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Cottonwood Tails - Cottonwood Kennels
Cottonwood Tails
Vol. 1 No. 4
____ May 2012
Cottonwood Attends The
12th Annual Canine Classic
Cottonwood Kennels went all out at the
12th Annual Canine Classics on Saturday April 22nd. The event was held at
the Boulder Reservoir on a day that featured beautiful weather and a huge
crowd to enjoy it.
The Incredible Dog Challenge exists
to showcase everyday dogs competing
in Olympic style competitions that they
love. They are not only entertaining to
watch but they highlight the special
bond people have with their dogs.
Cottonwood set up booth and had
great time talking to prospective clients
and watching the various events that
took place during the day.
Cottonwood
had over 200
visitors to their
booth and gave
away over 125
prizes in their
Ping Pong Ball
toss, a game
where participants try to toss
a ping pong ball
into a water
bowl to win a
buffalo
shank
Penny and our first playbone prize for
er who won a bison bone
their
special
on her first toss.
little friend.
The event is put on by ’Moving to End
Sexual Assault’. MESA’s website states
its mission like this. “We believe that
every person has the right to live free of
sexual assault. We are moving to end
sexual assault and the suffering it causes
in our community. We challenge all
forms of oppression and recognize their
connection to sexual violence.”
Cottonwood
Kennels
is
pleased to be
able to help
groups that work
for the betterment of the community
and
world
as
a
.
whole.
One of the high
points of the
event was the
‘Purina Pro Plan
Performance
One of the team goes
T e a m ’ s ”
airborne for the frisbee
‘Incredible Dog
Challenge’. They ran the agility course
flawlessly and were airborne most of the
day catching flying discs galore. The
dogs were all rescues.
Cottonwood Kennels
7275 Valmont Road
Everyone stopping by the booth received a certificate good for one free
day of daycare at the kennel.
The day included a 5K run and walk
event for both 2 and 4 legged contestants. The 5K drew some 400 registered
participants.
A Helping Hand
for Animals in
Need
By Penny Vardell
I would like to tell you about an extraordinary woman. Her name is Candace Sayles Brad. Candace has been
practicing veterinary medicine for many
years here in Boulder.
She has a great love for all animals and
has in recent years founded an organization called V.E.T.S., which stands for
Veterinary Equipment, Technology and
Supplies. Their motto is ‘Healing the
planet, one animal at
a time.’
V.E.T.S.
collects
unused
veterinary
equipment and technology, along with
supplies and ships
them around the
world to needy
Candace with a organizations that
yellow-eyed penguin they may provide
chick being treated care to animals in
for a bacterial infec- need.
Candace
say’s
she founded the
organization after the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Indonesia made her want to help the animals of
our planet.
tion.
Founded in January of 2009, they are
currently helping to support 46 animal
related nonprofits in 31 countries. Members of V.E.T.S. beside Candace include
Karen McKormick Perry, DVM and directors, Claire Campbell, Dianne Brinkman, Jillian Weems.
V.E.T.S. has many ongoing projects
around the world. One of my favorites
would have to be the free spay/neuter
clinic in Romania.
And they’re off !! Some 400 participants
and their 4 legged friends take off on the
5K.Run/Walk
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For a full list of recipients and a lot
more about their work, see their
webpage at www.projectvets.org.
Great job Candy, we all love you .
Keep up the great work !
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Cottonwood Tails
Page 2
May 2012
Front Office Report
By Rhonda Beitzel
Mikes Canine
Culinary Corner
By Michael Thorpe
Cottonwood Boarding Kennels is coming
into one of it’s busiest seasons of the
year, summer.
Currently, Cottonwood is hiring and
training new employees in preparation of
this usually busy time
of year.
Our training program is very extensive
and lasts a few weeks. It covers every
aspect of pet and personal safety, cleanliness, record keeping and customer
service.
With the summer and upcoming
holidays, reservations will become an
issue. Cottonwood can board up to 120
dogs, 25 cats and various other feathered and furry friends.
