Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The general public has been made aware of a newer strain of the Canine Parvovirus, known has Type 2c (CPV 2c), that has affected the Kent County Humane Society. All of us at Dog Star Ranch would like you to know that we will continue to provide all the services that we always have. Dog Star Ranch has always put the health of our guests as priority one, and there has been no indication of this virus. We have always taken the necessary precautions to keep the Ranch clean and healthy. Every dog is health checked upon arrival. If a dog does not seem healthy enough to stay with us, we recommend that they see their veterinarian. The best thing that you can do as a proactive owner is to continue with your dog’s regular schedule. That is the only way that you will be able to see if something is not right with your dog. If you are noticing any lethargy or that your dog is “just not himself” it is best to keep your dog at home and contact your veterinarian. If you have any further questions regarding CPV 2c, contact your veterinarian. Also feel free to contact Dog Star Ranch to further discuss what we are doing here to be proactive against the virus.
August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Banjo, Beenie and her sister, Izzy, Bo B, Chelsea, Conner (a newbie), Ginger, Hilde, Kacy, Kirby, Rebel, Phoebe, and Sammie B! What a perfect combination for a fun day! Today a lot of our boarding dogs joined into the Daycare fun. The more the merrier! Sam and Izzy joined the medium sized mellow kids of Ernie, Gus, Bailey, Epi, and Maddie (okay, Maddie is a Great Dane pup, but she has a very mild personality.). Rebel, Beenie, Bo B, and Banjo met up with Stella, Mac, Copper, and Abby. To the pond anyone?! Star Buddy Gretchen was the Day Buddy for the day and both groups were able to enjoy a smooth dip in Cody’s Cove. Nothin’ beats the humidity like the pond!
Friday, August 22, 2008
ALEX BODENBERG ~ Alex is a Cabin Buddy who has been with the Ranch since August of 2008. Alex is in high school right now with hopes of being a veterinarian. She loves animals and she wanted some experience to help her when she does apply to vet school. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the different dogs while she is cleaning their rooms. Alex lives in Whitehall and attends Muskegon Catholic Central. She has three dogs of her own along with a rescued kitten and seven horses. Alex currently shows her horse, Ziggy, with the Whitehall Equestrian Team. When she graduates from high school she plans to attend MSU. Working at the Ranch is Alex’s first job and it is giving her experience for the roads ahead.
AMBER FROST ~ Amber is our groomer in the Grooming Salon. She has been with the Ranch since March of 2008. Prior to the Ranch she was grooming in the Grand Haven area. Amber was in search of a fun working environment and exciting new opportunities which led her to the Ranch. She loves to see how excited all of the dogs are to be here. There are so many different ways for them to enjoy themselves. Amber has always worked with animals ever since she was 15 years old. She worked at a zoo, horse farms, veterinarian clinics, and then found her niche in grooming. She worked as a mobile pet groomer and a dog grooming instructor. Amber has a 5 year old daughter named Madison that is just as much of an animal nut as she is. She has a mastiff named Tank that enjoys coming with her to work for some Daycare fun.
ANALYN HLADKI ~ Ana is a Star Buddy and Bathing Assistant here at the Ranch. She has been with the Ranch for two years. Her father pushed her in our direction because of her love of dogs. Ana’s favorite part is being involved in bathing dogs. She enjoys being able to help them look beautiful in their own way. Ana is 17 years old and grew up in Muskegon. She loves just about every sport there is. Her favorite pet was her family’s golden retriever named Gypsey. Ana plays tennis for Reeths Puffer High School and she is on their yearbook committee.
