Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Know that we are a wild bunch. We’ve been that way for years, which is not to say we learned it from our parents; simply, this is the way that we have ended up. We swam in the morning. Dug holes in the afternoon. Our neighbors envy us; parents miss us. We have snacks we eat at lunch time, but they’re gone too fast, so we return to the parks, happy to be playing again.
Most of us excel at water sports.
It is not in our makeup to stick our nose up at fun. This goes against the grain, is entirely out of our character. We allow for napping, but not excessively. Ours are fast running, long jumping. Yes, some among us visit trainers, but, quite frankly, we believe this is a passing phase, like our former passion for puppy chow and teething on leather shoes and couches.
We’ve seen a lot. We’ve seen the slobber covered tennis balls of Hans, Max N. spend all day in the pond chasing a teasing bird. We’ve witnessed the fence races of Phoebe and Kacy. We’ve heard stories about the plush beds and liver treats Boogie, Adios, and Lucy enjoy in the office. We’ve joined the wrestling matches of Buster, Evan, and Jackson. We were there when it came out, during our return to the yard, that Bodean had shoved four tennis balls in his mouth. We’ve seen Sasha roll in the grass, Scrappy Doo investigate a ground squirrel hole, and Aspen chase and tag everything that moves. We were around for the flirtations of Max S. and Samantha. We’ve seen more than our fair share of fetch; Brodie’s sliding stops, Buck’s high jumps, Banjo’s circle and catch, KC’s no bouncers, Jola’s over the shoulders, Rusty’s belly flops, and Noah’s off the noses.
Still, we love to go home. And, in truth, we’re exhausted, which is not easy to do. But we’ll be ready for more tomorrow.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sam, Mika, Kora, Roo, Lucy, Gilligan took a relaxing stroll
through the special use and the pond with star buddy Liz and Becky.
Phoebe, Hershey, and Aspen roughed and tumbled all through the pond with Liz and Ashley.
Tucker out Guest Libby & Belle joined the daycare dogs Beene, Bosley,
Buddy, Copper, Fletcher, Noah, Sammy, Sophie, Sugar,
Tank and Triston in the Canine Frontier Nature trail
exploration with Becky, Liz and the Camera.
Puppies; Buddy, Elf, Lily & Teddy played with our
new toys from the expo on #1 field trip.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Katy started out with the grownups Hilde, Champ, Brady, Belle, Bennu. She even brought a few other friends too. Belle was really excited about that because Buddy the puppy got to come and they were inseparable. They played tag and took turns swimming out to fetch balls with Buck and Brady. Brady and Buck were fetching kings trumped only by Bodean who stuffed 3 balls in his mouth. But Buck and Brady were running hard and launching themselves far to retrieve ball after ball. Bennu he was a big fan of Brady, he thought they were lost brothers. Bennu followed Brady everywhere and wrestled with Brady when he took a break from fetch. Champ he preferred to play fetch on his own terms. He went out for the balls that the others dogs left in the middle of the pond, forgotten about in all their fun and after a nice long swim he showed Hilde all around the park; the smells, the good rolling spots, the best shade, and the shallow wading water. It was a great group.
The Puppies headed out next: Lewie, Rebel, Beene, Buckley, Sara, Colton, Capone, and Smokey. They were more than ready when Katy took off towards the pond and of course they beat her by a mile. The cloud of dust they kicked up made it impossible to see who hit the water first, but when the dust settled everyone was wet. Rebel was busy taking swimming lessons from Buck who came out on this run too. She finally figured out that she had to keep her front paws below the water. Lewie and Beene were up to their usual antics, running circles and kicking up as much dust as they could. Colton was picking his battles, so to speak. He’d wade into the water, a partial attempt to fetch the ball, then he’d dash out after one of Sarah’s fly-bys and give chase for a bit and then he’d run over to Katy and rub all his fun water and sand on her leg. Buckley was doing his best to join in all the fun, except for the swimming he always likes to have his feet on the ground and the way he’s growing, he might be able to walk across the pond one day. Smokey and Capone were two of kind. A couple of big guys bouncing around, wrestling each other and chasing the girls every chance they got. And Sarah, well she was more a less a blur the whole time she was out, she hardly ever stopped running.
