DogBoy's Dog Blog

Missing My Dogs

Posted by Community User on Sat, Jul 16, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
Hello Dog Lovers,

Each year, DogBoy & I go on a long vacation. We live on the property with DogBoy's boarding kennel on one side, and the Training & Wellness center on the other, a view of the agility field out our kitchen window, and a view of one of the playgroups our our bathroom window. Employees are all around walking back and forth, and customers are (thankfully) coming in and out daily. Sometimes, being in the middle of it all leaves us feeling a little like we're living in a bubble. Because we live, eat, work and raise our family all in the same place, when we need a vacation we have to really get away (far away or for a long time, or both) to accomplish that.

So far, we have not yet taken our dogs along for the ride. There is no room in the car for the big dogs (sorry guys), and taking little Noodle would make eating out difficult. Some of the national parks we went to this trip weren't very dog friendly either. Not to mention our dogs get excellent care at DogBoy's while we're gone!

I'm sure Noodle, Rebel and Tessa are getting lots of exercise, belly rubs, and plenty of opportunities for playtime with other dogs. Getting to romp around on 15 acres is like dog heaven. Anytime they're out of the house, their tails are wagging, and their tongues are hanging out from sheer bliss. They want all the other dogs to know the truth: they run this place. But at night, when they're sleeping soundly in their air-conditioned runs, I think about them and wish they were curled up in my lap or at my feet.

I think next year, I might see if I can talk DogBoy into letting me bring Noodle along. After 15 years in the pet care industry, I'm almost embarrassed to say that I've never taken my pups on vacation with me. I'm curious to know if you've traveled with your dog, and what your experiences have been?

Happy Tails!


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Topics: Uncategorized, travel with your dogs, dog boarding, DogBoy's Staff, dog boarding Austin, i miss my dog

Fan Mail

Posted by Community User on Sun, Mar 20, 2011 @ 05:03 AM
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Recently, I asked you to submit your testimonials.  I was overwhelmed with heartwarming letters and thank you's all over the web.  I couldn't stop smiling for weeks!  Without a doubt, our cup runneth over, so I felt it only appropriate to share some of them with you.




Our dog Moab is such an important part of our family and the only place we trust to board him is Dog Boys.  His is now 6 and has been going to DogBoy's since he was 6 months old.  He gets so excited as we turn onto the street to enter into DogBoy's and is always a happy and tired pup when we pick him up.  The staff  is wonderful and we love that the animals get to play outside all day long.   Thank you DogBoy's for providing such a wonderful service to allow us to feel comfortable leaving our best buddy with you.

Nikki McCormick


Confessions of a Training Junkie

"Yes, I must admit it, I just can't seem to let a "semester" go by without taking another training class at Dog Boys Dog Ranch! As one class draws to a close, I eagerly scan the website for new postings and opportunities to bond and train with my dogs. We've taken puppy classes, basic and advanced obedience, and fun classes like agility and rally-obedience. When I jokingly told the director of training that I was running out of classes, I promptly found fresh offerings to consider. They LISTEN at Dog Boys! I drive 40 minutes each way to go to Dog Boys because I believe there is no better place to take my "kids", whether for training, overnight boarding, or day care. Go Dog Boys!"

– Carole Cameron (Bear, Koko, Dakota, and Mika too)



My husband and I are so thankful that we discovered DogBoy's!  Our two dogs have stayed there many times, either for just a night or two or as long as nine days.  We always know that we can be at ease while out of town, because our dogs are so well cared for.  The farm-like setting of DogBoy's is awesome.  It allows for the dogs to get great exercise, and we really enjoy getting the briefing from the great staff on the dogs' activities and behavior when we pick them up.  I have recommended DogBoy's to all of my dog-loving friends and co-workers without hesitation and will continue to do so.

Thank you DogBoy's for all you do,

Hollee and Dwayne Ganner


I was introduced to the DogBoy world view by a friend and your place and staff are everything she described – and more.  Because you are even better in person!

I am so happy that I can look forward to my vacations and times I need to travel because I know Karmo has a home away from home.  He is always excited when we turn down the road to your place and comes back to me happy happy happy!  Even though I usually have to bring him in an extra day or two because I live in Fredericksburg, I never worry about him getting attention and love.