At this point we are almost completely
booked for the Memorial Day weekend
and the 4th of July. The earlier you book
for these times the better.
We tend to book at least two weeks in
advance for summer weekends. It is important to book in advance to assure that
we will have a place for your pet. We are
already taking bookings for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.
We are looking forward to a fun filled
summer season. We hope to see many
new and old faces alike.
So remember, when that family pet
can’t be going with you, they should be
coming to us. We will give them a great
experience they will always remember .
BANANA- PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
3 CUPS WHOLE WHEAT/WHITE FLOUR
1 EGG
1 BANANA(MASHED)
¼ CUP OF NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER
* ( NO SALT OR SUGAR)
¾ CUP OF WATER
MIX IN A BOWL AND KNEAD ON A
FLOURED SURFACE UNTIL IT IS
FIRM…..ROLL IT OUT TO A ¼” THICKNESS AND CUT INTO SHAPES.
Teaching A Doggy
Handshake
By Rhonda Beitzel
To start this lesson, we of course need
to have that special treat handy.
Ok, get the treat and hide it in your
hand and move your hand down close
to the ground. You may find it easier if
you kneel down with your pet.
Have your dog sit in front of you and
encourage them to paw at the treat
while saying “get it” and “shake”. Reward them as soon as their paw leaves
the ground to show mark the behavior
as wanted.
Gradually raise your hand until their
paw comes up to their chest height.
Keep moving higher until you are in a
standing position and asking them to
“shake” Take their paw in your hand
and shake it while with the other hand
giving the treat.
After a little practice, you will have
one of the most polite dogs in the
neighborhood that will shake hands.
YOUR CHOICE OF SHAPES. PUT THEM
ON A COOKIE SHEET ABOUT A HALF
(1/2) INCH APART AND BAKE AT 350
DEGREES APPROX 40-45 MINUTES
THEY SHOULD BE FIRM TO THE
TOUCH. YOU CAN LEAVE THEM IN
THE OVEN TURNED OFF AND LET
THEM FIRM SOME MORE FOR ABOUT 2
HOURS.
MAKES
BETWEEN 40-60
COOKIES…DEPENDING ON THE SIZE
OF YOUR CUTTER…. USE A CUTTER
THAT IS RIGHT FOR THE SIZE OF YOUR
DOG.
Neah and Rhonda trading a hand
shake
YOUR DOG WILL LOVE THESE
TREATS, AND YOU EVEN MORE FOR
MAKING THEM .
——————————————————"Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get
used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein
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Agility Equipment
Progressing
Late Spring Release
Expected
__May 2012
Coyote’s Story -- the rescue dog who stayed
at Cottonwood Kennels
Purrs from the Cattery
By Hilary Lane
Cottonwood Kennels is looking forward
to the day our new agility equipment is
ready for placement in the pasture adjacent to the kennel.
The final touches are being put to the
equipment which so far include a teeter
totter,
j u m p
ring
,
weave
poles and
hurdles.
Local resident Jason Makowsky was
randomly looking through Craig’s List
when he noticed a listing from a couple
going through foreclosure, and they
were going to have their perfectly
healthy 6-year-old Australian Shepherd,
Coyote, euthanized if someone couldn’t
take him.
Although not
looking for a
dog, Jason contacted them and
took
Coyote
home, but could
not keep him
because his wife
and kids lived in
a small townhouse
The hurdles of which there are 3, are 5
foot wide and have variable heights of
8”, 13” and 19” and are made of PVC
pipe and has easy drop crossbars for pet
safety.
The jump ring has an
inside circumference of
26”, and is adjustable
from 10” to 30” in height.
It is also made of PVC
piping and a flexible
plastic ring for the hoop.
Our teeter totter measures 12 feet long
by 16 inches in
width and is constructed of a
heavy wall PVC
base and composite decking
walkway.
The weave poles, of which there are 9,
will be 42” in height , and spaced 2 foot
apart.
The equipment is being tested now
and should be ready for use soon. If your
pet is an agility candidate, let them
know in the office. Lets have fun !!
