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July 4th – Are we a good fit for you?

July 4th can be a fun, exciting, terrifying day! Every year there are countless reports of dogs panicking and escaping the confines of their home, to the deep dismay of their owners. And over the years, we’ve seen our share of highly anxious dogs on this holiday.


Being a home-based business offers many perks to you – extended hours for drop-off / pick-up, 7 days a week, a relaxing, home atmosphere, extra-large kennels, personalized care directly from the owners (no hired help), etc.


However, as a home-based business, we’re faced with the challenge of neighbors who don’t get how terrifying bright lights and big booms can be for a dog – especially when that dog is in a new, unfamiliar environment. Some dogs handle the fireworks just fine. If that’s your dog, great! But if you’re looking for a quiet escape for your dog over the Independence Day holiday, we regret to say we’re probably not the best fit.


Whether boarding with us or someone else, please consider if fireworks will be a factor, and whether or not your dog can handle it. We recommend that you err on the side of caution – even if that means staying home or taking your dog with you. They’ll love you for it!

The Holidays are Here!

We love the Christmas season! The tree is up, Christmas music is playing, the fireplace is blazing. Even the morning fog is oddly enjoyable. We get to enjoy this for a whole month! And yet somehow it rushes by.


Don’t let your Christmas travel plans sneak up on you without planning for your 4-legged family members! Historically this is a busy time for us, so now’s the time to make your reservation!


To highlight what we offer:

  • Smaller dogs can enjoy a cozy, heated room in our home (as always, this is subject to approval)
  • Larger dogs will enjoy one of our 4 secure kennels outside, optionally heated with portable propane heaters
  • We keep space limited so we can give adequate attention to every guest. learn more
  • Our kennels are fully enclosed, and our recreation area is carefully secured as well. Learn more learn more

What Now?

Fill out the form below or contact us to book your reservation. We look forward to hearing from you!


Progress on the new well

The well is installed! But we’re not finished yet. We still have to transfer the pump from the current well to the new one. We also have a mass of clay to deal with. Anybody have a use for huge amounts of clay? We’d love to hear from you!


The new well is 240 feet deep (the old one was just over 100 feet).


The project and cleanup will be ongoing for the next month at least. The GOOD news is that the boarding and training is not impacted by all this. We’re still actively taking reservations and caring for your dogs like ever before.


For your enjoyment / curiosity, here’s some photos of the drilling project.


Day 1

Drilling Begins

Preparing the drill site


Day 2

Drilling Day 2

Mud extracted from the well

Drilling Day 2

Lots of equipment!

Drilling Day 2

The magic drill bit! They pulled it out at the end of the day to avoid it seizing in the hole due to the walls swelling overnight.


Day 3

Drilling Day 3

The well is complete!

Drilling Day 3

A sticky, muddy mess (we wrapped the gates in plastic to protect them from flying mud)

Drilling Day 3

A mess left behind. Fortunately it dried in a couple days, and the gate still closes securely.


We’re drilling a well

We are drilling a new well on our property May 16 – 18, 2016 (Mon – Wed). A good part of our front yard will be blocked by the equipment and there will be a bit of cleanup for us after the drilling is complete, so please be patient and understanding as we tend to the mess.


FYI – We and our guests are still getting plenty of water from our existing well, but it’s just a matter of time so we’re doing this proactively.

A Personal Note of Gratitude

In being a small, home-based business, we value our ability to keep things personal. So today we take a detour from our typical business-related posts to share something deeply personal to us. Something you’ve played a part in making possible… Building our family through adoption.


In the course of less than a year’s time, our oldest daughter went from being an only child to being the oldest of four! We were ecstatic in Sept 2014 to bring home our second daughter as a newborn. We were equally ecstatic (and slightly overwhelmed) to bring home twin boys from China in Aug 2015. Four months later and we’re still adjusting to our new life!


The resources needed to grow your family through adoption are considerable, not the least of which being economic. Your trust in us has made it possible to have the family we hoped for. So in the spirit of the Season, we want to express our sincere appreciation for you! We couldn’t have done it without you!


