I’m just going to say it: I am not a fan of dog parks. There, I said it. Here’s the reason: Typically, they are overrun with dogs with poor manners whose main exercise outlet is a weekly trip to the dog park. These dogs tend to be pushy and overly friendly.
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There are plenty of advantages and joys to owning your own business, especially if you get to work at or very near to your home. One of the big ones is never having to commute. It's nice that I can just walk back-and-forth to work. If I forget something at the office or vice versa, I'm just a few steps away. So, walking back and forth between the office and the house to pick something up is a cinch. There’s a lot of REALLY nice things about living and working on the same piece property.
Last week, I shared my personal account of our 3rd annual "Christmas In The Dog Park" celebration. I also tried to encapsulate the ups and downs of small business ownership into a single blog entry. I could probably start my own entirely separate blog about that subject, however I think I wrote a pretty good summary of the key points. This week, I am all caught up in the holiday spirit, so I decided to have a little fun.
I wanted to share some of the wonderful photos our amazing resident photographer Shea Tucker of EK Photography took for our "Christmas In The Dog Park" event. So, I thought I'd take a little creative license with that old Christmas classic "The 12 Days Of Christmas" in a countdown DogBoy's-style. I hope this article, and all of the adorable dog pictures, finds you and your family enjoying Christmas day and getting some much needed relaxation for the holiday season.
Without further ado, ladies and gentleman, your countdown of the DogBoy's "12 Dogs Of Christmas...in the Dog Park!"
This past weekend, we celebrated our 20th anniversary of being in business at DogBoy’s Dog Ranch. Being owners of a mom-and-pop small business, especially if you live on the property, there are a lot of ups and downs that come with being an entrepreneur. Over the course of 20 years, you tend to gain some experience and wisdom. If you are starting a new business, considering it, or if you are just curious about the wild world of running a small business, here are some things you could face:
We spend a lot of time talking about dog training and the benefits that it provides to dogs who are having behavior problems or issues. Many times, we have found that a strong and healthy relationship between a human and their dog equates to a balanced and well-behaved pet.
Like any relationship, a certain amount of work is required to keep the relationship healthy and prosperous. Dogs are very understanding, and forgiving, creatures, but they also crave quality time with their human counterparts. People don't often think of dog training as an opportunity to connect and bond with their dog. More often, we have people that want to solve issues like:
- How to respond to reactive dogs, or aggressive dogs;
- what to do if your dog is not responding to their name;
- or, if they are pulling on the leash or resisting a leash.
This is mainly because when people think about dog training they think there has to be a problem in order to seek out training.
So, what if your dog is already well behaved?
What if you don’t need to train them for anything?
"All lives are stories," said Matt Smith in his last episode as The Doctor on Doctor Who, "just make sure yours is a good one." Over the last 8 and a half years, it has been my honor and privilege to have DogBoy’s as a part of my story, and it has been very good. But all stories have chapters, and all chapters must end. So it is with sadness mixed with anticipation that I announce my departure from DogBoy’s at the end of May to take on an exciting new position at Apple Computer. Today, May 22nd was officially my last day at DogBoy's Dog Ranch.
"I don't know that there was anyone more exited about the opening of Dogboy's Dog Park than I was! I've always had large dogs, and even though I would take them walking and jogging each day, I knew they needed more. I've previously taken advantage of public off leash areas, but was concerned with the hidden dangers (old barbwire, concrete with protruding rebar, etc.) that resulted in more than one injury to my dogs while they bounded in and out of the woods. I've visited several public dog parks with initial success, but later became disappointed with the number of irresponsible owners who spent more time socializing with friends or using their cell phones than watching, picking up after, or interacting with their dogs. Irresponsible behaviors led to numerous altercations between dogs and consequently the owners, and took the joy out of the visit.
The magic? That feeling you get when you see or feel something that you can't explain. DogBoy's is just a name and it is just a place. The magic is in the people who work here. The "magic" started in the early 1990's. I was not feeling any magic at my job in advertising. They were right at school, "Advertising is hard, cut-throat, demanding and has little reward. You are only as good as your last ad." My mind and body said, "Screw that," and I began to ask myself what I really wanted to do, what I loved doing and how that was going to support me financially.
Christmas is coming, Kwanzaa starts December 26, and its probably not too late for a belated Hannukah gift. But the holidays always bring the dreaded question: what should I get for the special people or dogs on my list? In the spirit of the holidays, we here at DogBoys want to help with some gift suggestions for the dog-lovers and dogs in your lifeno matter what their age or breed!
About a year ago this time I put together a list of book selections for dog lovers and its a great place to start for book ideas. Since then, my son has become enamored of the adventures of Clifford. The Big Red Dog has a series of animated stories, as well as a fun Christmas book. And we shouldnt forget the series of books by Norman Bridwell that launched them all. Another great kids book that my three year-old son loves is Doggone Dogs, by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow. It tells the story of ten misbehaving dogs who lead their owner through a wild chase through the park, leaving chaos in their wake. If the plot of Doggone Dogs hits uncomfortably close to home, Rebecca Andrews has two suggestions: The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell; and Dr. Dunbars Good Little Dog Book, by Ian Dunbar. These are geared more toward the adult dog-lover in your life.
Need movies? The DogBoys blog has you covered. Any movie or t.v. show starring these canine idols would make a great gift. Im especially partial to the classics Bringing Up Baby and The Thin Man, both starring Skippy the wirehaired fox terrierone of the biggest dog stars of the 1930s. For those who like their dogs huge and animated, theres Cliffords Really Big Moviean especially good film for younger kids.
The dogs in your life need their stockings stuffed too, and DogBoy's has just the ticket. If you think your pooch should be on Santas naughty list because of a lack of leash-walking skills, theres always the Easy-Walk Harness. We even have Premiers new line of Easy-Walks made from recycled plastic, in eco-friendly packaging.
If your dog has made the nice listor if you just cant bring yourself to give him or her a lump of coalwe have a number of fun toys, from PetLous stuffed squeaky sheep and armadillos to the flat Road Kill toys from GoDog. The latter are flat plush toys with squeakers, and that crinkle when your dog plays with them. Our barn cat, Pancake, loves them so if you have a cat at home, you might want to get an extra one. Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your dog busy by stuffing them with treats or even with their dinner. My dogs are especially fond of the Busy Buddy line. We also have a range of healthy treats and dog food.
Finally, you can always give the gift of DogBoys. We sell gift certificates in any amount, and they are good for a year for any service or retail item we offer. So if you have a friend who needs us for a play day, boarding stay, class or private lessonor even just dog foodwe will be happy to help you out. Well even mail it to them for you! Best of all, well be open from 7 am to 6:30 pm on Christmas Eve for any last-minute shopping you might need.
And to all of the wonderful people, dogs, and friends that make working at DogBoys such a joy all year aroundHappy Holidays!