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Cats know how to obtain food without
labor, shelter without confinement and
love without penalties: W. L. George
Cottonwood Kennels
7275 Valmont Road
Through a mutual friend, Jason connected with me, a
trainer with Fang Shui Canines, who previously helped run a dog rescue. Jason
and I decided to partner with Wyoming
Australian Shepherd Rescue to promote
Coyote, find potential fosters and applicants, and help him avoid being
bounced around from home to home.
Jason and I also developed a Facebook
page for Coyote’s adoption, filled with
photos and videos, but we could only
find temporary fosters. Coyote loved all
dogs, people, children, animals—but
had no previous training or understanding of boundaries or manners.
Cottonwood, the Shangri-La of
boarding and daycare, made the difference in Coyote’s being bounced
around from home to home
Cottonwood posted pictures of Coyote on Facebook—through Cottonwood’s efforts and Aussie rescue,
Coyote had several applicants.
Belinda Bittle was taken with Coyote’s
photo and was ready to get another
dog, passed the rescue screening,
and decided to give Coyote a try with
her Collie Holly, cat Oreo, and two
horses.
Rhonda from Cottonwood tested
Coyote on farm animals, and generally gave the rundown on Coyote’s behavior.
Belinda’s latest report is that Coyote is settling in and learning the routines, that she loves his cuddliness,
and he’s never seen so much land!
Coyote finally has a dog bed. And she
is taking him to obedience training .
As for Jason, Coyote’s original rescuer, he says he’s a changed man. He
now has a new knowledge of dog care
and was very impressed with Cottonwood’s generosity and special care
for Coyote. He has a deep satisfaction
in knowing he had "stepped up" in life
and responded to the need of one who
was without hope.
Since then, he says, he’s had other
occasions where he has been able to
intervene and play a short-term role
when it mattered. He says he’s become more blessed through this experience than perhaps Coyote has been.
He was able to adapt to any situation,
living in the moment, enjoying all his
new experiences. Although he never
had a dog bed and was kept outside
most of his life, you’d never know it.
In came Jan Mitchell, who fosters for
Wyoming Aussie Rescue. Jan asked Cottonwood Kennels if they would help by
fostering Coyote until he was adopted. .
Coyote takes a walk at Cottonwood
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Cottonwood Tails
__May 2012
Meet the
Cottonwood
Family
Meet our
Barnyard Friends
Dear Gabi
By Penny Vardell
Meet ‘Gus’. He is one of our younger
sheep in the pasture. Gus is named after
Cap’n Augustus McCrae of ‘Lonesome
Dove fame.
Gus came to us 5 days after he was
born in March of 2011. He was a ‘bum
lamb’ and wasn’t given much of a
chance to make it, but through the determination of Penny Vardell, Cottonwood
Kennels owner, he had no choice but to
make it.
Gus at 2 months old, learning about
pasture life.
Living in the house until he was almost
2 months old, Gus was a handful. He was
bottle fed several times a day, with several bottles per feeding. He also had a
new brother show up during this time
named ‘Woodrow’, who we will feature
next month.
He has grown to become one of the
most stunning rams in the pasture. Gus
will be one of the first to the fence when
guests show up.
This month I would like to introduce you
to Danielle Reeves. Danielle came to Cottonwood 6 years ago at the age of 16. This
was her first job and she stuck. Danielle
should be an inspiration for all young people.
It has been exciting to watch
her grow from
a shy young
girl to a young
lady with an
incredible
work ethic.
She has a
Danielle with one of her
love for anifavorite dogs, ‘Blue.
mals that can
only come from the heart. Her work here
and raising her own dog ‘Boss, to a mature
and well rounded dog proves that she is
top notch.
Danielle’s duties around the kennel are,
well, everything. You will see her out front
at the counter, running dogs back, cleaning, medicating or hanging out with playgroup. She is an all around employee who
is not afraid of any task.
Danielle likes to play rugby, work out
and go hiking with ‘Boss’. Her plans are to
go to school for animal physical therapy
and continue her work with animals.