CAROL YARNOLD ~ As many of you already know, Carol is the owner, operator, and overseer of all Ranch operations. Dog Star Ranch has been a picture in Carol’s head since she was a young adult. With the support of fantastic family, friends, business community, and a great staff it has become a reality. Carol feels very blessed to be a part of this majestic place. She has so many favorite aspects of the Ranch that it was impossible to list just one. It’s so great to meet all the dogs and being able to see them transform and enjoy their stay in so many different ways. We catch ourselves talking for the dogs as well when they are out with their new friends and playing with the old ones (Come on, you know you’ve all done that too). It is also a wonderful feeling to have the human customers appreciate our commitment to all the dogs. The love of Carol’s life is her family (Pat ~ husband, Cayla ~ daughter) and her family in the White Lake Area. Growing up here, she always thought it felt so small. So she moved away to California for a year then off to Seattle, Washington, for seven years. Seattle is where Carol met Pat and started their life together. After the birth of their daughter, Cayla, they moved back to Michigan so she could be raised around family. This is when she realized that Whitehall really isn’t that small, it’s just right. They now have six dogs who are also Ranch employees (BoDean, Buckstar, Sasha, Gilligan, Mika, and Kora), two horses (Rosie and Misty), and four bison that go by Ozzie, Sharon, Kelly, and Mandy (a.k.a. the Osborns).
CAYLA YARNOLD ~ Cayla has been with the Ranch since the very early stages. She helped her parents, Carol and Pat, put the building blocks together to bring us to where we are now. She can be found many days helping as a File/Phone Buddy (Welcome Buddy in training… hehe) and sometimes she even has a chance to take out a couple Star Buddy Walks. Sometimes she ends up doing jobs that are not her favorite (such as filing), but she always does so with a smile. Cayla enjoys helping at the front desk and having “puppy duty” as often as possible. Cayla currently attends Whitehall High School. She has one dog (Kora) and one kitty (Lovett). Cayla is an artist in her own right. She plays, writes, and performs her own music with her guitar. She is an addict of McDonalds. From Cayla’s own words… “I have the coolest family ever!”
GRETCHEN LANGLOIS ~ Gretchen joins the team as a Star Buddy and Star Bather in the grooming salon. Her true passion is working with animals and she has been with the staff for about two months. Her favorite part of the Ranch can be found in the depths of the Grooming Department. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning the new trade and helping dogs to look and feel their best. Gretchen has grown up in Muskegon and lived here her whole life. She currently has horses, a cat, and a dog. She loves to trail ride and camp with her horses.
JEN HUTCHISON ~ Jen is the one in “lock down” behind the front desk. She is a Welcome Buddy who is able to meet and greet all those coming to the Ranch, both canine and human. Jen has been with the Ranch since the K-9 Rodeo in 2005. She grew up in Spring Lake then went to MSU to study Animal Science. Prior to arriving at the Ranch, she worked for a local vet clinic as a veterinary assistant. Jen’s favorite part of the job is being able to share all the wonderful sides of the Ranch and be able to see how it changes the lives of the dogs. It’s such a great feeling to hear all the happy stories from people about their dog’s experiences at the Ranch. She also loves having all her “little helpers” with her at the front desk. It wouldn’t be the same without them. Animals have always been her passion and her hobby. Jen is the oldest of four (two brothers and one sister). Her family has always been her rock, foundation, and motivation. She currently has two dogs (Sadie and one of Carol’s Chins, Boogie), two horses (Lotta and Ana), and an old bunny (Daisy).
JULIE RESCIGNO ~ Ah, what can be said about Jules… She has been with the Ranch since it was just an idea at the drafting table with Carol and Pat. She truly is the Jules of all trades. She does the graphic art and design. Those fabulous signs around the parks, fliers that are out in circulation, the Dog-Gone-Waggin,’ and the webpage are all Jules. She can be found in all aspects of the Ranch; Carol’s assistant, Welcome Buddy, Star Buddy, Grooming Buddy, Cabin Buddy, Dog-Gone-Waggin’ driver, Star photographer (Jules, did I forget anything?)… Jules has a wonderful husband, 3 great children, 3 grandkids (who call her by Mia since Grandma is not allowed), two bulldogs, and an Adios! Jules is very close with her family and considers her children and grandchildren more like friends. Jules also LOVES spaghetti! She married an Italian just so she could eat it all the time!
