Give Your Dog Somethin' to Bark about!

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Daycare hours: Monday ~ Friday 6:30am ~ 6:30pm; Saturday 7:00am~6:00pm (DSR Members Only)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from DSR

A Halloween Tale...

A man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween, when behind him he hears…


Walking faster, he look back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him.


Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him.


He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping.

Clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP... on his heels, as the terrified man runs.Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.

Bumping and clapping toward him.The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket...and,

Scroll down for the ending…

The coffin stops.

Just adding some humor to our recent events at DSR… Thanx so much for the yummy Star Buddy snacks, Chelsea. Everyone enjoyed them. Also, if you would like copies of any of the photos from today's adventures, contact Jen at We can print an 8x11 photo sheet for you for $5.00 per sheet (in your choice of sizes of the photos).

Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

A daycare pal (Chip) stopped by fresh outta jail to say Happy Halloween as well!

Canine Good Citizen Certification Info

Do you think your dog has what it takes to be a Canine Good Citizen?
Dog Star Ranch is here to help your dog earn their certification!
The Greater Muskegon Kennel Club will be holding a Canine Good Citizen Testing Date on Saturday, November 22, 2008 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Purebred and mixed breeds alike are welcome to attend! The cost of the test is just $5.00 along with a canned good or dog food for St. Michael’s Food Pantry. Dog Star Ranch will also be accepting donations for the Food Pantry that we will present at the test. For the more details on testing registration see the Muskegon Kennel Club website...

Dog Star Ranch will be offering some classes to help prepare you and your dog for the testing date. The classes are on Saturday, November 8 and 15 at 9:00am-10:00am at Dog Star Ranch. If you want to attend both, the cost is $25 or it is $15 per class.
Do you want to know more about what the testing involves and what it means to be a Canine Good Citizen? Check out the AKC website listed to learn more…

Share your Dog Star Ranch spirit and wear your DSR apparel to the testing date! If you show up to the test in DSR clothing you (or I should say your dog) will receive a free can of the ever so famous Freeze Dried Liver Treats! The perfect reward for a perfect pooch!

If you have any questions, would like to enroll in the classes, or if you are planning to attend the test, please let us know. You can contact the office or email Jen at
Have a great day and we hope to see you all there.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30

What a fabulous day full of happy Daystars! Everyone is geared up and ready to rock and roll... Beep, beep, Barkley and Boo hop off the Dog-Gone-Waggin' to join in the fun. Barkley found himself a girlfriend, Sugar, and together they romped around the field tackling one another and when they grew tired of that they would take a break and Sugar would let Barkley use her as a pillow to rest his head on. Gracie had 2 friends she enjoyed playing with, Tucker and Boo, and when one of the boys would get tired of wrestling she would move onto the next. Jola, Chelsea and Sophie were content with chasing after the tennis balls but Sophie would wait till Jola and Chelsea went after 1st ball so she could chase the 2nd one without any competition. Tre and Stella ran with Bosley and while Bosley and Tre ran after the tennis ball Stella would chase them till one of them got the ball and brought it back. Lucy and Elf paired up with a boarding dog named, Angus. These were three peas in a pod! They ran and wrestled to their hearts content. Hopefully we’ll be seeing lots of dogs here tomorrow so we can have plenty of Halloween pictures of the dogs in their costumes. Reminder: If you are bringing your own costume for the day, please bring it in a seperate bag. That way we'll keep it nice and clean until it's photo time.

October 29 / Wednesday

Chelsea and Izzy were tearing it up as they chased each other up and over the sand hill. Teddy was all over the place, jumping on Izzy and Smokey, stealing the tennis ball from Chelsea and wrestling with Ben all over the field. Milo and Smokey just took it easy with Sam B as they walked around the field until Teddy got them worked up into chasing him around for a bit. Sam and Max calmly walked their laps just happy to be part of the pack. Red and Rock jetted out to the field, going crazy right off the bat and only stopping to get a drink or for a quick breather. Thankfully the bad weather has subsided and we were able to have a dry day.

DSR and Bellwether Harbor

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tues, Oct. 28

So you want to know the scoop of Doggie Daycare for Tuesday? It was a gloomy day outside, but the party was rockin’ inside! See if you can figure out this recipe… We start with the dynamic duo of Beau and Buster Bluey. Mix in a super sized Lilly and the golden brothers of Bo and Ramsey. Swirl in a Chelsea and Keeli. For some extra spice add a Stella and Tre. Add a little sweet chocolate with Sugar and Fletcher. Mix in a Jack and we’re good to go…

Monday, October 27, 2008

Rain, sun, clouds, or whatever... 10/27/08

The new camera is here and back in action! One major bonus... It's water proof! So now on those rainy, icky days we still may be able to show your parents exactly how muddy and wet you were! Today we may have only had a couple daystars today, but we made up for our numbers in spunk and energy! Today was a mix of fall colors, sunshine, cloudy skies, even some hail and rain drops joined the days events. Guess that's fall (or any season) in Michigan. We're thinking that Tyler is wishing he was back in California right now rather than this Michigan gloom... Sam was the queen of the little guys (she's always the queen). She made sure that everyone had a great time, but also made sure she had time to find the best stick in all of the Star Buddy Park land. With her was some of our boarding stars ~ Travis, Aggie, Rosie, and a newbie named Peppermint Patte. Patte was the energy of the group and made sure that everyone ran and had a blast. Next up we had Chelsea, Duke, Lucy Honey Church, Sugar, and Fletcher. These guys went out with Mel and had a great run, but I think the highlight of their day was their "couch time" in the Luxury Loft. Who wouldn't enjoy some relaxing fun with your buds!? Rock and Red were also here ready for some fun at Cody's Cove (before the rain or snow or whatever it may be comes back). They had a blast playing out there with Mel as she spent some time learning the new camera with Rock and Red as her photographic subjects. Banjo was also here today, but feeling a little under the weather so we made sure to super duper spoil her to get her back into her tip top shape...
*Are you noticing cough or cold type symptoms in your pup? Refer to blogs from 10/20 and 10/24 for some helpful information. Thank you.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More helpful Coughing information...

As many of you know, earlier this month the Ranch had some coughing go through it. We had some more helpful information that we wanted to make available to you. It is from the Whole Dog Journal website. This is a wonderful website with loads of helpful information for dog owners and professionals alike. If you have any questions regarding this issue please refer to this article, our blog posting from 10/20/08, or feel free to contact the office and we will gladly assist you. At Dog Star Ranch we always strive to give your dog the best care possible to keep them happy and healthy and to give them somethin' to bark about!
The Whole Dog Journal can be found at
Remedies for Kennel Cough
By CJ Puotinen
Natural, gentle remedies to prevent or treat kennel cough.

