Give Your Dog Somethin' to Bark about!

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Jasper

Mixed day of fun... Some enjoyed the indoor arena while others romped in the snow...
What a special day! Today Jasper turns 1 and he was able to share it will all kinds of doggie pals! He even came up front and was a wonderful office helper for Jen and Carol! Happy Birthday bud!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunny Tuesday 12/29... Almost time for 2010

Check out the "stars"... All of these kids are looking for a home to call their own...
Winter fun in the sun...

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Long Hair Chihuahua
White & Brown, Intact Male
Lost 12/23/2009
Whitehall Rd. & Duck Lake Rd.
Last seen at Hyde Park & Duck Lake Rd.
Cheryl @ 1(231)844-2044
Mark @ (231)286-9801

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas is getting closer and closer...

We'd like to Welcome the new brother to Miss Phoebe, Bear (aka Bear Bear). He made the journey from California and is really adjusting well! To follow his progress, check out the My Way Home Blog for updates!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Concert...

This will be a fun Christmas concert and our very own, Miss Cayla Yarnold will be having a solo in this concert! Share some holiday cheer and join us for this fun event!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dreaming of a Doggie Christmas

Okay, it was such a busy day in daycare today (34 dogs) that the boys forgot the camera... So I thought I would share some Christmas Cheer. Have a wonderful start to your weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tues., Dec. 15

Winter wonderland...
Some indoor R and R...
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Jasper working with Kevin and Nick...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, December 14

Looking to add a canine friend to your family? The cute tan and black girl in the middle photo is a foster sister to Beau, Baloo, and Buster and she is looking for a home to call her very own this holiday season. Sorry, I tried to get better photos of her, but she was having too much fun movin' and shakin' with her friends :) She's super sweet and snuggly. Also don't forget to follow the update on the My Way Home program that is growing in leaps and bounds! Happy start to your holiday season everyone from all your friends at Dog Star Ranch!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Welcome the Weekend!

What a great way to end the week! Lots of dogs, well parents, were brave and headed out on the wintery roads. Today we were joined by Duke, Meggy, Molly, Maggie, Max, Lexi, Sadie, Boogie, Tristan, Stella, Tre, Rebel, Juno, Tarby, Phoebe, Tucker, and the Yarnold gang - Buck, Sasha, Gilly, Kora, Mika, and Murphey. Let's not forget Jasper, Konig, and My Way Home's Archie. It's never a dull moment at the Ranch! Make sure to stay nice and warm this weekend despite the wintry winds and we'll cya next week!
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So far, so good! We've been keeping up on Park mainteinance with all the snowy downfall and right now the Parks are completely open, just make sure to bundle up. If something happens and we have to close a park for some reason, we'll make sure to put a note here on the blog.
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Santa's checkin' his list once and twice and maybe a third time... Does everyone keep asking you what you want for Christmas and you're just not sure what to say? Dog Star Ranch offers Gift Certificates! They can pick the amount they want or take a look at all the options we have in the Wag-On-Inn (clothing, collars, toys ...). Want to give the gift that gives a friend's dog somethin' to bark about? A Dog Star Ranch Gift Certificate is a great stocking stuffer!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter wonderland at the Ranch...


As you all know just by looking out your windows, the winter weather is here in full force! Please, please be careful out there on the roads. At this time the parks are completely open (other than the ponds) for use and we will do our best to keep up on all the snowfall, but use your best judgement! If it doesn't feel right it's not right! Daycare is running like normal also. We do have one CANCELATION: The Risin' Star Basic Obedience class for tonight has been canceled! We will plan to resume next Thursday night. If you have any questions, please contact the Wag-On-Inn at (231)766-0444.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More snow on the way...