JILL STRASZHEIM ~ Jill is one of our Star Buddies and do everything buddy also taking on college life. She has been with the Ranch for a little over a year. Prior to working with the team, her dog, Libbi, was a regular Ranch guest. She had always wanted to go through the “Employee Only” gates and spend her days working with all the dogs. Jill’s favorite part of the job is that no matter what they always have fun. The people are easy going and make even a bad day turn into a good one. Jill has one happy Lab and two younger sisters. Her youngest sister and her share a birthday exactly six years apart. Jill enjoys going to the beach, playing volleyball, and scrap booking. She is currently going to GVSU to study nursing and hopes to someday work at Devos Children’s Hospital specializing in pediatric nursing. While she is in school, Jill will continue to visit with us during holidays and her off time. Best of luck to you!
KEVIN KINKER ~ Kevin is a Star Buddy and Training Buddy. He has been with the Ranch for nearly one month. He had looked to the Ranch because of the traffic of dogs that came through the doors. He has also been given the opportunity to help dogs and their owners get the most of their pets. Kevin’s favorite aspect of the job is to be part of such a caring staff. All the staff at the Ranch put the guests as their first priority. He is also giving the opportunity to train dogs of all sizes, from the little guys all the way to the big dogs. Kevin’s hometown is Owosso. He traveled to Florida to enroll in the American Marine Institute then off to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City where he received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement. Following his education he worked for the Traverse City Police Department and Eisen Faust Kennels training police and protection canines. Kevin has been training since he was 15 years old and started with general manners and obedience. He began doing the police and protection training about 5 years ago. Kevin sees so many opportunities at the Ranch and it will take the input of our members and guests to provide all things big or small to our canine companions. So feel free to speak up and let you voice be heard. Share you thoughts with us so we can continue to improve life at the Ranch.
KYLE GOUDREAU ~Kyle is a Star Buddy at the Ranch and he has been with us for about two months. Kyle recently returned to Michigan from being in the Navy for six years and was looking for a job that he would enjoy. He truly enjoys being able to make dogs happy after so many years of them doing the same for him. Kyle has a Brittany spaniel named Karma. She is a huge part of the family and she took care of Kyle’s parents while he was away with the Navy.
LORRI KELLER ~ Lorri came to us to help the growth and well-being of our Grooming Department and became so much more. She has been a Certified Master Groomer since 2002 and has earned several awards for her grooming accomplishments. There is also another side to Lorri. She was the manager of the Paragon School of Pet Grooming. She ran her own home based business for a number of years and was also the Field Salon Manager for a pet superstore within a three state area. Lorri is currently putting her management skills to work as the manager of the Star Buddies and Cabin Buddies departments at the Ranch. This September will mark her second anniversary at the Ranch. Lorri came to the Ranch in hopes of finding an environment that was committed to the total care of its pet guests. Her favorite part is making each one of our guests have the best time possible and watching them enjoy themselves. Lorri is a wife and mother of three. She lives with her family and a Standard Poodle, an American Cocker Spaniel, a Welsh Terrier, and two cats.
MEGAN RIELLY ~ Megan is a newer Cabin Buddy that has been with the Ranch since August of 2008. She is currently a high school student in the Whitehall district. She currently enjoys being able to help in the care and upkeep of all the canine guests.
MELANIE KINNUCAN ~ Mel is a Star Buddy who has been here for about two months. It is Mel’s true love of animals, especially dogs, that has brought her to the Ranch. She will always have dogs in her life and have a special relationship with them. Mel truly enjoys being able to play with all the dogs out in the parks, especially the pond. It’s so much fun to watch the dogs having so much fun themselves! Mel has three children that attend Reeths Puffer. She has a Bull Mastiff named Zoe. Zoe is three years old and definitely the baby of the family.
NICK BURNHAM ~ Nick joins the Ranch as a Cabin Buddy. He has been with the Ranch for a few weeks and it is his love of animals that has brought him here. Each day is a new adventure and Nick enjoys the fact that he can spend his day being around all the dogs. He has one brother and two dogs. He enjoys spending his time outdoors doing all sports and hiking. Soccer was his favorite and rather than accept a scholarship to FIU, he opted to stay in the area and join the Ranch team.