Thanks for all you do,

Gaylen Tips


I love DogBoy's and how they are able to keep my dog socialized.  I am not in a position to get another dog to train her to be around but I do like to keep her around other dogs.  DogBoy's is the place!  They have playgroups that really tire the pups.  I love picking Tootsie up after a play day or boarding and having a "sleeping baby" the rest of the evening!  Sometimes the whole next day too.  Being in an agility class with Noodle was pretty great too!

Mona Corbett


And finally...

My golden retriever puppy, Murphy, had a hard time finding friendly dogs to play with.  A helpful dog owner that lives near me told me about DogBoy's, and I made a reservation right away.  It gave him a chance to make some friends, and get that social interaction that is so important. I have not yet boarded Murphy overnight, but he has had many wonderful playdays, and I always mention how much Murphy loves to come to DogBoy's when I meet other dog owners.

Deborah Thompson


You can find more great testimonials on our Facebook Notes Page.  Thank you, thank you for all the kudos, and we will continue to work hard to earn your praises!




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Topics: Uncategorized, Articles & Info, customer praise, dogs, dog boarding Austin, testimonials, love my dog

New Years Resolutions from the DogBoy's Staff Dogs

Posted by Community User on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 @ 03:01 AM
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Here at DogBoy’s, we take dog whispering to a whole new level. Not only do our own dogs come, sit and stay (well…most of the time), they each told me their goals for 2011. Be sure to visit our biography page for photos! Without further ado, here are our pets' resolutions for the coming year:

Graham Robison: I want to do more than just lay around under a sage bush all day in playgroup.

Dottie Slaughter: I want to make new friends and not be such a mama’s girl!

Tessa Emken: I want to cut down on eating sticks of butter that the kids leave on the counter. My vet says it’s bad for my cholesterol.

Jack “Mooper” Mundy: I want to stop helping mom clean out the litterbox. If you know what I mean.

Max Semple: I want to be braver when my big brother Ralphie isn’t around.

Murphy Andrews: I want to try to stop getting breakfast tacos based on my good looks.

Hoosier Robison: I want to give Mikey, my two-legged housemate, more kisses (easy); I want to stop accidentally flipping the switch on the power strip under the desk and turning off the computer while dad’s in the middle of a game of Civilization V (hard).

Oliver Porter: I want to stop chasing cars!

Mika Olczak: I want to treat my brother, CK the cat, more politely, even though his loud meows make me think he really likes getting rolled onto his back. Also, I want to take the stairs more slowly—tripping up them at full speed really hurts!

Noodle Emken: I want to be more polite to the visitors at my house. And to help DogGirl come up with more great Nuggets in 2011.

Cajun Slaughter: I want to stop trying to break through gates with my big head!

Sadie Korpi: I want to create a bucket list in 2011 that includes meeting my children, swimming where I can't touch and becoming a calendar girl.

Ralphie Semple: I’m going to be more polite to strangers.

Gib Andrews: I’m going to stop fighting with dogs on the other side of the fence. Unless they start it. Then it’s on like Donkey Kong!

Rebel Emken: I want to get off the couch and run with the bike.  Oh yeah, and I want to get better about coming inside when I'm out in the front yard!

Tyler Porter: I want to cut back on stolen table scraps.

Telo Slaughter: I want to travel more with mom.

Brownie Webber: I will try not to chase my housemate kitty Elise around the apartment anymore.

Zoe Korpi: I hope to see the world in more than just black, white and ham.

Pancake Barncat: I will stop leaving “presents” in the flower bed in front of the office. Also, I will find a better napping spot in the office than the out tray on the desk.

From the DogBoy's family--two- and four-legged--to yours, all the best for a great 2011!
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Topics: Uncategorized, Articles & Info, DogBoy's Staff

We're posting every week in 2011!

Posted by Community User on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 @ 11:12 AM
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I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

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Topics: Uncategorized, postaweek2011

Santa Claws Is Coming To Town--Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Posted by Community User on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 @ 23:12 PM
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Christmas is coming, Kwanzaa starts December 26, and it’s 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 DogBoy’s want to help with some gift suggestions for the dog-lovers and dogs in your life—no matter what their age or breed!

About a year ago this time I put together a list of book selections for dog lovers and it’s 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 shouldn’t forget the series of books by Norman Bridwell that launched them all. Another great kid’s 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. Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book, by Ian Dunbar.  These are geared more toward the adult dog-lover in your life.