Shelters and kennels are infamous for spreading the viruses and bacteria that can cause “kennel cough.” However, outbreaks are not necessarily due to poor disinfection practices. Stress and crowding can make a dog’s immune system vulnerable to this infection, which is much like the common cold in humans.

Anyone who’s heard it will recognize the dry, hacking, something’s-stuck-in-my-throat cough that won’t quit. It’s the signature symptom of canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as Bordetellosis, Bordetella, and most commonly as kennel cough. Whatever you call it, tracheobronchitis is one of the world’s most widespread canine diseases.

Like the common cold in humans, tracheobronchitis is highly [IMGCAP(1)]contagious, rarely fatal, and runs its course in a few days. Fortunately, there are several ways to help make canine patients more comfortable, speed recovery, and prevent future infections.

Tracheobronchitis is called kennel cough because of its association with boarding kennels, animal shelters, veterinary waiting rooms, grooming salons, and other areas where dogs congregate in close quarters. It can strike dogs of any age but is most common in puppies, whose immune systems are still developing, and adult dogs with conditions that impair immune function.

Although often referred to as Bordetella, tracheobronchitis isn’t caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria alone. Several infectious agents contribute to the condition, primarily parainfluenza. Other viruses that may be involved include canine adenovirus, reovirus, and the canine herpes virus.

When Bordetella and parainfluenza combine to cause tracheobronchitis, symptoms appear within a week of exposure (usually after three to four days) and continue for about 10 days. Even after symptoms disappear, the recovering patient remains contagious, shedding Bordetella bacteria for up to 14 weeks.

In mild cases, infected dogs remain active and alert, with good appetite. In more severe cases, symptoms may progress toward pneumonia and include lethargy, fever, and a loss of appetite.
The main symptom of tracheobron-chitis – its cough – has been described as unproductive, throat-clearing, goose-honking, hacking, dry, harsh, gut-wrenching, gagging, wheezing, and croup-like – not to mention annoying to the dogs who can’t stop coughing and the humans they live with. Vigorous exercise triggers it, but even resting dogs may cough every few minutes throughout the day.

The cough is caused by irritation and damage to the lining of the trachea and upper bronchi. In the trachea, exposed nerve endings are aggravated by the passage of air over damaged tissue as the dog inhales and exhales.

Just as the virus that causes the common cold is carried by water vapor, dust, and air, the bacteria and viruses that cause tracheobronchitis spread in all directions. When inhaled by a susceptible dog, they attach to the lining of upper airway passages whose warm, moist conditions allow them to reproduce and eventually damage the cells they infect.

Risk factorsSome people catch frequent colds and others never get sick. Some dogs are susceptible to tracheobronchitis and others never get it, even after repeated exposure.
According to Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, Educational Director of, “The normal respiratory tract has substantial safeguards against invading infectious agents. The most important of these is probably what is called the mucocillary escalator.”

Cilia are tiny hairlike structures that protrude from the cells that line the respiratory tract. They are covered with a protective coat of mucus, and they beat in a coordinated fashion. As viruses, bacteria, and other debris become trapped in the sticky mucus, the cilia move everything up (hence the escalator analogy) toward the throat, where it can be coughed up or swallowed.

Conditions that damage the mucocillary escalator include shipping stress, crowding stress, heavy dust exposure, exposure to cigarette smoke, viruses, and poor ventilation. “Without this protective mechanism,” says Dr. Brooks, “invading bacteria, especially Bordetella bronchiseptica, may simply march down the airways unimpeded.”

Poorly ventilated, crowded conditions increase the odds of contracting tracheobronchitis, but dogs can catch the disease almost anywhere. All they need is exposure to a dog who has an active infection or is recovering from one – or to the viruses and bacteria an infected dog left behind.

TreatmentMost veterinarians treat tracheobronchitis the way physicians treat the common cold. They let it run its course while keeping the patient comfortable. Some veterinarians routinely prescribe antibiotics, which are effective against bacteria, thus addressing part of the infection. But because antibiotics have no effect on viruses, this treatment is not a cure, and most vets save antibiotics for more serious conditions, such as the secondary infections that sometimes develop in dogs with tracheobronchitis.

For partial relief of symptoms and to help the dog feel more comfortable, minor cases are often treated with nonprescription cough remedies such as Robitussin (dextromethorphan). Recommended for chronic, dry, unproductive coughing, Robitussin should not be used for moist or productive coughs. Products that contain acetaminophen or caffeine should not be given to dogs.

Prescription cough suppressants and most antibiotics are reserved for cases in which a fever develops, symptoms last longer than a few days, or the cough becomes more severe.
It might be something elseTracheobronchitis usually clears up on its own without complications. If it doesn’t, there may be a secondary bacterial infection (such as pneumonia), or the problem may be due to something entirely else entirely. Dogs cough for many reasons.

For example, dogs can create their own tracheal irritation by pulling on the leash. A body harness with a leash attachment in front of the chest or on the back instead of the collar can prevent this cough-inducing problem.

Dogs with heart disease, including congestive heart failure and heartworm infestations, often cough after exercise or excitement. Heartworm disease is endemic in some parts of the country, and less common in others, but is a possibility in any area where mosquitoes are common. Congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart’s valves leak, is most common in middle-aged or older dogs, including small breeds.

Coughs due to tracheal collapse can be triggered by drinking water.
Diseases of the larynx or esophagus can cause coughing after eating. A damaged larynx may not close properly, allowing swallowed food to enter the trachea. Paralysis of the larynx is more common in large breed dogs.

An abnormally dilated esophagus may allow food to pool, then pass back up to the mouth and down into the lungs, causing infection and coughing. Tracheal collapse is most common in middle-aged and older, overweight small-breed dogs.

The cough resulting from tracheobronchitis is usually dry. A moist cough sounds that way because of accumulated fluid in the lungs or airways. The fluid can be water, blood, or pus. Hunting dogs and dogs who spend most of their time outdoors may inhale seeds, pollen, grasses, or other foreign matter that travels through the nose to the lung, causing pyothorax, an infection that produces a large amount of pus.

Dogs of any age can develop allergic lung disease from exposure to dust, pollen, or smoke.
While lung cancer is unusual in dogs, it too can cause coughing. Short-nosed breeds exposed to second-hand smoke and any dog exposed to asbestos may be at risk.