Looks like we are just hitting the start to a cold and snowy week! Daycare will continue like normal, but please be safe on the roads when you're traveling!
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We would like to introduce a new training program/club...
Dog Star Ranch Open Training Club
This club will run weekly (Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the week ~ call the office to double check) and it will cover anything and everything! Wanna know more? Send a note over to Kevin at! The first class is tonight, Tuesday, 12/8 at 5pm.
Members rates: $15 per session/$50 for 4 (one month)
Non-Members rates: $25 per session/$80 for 4 (one month)
Don't forget to follow our new program, My Way Home at as we take a dog without a home and find him/her their forever family!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter wonderland...

What a beautiful day and the dogs loved all the fresh snow! It's a great start to the week and winter! Drive safely all you mom's and dad's.

DSR Winter Newsletter

Christmas Photos from 11/21

Hey guys! For those of you that had your photos done with Shawna on 11/21 they are posted on her website. Go to On the bottom, click on "Client Login" to "Event Directory" and you'll see the spot for "Dog Star Ranch Christmas." For those that order prints and such, they are in and can be picked up at the Wag-On-Inn! Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snowy December is Underway...

It's definitely not near the amount of snow that we had this time last year, but it's a start and the dogs are lovin' it! We also were able to welcome a newbie to the group. Miss Maggie brought her new little brother, Max. He sure won't be little for long and he had a great time. Thanx for another great day and end to another good week.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wed and Thursday Photos

As we say good bye to a dear friend, we want to celebrate all the wonderful dogs that visit us at the Ranch! We are so thankful to be able to share our days with you! As you may have noticed, we have updated the blog site a bit. We hope you enjoy it. Don't forget to check in with our My Way Home blog at to keep updated with Murphey and all the future dogs of this program!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday was Smokey's Day!

Wednesday was Smokey's Daycare day to come and play with his friends and Star Buddies. He was just two years old; Lab mix that had this Big Easy Goin way about him. He loved his humans and all the critters they would rescue ( two little fawns and a raccoon ).

This week a big empty space fell over DSR when we heard that Smokey had been hit by a car and passed last Friday. Smokey has been coming to our daycare program since he was just a little guy, we have fully enjoyed watching him grow up, he will be greatly missed and remembered as our Big Easy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Welcome to December!

Ahhh... the sun is shining and it's a wonderful way to start December! Everyone had a great time! As you start (or continue) your holiday shopping, don't forget to stop by the Wag-On-Inn! 2010 DSR Calendars make great stocking stuffers! We also have a new line of Red Dingo ID tags, Yellow Dog collars and leashes, along with lots of toys and treats for your canine to enjoy! Have a wonderful start to the holiday season and remember to give your dog somethin' to bark about today!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rainy Wednesday to a Sunny Friday!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We hope you all enjoy this wonderful holiday filled with yummy food and time with the ones you love, human and canine! Despite this morning's snowy start, it looks like the sun is here to stay!
Dog Star Ranch is a "full house" for this holiday weekend! We have lots of dogs boarding with us and doing daycare too! The photos don't show all the fun that was had, but we'll try to post some more later! Have a great holiday weekend and we'll see ya'll back here on Monday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is almost here...

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! What are you thankful for this holiday season? Post a comment for what you are thankful for to share!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dog Star Ranch My Way Home

Today was a little bit of an odd day... The morning Star Buddy overslept so he had kind of a crazy start to the day and completely forgot the camera! All the dogs had a wonderful day! Due to the fact that we had no photos to display, I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to a fresh new program at the Ranch. It is called My Way Home. To learn more about this fabulous program check out our other blog. It can be found by going to our Dog Star Ranch profile here (lower left hand corner of the screen) or by this address . Have a great start to your Thanksgiving week. We are so very thankful for each and every one of you!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Winston definitely wins the dirtiest dog award today!

By looking at the photos, can you tell me who Winston is? He wins the dirtiest dog award of the day by a mile! Good thing he's headed to the bath tub next! Thanx for another great day!

Daycare Report Cards Example...

I just wanted to take some time and explain the layout of the Daycare Report Cards that you will be seeing. If you ever have questions, definitely feel free to contact Kevin and he can help clarify anything or talking to you about training options if needed and help you reach the scores that you want for you dog. Below is a sample Report Card and explanation.