Need movies? The DogBoy’s blog has you covered. Any movie or t.v. show starring these canine idols would make a great gift. I’m especially partial to the classics  Bringing Up Baby and The Thin Man, both starring Skippy the wirehaired fox terrier—one of the biggest dog stars of the 1930s. For those who like their dogs huge and animated, there’s Clifford’s Really Big Movie—an 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 Santa’s “naughty” list because of a lack of leash-walking skills, there’s always the Easy-Walk Harness. We even have Premier’s new line of Easy-Walks made from recycled plastic, in eco-friendly packaging.

If your dog has made the “nice” list—or if you just can’t bring yourself to give him or her a lump of coal—we have a number of fun toys, from PetLou’s 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 DogBoy’s. 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 lesson—or even just dog food—we will be happy to help you out. We’ll even mail it to them for you! Best of all, we’ll 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 DogBoy’s such a joy all year around—Happy Holidays!
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Topics: Uncategorized, DogBoys, gift ideas, christmas, Articles & Info, gifts

DogBoy's Salutes Our Veteran Customers!

Posted by Community User on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 01:11 AM
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Today is Veteran's Day. On November 11, 1918 at 11:11 am, World War I ended. What started as Armistice Day in the United States has since become a day to remember the service of the men and women of our armed forces, past and present. And we especially want to recognize our customers who have served.

Paula Juba, whose dog Missy is a daycare regular, served in the Army from 1984-1992:
"I can't compare my service in the 1980s with the sacrifices made by soldiers today. But I will say that it was wonderful bringing my dog, Sara, from NY to Germany, & realizing that she was welcome in hotels, restaurants, & private homes. When I traveled by train or flew on intra-European flights, I merely bought a child's ticket, & she sat beside me. I had no problem renting a house. In fact, my landlords said that Sara did far less damage than most children. Americans don't have a very good reputation with respect to the treatment of animals, so Sara & I were ambassadors.

Hats off to the current crop of soldiers who go to extraordinary lengths, often risking their careers, to rescue loyal local translators & canine companions from Iraq & Afghanistan.  Their contributions towards the welfare of people, as well as animals, may go unnoticed by most, but they mean the world to people they touch."

Paula is just one of our great customers who have served, and we salute them all. And we also want to recognize a member of the DogBoy's family who will be going into the armed forces this summer.

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Chris Rivera has been a member of our kennel staff for several years and will be off to boot camp shortly after graduation this year. We wish him the best on this great adventure. 

There are also many great programs to connect dogs and vets. In one of his first acts as a U.S. Senator, Al Franken funded a program to pair severely injured vets with service dogs. There's also a great program called Pets for Vets, which rescues shelter dogs and pairs them with returning veterans. And if you think your dog has the stuff to become a therapy dog, you can always visit an area VA hospital after they're certified.

Last--and certainly not least--we want to remember the dogs who have served their country. Dogs and the military go back thousands of years. The Roman Molossian dog, ancestor to breeds from the Rottweiler to the bull mastiff, helped haul loads at Roman military camps and fought beside the legions in battle. In the military today dogs serve in security, search and rescue, and perhaps most importantly in the age of the roadside bomb, helping discover hidden explosives.

On this Veteran's Day, DogBoy's salutes them all!
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Topics: Uncategorized, Articles & Info, DogBoy's Staff, veteran, veteran's day, customer appreciation

New Beginnings

Posted by Community User on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 @ 00:10 AM
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I'm new at this word press thing - blogging is fun, but I'm no expert. So I hope you like the new look. And I'm planning more fun things for the blog so check back soon and often.

Last week, we said goodbye to a dear friend - our old boy Pepper, aka Sam from the Austin Humane Society.  He was our Nervous Nelly, our T-storm dog, with the mystery hack, his own stress bucket, and near the end, a bit of Doggie Alzheimer's.  We'd find him barking into the closet, pacing all night, sleeping all day, and falling down was unfortunately an all too familiar site.  But through it all, he got 11 good years with us (15 total) to stretch his legs and be free, and we got one helluva great dog.  We'll miss you, Boy.

DogBoy Jr. was a complete and total trooper.  He wanted to be a part of saying goodbye every step of the way.  So at his request, we took him out of school, and he said goodbye his way, with lots of love, tears, and a heavy heart.  I can't tell you how proud I was of him for being so grown up about it.

