present owner Jude Stringfellow met him and wanted to take care of him. She was determined to teach and train this dog to walk by himself. She named him "Faith." In the beginning, she put Faith on a surf board to let him feel the movements of the water. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and to reward him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dogs at home helped to encourage him to walk. Amazingly, after only 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his 2 hind legs and jumped to move forward. After further training in the snow, he can now walk like a human being. Recently Jude has been busy taking Faith to Veterans Hospitals all over the country where he inspires wounded patients. Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he attracts all the people around him. He is now becoming famous on the international scene. He has appeared in various newspapers and TV shows. There is even one book entitled "With a little faith" being published about him. His present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching job and plans to take him around the world to teach that, "even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul." I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and appreciation for each beautiful day that follows.

This was received as an email. Original author is unknown, but we are thankful for story...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday, Dec. 5

This is the winter wonderland that is the Ranch. Tyler, our California Star Buddy is having as much fun as the dogs are in all this snow! He started with making a snow dog and has now advanced to ET... Sorry little guys, the snow was so thickly coming down that the camera couldn't take it.

And more videos to come...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Snowy December 4

Let the snow flip and fly around as the daycare dogs do the same… We’re gonna start small and work our way up. Goliath was here today with the clan of Chins ~ Gilligan, Mika, Kora, and Boogie ~ along with a new pup, named Lyny. Lyny came for her first day with her brother Milo, but Milo likes to play with the bigger kids. We may be small, but bring on the snow! No one ever turns down a run in the snow with Tyler. Maybe next time we can help him with his snow creations! Next up we have Sammie B, Milo, Izzy, Harmony, Chelsea, and Buddy. We must be super duper special because Pat was here for our run today. Chelsea and Milo were instantly buddies. “Catch me if you can!” Harmony and Sam were on their own separate explorations and adventures while Milo, Buddy, and Izzy ran races around each other and over the fallen branches. Copper, Frankie, Rebel, and Sophie were next on the list and these dogs are jam packed with energy and spirit. The snow just seems to intensify that. They were all about running and playing Fetchball. Ah, good old Fetchball... That is the core to any daycare day and even more crutial now that the ponds are closed. Fetchball in the snow is a winter essential. Storm was a bit on the nervous side so Pat though the dynamic duo of Rock and Red would help get her out of her shell. Harley and Little Bit spent some time with Kevin for today and so did Phoebe and Pippi. It’s always helpful to have some “family time” even when they are part of the daycare day.

We also want to bark a very big Thank You from our bud, Rock and Red. They helped their parents collect pine cones from around the Ranch and made this awesome gift for the Ranch. It looks fantastic and we love it! We just wanted to send you a big thank you for all the Ranch staff!

COUPLE OTHER DAYCARE REMINDERS (Please mark your calendars)…

WHO’S THE BOSS? Are you dealing with unwanted behaviors in your home and need some help? These classes will be one hour sessions aimed to help you be the pack leader. Please remember to leave your dogs at home for this class. This is more for the owners to gain information to achieve a peaceful home environment. The one hour class is $25.00. If you dog is a monthly Daycare participant, you would receive a $10.00 discount on this class. Sirius Star Members also receive 10% off. This class will meet once per week and the days will vary. If you would like to request the day that works best for you, email Jen at

The Holiday Dog Parade is this SUNDAY, December 7 at 4:30pm. If you are interested, check out the blog from November 13 for more information and to find out how to register your pup to walk. The Dog-Gone-Waggin’ will be present along with some of the Daycare regulars and friends.

Starting MONDAY, we are going to start the 12 Daycare Days of Christmas. I am still looking for your touching and heartwarming pet stories to share. Need ideas? Let me know. Email Jen at
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday a snowy Dec. 1

It’s another snowy day today and the camera is just not up to the task, so I hope I can give you the full play by play in words (although words never give you the full expression on the dog’s faces, but you’ll get the general idea)…

Jola and Konig were here to represent the boarding dogs doing daycare. Charlie was also here for a Tucker Out and he knows how to get everyone up and going! Everyone seemed to really enjoy the snow flippin’ and flyin.’ Beene and Izzy may not be born with full winter coats, but they run and romp like they do! Nothin’ beats a good snow ball game of fetch! Brady, Chelsea, Copper, Ginger, and Tristan were ready to take on the snow! They joined Beene, Izzy, Jola, Konig, and Charlie with Nick in the Star Buddy Park. No more Cody’s Cove for you guys… Sami, Roo, Gilly, and Boogie had some fun in the snow, but preferred being office helpers for the day and they do a great job of that!

