You Accept ALL Dogs - Really?
At our dog boarding kennel at Harmony Farm Kennal And Lamb, near Kamloops BC we love all breeds and types of special doganalities, yours included! “Do you really accept all dogs?” is a question we hear often...Do you own a 'special dog'? Actually everyone owns a 'special dog' or at least a dog that is special to them. Today a gal called up and with a very hesistant questioning voice carefully asked,
“Do you take Rotties?”
“Yes, of course”, I answered.
She proceeded, “Do you take 'special' Rotties?”
Adding a chuckle I asked, “Just how 'special' are your Rotties exactly?”
“Pretty darn special”, she laughed ...” They are ummm...protective and have a bit of ummm...separation anxiety is that ok?"
“No worries”, I replied.
“Oh I'll worry all right, that's why they are on meds, is that ok?”
“Certainly”, I answered.
“And” she continued, “they have never been vaccinated and eat only raw (and their beds pretty regularly),are they still accepted at your kennel?”
“Sure, is that what you mean by special?” I asked.
“Well, they don't walk on a leash very well and I don't know what they'll do if they see a sheep either!” she burst on.
“It's perfectly fine...” I explained, “relax, they won't get anywhere near a sheep and Gerry and I have a lifetime of experience with dogs that 'don't lead' – we can handle ourselves with any dog on a leash, they will be fine. Besides, if you'd worry less, they can have exercise time on their own in an acre fenced yard – would that help you relax?”
Suddenly the phone went silent then, I hear a huge sigh followed by what sounds like weeping on the other end of the line.
“Are you ok?” I asked carefully.
“You just don't know how important these dogs are to me and I just can't thank you enough for being willing to take them on, I have to go and I have no choice about leaving them and no one will take them and family won't go near them and I'm so worried, and everyone keeps saying no way they would except ...uh, uh, uh ...” she sobbed.
I let her continue and then quietly added, “It's ok, really, it's for all those reasons we do what we do. We could write a very bad novel about our nightmares leaving our dogs behind, this is why we take ALL dogs and why we love all dogs and don't judge any of them. Your dogs will be just fine.”
“You're the best, I can't thank you enough and I know I'll want to hug you as soon as I see you, actually my dogs might want to jump up and hug you too, will that be ok?” she asked.
Laughing at her relief, I giggled, “Totally fine, group hugs are welcome too! More the better - bring on your special dogs and their hugs and we'll look forward to caring for them soon!”