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Photography

Front Page Slider on July 22nd, 2009 Comments Off

Taking photos has been a hobby of mine for many many years!  We do offer Pet Photography!  We have props for major holidays and we also do action shots of your k9 kid at play! Below are the packages that we offer:

1 pose/ 4×6  $10.00 (this includes emailing them also)

5 poses / 4×6 $20.00 (this includes emailing them also)

4×6 Holiday photos $15.00 (this includes emailing them also)

 

Home away from home

Facilities

Front Page Slider on July 21st, 2009 Comments Off

Nestled right in the heart of our 12 wooded acres, My husband and I (with some help from our Architect) have specifically designed these log cabins for your pets comfort and enjoyment and additionally to put your mind at ease while your dog cannot be with you. There is a total of 8×20 feet of space for your K9 Kid to stretch out or walk around, in addition to our pet crew taking them to the playing field approximately every two – three hours to play and/or to go potty. We welcome you to schedule an appointment to bring your K9 kid by to sniff around and check out the facility even prior to your boarding.  We do require a copy of vaccinations prior to your tour.

We have only twenty 8′x10′ individual cabins, in which we have installed low windows for dog’s eye view. Each cabin has a doggie door opening that leads to an 8′x10′ covered patio, which is accessible all day long. The patio, attached to each cabin, is fully fenced with a fenced top and a corrugated roofing for them to enjoy the outdoors even when the weather doesn’t cooperate!

Cabins are equipped with:

* All sorts of cozy dog beds or blankets, which will be provided to dogs that typically use them. (if your dog decides to chew our bed up though, you will be held responsible for replacing). If your K9 kid has a favorite bed or crate of his own we welcome you to bring it and we encourage it. No sleeping on concrete here!

* Each cabin has 4 walls and a ceiling, which gives them privacy and a stress free quiet place to stay. They are nicely decorated with a different theme in each one. This gives them the comfort of being in their own private “cabin”, without all the noise. Also, when they chose to be inside, we placed a low window at dogs’ eye view so they can always see outside! Far from your typical prison like atmosphere.

* All cabins have a spacious (8×10), attached covered patios, which they have access to all day.

* Individual tack box for each cabin for storing his toys, leash, extra bones, food or anything else you bring. (No choker collars, harnesses or extend-a-leashes please!!)

* Music: Country, Pop & reggae by day and Classical by night.

* Controlled heating and air conditioning.

* Paddle fans and night-lights installed in each cabin so they are never left in the dark!

A DAY AT THE K9 Cabins & Dog Trails:

Around -7:45-8:00: We raise the doggie doors to their patio and give good morning pats, hugs & kisses and let them wake up and go potty. We individually take your k9 kid to the playing field to go potty. We get their tails a waggin’ and ready for a not so “RUFF”, but very FUN day!

8:00 – Room service starts serving breakfast along with a smile more pats, rubs and talking too from the staff!. The water bowls are cleaned and refilled. Although water is replenished when needed throughout the day. (We do not take check-ins and check-outs until 9am…we are busy tending to the needs of your K9 kids this time of morning!).

9:00 – After their bellies are full, the dogs are free to go out on their patio to catch some rays and fresh air while housekeeping sweeps thru to clean their cabins, fluff their beds and blankets, and freshens their cabin while breakfast is digesting.

around 10:00 – 4:00PM – The real FUN begins…Every two  hours, your dog(s) get to go play with our pet crew in the play fields and can play with other dogs (with your permission). Our Pet Crew individually takes each dog out to the playing fields – we have 3 large playing fields to hob-knob with the staff and play ball, frisbee, go for a wade in the K9 pools (during warm summer days) or perhaps a little agility fun. We also have trail walks or even a little basic training for fun and treats…there is no extra charge for this, as this is our favorite part of the day! If you have more than one dog boarding with us, they can be brought to the playing fields simultaneously to play together, even if they don’t share a cabin. By only having 20 cabins, this gives us and our PET CREW an abundance of time to offer that personal touch and give plenty of human companionship to your K9 kid, and at the same time keep the cabins spic and span. We  try to let each dog spend time with us in the lodge (or office) or perhaps help us give tours to potential customers.

