All kinds of dogonalities are welcome to custom care dog boarding at Harmony Farm Kennel And Lamb, close to Kamloops and Vernon, BC and some dogs are uhm...pretty special! There was this dog. His owner cringed as she passed us his 'list of do's and don'ts'. “He is named after a gun...”, she explains with a low embarrassed tone, “and he is high calibre!”
Over his 2 week stay, not only did we not notice any of the cautions on the list – we found him to be a happy, happy dog! He ate like a horse, drank well, he always greeted us with glee, was easy to handle, he chased and played non-stop on his hikes and not a squirrel path was left uncovered the entire time he was here! In fact, we had no concerns with him at all during his very positive kennel vacation at Harmony Farm Kennel.
When the owner came to pick him up she literally slinked out of her car, looking down, asking under her breathe, “Well... how was he?” “Great!” I replied. “You're lying”, she looked me in the eye and said sternly. “No, really, he was awesome – happy happy dog and a pleasure to care for!” I stated. “Are you suuuure we are talking about the same dog?” She doubted. “Yes, great dog – welcome anytime!” I said. “Welcome... anytime? You're kidding – you must have him confused with a different GOOD dog?”, she double checked cautiously.
She went in to the kennel area to get her dog. He bounded in to his kennel from his play yard, smiling all over. She laughed and quickly spouted questions and statements all at once, “I have never seen him like this! What about the destruction thing? He still has his bed, his toys, your kennel isn't destroyed or anything! Did he hurt you? I've never seen him so happy?!” Taking a breathe, she turned to me, in a much lower voice, “What did you do with my dog?” My eyebrows raised and I smiled as he sat politely, tail wagging his body as she easily put a leash on him. “He is sitting!” she starts to laugh, “Wow – I love what you've done with this dog!” We both chuckle while we gather her dog's food, bed and toys.
Once at her car the dog jumps in the back hatch and sits proudly, just as happy as can be. “She looks at me with a huge grin and says, “I can't believe this is the same dog! He IS happy! I can't believe it!” Almost embarassed she explains, “When people ask me, ''Why don't you just take your dog with you?' I say, 'Oh no, YOU don't understand – I have this DOOOGGGG! He is crazy and I'd be more crazy to take him anywhere with me – in fact, he is never welcome back to any kennel I've left him at either! They all say he is SUCH a BAADDDD dog!” Just then the dog reached to sneak a quick lick on her cheek. She giggles. He gets in another lick. She giggles harder. He licks her again, and again and within 2 seconds, she is laughing hysterically and he just keeps lapping up her whole face lathering her face licking licking licking! “Your BAD dog obviously loves you!” I smile. Suddenly, she drops the bag of dog food and as she leans over to pick it up, the dog has her on the ground, covering her with kisses as she turns her face left and right, laughing so hard she holds her stomach! “Gotta love the slober!” I laugh, helping her up. It was minutes before we both compose ourselves to breathe. “Aren't holidays great? Aren't dogs great?” I say through my joyful tears. She reaches to give me an unforgettable big hug of thanks saying, “...I just love you guys... even better, I just love that my dog is happy! Whatever you did...”,she says, “he is like a new dog and I just love him all over again!” Drying her soaking dog licked face she cries out, “My badass dog will see YOU again - I can't wait to go home and plan our next holiday!"