Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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
Merry Christmas to one & all!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
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- http://www.mavericktheweim.com/
Thank you so much in advance for your help and compassion,
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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
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?"
Monday, December 15, 2008
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.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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
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
Friday, December 5, 2008
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Monday, December 1, 2008
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Dog Star Ranch can now be found on MySpace! Check out www.myspace.com/dogstarranch. Join as a friend and meet other dog lovers!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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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
We are very proud to say that several of them earned their CGC title!
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.
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 http://www.bellwetherharbor.org/.
Monday, November 24, 2008
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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 email@example.com.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
All winter they had waited; nature didn't let them down.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
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.