We are very lucky to have Danielle as a
part of the Cottonwood Kennels crew.
Good job Danielle, we love working with
you.
Cottonwood Kennels
Member
Pet Care Services
Cap’n Augustus ‘Gus’ McCrae
roams through his barnyard.
Cottonwood Kennels
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Dear Gabi:
I’m
worried.
My
mom and dad just
adopted
a
new
puppy. I’m not sure
how I should feel
with all the divided
attention I seem to
Gabi Vardell, CA feel.
Rusty from Boulder
Rusty,
I know that puppies are scary. As
he grows though, you will become
great friends. Your mom and dad
will love you both just the same.
Dear Gabi,
I have an appointment with my
veterinarian next week. I am a
little scared. Sometimes when I go
in, he pokes me with a needle and
it hurts. I’m not sure he likes me.
Lulu from Valmont Valley
Lulu,
Don’t be afraid. Your veterinarian
loves animals, that’s why they do
what they do. I get a treatment
called acupuncture where they
stick pins in me. At first I wasn’t
sure about it either. But afterwards
I feel wonderful. That needle is
usually filled with something that
will make you feel good and keep
you well.
Editors Note:
Email or send your questions to
’Dear Gabi’ at our email address on
the bottom of the page and Gabi,
along with our staff will use all the
resources available to us to answer
them.
Gabi and the staff are not schooled
veterinarians, but do have those
contacts available for those tough
questions. They also have years of
experience dealing with all sorts of
pet related problems.
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“If
there are no dogs in Heaven, then
when I die I want to go where they
went."- Will Rogers
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Page 5
__May 2012
Notes From Small Dog
Playgroup
By Pilar Heffelfinger
Playgroup Captain
Pretty soon small dog playgroup will be
operating continually without breaks during the weekdays for daycare pups. This is
always a very exciting time for the small
dogs because they really get to take advantage of being
outdoors.
Boarding dogs get to
spend more time
outside too with
their friends. If your
dog comes for the
day and you want
them to have a
break at any time
during the day, we
can accommodate you there too. Just let us
know when you drop off your little munchkin !
FAQ of the month
Q: My dog is a ’toy’ breed weighing 2.5
pounds, is playgroup safe for such a tiny
pup?
A: Yes, it is safe. We have many extra small
dogs that love being in a group setting. It
may look intimidating, but as long as they
enjoy it, there’s nothing to worry about.
Plus, the things that make our playgroups
safe is that we have both a small and large
dog setting to make sure it is safe. And
there is always two deep supervision.
Notes from Large Dog
Playgroup
By Sterling Loetz
Playgroup Captain
Cottonwood Kennels
7275 Valmont Road
By Connie Duras
"Hello all! Things are heating up and
Occasionally, I meet cats who I
the pools are coming out! The dogs love get to watch grow up. Ziggy Kronauer
the pools and the sunshine so much that is one of them. Ziggy and Cottonwood
it makes me want to put on the swimsuit go back a long way.
Ziggy’s first stay at Cottonwood was
and dive in with them!
at the age of 8 months old. He is a
I enjoy seeing all the familiar faces
very charming Devonshire Rex. This
out there as well is a semi –hairless breed of cat.
as all the new
Ziggy begins the day in the Cattery
puppies that
by checking to
have been
see
if
any
showing up to
other cat has
greet us with
left food out
their unmatched
for him. He
excitement to
enjoys taking
play.
a nice
Sun
Bath in the Big
Bay Window
Some of these guys have the energy to
Ziggy loves a good
while
bird
go all day and others enjoy taking a
rocking in the chair
watching.
snooze in the shade of the newly budded trees from time to time. It brings
the staff and I great pleasure to see all
our friends having so much fun in play
group and we hope to see everyone
and their smiles soon.
We encourage all the dogs to cool off
in the pools as the weather gets warmer
and the splash monsters come out from
hiding. I know there is a splash monster
in everyone.
