A Dog’s Day
Hi Mom and Dad!
Thank you so much for letting me stay at the Pet Resort!
I’m having a great time. Here’s what my days look like:
Early in the morning we hear footsteps and it means it’s breakfast time.
After we are fed, the nice people come back and take us, one by one, into the play yards. It’s really neat – they talk on those black boxes attached to their waist, and I hear things like, “I have Bonzo going into the Senior Yard, his card was just updated”, and a voice says, “Yes, that is correct”. There are a lot of voices inside that small black box!
We all meet in the yard and start our games – we play well by ourselves. You would be surprised to see the games we play, tag being the most popular amongst the big guys. I have some friends that go to other yards and we just talk through the fence.
We can see the staff of Thousand Hills busy at work, pulling beds, and pillows, and toys, and blankets out of all the rooms. They get all the food bowls as well as the water bowls and take them away to someplace far…we can’t see where, wish we could find where they hide the food! A dog can dream right?!
All occupied rooms are washed, every single one of them…it’s a lot of cleaning these guys do. I wonder if my buddies and I can go play with all that water, but the staff means business when it comes to cleaning.
The poop patrol comes in to clean the yards, they actually do it several times a day. The water buckets and bowls in all yards are also cleaned and refilled with fresh water a couple of times a day.
The guy they call “Manager” comes in (I think he is like the Alpha dog around here – he is pretty cool!) and checks every single room for cleanliness and to make sure all tasks are getting done. Meanwhile, the other staff members do what they call a “Watch Check”.
Watch Check is my favorite part because it means we are getting one-on-one with a human, and you know I love cuddles once in a while. The members of the staff come in and they touch us everywhere to make sure we have not hurt ourselves, they pet and love on us, they also check to make sure we have our collars with our name and all the information needed. They know all of us by name and they know what we like or not. Did you know some dogs do not like their belly touched? Not me. I say, “Rub my belly for good luck!”
One of the staff members is responsible for the food and meds log, and records who did not eat their food or needs to be checked a little more often…can you imagine…not eating their food? I offered to eat for them, but the staff said, “Nope, you can only eat what your parents asked us to feed you…no extras.” They seem to write a lot, if I throw up, for example, they write on this book and they will notify you, Mom and Dad. It’s amazing!
Some dogs that are going home go to the barn for their baths. I’ve been there, and you can see where they wash blankets and towels as needed.
The afternoon people come into work. They communicate with the morning people for a while, they get updated on the play yards, and if any of us are sick or need extra attention. When we are homesick, they sense that too. They rock!
The afternoon staff does another “Yard Check”…more petting – I love it! They also make notes about our playing. If someone is playing too hard, they need to update their cards and they call on the black box and ask a lot of questions.
They clean more poop and refill the water again. I can see from the yard that the staff puts our beds, blankets and toys in our room.
The Alpha dog…I mean, the manager, comes by and does some play time with us. He loves hugging all my buddies and me. We get a lot of attention from the humans here.
The boarding staff brings more food (WOOF, WOOF!) and medications for the dogs that need it.
The dogs are then taken into their individual rooms – supper is waiting. We say ‘bye to one another; one last sniff and it’s time to go.
The lights are turned on around 6PM and the front gates are locked. After eating I usually nap and I think my buddies do the same.
Late at night (I think they said 9 PM) the Night Check crew comes in and they go to every room and check on us. Even more petting – they can’t get enough of us! What can I say! They write a report if there is anything that needs to be looked at in the morning.
All rooms are locked for the night and lights are off. They call the manager and tell him that Night Check is done. And it’s night, night for everyone. We start all over next morning and we know new friends will come in.
Oh yes, I almost forgot – one person in the group is the designated Cat person. The kitties cannot come out and play with us, so we do not see them, but we know they are comfortable in their cat room and are well-loved.
YAWN! It’s time for bed, so I’d better go. Can’t wait to play again tomorrow!