Social Skills 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Manners 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (with humans)
Manners 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (with dogs)
Activity Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

"This is an example of a perfect report card, granted they are not all 10's but they are all balanced high scores. The point of the report card is to show what areas your dog is lacking. If you dog has scores from one end of the spectrum to the other then their behaviors are out of balance. Obedience/manners training will allow us to get the consistant scores and balance our dogs. If your dog's activity level is very high, yet other areas are low then our dogs can easily be trained. Training focuses and channels the energy to use it usefully and we will balance our dogs and see a great deal of behavioral change." ~ Kevin

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, 11/16/2009

Today was another great day of Daycare. Unfortunately, Matt was sooo excited to get out and run with everyone that he forgot to grab the camera, so no photos for today. But here is the roll call for the day!
* Arie * Chip * Dash * Ginger * Hans * Juno * Lexi * Max * Meleny * Molly * Murphy * Red * Rockingham * Tristan * along with all the Chins... * Boogie * Gilligan * Kora * Mika *
Everyone seemed to have a great time. Murphy was the "newbie" of the day. He was just adopted by his new family a couple weeks ago and he was eager to join in the daycare fun. He definitely enjoyed running and making lots of new friends! Arie, Meleny, and Juno along with Tristan and Max made themselves comfortable in Pup Paradise during their down time. Everyone was all smiles and waggin' tails today! Thanx for a great start another week! Don't forget if you want to have a sitting at the Christmas Photos this weekend with Shawan's Point of View Photography, please call the office and set that up. We only have a few time slots left! "Most dogs don't think that they are human; they know they are." - Jane Swan

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th... hmmm... 11/13/09

Time slots are filling up quickly for the Saturday, 11/21 Christmas photo session. If you are interested in grabbin' one of those times, please let us know!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bellwether Christmas Open House 2009

What a beautiful day to be at the Ranch!

It was another wonderful day to be out enjoying the Ranch! The sun is shining and all the dogs have an extra wag in their tails this mornin'. We even had a little "newbie" named Abby Rae. She is a little dachie that was having a blast! Thank you to Miss Lucy for being patient with the little guy and showing her the ropes of Daycare! Thank you for another adventurous Daycare day here at the Ranch!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More sunshine in the forecast for today!

The weather must be making up for all that rain we had for so long, because it looks like to sun is going to spend the day with us again! 24 Day Stars today to share it with! The more the merrier! It looks like the big "attraction" today is the monster hole perfect for excavation in the Star Buddy Park. Lots of dogs were thoroughly entertained! But as you can see, the dogs were all smiles today! Dash, open your pretty eyes. CC is always a croud pleaser with her little dancin' moves. She helped show the "newbie," Lola around her first day of Daycare. Sadie, not sure what look you are going for there... Izzie is always a good one for an ear to ear grin! Thanx again for another great day! Just a reminder, Kevin will start sending out "Daycare Report Cards" via email just to keep you updated with how your dog is doing in Daycare. If we don't currently have email address, please give it to us when you pick your kids up from Daycare or send us a note to Don't worry, these aren't meant to be stressful. They will just be helpful notes or updates on how your dog is doing in Daycare. Have a great rest of your day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Monday Mornin' Ya'll!

We hope you are all having a good start to your week and enjoying this fabulous weather! Gotta take advantage of it while we can.
I had an update that I wanted to send your way... For those that are doing Daycare, we will now be doing Daycare Report Cards via email. Kevin is here with the Daycare dogs Tuesdays through Fridays. He will be putting together these report cards and sending them out during the day when your dog is in Daycare. That gives Kevin a chance to communicate with you and keep you updated on how your dog is doing in Daycare. You may not recieve one every time your dog is in daycare, but I wanted to let you know that this is a new service going with Daycare. To make sure we have the correct email addresses, the morning Star Buddy will have a sheet for you to sign in when you drop your pup off for Daycare. If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a great start to your week!