Pneumonia and other secondary bacterial infections can develop in pet store puppies with tracheobronchitis and in older dogs with weak immune systems or other illnesses.

Any dog who doesn’t recover quickly from what appears to be tracheobronchitis should receive a thorough veterinary exam. To help your veterinarian reach an accurate diagnosis, keep track of your dog’s symptoms, noting on a calendar or notebook the date of each symptom and its description.

It’s not the fluThree years ago, canine flu seemed to be an epidemic affecting dogs of every description (see “Fending Off the Flu,” Whole Dog Journal, December 2005).

The cough produced by the canine flu virus is soft and moist, and it’s usually accompanied by a high fever and nasal discharge, none of which are symptoms of tracheobronchitis.

Fortunately, of the strategies that help prevent and treat tracheobronchitis work for canine flu as well as other infectious diseases. The herbs, supplements, and treatments described here can help your dog stay healthy when exposed to many different viruses and bacteria.

VaccinationMost boarding facilities require proof of Bordetella vaccination for dogs who will be visiting. However, because there are many strains of Bordetella, and because no vaccine protects every patient, some immunized dogs contract tracheobronchitis despite being vaccinated. Veterinary recommendations range from vaccinating every four months to not at all.

“There are two kinds of Bordetella vaccine,” says Stacey Hershman, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Honey and coconut oil are powerful health-boosters for you and your dog. They are also inexpensive and easy to find in your local health food store.“The intranasal vaccine is highly effective and very safe since it is not systemic but goes down the nose into the throat. I do not recommend the injectable vaccine since it can cause negative side effects like lethargy, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.

“I never vaccinate animals more than once a year for kennel cough, and then only if they are going to a boarding kennel. Kennel cough is not fatal in adult dogs, who usually board, therefore it would be over-vaccinating in my opinion to do it more than once a year. Healthy, strong immune systems are resistant and do not catch it, which is another reason not to vaccinate unless the dog is going to a kennel that requires it.”

No matter what your dog’s vaccination status, a few natural preventives can’t hurt, especially whenever your dog is exposed to dogs with active or recent infections.

Honey and coconut oilThe single treatment for tracheobronchitis that conventional [IMGCAP(2)]veterinarians, holistic vets, and caregivers of every description agree on is honey. Honey soothes the throat, but it does far more than that.

As noted in “A Honey of a Cure” (September 2007), all honey has disinfecting properties. One of the most expensive honeys sold in the United States and around the world is manuka honey from New Zealand, where bees harvest nectar from the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium). Twenty years of research at the University of Waikato show that manuka honey has impressive antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. While all honeys share these properties, they are especially pronounced in manuka honey.

Most dogs enjoy honey’s sweet taste, so it’s easy to feed from a spoon or, if the honey is thick, you can roll it into a treat-sized ball. Honey can be fed by itself, mixed with powdered herbs for additional benefit, or added to herbal teas that double as cough syrups.

There is no specific recommended dose, as both larger and smaller doses are safe and effective, but for most dogs ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey three or four times per day works well.

In recent years, coconut oil has become a popular supplement for people and pets (see “Crazy about Coconut Oil,” October 2005). Because its medium-chain fatty acids kill harmful bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and parasites, its advocates call it an all-purpose infection fighter. As coconut oil expert and book author Bruce Fife, ND, explains, “Taking coconut oil daily is like a daily inoculation. It will help prevent your dog from becoming infected.”

The recommended maintenance dose is 1 teaspoon coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight per day in divided doses, always starting with smaller amounts and increasing gradually. When your dog has been exposed to tracheobronchitis or any other infection, the dose can be doubled. The only adverse effects of a too-high dose of coconut oil are loose, greasy stools and a temporary feeling of fatigue (thought to result from detoxification). Most dogs adjust easily to a coconut oil regimen, and because they’re usually fond of the taste, coconut oil can be fed from a spoon or added to your dog’s food.

Honey and coconut oil work well together. Combine these two infection fighters for both the treatment and prevention of tracheobronchitis and other contagious diseases.

Herbs for tracheobronchitisMost natural foods markets and pet supply stores sell herbal products that help coughing dogs.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra or G. uralensis) is a favorite of herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy. In her book, The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat, which describes her “Natural Rearing” approach to pet care, Levy recommends making a strong infusion (steeped tea) by combining 1 tablespoon dried licorice root with 2 cups cold water, bringing it to a boil, removing it from heat, and letting it stand until room temperature. Add 1 teaspoon honey to each tablespoon of licorice tea and give 2 tablespoons to the dog before meals. Small dogs and puppies can take less and large dogs more, but precise measurements aren’t necessary. Refrigerate leftover tea for up to five days.

Levy also recommends as cough remedies teas made of sage leaves (Salvia officinalis), blackberry leaves (Rubus spp.), elder blossom (Sambucus nigra), and thyme (Thymus vulgaris). “Sage is the best,” she writes.

Apitherapy Honey Wild Cherry Bark Syrup from Honey Gardens in Vermont, sold in natural foods markets, contains raw honey, apple cider vinegar, wild cherry bark (Prunus virginiana or P. serotina), elecampane root (Inula helenium), propolis (a bee product), rosehips (Rosa spp.), ginger root (Zingiber officinale), licorice root, slippery elm bark (Ulmus fulva), and the essential oils of lemon, peppermint, and eucalyptus.

All of these ingredients are traditionally used to support upper respiratory health and soothe sore throats. The human adult dose is 1 teaspoon every other hour while symptoms persist. Adjust the dose for your dog’s weight, and to make the product more palatable, try mixing it with honey and/or coconut oil or add it to a small amount of interesting food.

Kennel-Koff, an herbal product from Amber Technology, contains infection-fighting olive leaf (Olea Europaea), mustard seed (Brassica spp.), black seed (Nigella sativa), and pau d’arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa).

Described as an antimicrobial that aids upper respiratory infections, Kennel-Koff is given orally four times per day for up to 10 days. The recommended dose for most dogs, based on weight, is 15 drops at a time. According to the manufacturer, this product is designed to stimulate immunity, rid the lungs of congestion, kill viruses and bacteria, soothe digestion, rid the body of free radicals, and protect pets who are exposed to illness.

Australian herbalist Robert McDowell’s favorite treatment for tracheobronchitis is a blend of rosehips, garlic (Allium sativum), fenugreek (Trigonella fornum), marshmallow, elecampane, coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), kelp (Laminaria digitata), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and mullein (Verbascum thapsus), which he makes in a base of apple cider vinegar.