Phoebe, Rock, and Red headed out next and it was fetch, fetch, fetch for the boys. They were under strict instructions to get themselves tired and those are orders they don’t mind following. Phoebe was having a bit of a lazy day, she waded in and out of the pond just enjoying a good soak and the rays coming off the water.
And the last crew of the day, were the Itty-Bitty Babies: Sam, Frodo, Aggie, Goliath, Boogie, Kora, and Gilligan. They headed down to the pond too and boy did they have a blast. Frodo and Sam swam around and then jumped out and rolled around. Goliath was busy chasing down everyone in the park. He ran this way and that and ran there and back. Apparently, he was always it in his game of tag. Aggie, she was lovin’ the sun. She was trotting around with her tongue hanging out and a big old smile on her face. The Chins well, they were running and running and running and couldn’t be stopped, except to splash in the water real quick.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
All of the Daystars wanted to wish Miss Lilly (great dane gal) a fabulous birthday. All of the Daystars in attendance today were Abbey D, Adios, Aggie, Aspen, Beauregard, Belle, Benny, Boogie, Brodie, Buck, Buddy K, Buster Bluey, Evan (who is a foster puppy), Hans, Jacie, KC, Lilly, Lucy B, Max, Noah, Phoebe, Stella, Tank, and Tre. The big dogs wanted to show Lilly's family all the adventures of the birthday party so enjoy the video clips...
So today was pretty spectacular because it was a birthday day and birthdays at the Ranch are always a blast. We all wished Lily a happy birthday before we got down and dirty with our groups of furry, slobbery, messy friends. Max and Phoebe made quite the pair. Down at the pond Max ran back and forth hunting smells and birds and nothing at all and Phoebe ran in circles looking for sticks and balls and toys galore. Stella and Tank are a perfect couple. They’d chased each other all around and wrestled a whole bunch. Then they took a break to relax in the water before they started up again. Jack joined in the fun bounding after the stuffed squirrel dancing on the end of Becky’s plastic fishing pole. Lucy, Aggie, Boogie, Adios, JC and Buddy were champions in the park. They conquered the Sand Dune, Dirt Hill and Dirt Mound and all with really short little legs. Then of course they did a few victory laps to show off how fast they are.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Casey – fetched
Makers – paddled
Gilbert – flirted
Sam B – teased
Bo B – waded
Rosie – danced
Tristan – circled
Gus – lumbered
Lewie – pounced
Colton – jived
Rebel – jumped
Sadie – chased
Harley – tackled
Sissy – tagged
Little Bit – moseyed
Brady – wrestled
Hans – chewed
Tucker – hugged
Meg – beautified
Molly – ran
Sami – scavenged
Roo – cuddled
Banjo – rolled
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Liz here, it has been an absolutely gorgeous day outside and we have all had a lot of fun! You’ll see most of the big dogs in the videos that we posted, the little guys and puppies managed to avoid the camera so I’ll just tell you what they did for fun today.
Buckley, Teddy, and Lily were our tumbling trio and oh boy did they have a BLAST! I took them out to the Star Buddy park and they entertained me the whole time with their fun puppy antics as they raced and chased each other all over the sand hill, you would not believe how fast these little kids can run!!! They should be totally worn out for their parents today, they played long and hard.
Aggie, Lucy, Boogie, and Adios comprised our small dog group today but they didn’t let the fact that there was only four of them keep them from having a whole ton of fun. They got to go out with Ashley and played tag for most of the time, Lucy loves to start the game by tagging Boogie who of course can’t refuse a challenge and takes off in hot pursuit, Aggie and Adios prefer to wait for the other two to come flying past and then pounce on them which is actually a pretty good technique! They all got to hang out with Jen when they weren’t outside and as always loved all the love and attention they get by being in the front office all day, these small dogs sure do live the good life.