Friday, November 6, 2009


THE RESULTS ARE IN! I apologize in advance for any spelling errors. I had a hard time reading some of the names so I did the best that I could. If you have questions if you are a winner, let me know!

Door Prize Winners:

Winner’s Name / Dog’s Name / Door Prize
* Carolyn Mayberry / Coco / Memory Stones by Jodi
* T. Baerlin / Boris / Daisy Doodle 1 lb. of treats
* Anthony Uriate / Ruby / Miche Bags
* Karen Johnson / Tristan / Bucket full of dog goodies from Two Hot Tamales
* Marci Maynard / Ollie / Allenbrite LLC Pouch
* Brenda Villalpant / Onyx / Karen’s Dog Gone Creations Small Dog (or Cat) Bed
* Sherry Leak / ? / MLOTC Obedience or Agility Class
* Nancy Thomas / Amos / MLOTC Obedience of Agility Class
* Carrie Patterson / Champ / GTTR Doggie Treats
* James Muntean / Shelby / Doreen Doggie Delights Treats
* Connie M. Sanchez / Ginger / Allies for Greyhound T-Shirt
* Pat Stahl / Raja / Lynn Rolison Collar and Leash
* Gloria Ritchie / ? / Tastefully Simple Beer Bread Mix
* Vicki Emery / Ginger / Allies for Greyhound T-Shirt
* Tera Braid / Brady / Coupon Book from UFC Church

Congratulations! Prizes can be picked up at the Wag-On-Inn during office hours!

Trick / Training Contest Winner:
WINSTON “The Bumble Bee” GLENN
* Free Basic Obedience Class at DSR (valued at $125)

Costume Contest Winners:
* Lakeshore Pet Fencing Gift Certificates (valued at $125)

* MLOTC Obedience or Agility Class

* Point of View Photography Free Pet Photo Session along with one 5x7 (valued at $105)

* Dog Star Ranch Day at the Spa ~ One Free Day of Daycare along with One Free Grooming (must be done the same day, package value varies depending on the cost of the grooming)

Did you enjoy having your photo taken with your canine companion by a professional photographer? Shawna has offered to come back to the Ranch to take your holiday photos! She will extend the special Dogtoberfest pricing along with present some great Christmas card options. She will be at the Ranch on Saturday, November 21. Time slots are limited so please call to reserve your spot today!

Last chance to vote!

Last chance to vote for your favorite Dogtoberfest Costume! Winners will be announced right here tomorrow morning for ALL the contest winners.

All of the Star Buddies want to say thank you to Dash and Arie. The cider and donuts were very yummy. Thank you!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5

Another Great Daycare Day!!! Don't forget... Dogtoberfest Door Prize Winners will be announced right here on the Blog on Saturday, 11/7!

Keep on votin'!!! The Dogtoberfest Costume Contest voting continues until Friday, 11/6 at 6pm. Go to to view the photos and email your favorite to today!

Do you have your Christmas Cards or Holiday Photos? Did you enjoy having your photo taken with your canine companion by a professional photographer? Shawna has offered to come back to the Ranch to take your holiday photos! She will extend the special Dogtoberfest pricing along with present some great Christmas card options. She will be at the Ranch on Saturday, November 21. Time slots are limited so please call to reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I think I see some sunshine! Don't forget to vote for your favorite!

I can't believe it... I think the sunshine is trying to make an appearance today! Yes, it's still very chilly, but the sunshine always warms any day! It was another great daycare day for the record books! I also wanted to take some time to say CONGRATS to Ginger and her mom, Vicki. Last night they passed their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test! Great job you two!
Just a reminder of some of the awesome vendors and rescues that took part in Dogtoberfest! Don't forget to vote for your favorite in the costume contest. See the blog entry made just before this to find out how! All prize winners ~ Door Prize and Contest Winners ~ will be announced right here on the blog on Saturday, 11/7/2009!