“All this sounds like a lot,” he says, “but the old-fashioned way of treating chest and respiratory infections works well. These herbs provide important minerals and vitamin C, and they act as healing tonics, expectorants, and lymphatic supplements. The result is an herbal mix that gets rid of the cough, and by continuing for several weeks after the cough has gone, it builds up the immunity. I recommend that it be kept on hand and given to the whole kennel at any signs of cough showing up, at which time all dogs should be given a short course. One dog recovered quickly when given this blend after six prescriptions for antibiotics failed.”

Juliette de Baircli Levy’s famous Natural Rearing (NR) Herbal Compounds tablets contain garlic, rue (Ruta graveolens), sage, thyme, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), and vegetable charcoal.

Levy recommends giving dogs 3 to 6 tablets daily to help fight and prevent disease. “These tablets maintain health and promote a cure in the sick,” she explains. “Use them daily for prevention, especially before and after your animal is exposed to any public place where other animals have been.”

Holistic health consultant Marina Zacharias recommends Bioprin, a Chinese blend of 21 herbs.
“This formula is the best for any type of viral infection,” she says, “as well as helping the overall immune system, and it acts like a natural anti-inflammatory. Combined with the kennel cough nosode (a homeopathic remedy designed to help increase the body’s defense against the infection), Bioprin usually brings quick relief, often within one to three days.

“Most of the people I work with have multiple-dog households, so we give the remedies to everyone preventatively whenever we know there has been exposure or when one of the household members has contracted the infection. The results are great as no one else in the house gets sick.”

Clearing the airWhen Faith Thanas, an aromatherapist who lives in Leicester, Massachusetts, adopted a Doberman Pinscher from Louisiana one year after Hurricane Katrina, Sasha arrived in
Faith Thanas’ Doberman, Sasha, was a Katrina dog. After being shipped in a van with about 20 other rescued dogs, she developed a severe cough. Thanas, an aromatherapist, developed Cough Drop! to treat Sasha’s cough.a van carrying 20 rescued dogs. A few days later, she started coughing.

To help soothe Sasha’s throat, Thanas mixed a blend of essential oils to spray in the air around the dog. She started with Ravensare (Cinnamonum camphora), one of the “must have” essential oils listed [IMGCAP(3)]by Kristen Leigh Bell in her book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals. As Bell explains, this gentle and tolerable antiviral, antibacterial essential oil supports the immune system and has tonifying effects.

Thanas then added Eucalyptus radiata, the gentlest of the many eucalyptus varieties available. It is known for its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties. Bell writes, “Due to its gentleness, it is very appropriate for use in blends for animals for congestion, and it makes an excellent room air cleaner, deodorizer, and flea repellent.”

Eucalyptus globulus, the next ingredient, is the eucalyptus commonly found in chest rubs, cough drops, and cough syrups. It has a fresh antiseptic fragrance and, when inhaled, acts as a decongestant.

Thanas added Spike Lavender (Lavendula latifolia) for its powerful antibacterial properties.
After diluting the essential oils, Thanas used a spray bottle to mist the air around Sasha. “The results were instantaneous,” she recalls. “She stopped coughing, she was able to breathe, and she was so much more comfortable.”

Thanas wasted no time adding Cough Drop! to her AromaDog line of aromatherapy pet products. She describes it as an all-natural cough suppressant that works quickly, helps open breathing passages, acts as an expectorant (antitussive), soothes the chest and respiratory system (balsamic), reduces swelling (antihistamine), helps reduce excess mucus secretion (anticatarrh), and acts as an immune system stimulant.

“The bottle should be shaken well for at least three seconds before use,” she says.” Repeat the application every three hours. In households with other animals, or in boarding kennels, spraying the air, bedding, and other surfaces can help keep the illness from spreading.”

Another way to disperse essential oils into the air is with a diffuser. Aromatherapy supply companies, such as Aromatherapeutix, sell different models. A nebulizing diffuser consists of a nebulizer (glass receptacle) attached to the hose of a small air compressor. Drops of essential oil placed in the nebulizer are atomized into tiny droplets that are sprayed into the air.

Bell notes that disinfecting essential oils dispersed by a nebulizing diffuser effectively clean the air, deodorize the room, and help clear up and prevent contagious illnesses.

A new type of ultrasonic cold mist diffuser runs silently (unlike nebulizing diffusers with their noisy air compressors) and can be set for constant or intermittent dispersal. To use, simply fill the unit with water, add a few drops of essential oil, and turn it on. Buttons on the unit control the frequency and duration of misting. Simpler models, such as the SpaMist diffuser, run constantly. Ultrasonic diffusers have become popular accessories for aromatherapists and those who use essential oils.

Any blend of disinfecting essential oils, such as Ravensare, Eucalyptus radiata, or Spike Lavender, can be dispersed into the air with a diffuser.

Canine nutritional consultant Linda Arndt has a favorite remedy for clearing the air and helping dogs recover from and avoid respiratory infections. The Nzymes product Ox-E-Drops (not to be confused with Oxy Drops, an eye drop from a different manufacturer) contains sodium clorite, which breaks down to form chlorine dioxide, a microbiocide.

To use in a warm steam vaporizer (an inexpensive appliance sold in pharmacies), mix 1 teaspoon Ox-E-Drops Concentrate with one gallon of water. For severe cases, use up to 1 tablespoon. In a small bathroom, other enclosed room, or in a crate covered by a sheet, direct the vapors toward the dog’s head, keeping the vaporizer far enough away so that its hot steam doesn’t pose a safety hazard.

“Allow your pet to breathe the vapors for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for four to five hours,” says Arndt. “Repeat the procedure for two to three days until symptoms improve.”
It’s in the waterOx-E-drops can be added to drinking water as well as spayed in the air. “Use 1 drop per 20 pounds of body weight, diluted in 1 to 3 teaspoons of water,” says Arndt, “and give this amount three times per day for all types of illness or respiratory problems.”

Faith Thanas at AromaDog created Lickity Spritzer, a blend of colloidal silver and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) hydrosol, to help keep dogs healthy while traveling as well as at home. Colloidal silver, a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base, is promoted as an all-purpose disinfectant and infection-fighter.

In her book Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, Suzanne Catty writes that the hydrosol (distilled flower water) of lemon balm makes a good prophylactic in flu and allergy season and has both immune-stimulating and infection-fighting properties.

“Together,” says Thanas, “these two super-power ingredients knock out the potential for infection from bacteria, fungi, and viruses, stimulating the immune system and emotionally calming your pet. Lickity Spritzer purifies your pet’s yucky water bowl so it becomes a clean source of good health. This product is great for dogs or cats and multiple pet households.”
Special supplementsAccording to San Diego veterinarian Stephen R. Blake, DVM, the most important defense against any infection, whether fungal, viral, or bacterial, is the gastrointestinal system.