Ozzie and Sybil got to spend some good quality sibling time together as they toured the Special Use Park with me, the sun was shining high in the sky and for the most part we just strolled around while they smelled all the fun smells and enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine on our backs. We did play tag for a short while until I gave up, two four legged dogs against one two legged person just isn’t fair!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
~ Group 1 ~
~ Group 2 ~
~ Group 3 ~ These little guys weren't very impressed by the wind, but they made the most of their exploration...
~ Group 4 ~ Rockingham and Red share some brotherly love and a dip in the pond. Ah, refreshing...
Newbie of the Day ~ Elvis ~Welcome! It was your first day and you definitely enjoyed spending some time outside with your Star Buddy on this great spring day. We look forward to seeing more of you...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
What a great day everyone has had. There are several small video clips that I am trying to post to show you all the fun so be looking for a couple small blog posts for today. Today in Daycare we had Daystars Aspen, Belle, Buckley, Beau, Buster, Evan, Axel, Phoebe, Rock, Red, Hans, Tank, Stella, Tre, Lilly, Sadie C, Sadie N, Aggie, Lucy, Adios, and Boogie.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Brady S -- Aspen to be wrestled with
Champ -- Smells to be investigated
Ella -- Friends to be tagged
Gilbert -- Trails to lumber along
KC -- More balls to chase
Lewie -- Molly to chase
Makers -- Gals to flirt with
Meg -- Hills to be climbed
Milo -- Puddles to be dodged
Molly -- Dogs to tease
Rudy -- Star Buddies to dance with
Sam B -- Sticks to chew
Sampson -- Mud to be wallowed in
Tucker -- Dogs to be loved on
Aspen -- Holes to be dug
Buck -- More balls to chase
Bosley -- Sticks to be chased
Elf -- Games to be played
Lucy -- Dogs to be kissed
And we did it all!!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Can you take any more suspense? Okay, I’ll give you the play groups of the day…
Group1: The “Daily Littles” consist of Aggie, Roo, Sami J, Maggie T, Nellie, and Boogie.
Group 2: The “Actives of the Day” are Ella, Rudy, Buck, Sam B, Bo, Monte, Faith, Hope, KC, Makers, Gilbert, Tre, Sadie C, Lewie, and Charlie S (a Tucker Out).
Group 3: Then there is Alaska, Zeke, Tucker, Tristan, and some boarding kids (Harley and Davidson).
Group 4: Don’t forget about Banjo, Stella, Konig, and Phoebe.
Then we have some fun filled pairs of fur and energy...
Group 5: Thea teamed up with Brady S.
Group 6: Meg and Molly shared some sisterly love.
Group 7: Rock and Red challenged each other to a sibling rivalry.
Did ya get all that info? What a fabulous day and we are so thankful for each and every Daystar that comes through the doors. We hope that you have a wonderful Spring weekend and we hope to see you at the West Michigan Pet Expo.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
the pups are runnin' round a hopin'
that someones gonna let them in
so they can be first to take a swim
Tristan, Roo, and Sam chime
"we think we'll wait until next time
this is our first spring here
we'll just sit back and cheer"
Ramsey, Buddy, Boo, and Bo
crept to the edge to test a toe
no way they bark it's way too cold
Sophie says now don't be shy
futher in is warmer, that's no lie
Jack and Phobe want no part
past them Keeli, Konig, and Copper dart
stopping short of diving in
then test the water with their chin
"Yep it's cold, let's take a dip
up to an elbow or perhaps a hip"
one foot in is all it took
Bear and Molly step back and look
"We told you it's not warm enough,
only certain pups are tough enough,
to stand water that has just thawed out
now, let's go play instead of pout"
Sybil and Oz say, "let's head back
and give the hill another whack"
Then we all heard Miss Sadie say
"We'll try the pond another day
You know there's other fun to find
let's get that pond right off your mind"
They all agreed, and turned around
"to the Star Buddy park we're bound"
Check out the clip about the pond
and you will see why we're so fond
of coming here and hanging out
the best way to spend our time no doubt!