The ability for Sheryl to remain home with our children is of utmost importance to us. And being a dog-lover through and through, dog boarding is an ideal fit. Some have assumed we’d take a break from the business now that we have three one-year-olds in the house (yes, it is a lot of work), but not so! We have every plan to continue boarding as we always have. We’ll even introduce you to our kids if you like :).


Family Photo 2015
Kiana, Jaeden, Sheryl, Kaelyn, Brian, Caleb

Keeping Warm

It’s winter!

One of our favorite times of year, where we enjoy homemade fudge, hot chocolate, Christmas music, family, and cheesy movies. But while we’re cozied up in our home, of course we grow concerned for our dogs outside.


I’m amazed at how resilient most dogs are with cold temperatures. All of our dogs are indoor dogs with fairly light coats. Yet we take them to the snow and they bounce around with no sign of discomfort! Still, playing in the snow and enduring a whole night in frigid weather are two different things, and we’re cognizant of that reality.


So what about your dog?

If you’re concerned about your dog spending the night outside with us, please let us know. In addition to the dog houses we provide, we are equipped with propane heaters. This has been a huge relief to some recent clients, so we felt it was worth mentioning here.


You can also contribute. Does your dog have a doggie jacket? Extra bedding? Or even an electric dog bed heater1? Bring it along and we’ll try to implement it (additional charges may apply).


1 A note about electric dog bed heaters: we don’t supply these, and will only agree to use one if your dog is already accustomed to it. Think carefully before you decide to run a live extension cord into an unattended kennel with a chew-happy dog!


Bottom Line

Ask! We want your dog to be comfortable. So please let us help.

What Now?

Fill out the form below or contact us to book your reservation. We look forward to hearing from you!

New website!

Welcome to the new! It’s been a long time in the making, and we hope you like it!


Why the new site? Primarily to allow for better interaction with you. The previous site was built with Google Sites, which is hugely limited. It doesn’t allow readers to comment on blog posts or give feedback, which is important to us. There were many other technical reasons for the switch, but the driving force was to created a better, more personal experience for you.


We’d love to hear what you think!


Forgot what the old site looked like? You can still access it here, but it is no longer being maintained.

What gate?

If you’ve boarded with us before, you are now an elite member of the “I remember that dreadful gate!” club. And yes, that means what it sounds like – the precarious 20-foot-wide wood gate that sent us to the chiropractor every time we opened it is a thing of the past!


I (Brian) won’t belabor the issue much, but it was one of my first projects when we moved in. I had never built a gate, so I modelled it after the double-wide 20-foot gate that separated our back yard from our “back-back” yard, which seemed like a good idea. Needless to say, both gates failed miserably, and both have been replaced.


The new gate still has some finishing touches to be made, but it is perfectly functional and secure. The double-wide gate secures closed with heavy duty cane bolts, and the pedestrian gate is key-lockable, and we keep it locked at all times. Our back yard has never been more secure!


Once the final cosmetic touches have been finished, we’ll post pictures, but we are extremely pleased to make this announcement!

New Cooling System

Today we upgraded our cooling system for our outdoor kennels by installing a new misting system. It’s approaching the hottest part of the day, and they’re proving to be much more effective than our previous system. Both kennels are occupied, and the dogs seem very content. But we wanted to see for ourselves, so we went and sat in the kennel ourselves – first with the misters off, then with them on. Huge difference! The summer is always a concern of ours, and we hope this eases your minds as you consider boarding with us.


A note about our previous system


Previously we had sprinklers that would keep the roof of the kennels wet, which in theory would cause plenty of evaporation, and hence cooling. They’d come on at 7-8 minute intervals, and remain on for 45 seconds at a time. They did help, but we found it was hard to properly direct the sprinklers, and the ground got more wet than we wanted. Some dogs like to dig to create a cooler spot to lay down, and that resulted in dirtier-than-desired dogs. And we’re finding the misters are more effective, they use less water, and don’t wet the ground near as much, so it’s a win all around. The sprinklers are still there, but for backup only.

Now Accepting Bitcoin!

We’re proud to announce that we are the first business in Reedley to accept bitcoins! You can pay using the link in our Store section. First call and make your appointment. We’ll calculate the total BTC value for you so you know how much to pay. Not sure what bitcoin is? Here’s a link to a good resource for further research.