DogGirl Jr. was another story.  She had been wanting a new dog for months (after we said no to a hamster, a horse, and a miniature horse), and our excuse was always that we couldn't - because we had to take care of Ol' Pep Pep.  Well, once Pepper was gone, she wasted no time pulling up every local rescue site she could find online.  She was determined to get her new dog now!  Thankfully, we're bigger fans of delayed gratification than DogGirl Jr.  After thoughtful consideration, and much support from friends, we decided that a 3 month period of doing her chores - consistently, would earn her our undivided attention and help finding the perfect furry fit for our household.

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Not just any old dog will do, mind you, as our canine clan already comes equipped with it's own set of quirks.  First there's Tessa, the butter eater, our sweet old Yellow Lab, who gets along with everyone but puppies.  As long as you're not jumping up tugging at her ear, she will let you do almost anything to her.  Just the hint of her name, and she comes running - Did you want something, Mom?  You want to pet me, don't you?  But behind that uber-loving personality, you'll see her true nature.  Trash eater, fence fighter, counter surfer, and UPS van chaser, this lovable fur ball won't let you stay mad long, because she's just so damn sweet.

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Next comes our Dane/Lab mix Rebel who deserves an entire blog post all to himself.  Like our other two pups, Rebel was found on Crystal Bend Drive, but his story is a wee bit different.  We didn't just find him; we found his owner dumping him - at the age of only three months!  Apparently, he was rebellious (No, a puppy - rebellious?), and his owner thought he was better off on the street than at a shelter.  After we had words with his former owner (and after I called the cops on him), we decided to keep the poor guy.  Mr. Handsome, aka He Who Barks at the TV, is gloriously soft and hopelessly sweet, but can be a real turd with other overly enthusiastic dogs.  At the Dog Ranch, he is fondly referred to as an Orange Card dog, which means he can't be put with just anyone...But when you see him sit pigeon-toed, and tuck his little nub of a tail under when he sits on cold tile, you can't help but love the Marmadukian qualities in him.

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And last, and actually least in size and stature, is my little angel Noodle.  Our little 9 pounder, the Chiweenie - Senor Schnitzel, as we like to call him, is one tiny bundle of trouble.  This one wandered right up to the driveway, and was too small to throw back into the wild...Oh yes, he's a snuggler, and quite the french kisser, I might add (ewww!), but at night when the family sleeps, he is busy eating childrens' library books, and chewing holes in leather furniture.  In a group, away from his bad mommy, he seems to do fine with other dogs.  On a leash, however, he becomes a Napoleonic Kujo, and then squeals like a stuck pig when a dog says he's not afraid.  What a big baby - but I love him like I have never loved a dog before.  He is my little hero.  And you should see him on the agility field - amazing!

I know how this looks - the family of a dog trainer with imperfect pups?  You remember the pastor with the wild children, right?  Or the teacher who's kids can't spell?  So here's your proof - we're human...and we're working on it!  The point is, that finding the perfect fit for our family won't be easy, and yes, I'm sure our new dog will come with their own little set of paw-printed baggage.  But we will love her (yes, it will be a her) with all our hearts, big, small, and fur-covered.  The countdown begins!
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Topics: Uncategorized, DogBoys Family, New Dog, DogBoy's Staff, getting a new dog, rescue, death of a dog

Tweets from 2010-10-24

Posted by Community User on Sun, Oct 24, 2010 @ 04:10 AM

  • DogBoy's website has just gone mobile! Check it out on your smart phone now - Yeehaw! #

  • Watch your mailbox for the inaugural issue of Noodle's Nuggets tomorrow! #

  • Blue Buffalo Issues Voluntary Recall - #

  • Lucy has hip & knee issues, which makes her a great candidate for regular massages. As you can see, she really... #

  • Lucy has hip & knee issues, which makes her
    a great candidate for regular massages. As you can see she really... #

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Tweets from 2010-10-24

Posted by Community User on Sun, Oct 24, 2010 @ 03:10 AM

  • DogBoy's website has just gone mobile! Check it out on your smart phone now - Yeehaw! #

  • Watch your mailbox for the inaugural issue of Noodle's Nuggets tomorrow! #

  • Blue Buffalo Issues Voluntary Recall - #

  • Lucy has hip & knee issues, which makes her a great candidate for regular massages. As you can see, she really... #

  • Lucy has hip & knee issues, which makes her
    a great candidate for regular massages. As you can see she really... #

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Topics: Uncategorized, twitter, tweets

Tweets from 2010-10-03

Posted by Community User on Sun, Oct 3, 2010 @ 04:10 AM

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