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An aversion to chemicals

This is something we naturally practice but don’t necessarily promote well, and I (Brian) thought it would be worthwhile mentioning. Whenever possible, we avoid using chemicals on our property. Now, I’ve titled this post as an aversion to chemicals, because realistically there are times when the use of modern chemicals is necessary (to control mushrooms and foxtails, for instance). But the benefit of using chemicals must be compelling. And of course we always follow the instructions carefully, and we never apply chemicals when actively boarding dogs

Today is an an excellent example of what I mean. We’ve had an ever-increasing population of cheeseweed (Common Mallow) in our back yard, so today I spent a good part of the day pulling them out. I could have used an herbicide to kill them, but it just wasn’t compelling enough. This is our commitment to our own dogs, and it’s our commitment to you!

Incidentally, did you know that cheeseweed leaves are edible and can be used in salads!

Agility Demo a Success!

We had a great time tonight at the Kingsburg Farmer’s Market, and the tri-tip sandwich was amazing! Thanks to all who came out, and to Brian Griffin who invited us to be part of it. It’s always fun to meet other dog lovers. We’ll be posting photos on Facebook soon (so come on over and like our Facebook page) – but right now we’re exhausted. We’re going to settle in and enjoy some fresh popped kettle corn 🙂

Kennel Improvements

Work on our corner kennel is coming along nicely! The fencing is hung and the ground leveled (for the most part). Tomorrow we lay down the pavers around the border, and later this week we’ll put down the rest of the brick in the back half (where the dog house will go). The kennel will be fully covered to prevent jumpers, and the pavers around the border will deter diggers. We also plan to plant hollyhock flowers on the south side of the kennel to provide shade as the heat hits our valley. We had hollyhock in front of our house last year, and it reached 6 feet tall!

The heat is actually the biggest concern we’ve heard from our clients. Right now our kennels are quite comfortably shaded, but in anticipation of the heat we have eminent plans to install misters that will (hopefully) be activated by a thermostatic control. Ultimately we want to build highly insulated kennels that will be comfortable in the all weather conditions. That’s a ways down the road, but is part of our grander scheme. All of our goals center around our desire for this to be your dog’s home away from home. Thanks for trusting us with your beloved companions – we really enjoy having them!

Book with us for the holidays!

We still have room for the holidays, but we’re filling up! If you’re heading out of town and need a place for your dog to stay, call us now so we can get you down on the calendar. Remember, all dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (including rabies and bordetella)