Dr. Blake’s favorite supplement for immune support is bovine colostrum from New Zealand, where all cattle are pasture-fed and organically raised. Colostrum is the “first milk” a cow produces after giving birth, and it contains all the immune support a calf needs to avoid infection. Cows produce colostrum in greater quantities than their calves can consume, so the excess is collected for supplement use.

“I recommend a dose of 500 mg colostrum per 25 pounds of body weight once or twice a day, depending on the dog’s risk factor,” says Dr. Blake.

Other supplements that support the gastrointestinal tract include probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and other “friendly” or “beneficial” bacteria, which help make up the body’s first line of defense against viruses and other pathogens.

Probiotics are especially important for dogs who have been treated with antibiotics, as antibiotics destroy these beneficial microbes. Several probiotic supplements have been developed for dogs and are sold in pet supply stores or veterinary clinics. And don’t neglect vitamin C. Consider giving your dog 500 mg vitamin C three times per day, or half that amount for small dogs, in addition to the animal’s usual supplements for as long as the infection lasts.

The best defenseControlling your dog’s exposure to other animals is one way to help prevent tracheobronchitis, canine flu, and other contagious diseases. Another is to disinfect the air and surfaces around her.

These are commonsense precautions. But your dog’s best defense against infection is a strong immune system, which you can boost with nutrition, exercise, and supplements like those mentioned here. And if your dog ever contracts a respiratory infection, you’ll know how to use simple remedies to turn it around in record time.

CJ Puotinen is a frequent Whole Dog Journal contributor and freelance writer living in New York. She is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and many books on holistic health care and herbal remedies for humans. See “Resources,” page 24, for information on her books.

Friday, October 24

Rain, rain, go away...
Today was a fairly slow day. Tucker and Molly were excited to be back together as they scrambled all over the sand hill and agility equipment trying to catch one another. Gilbert and Makers took it easy today as they calmly followed everyone around the field. Chelsea and Rusty enjoyed passing the tennis ball amongst themselves and then either digging a hole next to the ball over rolling around on top of it. Brodie made friends with Cora and they were a blur of fur as they jumped and wrestled all over the field. Benny and Goldie were so happy to have so many friends to play with but Genny was probably their favorite as they chased after the tennis ball together. Meggy had to take it easy today so she was with all the mellow dogs and made friends with Anna; they would cruise the field till we reached the sand hill and then they would run to the top so they could watch everyone move around the field till we moved on then they would come back to join the group. The rain didn’t let up much, but that didn’t dampen our spirits and just added to the fun by making puddles for everyone to splash in.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008

It’s a Daycare Thursday at its finest! Lots of pups are ready to enjoy the sunshine and fall colors. We are so happy to see that everyone is on a full recovery from their coughs and colds. We look forward to you all being back on your paws and ready to have some more Daycare fun. For those of you that are here today, we are going to make sure that you have a super duper fantastic time! AND… The new camera has arrived and it’s put right to use! The dynamic duo of Sam and Frodo are ready for action. “Come on, let’s get out and get dirty!” That seems to be their whole goal in life. “We are little white Bichons that should have been born chocolate or black.” Lucy and Sammie B join in the mix of pint sized dudes along with the Chins of Mika, Kora, and Gilly. Jack will be a little dog for the day even though it’s a big dude. He always enjoys playing with the smaller dogs in Daycare. Come on guys! Mel is ready and the parks are all ours. So who will be the King (or Queen) of the mighty Star Buddy sand dune? The competition is always fierce, but definitely loads of fun and laughter. Now all the big dogs only had one thing on their mind… Pond please? Mel was a little worried that it was too cold for the pond today, but we told her that it’s never too cold for us dogs. We come equip with our own fur wetsuits! So line ‘em up with Chelsea, Jola, Gracie, and Sophie and off ya’ll go to Cody’s Cove. Gracie spent a lot of her time in Daycare Manners class today with Kevin so she was very excited to take off and play in the park after all that learnin.’ Chelsea had a great time on her run, but she really loved her “couch time” after her run. Nothin’ beats the life of a pampered pup… Thanx for another fabulous fall Daycare day at the Ranch!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October 21, 2008 ~ Tuesday

Today Tyler was in charge of the Daycare Journal. He can always get much more creative than Jen can. Today was also a bit on the slower side, but that’s okay. Beep, beep… Here comes the Dog-Gone-Waggin’ with Max, Konig, Rock, Red, and Gar. Max came to spend the day with us and he enjoyed wrestling with Baloo. Chelsea, Buster and Beau chased each other around the field and rolled around in the sand together. Lilly and Evan enjoyed playing with each other till Lilly ran him over when he suddenly stopped in the middle of the field but after they took a breather Evan was right back to trying to tackle Lilly to the ground. Red, Rock and Gar went on their run together and while Gar just cruised the perimeter, Red and Rock were practicing their agility by running over the A frame and going up the dog walk. Konig ran with Tre and Stella and while Tre chased his tennis balls, Konig and Stella wrestled on the sand hill and Konig covered himself in sand by rolling all over the hill and digging holes to stick his snout in. Sammie B, Lucy, Buddy, and Boogie enjoyed their quality Star Buddy time. Everyone loves to be pampered and schmoozed… Even the slow days here at the ranch are filled with fun and excitement. Beep, beep, and the Waggin’s off with Jules behind the wheel to deliver you all home. Sleep tight and we’ll cya soon!

October 20, 2008 ~ Monday

Patience is such a virtue… We are still waiting for the new camera to arrive, but it should be any day now. We promise. Today was another smash hit in the record books of DSR Daycare! We may have been small in our attendance numbers, but we were grand in our energy! The little guys were definitely the most comical. Lily and Daisy paired up with a new friend called, Buddy, along with Perkins and Patches. By the end of the day everyone was snoozing on the couch with their tongues hanging out… Beene, Izzy, Benji, Brady, Chelsea, Banjo, Molly, Sam P, and Teddy (yes, he is a Cockapoo, but he doesn’t know he’s a little dude). It was a rip roarin’ day up and down and around Sheba’s Summit and the sand dune of the Star Buddy Park. We’ve got a lot of playing to do before the rain comes and then we can come out again afterwards. Yippee! Phoebe and Pippi spend the day enjoying their sisterly bond. One day left before it’s time to head home from our Ranch vacation.

