Kayla was looking for a new job with a more paw-sitive atmosphere when she began working at Camp in July of 2015. Almost two years later and she is still a happy Camper!
Kayla enjoys being able to tell our clients about their dog’s stay at Camp. She loves getting to know the Campers and telling their parents fun stories about what they did and who they socialized with. Kayla also takes pride in setting up cabins for our dogs who are boarding with us. She takes her time and is sure to make their home away from home nice and cozy!
Kayla has two pups of her own. Maggie, a three-year old Pug, is her little ball of energy. Maggie loves coming to Camp, and playing with anyone and everyone – she has never met a stranger. Sophie, a nine-year old Chihuahua, is the complete opposite of Maggie. Sophie visits Camp occasionally, but would prefer to be at home cuddling with Kayla!
Outside of Camp, Kayla spends her free time reading, playing with Maggie and Sophie, and scrapbooking! Kayla is also in a bowling league that meets once a week. Bowling is a huge hobby of hers, which always makes her one of our first picks for our staff outings to the bowling alley!
Working With Dogs
We used to giggle when we heard the word “poop”, and then we started working at Camp. Now we’re completely desensitized to the word! You may think our jobs are easy and fun and have visions of us frolicking through the play yards with happy dogs all day as we sing, scratch butts, and rub bellies…and you’d be right! But you’re missing what’s happening underfoot as we frolic… poop, lots and lots of poop.
We’re constantly on poop patrol, not just because we don’t want it on our shoes but because it’s dangerous – to dogs and humans.
- One gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria.
- According to the EPA, dog poop is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills.
- Our natural ecosystem can handle two dogs per square mile. In urban areas, there are 125 dogs per square mile.
- Dog poop is the #3 cause of water pollution.
- 40% of Americans don’t pick up after their dogs.
- 44% of Americans wouldn’t pick up their dogs poop if asked.
Being a dog owner or care taker isn’t always glamorous, it’s usually just plain gross. Feces is a contributor to many parasites and viruses in canines including roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, E.coli, Giardia, Parvo, Coccidia and more. The symptoms of these illnesses are even worse than the regular poop you didn’t want to pick up. Leave that one pile behind and you could be risking vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, worms and more!
Poop can also be a very high value “treat” for dogs. The smell is very enticing to them so don’t be surprised if your dog tries to eat their own feces, or another dogs (or cat’s.) The “leave it” command can help with feces if you practice and reward with a high-value treat – which is way yummier than poop!
It’s not too often that you find couples that work together, but here at Camp we have two! Last weekend a few of us were able to celebrate Channing and Jessica! They are expecting a baby boy in April. His name will be named Kai, and we are paw-sitive he will love dogs as much as his parents do!
The evening was filled with food, baby shower games, and laughter. We are a close group of friends, and we had a blast celebrating baby Kai! Congratulations, Channing and Jessica!
We all love adorable puppies and know they are full of energy! We also know that, with energy, comes nipping and biting with sharp little teeth. While it may be cute while they are small, it is important to nip that habit while they are young! Here are a few tips from the American Kennel Club to help prevent nipping and biting:
- Let your puppy know when they bite a little too hard. Make a loud, high pitched “ouch” when it happens, and then give a verbal praise or a treat when they back off.
- When your puppy nips at you while you are playing, let them know it is unacceptable by stopping play – no matter what. This will tell them that biting will get them nowhere.
- Give your puppy an alternative item to chew, such as a toy. It is natural for puppies to bite and nip, but redirecting it will help prevent them from using you as a chew toy.
Never physically punish your dog. Be patient, attentive, and look into puppy training classes if needed! Click here to read the full article from the American Kennel Club!
With St. Patrick’s Day, or as we like to say St. Pawtrick’s Day, we wanted to focus on the native breeds of Ireland! According to the Irish Kennel Club, there are nine native dogs of Ireland.
- Irish Red Setter
- Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
- Irish Red and White Setter
- Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Irish Terrier
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Irish Wolfhound
- Kerry Beagle
- Kerry Blue
We can think of a handful of these festive breeds that visit Camp regularly and we can’t wait to celebrate them this week! To learn more about each of these breeds, click here!
We had so much fun at our 2nd Anniversary Paw-ty and we can’t thank you enough for making the day so special!
Thanks to your generous donations, we raised $290 for the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation! All of that money goes directly to supporting sick, injured, or homeless dogs who need veterinary attention!
The winners of our raffle drawings are as follows:
- Free Nail Trim 1: Bella S.
- Free Nail Trim 2: Pancake M.
- Free Bath 1: Frankie & Norman E.
- Free Bath 2: Bodhi S.
- Free Week Of Day Camp: Lily & Melvin G.
Here is to many more years of memories and having a dog gone good time at Camp!
D is a sweet Australian Shepherd mix who became a regular boarder here at Camp in September of 2016. D is a very laid back pup, and that smile never leaves her face! While her parents take fun trips, D gets to take vacations to Camp.
She plays non-stop in Charlie’s Play Yard, but also enjoys nap time in her cabin! D’s tail rarely stops wagging, and she enjoys giving kisses to her Camp Counselors when she slows down for more than a couple seconds. D is our pot of gold at the end of our rainbow this month!