Reminder: Who’s the Boss? Are you dealing with unwanted behaviors in your home and need some help? These classes will be one hour sessions aimed to help you be the pack leader. Please remember to leave your dogs at home for this class. This is more for the owners to gain information to achieve a peaceful home environment. The one hour class is $25.00. If you dog is a monthly Daycare participant, you would receive a $10.00 discount on this class. Sirius Star Members also receive 10% off. The first class is DECEMBER 3 so grab your spot today! This class will meet once per week and the days will vary. If you would like to request the day that works best for you, email Jen at

Also, Dog Star Ranch can now be found on MySpace! Check out Join as a friend and meet other dog lovers!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Wednesday and Thanksgiving!

Lots of dogs were coming in to join in the holiday festivities today. We had 30 boarding arrivals check in between 9am-12pm and several of them were able to play with us in Daycare! In Daycare today we had BELLA, BEN, BRADY, CHELSEA, GINGER, GRACIE, HARLEY, HARMONY, PHOEBE, PIPPI, RED, ROCKINGHAM, ROO, SAMI J, SAMMY P, SISSY, SMOKEY, SOPHIE, TEDDY, TRISTAN and TUCKER. But we also have BOSLEY, ELF, LILLY, TUCKER, REBEL, FAEDEN, KONIG, and LEWIE doing Daycare while boarding. Everyone made sure to work up an appetite so they would have some room for holiday treats!

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All of the Daystars want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Cya back on Friday!

Special note for Sue… Phoebe and Pippi made a new Shar Pei friend named Ducky… Ask us about it later…

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Meleny!

Happy Birthday Miss Meleny! We hope that you have a wonderful one! All the dogs really enjoyed the yummy treats. Did you make those yourself or did your mom help you? Everyone had a great day playing in what was left of the snow, now it's very slushy. Have a great day and we'll cya'll again soon!

Some notes for you...

We wanted to take some time and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. May your holidays be bright and filled with yummy food and family fun.

We also wanted to give you some updates from this past weekend. On Saturday, November 22 there were eight dogs from the Ranch that went to take their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test that was put on by the Muskegon Kennel Club. By participating in this event, the owners displayed how strongly they believe in being a responsible pet owner and that they are dedicated to the training, wellbeing, and happiness of their dogs. Congratulations to all of the participants!
We are very proud to say that several of them earned their CGC title!
Otis Dreiling
Konig Rosen
Rex Harris
Banjo Orr
Gus Saltzman

Everyone did great and we were so happy to have such strong participation and support of the Ranch. Thank you for that. For those that missed this test or would like to retake it, don’t worry. Down the road we will be posting information about future testing dates.

We also wanted to send along some more general information. The 2009 Dog Star Ranch calendars are hot off the press! If you would like one (or several), stop by the Wag-On-Inn and purchase yours for $10.00. They include loads of photos of dogs doing what dogs do best!

If you are looking to board you dog over the holidays, please remember that this is a very busy time at the Ranch. If you would like to guarantee that your pooch has a place to stay, please call at least two weeks in advance. Spaces fill up very quickly. Our office hours do vary over the holiday season so call if you have any questions. If you are a park member, you always have priority boarding, so rest assured, we will always have room for your dog.
Some dates to mark on your Calendar… If you need more information about a specific event, email Jen at

1. “Who’s the Boss” is a new training class geared to help you be the boss in your home. This class will be held on a weekly basis and the first date is Wednesday, December 3 at 6pm.

2. Bellwether’s Holiday Open House will be held this year on Saturday, December 6 from 11am-3pm. It includes photos with Santa, a microchip clinic, the Wishing Tree, and a holiday bake sale. More info can be found at
3. The Circle of Trees and Holiday Dog Parade will take place on Sunday, December 7. Events start at 1pm with the parade at 4:30pm followed by a lighting of the trees. They are still accepting participants for the parade so contact Jen at


Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday, November 24

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It was definitely a winter wonderland at the Ranch today. The snow was flippin’ and flyin’ so much that the camera would never have been able to capture all the fun without a big snowflake in the way of every shot. Nick makes sure that he is completely bundled up and now it’s time to round up the dogs. First up are the little guys with Sammie B, Sami J, Roo, Boogie, and some of the boarding dogs. Don’t worry guys, we’re just going out to play for a while then it’s back in for a warm snuggly nap. Sami J has her warm coat on so she’s ready to take on the wintry fun. Roo decided that she didn’t feel like handling the snow, so she was Jen’s special helper while the others were out plowin’ around. She loves to help and she’s very good at it, especially when it’s time to fill the treat bowls… These little guys never cease to make us smile. With all that snow whippin’ around you guys had so much fun. Time to make snow doggie angels! Next up is Beene, Chelsea, Ginger, Gracie, Hans, Izzy, Rebel, Lewie, and Tristan. These kids were ready to rock and roll! Bring on the snowy adventures because these dogs are ready! We were so worried about closing the pond, but you guys don’t seem to mind. Up and down and around the snow “mountain” is the perfect game of chase. “Eat my snow dust!” Everyone loved it so much that they all had to roll around in it for a while to get the full feel of the winter fun. Next up for the day are Phoebe and Pippi. Today they hung out with their pal, Buckstar, in the Luxury Loft and on their run. You girls are making great steps…

REMINDERS: Who’s the Boss? Are you dealing with unwanted behaviors in your home and need some help? These classes will be one hour sessions aimed to help you be the pack leader. Please remember to leave your dogs at home for this class. This is more for the owners to gain information to achieve a peaceful home environment. The one hour class is $25.00. If you dog is a monthly Daycare participant, you would receive a $10.00 discount on this class. Sirius Star Members also receive 10% off.