4:00-5:00 – Room Service serves up dinner, followed by another potty break and short playtime…although most are worn out by dinner time!

Bedtime – This varies: if it is nice outside and daylight savings…they don’t get put to bed until late. We live on the property, so we are always here to offer human companionship and put them to bed when we feel they are ready (usually between 9PM and 11PM). Everyone gets one last trip to they playing field for a pottyrun before bed. Although some chose to snooze even before bedtime! All dogs are given a scooby snack (sometimes I bake them myself)….and then they get one last atta’boy and potty walk for the day and safely locked inside for the evening to rest up for another day of fun day at the K9 Cabins & Dog Trails, Inc.!

WE DO NOT TAKE DROP-OFFS OR PICK-UPS AT THIS TIME! ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

Hey all you NASCAR fans and families – You can now feel free to go to those races that you’ve missed because there was no place like home to leave your K9 Kid! Along with the locals…we welcome NASCAR boarders from out of town that are passing by….as we are conveniently located 1 mile off of the I-77, at Exit 42 in Troutman, NC. (35 minutes from the Lowes Motor Speedway). Drop your K9 Kid off, go enjoy a weekend of racing and simply stop by and pick him up on your way home!

Piece of mind...

Boarding your dog

Front Page Slider on July 7th, 2009 Comments Off

What are the advantages of boarding your dog?
The vast majority of dogs adapt well and enjoy their stay at the kennel. For some dogs—puppies which have not had their immunizations, extremely old dogs with chronic illnesses, very aggressive dogs, dogs which require medication more than twice a day—you might consider boarding with your veterinarian, or asking your kennel to provide in-home care. Keep in mind, however, that “pet-checking” in your home, even when it is performed by a trained ABKA professional, does not offer the same level of trained supervision that boarding does. Furthermore, when you are not at home with your dog his behavior might differ significantly from his normal behavior. For instance he might try to “escape” to find you, or, he might become destructive or aggressive toward the visiting pet-checker.

You should definitely consider boarding your dog rather than taking him on vacation with you. Many motels will not accept dogs, and some that do charge extra and become very upset if your dog annoys their other guests. Pets can become ill as a result of traveling because of the frequent changes in water, etc. Many dogs suffer heat prostration while locked in the car as master goes sightseeing, eating or shopping. The national parks have an abundance of lost dogs which somehow got away from their owners and couldn’t be found before master had to leave for home. Another serious risk is exposure to various parasites and diseases such as heartworm, ticks, hookworms, fleas, mange, etc.

Selecting a Boarding Kennel
Stop by a kennel and visit with the owner. Get acquainted with the people who will be caring for your dog. Ask questions; take nothing for granted. Are toys or bedding welcome? How will Rover be exercised? What will you feed Rover? Talk about safety features. Discuss frankly any qualms you may have about boarding. They will appreciate your frankness and interest.

The experienced personnel at an ABKA kennel are trained to recognize the warning signs of potential health problems and will contact a veterinarian if they feel it is called for. Many times it is easier for kennel personnel to detect problems than it is for the owner of the dog. A good example is blood in the urine, a warning sign that deserves attention, can more easily be detected in the kennel than at home, because the dog is exercised in a specific area which is cleaned regularly.

It is not, however, part of the kennel’s job to diagnose or to prescribe. If Rover does require veterinary aid while he is in the kennel, you should be aware that you—the pet’s owner—are financially responsible for such aid. Discuss, before boarding, any medication or special care Rover might need. Many kennels offer specialized play programs such as Playschool, Nature walks, etc.