Monday, October 20, 2008

"Kennel Cough:" Dog Star Ranch Update

October 20, 2008

To the Humans of our Guests:

It has come to our attention that a few of our guests have recently contracted Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, better known as “kennel cough” that were boarding with us from October 7 until October 15, 2008. Because of this, we are providing you with the following information. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask our staff or contact your veterinarian.

What is kennel cough? “Kennel cough” is a viral or bacterial infection which can be caused by numerous organisms. The most common bacteria involved is Bordatella bronchiseptica. When a dog contracts one of these organisms it will develop infection and inflammation of the trachea and bronchi.

How is it contracted? It is transmitted through roughly the same manner as the human “common cold.” “Kennel cough” is transferred airborne via vapor or dust particles and can be acquired from a neighborhood dog, a kennel, your local vet, and many other possibilities. The best example of a similar human situation is when children go back to school or daycare it is very common for them to get the sniffles and such from being with all the children.

What are the symptoms? The most common symptom is a dry, non-productive cough that is very persistent, and it may appear or sound as if the dog is going to retch. Symptoms usually appear within 3-7 days of exposure and are oftentimes exacerbated by drinking water, increased activity, and temperature fluctuations. In the majority of cases of kennel cough, the dog will continue to lead a normal life with no changes in activity level or appetite, just the persistent cough.

What is Dog Star Ranch doing about it? In finding out about the recent exposure at Dog Star Ranch, we are taking precautions to keep the situation under control. We are following the American Boarding and Kennel Association’s (ABKA) guidelines and have also contacted local veterinarian clinics to inquire on their protocols and recommendations. We are aware that isolation is necessary if any symptomatic dogs are found at our facility, and we are prepared to do isolate if the need arises. Dog Star Ranch always strives to provide the best possible care to your canine companions. Frequent cleaning procedures have always been in place and will continue to be there to provide your dog with a healthy environment when they are in our care. We also want to remind you that the building has an ERV system which is similar to that located in a veterinary surgical room. It frequently sanitizes and refreshes the air within the building to provide all with clean air for all to breath.

Our veterinary requirements have always been that only healthy dogs are allowed to participate in Dog Star Ranch services. We require that all dogs are seen at least annually by their veterinarian and that they are meeting their own veterinarian’s requirements for their dog. This leaves the health care of your dog in the doctor that knows them best. Many of you have asked if we require the Bordatella or “Kennel Cough” vaccination and the answer would be no. This vaccination only includes a couple of the many strands of this virus (much like the flu vaccination for humans) and this is one of the reasons why we feel that we can not require it. In this particular incident of “Kennel Cough” we have seen more cases in dogs that have recently been vaccinated with the Bordatella vaccination than in dogs that have not received that vaccine.

The staff at Dog Star Ranch strives to make sure that our clients remain aware of all canine-related issues here. We ask that you take the time to review this information and if you have any questions or see your dog exhibiting any of the previously listed symptoms, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian. We also appreciate you letting us know if you are seeing these symptoms in your dog so that we can keep record of who was affected by this incident. Also, if your dog is currently expressing any signs of not being fully healthy, please keep them home rather than allow them to participate in Dog Star services.

Thank you for choosing Dog Star Ranch!


Jen Hutchison and the Dog Star Ranch team

Dog Star Ranch
4200 Whitehall Road
Muskegon, MI 49445
Information above was gathered from's article "Kennel Cough in Dogs." For further details, visit their website at

Friday, October 17, 2008




Thursday, October 16, 2008

Good bye to the old camera and hello to the new...

Well, it’s official… The camera has met its match and can no longer handle the fun that the Daystars dish out. Too much sand really isn’t beneficial to it…. So that camera is no more and we’ve got another one lined up, but it wasn’t here in time for today’s events. That means no photos for today… That doesn’t mean that we can’t tell you all about our Daycare adventures ourselves!

What an action packed group we had today. Rebel, Copper, Jackson, Duke, Sophie, Tristan, Chelsea, Hilde, Goldie and her bro, Benny, Scout, and Buddy were the members of the first group. This group never disappoints! They love to run, get dirty, swim, get dirty, fetch, and did I mention they enjoy getting dirty…

Kendal Bear, Banjo, Musky, and Chip teamed up with some boarding friends of Sophie, Genny, Maggie Mae, and Maggie F. Musky came special to visit with his pal, Maggie F. He knew that she was here and he wanted to join in some of the fun. The pair thoroughly enjoyed their time with their new pals. Kendal and Banjo were two peas in a pod. They were perfect companions on their run and they came back in and shared the Luxury Loft together...

Next up is Sugar, Fletcher, and Cleo joined Cora, Monty, and Romel. This group loves to play, but can also be a little more reserved. They enjoyed a great trip to the Special Use Park along with Mel. Everyone came back in with smiles on their faces and a wag in their tails…

Tre and Stella enjoyed their individual time with Tyler. Fetch was the name of the game and that was all they wanted to do. Fetch in the sand or fetch in the water… Either was fine as long as they were able to run and play they were happy Ranchers…

Riddick was flying solo with his buddy, Tyler. They had some great adventures one-on-one through the Star Buddy Park. Riddick may have little legs, but he’s full of heart and muscle. That sand dune was no match for his smaller size…

Sami, Roo, Mitch, Lucy, Boogie, Tocino, and Sammie B were the little Stars of the Day (well, Sam B isn’t exactly that little, but she prefers to mingle with the smaller, mellower ones). These guys had energy to spare! They played so hard on their morning romp that it was time for some good zzzz’s by the afternoon.

We can chalk that up to another successful Daycare day. Thanx Ya’ll!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Today was fairly busy for daycare. Ginger is celebrating her 1st birthday at the ranch and no birthday is complete without a nice sand bath so she enjoyed rolling around on the sand hill and giving kisses to all the other dogs. Elf and Teddy enjoyed playing tug with every stick or twig they could find while Ben ran beside them howling trying to get into the middle of their tug match. Emma blew everyone away chasing after the tennis ball and almost always caught it on the first bounce. Phoebe was in a small group with Smokey, Sugar, Franklin and Lola and she did very good playing with them. Sugar and Smokey turned their run into wrestle mania, stopping briefly for drinks and cool down periods. Jack was excited to have Maggie and Genny to play with and when one grew tired he moved onto the next so he constantly was bouncing around the field. Howie was just thrilled with digging holes to roll around in. Even with the threat of approaching rain, today was an excellent day for daycare.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 14, 2008

