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)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring time is knocking on our door!! (Finally!!)

Wow, could Spring Time actually be making it to West Michigan?!?  All of us at Dog Star Ranch sure do hope so!!  Birds are chirping, the air is fresh, flowers are trying to pop up, and we can smell the dirt!  Now that we can actually see some blades of grass, I wanted to send over some park updates and reminders.

Dog Star Ranch Dog Park News:
Active Dog Park:  We are happy to say that with the thaw, we were able to completely repair the fence near Whitehall Road.  So the Active Dog Park is reopened and available for use. 

“Poop Oops” Season:  What does this mean?  I’m sure over the winter there may have been a time or two that you missed a pile from your dog.  As you see piles that have been lost in the snow popping up from the thaw, please help us clean up the parks and scoop it up.  So when you start your walk, grab a couple extra bags and thank you for your help in keeping our parks clean and healthy for everyone to enjoy!

Training Park / Agility Equipment:  This is a general reminder the equipment is not “open to the public.”  To be eligible to practice on the course you and your pup would need to meet the requirements listed below.

1.     Your dog has to be a park member.
2a.  Currently, actively participating in a Chillity (Chill / Fun – Agility) class. 
2b.  You have taken a Chillity class in the past at the Ranch.

** If you would like to practice on the course, you do need to contact the office first so we know that you are out there.  All of these rules are for your own safety and the safety of your dog.  At this point we are still planning to start a new Chillity class on Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 pm.  If you are interested in joining a class contact the office at (231)766-0444.  The only reason this class may be postponed is if the weather situation is still unfavorable (snow or spring flooding).

Ponds:  They are not open yet, but will be as soon as we feel they are safe.  When they do open, just as a reminder, they are for dogs to swim in only, no humans.       

Central Bark Reminder:  What does it mean that this park is “yield to those on leashes?”  Central Bark is the cross roads of the parks much like a Grand Central Station.  To come and go or pass from one park to the next, you need to cross through Central Bark.  If you are at a gate and want to enter Central Bark, first look around.  If no one is in there you have the option to enter on or off leash.  If someone else is in there first, to enter, you must follow suit or wait for them to pass.  This is for everyone’s safety!  If you need more clarification on this, please email me and I’ll gladly answer your questions.      

Dates to mark on your calendars:
April 4  through April 14:  Spring Break at the Ranch!  Safe travels everyone!

April 15: Basic 1 and Basic 2 classes starting back up.

April 17: Chillity classes starting back up.

April 30:  Canine Behavioral and Educational Seminar – learn about what your dog is saying to you or other dogs around them.

May 10:  Memorial walk for Pound Buddies – the Canine Frontier Nature trails will be all be on leash from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on this day for this walk.

June 21 & 22: Dog Star Ranch’s 10 year celebration!  More information will be released later in the spring season.

** For more information on any of these events, please call (231)766-0444 or email

April showers bring May flowers.  April showers also bring muddy, dirty dogs!  To all those that use the daycare program, this is the perfect opportunity to start the Spruce Me Up special if you haven’t already!!  These 50% off baths and nail trims are a great way to let your dog play and not bring the entire dirt and sand home with them.  Does your pup qualify??
1.     Come to daycare weekly
2.     Get a bath at least monthly (can do more than that also)
To start, just let the office know!  Your first bath would be at full price, but each bath their after is 50% off each month!

Each month we do a promotional special in the office on our retail items.  This month’s special is the Four Paws Pooper Scooper!  These sets make yard clean up a breeze!  Check them out today!  We have the small and large sets and through the month of April they are 10% off!

That about wraps it up for now!  Have a great start to your week and start to your Spring Break for those who are traveling.  Thank you for choosing the Dog Star Ranch to 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To all Park Goers:

Spring is in the air (we think) and the snow is starting to melt! That means that poop piles that were lost in the snowy abyss are now surfacing. I'm sure you may have missed a pile or two from your dog this winter unintentionally. Please help each other out and as you see piles that have been missed, please pick it up. We are doing the same every chance we get! Thank you for your help in keeping our parks looking great!

Happy First day of Spring!

It may not feel like it yet, but welcome to the start of SPRING!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Betsy or Charlotte?!?

We need your help namin' again! Meet this beautiful girl! She is around a year old female, small pittie mix. Comment to this post with your favorite name for this girl! Your choices are Betsy or Charlotte! Which is your favorite?!? Comment on her photo on Facebook, the blog, or the office with your vote by Friday, 3/14 at 6 pm and help us name this sweetheart!

Just an FYI, this sweet girl is still new to us and is unable to meet potential families until after next Wednesday (3/19/14). To know more about the My Way Home Program, call (231)766-0444

Friday, March 7, 2014

Socials at Dog Star Ranch

I almost can’t believe my eyes!  The sun is shining and it’s about 20 degrees!  Maybe spring is really on the way in!  I had some updates and information that I wanted to send over regarding our Socials on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

* If you are planning to attend a Social (either day) please call or email to let our staff know.  If no one is on the schedule, the trainers are unable to prepare appropriately. 

* When you come for a Social, please check in with the front desk as the location of the Social depends on the weather.  Once we are able to, weather wise, the Socials will move out into the parks!  Also if you are waiting over by the training room door, we are unable to see you from the office to let the trainers know that you are here. 

* There will be NO SOCIALS on the following dates.  These are during Spring Break that is a very busy time for us and our trainers are needed to assist.
                        April 2, Wednesday
                        April 5, Saturday
                        April 6, Wednesday   
                        April 12, Saturday

** If you have any questions regarding the parks or our Socials, please let us know.  Socials are on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00-9:30am.  We ask to have at least three people prescheduled by 6pm the day before to hold a Social.  They are free for park members and $20 for non-members.

Thank you and have a great day!!

Jen Goudreau

New Bow Ties and Flowers we have in from Four Black Paws!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DayStar of the Month ~ February 2014

DayStar of the Month ~ February 2014

Drum roll please….  We are super excited to announce that a special Boxer girl was voted the DayStar of the Month!  Congrats to Greta Fodrocy as you are Miss February!  Greta has been a daycare regular since March 2011.  She is an energetic girl that just loves to play and run.  Mud puddle, you bet she’ll find it!  Snow, that won’t slow this girl down!  Heat and sunshine, she’ll play all day if we let her.  Anytime of day that you see her, she is always smiling ear to ear.  No one can walk by without smiling back at her.  Greta is a great girl and we all love sharing the days with you!  Congratulations as we are happy to share that Greta Fodrocy was voted the DayStar of the Month for February!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Saturday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 4

I would like to greatly apologize for the delay!  These photos are from this weekend's boarding guests along with daycare dogs from yesterday and today!  Enjoy and stay warm out there everyone!