I enjoy seeing the dogs that have an
unbridled approach to having fun, as it
should be. We can’t wait to make new
friends this summer! Come play with us.
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A fun day for the little guys in playgroup!
Purrs from the
Cattery
"Ever consider what pets must think of
us? I mean, here we come back from a
grocery store with the most amazing
haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They
must think we're the greatest hunters on
earth!" ~Anne Tyler, The Accidental
Tourist
He likes to help me do the dishes in
the kitchen, afterwards sitting in the
North window to watch the dogs at
play. He is too helpful at feeding time
so he is banished from the kitchen
then.
Ziggy Poses for a Photograph
He likes a good roll in cat nip and
toys to play with. He has attended Cat
School at the Denver Dump Friends
League and can jump over a stick, sit
& roll over. He loves to be held and
be petted. He is always stylish in
different colored nail caps. Ziggy is
the one of the greatest.
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Page 6
Cottonwood
At Home
Your Pet’s Horoscope
By Madame Neah
By Danielle Reeves
Along with all the pets we care for at
the kennel, Cottonwood employees
have their own little… and big ones anxiously waiting at home for their two legged partners long workday to end and
claim a little love and attention.
Our Kristin Jeffers loves going home
after her day to see her little man
‘Rambo’. He’s a Manchester terrier mix.
Aries
Spring
sprung.
to stop
flowers.
terfly.
(3/21-4/19)
has definitely
Take the time
and smell the
Chase a but-
Taurus
(4/20-5/20)
Share some of your
talents with others ;
your ability to love unconditionally, your gentleness and playful side.
Gemini (5/21-6/20) Know when to pull
back. You are strong. Reverse roles from
leader to follower and your leash walking skills will be happily rewarded.
Cancer (6/21-7/22) Restrain your enthusiasm. Try not to lick the dinner plates
before they get to the dishwasher.
Kristin and Rambo Share a moment at
home.
He was found on the streets of Kansas
and ended up at the Boulder Humane
Society. He stole Kristin’s heart when
she saw him up for adoption 3 1/2 years
ago.
He was only about 6 months old when
she got him, so they have a really tight
bond.
Leo (7/23-8/22) Time to make decisions,
no hemming and hawing around. Are
you a bone dog or a toy dog. Time to
invest in a new one.
Virgo (8/23-9/22) Remember to take
care of yourself. With so many opportunities to run and play, pay close attention
to your toenails. Cut them regularly to
avoid painful time outs from all the fun.
Scorpio (10/23-11/22) Remember, you
have limits !! On hot days, look for extra water and shade, don’t push yourself. A dip in the pool may be just the
thing.
Sagittarius (11/22-12/21) You are
looking to get involved. Support a local cause and have fun helping out. Try
an event like Ella’s Walk for the Longmont Humane Society.
Capricorn (12/22-1/19) Your electric
energy not only gets you going, but
gets others going as well. Take your
family on an adventure.
Aquarius (1/20-2/18) Through thick
and thin, you are always there to be
supportive. Help the family get
through bad days with a smile.
Pisces (2/19-3/20) Time for you to
relax. Napping is in your future. A
bright sunny spot in the grass is high
on your list of delights.
Cottonwood Kennels
“Play and Stay for Pets”
Remember us for all
your boarding, daycare and grooming
needs.
Open 7 Days A Week
7:30am until 6:00 pm
Rambo has learned some pretty neat
tricks. He can sit, roll over, shake paws
and he even dances. He loves to do
them for mom.
Rambo’s favorite treat? Buffalo bones.
Quite a treat for a little guy, but he loves
them ! Kristin loves her little Rambo
Man, and he loves her the same.
7275 Valmont Road
Libra (9/23-10/22) Mischief seems to
bubble up from out of nowhere. Use
caution and behave wisely. Try a game
of hide and seek with your best friend.
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They enjoy doing activities together
such as hiking and going to the dog park
with his two friends, Layla (a lab) and
Ghost (a cattle dog).
Cottonwood Kennels
__May 2012
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