Today was a busy day for daycare. Niko and Sheridan were buddies today; they were weaving around and through the other dogs as they chased each other and when they grew tired of that they calmly walked a few laps before continuing their pursuit of each other. Sami and Roo enjoyed Epi’s company as they coolly walked around the field together. Benji and Jackson enjoyed wrestling with each other and when Benji would try to chew on Jackson he would bump him away with his butt but this only strengthened Benji’s resolve to take Jackson down. Beene and Izzy decided they were going to take Lilly down for once so they tag teamed her, Beene went for the front legs while Izzy tried her best to jump on top of Lilly but they soon gave up and resorted to rolling around in the sand. Tank was his usual calm self and just liked to be in the middle of the pack as the chaos went on around him. Buster, Evan and Tristan were tearing it up as they chased one another all over the field and climbed over anything that got in their way. Daisy ran with Stella and they had a blast running after each other and wrestling/digging in the sand together. Hilde had a little admirer named Baby Rue; at first Hilde was unsure of Baby Rue but after some muzzle licks they just enjoyed walking around the field together. Everyone had a buddy to play with and that made it an excellent day.

Just some general reminders to all the Daycare Parents…

Please remember that the area between the parking lot and the Wag-On-Inn and park system is considered a “Leashed Area.” I know that you are all super excited to come and play with your friends, but this is for the general safety of you and all our guests. Thank you for understanding.

Don’t forget that Halloween is right around the corner and we are looking forward to having a fun-filled Daycare Friday! We hope that you will all be able to come and share in the fun. Also, if you are planning on bringing a costume of your own, please bring it in a bag. We’ll make sure to put it on you later and take lots of photos, but we don’t want it to get dirty in the mean time.

We have had some daycare clients requesting yearly Daycare packages. We have put a few together to meet those needs. These packages are designed a bit differently, but they do give you a larger per day savings. They do expire 365 days after purchasing. We have several options that range from once per week usage to five days per week usage. If you are interested in more information, please let us know or email Jen at

I think that’s all the reminders and notes for now. Have a fabulous day and we hope to see you all again very soon.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13

Today was pretty slow for daycare. Lucy and Levi joined the ranks today and they did really well; Lucy enjoyed chasing after the tennis ball while Levi enjoyed wandering around being social with the others. Beene and Izzy were their usual goofy selves and enjoyed running after each other all over the sand hill but when they tired of that Izzy would run and jump all over Benji, covering him with slobber and then he would take off after her. Chelsea was glad to be here and she was having a blast chasing after the tennis balls with Rusty even though he would usually beat her to them. Aggie made a new friend named Angus and they thoroughly enjoyed chasing after each other, barking their heads off. Hilde and Epi were buds for the day; while all the chaos from the other dogs was going on, they just walked side-by-side till we were done with our run. Pippi and Phoebe ran with Buck today and Phoebe tried to get Buck to play with her by running around in circles around him while Pippi was just satisfied with giving him a good sniff and then it was off to patrol the fences. Today was a great start to the coming week ahead.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Friday for All!

Today was fairly busy at the ranch. Ginger was excited to find Lilly and Tucker here so she covered them with kisses and eagerly jumped around them wanting to play. Rebel was a little late but she made it in time for her run and she was bombarded by Lilly and Daisy as they desperately wanted her to play with them; at first Rebel was overwhelmed but she quickly got into the swing of things. Tank was his usual goofy self and just enjoyed running with the pack and occasionally he would chase after the ball if it didn’t involve going too far. Elf and Tristan were happy to be together and they would pick up sticks or steal tennis balls, anything to get the other dogs to chase them. Chelsea and Ramsey spent most of the time stealing tennis balls from one another when they weren’t busy chasing after them. Sam B decided she was going to dig her way to China but she soon grew bored with that and went on to find a tennis ball to chew on. Stella made friends with Daisy today and they were zipping around the pond while Stella tried to chew on Daisy neck. Molly and Tre were busy racing to retrieve the tennis balls but every so often Stella would make them stop so she could get in some play time with her brother. We could not have asked for a nicer day to end the week with.
We also need to take some time and wish Mr. Bo a happy trip. He and his family are moving to Denver. You will be greatly missed by all, but best of luck in your new adventures. All your Star Buddies and Dog Star pals are send loads of hugs and kisses along with you. Have safe travels...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Oct, 8 2008

Today was a fairly slow day. Everyone enjoyed the morning rain and they were thankful for the mud puddles to roll around in. Kokee took advantage of the plethora of mud puddles and came back so covered in mud that she looked like a chocolate lab. Tristan was happy being the center of attention and got everyone to chase him around the field then he tried his best to tackle Lilly but he soon lost interest and turned his sights to Ben. Bode was so glad to be here that his butt wouldn’t stop wiggling and he and Sugar had a great time running around the field barking at each other. Benji and Chelsea were up to their old tricks, stealing tennis balls and sticks away from the others and making them chase them around the field to get it back. Phoebe went out with Buck and she chased him around as he ran for the tennis ball then she was with Pippi and together they climbed all over the equipment outside and Pippi was then the lookout as Phoebe dug holes on the top of the sand hill. Brady and Jackson ran together and at first Jackson tried to steal the tennis ball away from Brady till he found his own, then he ran after Brady barking with the ball in his mouth while Brady chased after his. Even with a gloomy beginning to the day, everyone had a great day and lots of fun.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October 7 ~ Tuesday

Today was a very busy day. Sebastian, Riley and Teddy were whipping around the field after one another and running underneath the bigger dogs. Milo made a new friend named Angus and they were like 2 peas in a pod, chasing each other over the sand hill and then digging holes to lie next to each other when they needed a break. Konig and Stella ran together and they had a blast running all over the agility equipment and Konig would run to the top of the sand hill and slowly slide down on his back while Stella jumped all around him trying to find a way to pin him down. Jake was so excited to be in such a big group that he couldn’t make up his mind as to who he wanted to play with but eventually he decided on Sugar and they had a great time bouncing all over the field. Buster was happy to find that Meleny was willing to run around the field with him and let him chew on her neck as they walked around. Jackson has really taken a liking to little Izzy and he joins the frenzy of jumping and tackling that Beene and Izzy enjoy doing so much. Baloo and Chelsea have become fast friends and together they like running over the top of the sand hill and racing down to the bottom. Even with the temperature dropping and the leaves changing colors we’re still making the best out of every day.