PAT YARNOLD ~ Pat is a unique feature of the Ranch. He and Carol were the master minds behind the idea of the Ranch. Together they pursued the dream. As Carol puts it “She sees it and Pat builds it.” Now that the dream is here and a reality, Pat plays a vital roll in its upkeep. He does a lot of work to keep the land and the property looking its best. He also fixes everything that we break in our day to day routine (except the computers…) and for that we thank you. He is also one of the familiar faces behind the steering wheel of the Dog-Gone-Waggin.’ We definitely would not be here without this dynamic team of Carol and Pat! Pat’s family (other than Carol and Cayla) are located in Memphis, Tennessee. There is another side of Pat that you may not know about. He is very musical. He writes and plays his own music. He won the Jimmy Dean True Value Talent contest for the state of Michigan when he was in the country band “Tuscon.” Cayla also shares Pat’s musical talent and Pat enjoys spending time with Cayla on her many musical adventures that take her all over. Pat also enjoys tending to the “Home Star” and all of its many critters (dogs, horses, and bison).
TYLER AVIANO ~ Tyler is a Day Buddy and cares for all the Daycare dogs. He has been with the Ranch for five months. He moved out to Michigan from Anaheim, California, with wedding plans at hand and looking for a new start with his fiancé. He had been involved in a dog care facility in California which led him to continue caring for dogs at the Ranch. Tyler grew up in Escondido, California, and later moved to Anaheim to be with his soul mate. He has a dog (Daisy) and a cat (Maggie Moo). Daisy loves to play with anyone who wants to play with her. Maggie is a cat that thinks she is a dog. She drools, plays fetch, and even knows a few tricks. Tyler’s goal is to become a dog trainer. That way he may be able to help find homes for dogs living in shelters that might otherwise be put down.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Aggie, Goliath, and Boogie were the little dudes of the day. Out in the park we go to romp and play then back to help Jen at the Welcome Desk. You know she can’t run the desk without our help! We had an old boy named Buster that was helping us too. It’s always so much fun to meet and greet and share our stories too…
Rebel, Buck, Bo, Banjo, Chelsea, Ginger, and Sam venture out into the parks with Lorri. A sea of blonde is all that could be seen in Cody’s Cove. Lorri wished she could join in the swimming fun and cool off, but the pond is just for the canines… All the dogs wanted to do was swim and swim some more! They had Lorri laughing so hard as they swam every which way. It was time to head out and dry off and Bo just looked at her like “Not gonna happen!” And you know Chelsea had a thing or two to say about that! “Leave the pond??? Are you crazy!”
Crazy, that Chelsea doesn’t know crazy until she runs and plays with the Aussies! Rock and Red shared some bonding time with a newer Star Buddy named Nick. Fetch, fetch, and fetch some more and we were happy DayStars…
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Today was surprisingly busy for a Monday. Hilde and Epi were quite the match while out in the park together; they ran along the fence line together and Epi would encourage short burst of play from Hilde. Beene came back today and didn’t miss a step getting back into the swing of things; she and Ginger quickly hit it off together and they ran all around the pond, which got Chelsea worked up and soon they were too engaged in each other that they continued to run into the other dogs as they played. Brinkley and Callie took some time to win over but with lots of praise and encouraging words we were soon out on our walk and running all over the sand dune together. We’re glad to have so many of our friends here today, it always make the day that much better the more dogs we have.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Ya know, we can't fully prove from these photo that Konig swims, but he sure loves the water. Rebel and Lewie seem to be best pals and love to swim together. Come on, I'll race ya! Rockingham and Red also enjoyed a nice cool down in the crisp water. Chelsea may have been a later arrival, but she sure didn't miss out on the fun.
Thanx again for another spectacular Daycare day! We always love to see you smiling faces and waggin' tails!