During boarding it is possible that dogs might step in their stools or urine and become dirty. This can happen in the cleanest of kennels! Also, some of the finest disinfectants available for sanitizing are not always the most pleasant smelling, and the odor may cling to your dog’s coat. Bathing and/or grooming may be a welcome solution. Advise the kennel owner if you want your dog to have a bath on the day he goes home.

Make certain you understand the rate structure for all services and hours of operation. The fee for boarding includes the care of your pet, as well as the peace of mind that goes with knowing that Rover is safe and with someone you can trust.

One standard of measuring the kennel owner’s interest in his profession is his membership in the American Boarding Kennels Association. You can be certain ABKA members are trying to keep current on the latest developments within the industry, and that they truly care. Their membership certificate will be proudly displayed.

A Working Partnership
When you have selected your kennel, keep in mind that successful boarding is the result of the partnership between you and the kennel operator, working together for the best interest of your dog. As a responsible pet owner there are a few things you must attend to before bringing Rover in to board. Make certain all immunizations are cur-rent. Your kennel operator will be happy to discuss the kennel’s immunization requirements with you. Your pet should be free of internal and external parasites and not have been exposed to any contagious diseases. Do not feed Rover for at least 4 hours prior to kenneling to minimize the possibility of stomach upset. Boarding at a kennel is the best alternative, but separation from master and/or being in strange surroundings can produce stress in your dog, and stress can result in lowered resistance to disease and sometimes even temporary changes in behavior. Be sure to inform the kennel proprietor of any special idiosyncrasies or medical problems Rover may have (history of epilepsy or fear of thunder, etc.) that may aid him in keeping Rover healthy and happy.

Dogs should be prepared psychologically for boarding. It’s best, of course, to begin with a pupas soon as the immunization program is complete. (Puppies usually learn very quickly to enjoy boarding.) Some kennels offer “day-care” services enabling you to leave your dog for a few hours at a time. This is an excellent way to introduce your dog to boarding. After just a few visits Rover accepts a kennel as a normal way of life.

The psychological preparation of a dog for boarding—and also for helping him develop a healthy personality—also includes getting him used to new people and experiences (socialization). This is probably the most easily accomplished by taking him through obedience classes and occasionally boarding him. Naturally, a dog who is relaxed about boarding is more likely to board well. (A pet owner sometimes needs reminding that is not beneficial to lament over his dog in the kennel office upon leaving him, nor should he bring out the suitcases at home the day before the trip—both of these things cause his dog to be unnecessarily upset.)

Understanding the Kennel Environment
It is important to understand the possible effects of stress on a dog and to do everything possible to minimize stress both prior to and immediately after boarding. Sometimes temporary behavior changes can occur as a result of unfamiliar surroundings…While boarding, dear sweet Rover tears up the bed he has slept in for years. Or “Killer,” that rowdy scourge of the neighborhood, turns into a little lamb. Eating habits change under stress, and a dog assimilates his food differently. Some will eat like canaries at home and like vultures at a kennel. They may put on a few pounds. Others can lose weight though eating well or lose weight by not eating enough. Kennel life can be very exciting, and some dogs lose weight because they run the weight off as they charge around barking at other dogs and having a wonderful time. These dogs often leave the kennel exhausted but happy, and sleep a lot the first couple of days they are home.

All of the preparation by the pet owner merely points out that successful boarding depends not only upon the kennel, but also upon how well the owner prepares his dog for the experience.

Now that Rover is Home Again
When Rover is picked up he will be very excited to see you. (Dogs do not have a sense of time so he would be just as happy to see you if you left him 5 minutes or 5 days.) Do not feed him (though he will act hungry once he gets back on his familiar turf) for at least 3 hours, and then be very careful not to overfeed him. Also, excitement might cause Rover to pant a lot, and become thirsty. Give him a few ice cubes to tide him over until feeding time. Again, in his happy, excited state, excessive food and water consumption can create problems.

The vast majority of dogs view their stay at the kennel as a vacation. Relax and enjoy your trip. To learn more about the American Boarding Kennels Association and its programs, visit us on the web at www.abka.com.