October 6 ~ Monday

I would like to apologize for the delay in posting the Daycare Journal for Monday, October 6. We tried to get some photos, but the camera had a different idea, so we are going to make up for that in Tuesday’s journal. None the less, it was a fantastic day! Everyone was so full of energy and exuberance that they all kept their Star Buddies on their tippy toes. The boxer duo of Izzy and Beene were ready to rock and roll. “Come on guys! What’s the hold up? I wanna go climb some more trees!” Sometimes Beene likes to be a monkey ready than a boxer gal. Benji was right along with them. “Time to play! Yippee!!!” He’s still a pup, but he sure can play with the big dogs! He was a perfect companion for Beene and Izzy. The next dog to add to the mix was Kokee and Brady. Kokee is a super star when it comes to the Ranch, but usually she’s a boarding star and today she is able to join in the Daycare fun. Brady just loves to have a good time and it usually shows. This Golden pair LOVES to roll around in the sand after a dip in the pond. Good thing you are headed to the Grooming Salon next, Brady. Good morning Miss Chelsea! You’re just in time for the fun to begin. Beep, Beep! Here comes Pat with the Dog-Gone-Waggin’ along with Rockingham and Red. They didn’t want to miss today’s adventures either! Round ‘em up and move ‘em out! Phoebe and Pippi were also here for the day’s events and they love to explore. They always need to know everything that is going on at the Ranch. Okay, who is up for a leisurely afternoon stroll? Look’s like it’s your turn Reggie, Sammie B, Pookey, and Boogie. This group is more about exploration and sniffin’ rather than rough housin’ and wrestlin’. Thanx for a fabulous day! We always love to see you all. Just a reminder, Halloween will be on a Friday this year and you can be sure that we will have fun festivities here at the Ranch.

Friday, October 3, 2008

October Third ~ Friday

We must be super duper special because we have all the “Big Guns” in for the Daycare today. Pat, Carol, and Lorri are the Star Buddies for the day and they come prepared. Pat is ready to get the Daystars opinion of the new jungle gym that has just been completed for them. He made it with all of you in mind so let’s see what you guys think… Looks like it receives a “paws up” from everyone here! Even the little guys want to share in the fun! Now today the camera had its good and bad moments, so there may not be as many photos as normal, but I tried to make sure everyone was in one of them. Okay, do you think you are ready to see who was playing with whom?

Group 1: Molly, Smokey, Samantha, Jackson, KC, Makers, Gilbert, Tucker along with boarding stars of Dixie, Mason, Zumaya, Zoey, and Buddy. This group is 70% Retrievers and what do Retrievers like to do best? Run, swim, fetch, run, and swim some more! They did their thorough exploration of the new “thing” in the Star Buddy Park then off to the pond for some wet and sandy fun.

Group 2: Meggy, Chelsea, Sam, Buck, Tristan, Duke, Konig, Jack along with boarding stars of Claude, Molly, Lurch, Bo Ramsey, Charlie, and Abbey. Today happened to be Duke’s first day and he had a blast. All of you Daystars were super nice to show him around the parks and he thoroughly enjoyed his first day. Lorri wanted to make sure that Duke’s mom knew that he had a blast doing what dogs do best ~ playing in the dirt. This group was so rambunctious and full of energy. The fun continued all day long…

Group 3: Sami, Roo, Boogie and boarding stars of Pepper, Louie, Max, Trixie, Holly, Oliver, and Stella. These little guys don’t know that they are little. They challenge the new jungle gym just like the Retrievers do. When you’re this size it’s the perfect location to play an intense game of hide-and-seek… Can you see me now?

Group 4: The dynamic duo of Rockingham and Red make up Group 4. Pat decided to put these boys to the test and see how their agility skills measured up. Both of them did outstanding on the main obstacle, but Rock was the only one brave enough to take on the teeter totter. That’s okay Red. We’ll give it a go the next time around.

Group 5: Pippi and Phoebe spend their afternoon in the Special Use Park with Lorri. Both of the girls had to make sure that they knew what was going on everyone around the Ranch. Pippi enjoyed greeting those headed down the Canine Express and made sure to say “hello” to everyone. Phoebe was much more concerned with all the hoopla next door. “They may be doing construction over there, but if they get too close to the Ranch I’ll have something to say about that…” Both of the girls had a great day bonding with each other and Lorri.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another super duper Thursday

Hmmm… What can be said about today’s Daycare Crew… Hmmm… This might be a toughie… Just kidding! These Daystars are awesome and ready to strut their stuff all over the parks. Pond anyone? That is definitely the park of choice even for the little dudes. No one wants to turn away from some wet and wild sandy fun. It’s good for the skin right? Good exfoliation… It’s a good sounding excuse, but they don’t care. They just enjoy the day with all their friends and Star Buddies. Well, that’s enough gabbing from me. Just remember to check out the photos for the full scoop on today’s adventures. The happy, sandy smiles tell the full tail…

Reminder to Dogstars...

There are lots of new training options available at DSR. We are looking to start an Advance Obedience Class this Saturday for those that are interested. We also have a new type of class starting on October 11 called “Chewing the Fat with DSR.” This is an open forum type class where you choose the topics. Each week will be a new topic and your suggestions for future topics are greatly appreciated. To find a listing of classes already scheduled or to suggest topics for our open forum class please contact the office or email Jen at Have you done a class at DSR with a prior trainer? Feel free to stop out and view Kevin’s training style by observing a current class (contact the office for dates and times of classes). Also you qualify to receive a 50% discount on your next class. Contact the office to find out how!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oct. 1, 08

Today was fairly busy. Lilly was excited to find Smokey here waiting for her in the morning and together they made a new friend named Lurch; they all were happy bouncing around the pond till Lurch got tired and decided to patrol the fence line. Sugar was glad to be back at the ranch and enjoyed stealing the tennis balls away from Rusty so he would have to follow her to get them back. Jake was very well behaved today and found himself a friend in Finn; they enjoyed chasing after the ball together and occasionally they would wrestle around in the grass. Sophie was glad to have Teddy and Ben to chase around the field and she also kept busy by stealing the tennis balls from the other dogs. Bella was happy to chase after everyone the first few laps but then she got bored with that and walked along the fence line. Beene thought she was a ninja for the day so she was busy climbing up the trees and tried to use her steal skills to attack from above but unfortunately she’s not as sneaky as she thought and when she jumped her forehead smashed into my nose. Pippi and Phoebe went out to play on the agility equipment and they loved running up and down the A frame. Tre and Stella ran with Red and Rock and they all had a blast running all over the agility equipment and Rock even ran up the teeter totter but jumped off before it touched the ground. The summer season is coming to an end and the beauty of autumn is making its self known with the brightly colored leaves but that doesn’t stop us from having a great time out on our walks.