The first class is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00pm. This class will meet once per week and the days will vary. If you would like to request the day that works best for you, email Jen at

Thursday, November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

Today was a pretty busy day for daycare. Lilly and Rebel ran with Duke and Sophie which just added to their craziness as they all bounced and wrestled in the snow. Stella and Tre ran with Buck and while Tre and Buck raced around to find the tennis balls in the snow, Stella was happy rolling around in the snow till Buck started throwing dirt on her as he dug a hole in the side of the sand hill. Red and Rock just wandered aimlessly in the snow with occasional bursts of energy to run and tackle each other. Tristan ran with the smaller dogs and had a blast chasing Elf and little Peppermint Patti around the snow covered field. Chelsea came in a little late but that didn’t lessen her fun as we walked around and threw sticks and snow balls for her to chase. Today the snow was really whippin’ around so we couldn’t get any photos of the little dudes, but they did enjoy it! Just when it looked like the snow was going to disappear, in the blink of an eye we had a winter wonderland again for everyone to enjoy.

Wed ~ Nov. 19

Children and Snow

All winter they had waited; nature didn't let them down.
The squeals and giggles grew as they played without a frown.
Sliding down the perfect hills - a children's paradise;
No thought of clearing their white souffle, no thought of chopping ice.
My fingers, ears and toes felt frozen as I shovelled the mountain of snowBut my heart was warm and light as the laughter continued to grow.
Winter is for children; I'm sure of that today.
This is the season they tumble and laugh and truly love to play.Computers are forgotten and they only see the snow;Imaginations leap and soar - this is how little minds grow.
Joan Adams Burchell (copyright)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Beauregard!

Today is a very special day! Today we are celebrating Beauregard's 3rd Birthday! Happy Birthday Beau! We hope you had a great one. Thanx again for the yummy treats. The Star Buddies thought they looked yummy too, but they were just for us dogs...

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Wintery start to the week ~ Nov 17

Today was a winter wonderland of fun for all our Daystars. Our Star Buddies made sure to bundle up since they don't have the natural fur coats. Fun as definitely had by all!

The 12 Daycare Days of Christmas!

The holiday season is fast approaching and this year the Ranch wants to “spice things up” a bit, but we are going to need your help… As you may know, we post a daily Blog for the dogs that are participating in our Daycare program. Every day we post photos and “tails” of their Ranch adventures for all to see. This year we are going to do “The 12 Daycare Days of Christmas” on the Blog. Each day we are going to post the daily photos but we are also going to share a heartwarming tale of pets and the holidays. This is where we need your help. If you have story that you would like to share, email them to Jen at We would need all possible submissions by Friday, December 5. For the 12 days we will be starting on Monday, December 8 and running until Tuesday, December 23. We are looking forward to hearing your stories and sharing them with others. Happy Holidays! Below is a sample and a story that we thought you would all enjoy. If you have any questions, please email Jen. Also don’t forget about the Holiday Dog Parade on Sunday, December 7 (see the blog from 11/13)!

Jen received as a forward from a friend. Original source is unknown…

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this fact, she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure. every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards They are the ones that care for us.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, Nov. 13

Today was pretty busy for us at the Ranch. Barkley and Tre were buddies for the day as they wrestled with each other and chased after the tennis balls together. Rebel was on her best behavior and was all about jumping on Lilly and trying to take her down, which seems to have become her life’s mission. Sarah was a little unsure of Daisy at first but once she realized who she was they took off chasing each other with Chelsea close on their heels. Boo and Duke enjoyed wrestling and chasing each other up and over the sand hill and when they grew tired they would sit on top of the hill so they could watch everything that was going on. Jack had a blast with the smaller dogs as they would chase him around the field trying to tackle him to the ground. Roo, Sami, and Lucy loved their adventures in the Special Use Park. Stella and Daisy had a great time chasing and tackling each other and when Stella wanted to take a break Daisy would run up and quickly poke her with her nose to get her to start chasing her again. Aside from the chilly wind, today was an excellent day and bonds between everyone were made stronger.

See the blog listed below this for some holiday fun with the Holiday Dog Parade curtousy of Miss Rebel...