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)

Friday, November 29, 2013

DayStar of the Month ~ October 2013


It is with great pleasure that we are announcing River Minty has been voted the DSR DayStar of the Month for November.  River started coming to the Ranch in September 2009.  She was a happy puppy ready to play and run with the best of them.  In 2011 River was diagnosed with Addison’s disease that compromised her immune system.  One of the medications she was put on had caused her to gain weight quickly.  In July 2013 we worked with her mom and set up a game plan to get River back to her skinny minnie self!  River comes to daycare two days per week on the Dog-Gone-Waggin’ and she loves it!!  When she started in July, Chris needed to lift River into the van as she was unable to do so herself.  River started with only one small little walk in the parks as to not overdo her or stress her body.  Now she is on two full walks per day and is doing great!  River is now 20 pounds lighter than she was when she started and well on her way to a healthy weight!  River, we love being a part of this journey for you and so happy that we are able to help you.  We hope to have many, many more happy memories with you down the roads ahead and we are so happy to say that you have been named the DayStar of the Month for November 2013.  Congrats Miss River Minty!

Friday, November 22, 2013

HaPpY fRiDaY eVeRyOnE!!



Daycare Information for the Holiday week:

It's almost Turkey Time!!  Yummy!  Looking at the holiday schedule, I wanted to make sure you all knew that the only day we will not have Daycare available is Thursday, November 28.  Wednesday, November 27 the office does close at 12:00 pm, but we will all be here much later than that.  Those that come to Daycare on Wednesday, when you come back in the afternoon, you'll just have to ring the doorbell.

Do you want a CLEAN dog for the holidays??  Please let us know sooner than later as the grooming room is filling up for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone and thank you for choosing us to give your dog somethin' to bark about!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Greetings from Dog Star Ranch!

Greetings Pet Parents,

All of us at Dog Star Ranch hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to your holiday season!  We are all getting ready to share the holidays with our favorite canine guests and we are super excited.  The holidays are always wonderful and merry around the Ranch. 

I wanted to send over a couple of notes your way.  Wednesday, November 27, we will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and closed on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.  We will be right back with our regular hours for the office and daycare on Friday, November 29.  For those of you that are boarding your furbabies with us over the holiday please don’t worry.  We do have staff that will be here on Thanksgiving caring for the guests, we just will not have the office open.  We always have staff here from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm every day, even when the office is not available.  We are definitely close to being full for Thanksgiving so if you need to make a reservation, please call (231)766-0444 and we can get that set up for you.

NEW!!  Starting December 2013 our off leash Socials in the Parks will be FREE to DSR park members!  These are nice, relaxing walk in our dog parks with a group of dogs and a Dog Star Ranch trainer to supervise.  They are an excellent way to see how your dog interacts with other dogs, how they act with their humans present, and work on any issues you may be seeing during group play.  During the month of December, Socials are on Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 9:00 am, but that will be changing in January.  We do ask for at least three people to be pre-scheduled the day before to help the trainers plan.  Again, the Socials in the Parks will be free for park members and $20 for non-members.

Starting in January, the Chillity Classes will continue to grow and expand!  What is Chillity you ask?  Chillity is a great class that is “chill” or fun agility!  Chillity 1 starts you on the basics and teaches you how to properly and safely use each obstacle.  Chillity 2 continues and adds more complicated obstacles, such as the weave poles.  It also works on timing, course planning, and so much more!  Next on the list is Family Chillity! This is a new one that highly encourages you to join with your whole family, young or old, and enjoy agility together!  It’s a great way to work as a pack with your pup!  These classes will resume in January so check out the attached calendar for dates and times.  All of our training classes run for 6 weeks.  You would meet once per week for 6 weeks for about an hour per session.  Chillity, Basic 1, and Basic 2 classes are $125 for the course.  Sirius Star Members receive 10% off all their training options at the Ranch! 

Have you heard of all the amazing things that we are doing through our Structured Daycare Programs??  These are our “online training” options that really have been a huge success!  During the Structured Program, the dogs come at least once per week for doggie daycare.  When they are here, the trainers will pull them out at some point during the day and work with them.  It may be just working on manners or dealing with more advance issues.  At the end of the day, the trainer will send you an email to talk about they worked on that day and homework for you to work on at home.  To learn more about the Structure Daycare Program, call (231)766-0444 today and we’ll get you more information.

I think that is all the information that I wanted to make sure to share with you for now.  Please let me know if you have any questions or wish to enroll in any of our classes or programs.  Have a very wonderful holiday season!!

 Jen Goudreau

Dog Star Ranch
4200 Whitehall Road
Muskegon, Mich. 49445
(231)766-0444
www.dogstarranch.com 




Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy, Happy BIRTHDAY!!!


Happy 3rd Birthday Miss Gracie


Happy 1st Birthday Skazka!

Friday, November 1, 2013


Happy Birthday to ME!! Its party time for me at the Ranch!! The star buddies want to send out a super duper thank you to my parents for the yummy lunch!




Congrats Alex!


DayStar of the Month ~ October 2013

How can anyone not smile when they see the smilin’ face of a Golden Retriever?!?  A Golden with one of the best smiles has been voted the DayStar of the Month for October!  Congratulations are in order for Mr. Alex Grescowle for being unanimously voted the DayStar of the month!  Yippie!  Alex has been a very familiar face in doggie daycare since October 2009 and always comes in with a wag in his tail!  He LOVES any form of water he can find, that definitely includes muddy puddles!  There have been several occasions when we need to spiff him up before heading home so he doesn’t take the entire mud and sand home with him.  When the Star Buddies get him at the end of the day, he always likes to help and holds his own leash.  He holds on to that until he reaches the treat dish.  At that point the back end hits the ground and he waits patiently for his snack.  He does a great job of training the new Star Buddies of this routine!  Alex is a newer member to the park so make sure to say hello if you run into him in the parks.  He is always good for a smile and a hug!  Thank you for spending some of your days with us and your canine pals!  You are always a fun addition to any day!  Congrats to Alex Grescowle for being voted the DayStar of the Month for October 2013!