In preparation for our upcoming vacation, Monte and I spent the morning checking out a potential doggie resort for him, Farview Kennel. In addition to providing the perfect home away from home for a Labrador Retriever, they are a member of Trails Home Labrador Rescue of Wisconsin. No longer in-training, Monte will not be traveling with us for the first time in two years.
Imagine you are a two year old Labrador who has never ever been boarded in a standard (concrete and wire) kennel. What could be better than unlimited access to two acres of play area (human ball chucker included), wading pools, plenty of toys, food/treats, and access to humans/house via doggie door? Well, how about the addition of twelve friendly pack members to enjoy it with. The only downside is the forty minute drive to Mazomanie.
Lisa and I received an introduction to the basics and proper techniques of tethering. We practiced walking as a unit, entering vehicles, supporting the anchor dog, and navigating stairs/doorways. We all made mistakes, but Cooper was by far the best prepared of our trio. Our goal is to have our entire client team fully trained, working effectively, and traveling safely in three months.
Note: In addition to our skills practice, we helped out a bit as we bottle fed eight two-week old puppies who were essentially abandoned. We could tell they had enough goat milk after their stomachs swelled to orange-size. As I told Marlene, it was fun to perform this task once, but it would get old fast doing it every four hours, as required.