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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Diversification at Royal K9 Korner

We have a wonderful variety of dogs that visit us at Royal K9 Korner. Everything from colour to size, characteristics in behaviour and the ever present age and health. We have black ones and brown ones, white ones and grey ones, big ones and small ones, wide ones and thin ones.  Oh my!  Some like to be alone, some love to be in your face and some just wander about.
There are so many in our assortment of K9's that our rainbow is ever changing.

There are moments when a name escapes me and I admit to referring to them by colour or coat condition. Sometimes it's deliberate. They may be in a spot that is safe and comfy cozy and I don't want to disturb them. I know that if I refer to them in conversation by name, they're going to jump up and see what's going on. "Why was my name called? Is there cookies involved??" Oh great now I have to explain!  "I only wanted to say what a good girl/boy you are my sweetie. Go back to your rest in the sunshine"   Many times I just say, "the big fluffy guy" or the "little white curly one" or "Miss Sneaky Butt" or "Mr. Hi! How are ya?"

In all the diversity, size for sure really doesn't matter here. Whether you're teeny weeny or great big, the rules are still the same. Most importantly, be polite to everyone and share. Or at least be kind-fully mindful of the others. I don't really care what the body looks like, I'm more concerned with how the brain processes the surroundings and what messages it sends to have the body respond. Playing fair and safe is so important and will certainly make a visit nicer and they will be welcomed back.
Same age and energy level Miss Mia and Lil Molly 2012 
One of the characteristics not always noticeable is the variety of ages. We currently have ages ranging from 11 months old to 16 years old. When we have both ends of that scale visiting together or within a few days of each other, age is very noticeable.

We had the privilege of keeping Master Rookie, (The Old Man)  company for a day when his mom had to be out of town. The very next day we had Miss Yeti visit us. Let me tell you, age was noticeable!
Our senior 16 year old Master Rookie ambling around the yard.
Getting a picture of Master Rookie is only a matter of walking up, pointing the camera and clicking. He's methodical in his movements and always a happy boy.  When he's done his walk about the yard a few times, he simply finds the best comfy spot and there he waits until his mommy comes for him. I can clean the house or groom a dog or fold my laundry. There is never a distraction unless I create it. He loves to have his neck ruffled and back end scrunched and scratched. Oh the smiles I get.

What a good boy Rookie
The very next day in comes one of our youngsters for a day visit.  A marked difference! Look closely at this little ones eyes, and body language. She's a very obedient girl. Smart as a whip and just as fast.  There is no moss growing under this ones paws. You will see she's only laying still because I asked her to.  Notice she's in a closed area where her choices are limited.  Plus, she knows I have a kibble to offer. Kibble makes such great (whisper.... cookies")

Almost 2 year old Miss Yeti (Bday: May 1st 2018)
Getting a photo of Miss Yeti is quite the opposite.  She doesn't often lay still when she's here. There is JUST SO MUCH to see and smell and do! I was able to snap this one as she took a bit of a break from her busy, busy run around the yard. She zips, she zooms she spins and dashes in between everything possible.

We love it when a youngster gives Princess MollyDawg a challenging moment to exercise like she did in years past. Go Yeti Go!  When she's had her romp and satisfied her energy we can head back into the house for a bit of nap-time. Oh and then I can sneak any photos I may have missed. Yep, you guessed it. I just had to get a photo of Yeti in her finest bunny ears.
Somehow "Old Man Rookie" was left out of the event. I have no idea how that happened??   I'm going to get him another time. Get ready Master Rookie. Im coming for you.

Oh DRAT! I thought I missed the Easter photo shoot.
MOM Take Me HOME! 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tika's Bath Before Going Home

Tika is getting packed up to leave Royal K9 Korner. She's been a very good girl. She's had a few learning experiences and we can truly see an increase in her comfort level now.
We think she really enjoyed her stay and hope she visits us again soon. Her mom had asked for her to have a bath, so I started setting up our outdoor bath station. The Spring weather has been really warm.  We have hot water hooked up outdoors and I was looking forward to not having to scrub my bath tub down after.  The very next morning my goodness! What happened to our sunshine? There was no way Tika could be bathed outdoors.

So, into the bathtub she went. It took us a very long time to coax her into the bathroom. She obviously has some bath issues and we didn't want to scare her for future.  We used loads of nummy cookies and gentle positive persuasion.

In the end we simply hoisted the big girl up and into the tub she went.   Once she was in all was calm. I hope we helped her comfort level with the good solid rubber mat for grip and a perfect warm water temperature. She stretched her body out and allowed me to lather her up and use the bath brush to scrub her back and every inch of her body.  By the end of the bath she was squeaky clean and her lovely coat was shining.  What a good girl she was.  She is welcome to come back for a Royal K9 SPA treatment any time.
Even though I had the thermostat turned up so the house would be warm for her, this little girl was shivering after her bath. We made certain to rub her down with several big fluffy towels.

Im chilly so please leave 
me covered up ok Lady?
When she was done she found her daybed and cuddled down to dry off better. I changed her blanket a couple of times to make sure she was drying well. I certainly didn't want this short haired little angel to catch a chill. 

Oh yes! Thank you Lady I'm nice and warm now!
Soon it was time to take all the dogs out for their final piddle before bed. Tika decided she was staying in her cozy spot. That was fine. We went out and a few minutes later, guess who decided to come outdoors? Well, goodness sake, she had no coat on and was still wet! I happened to have my sleeveless Jack shirt on so off it came. It turned out to be a perfect warm up coat for Tika. I think we created a new fashion statement.

Ok, I'm done now. Let's go back in please.

Tika has been a delightful guest and is welcome back any time.

Soaking up some warm sunshine in the early morning.
Can you see my mom coming yet Princess MollyDawg? 

Tika still has a few other pack members to meet. We're gearing up for success for her.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring Break at Royal K9 Korner

The long awaited Spring has finally arrived. The dogs are able to run through the yard and not slip on ice or get covered in mud. It is so nice to feel warmth from the sun now. They are enjoying laying on the warm driveway and dry ground.  I'm enjoying not having the labour of cleaning up snow fur ball or muddy paws each time before they enter the house.

Tika and Seven enjoy the warmth of the driveway
Seven only spent a couple of days with us, but he's always such a delight to have in our pack. He has a very calm, no nonsense personality. He understands leadership extremely well and has a perfect ability to read/understand other dogs. Being the only male this time, meant no other younger male was trying to outrank him. He had a very relaxing visit with us.  The girls love to have his influence around and give him the respect he deserves for his 13 years. 

We also have both Lil Molly and Tika returning to visit us. There was a bit of toy guarding at first. I'm always only a foot step away the first couple of days we have these two together. They both have strong personalities and my eyes can not leave them for an instant.  It doesn't take long for them to learn that my growl is WAY BIGGER and the sharing rule must be obeyed immediately around here.

Lil Molly, Lady May and Princess MollyDawg
prefer the softer warm dry grass
Lil Molly is very toy oriented, she's patient, smart and rather sly when others have what she deems, "her" toys.  So sneaky that she often doesn't meet any resistance when she steals them away. That's fine if the other dog allows it and if she's not hoarding them all. Which she will do and I do not allow.

Honestly Lady! No one wanted these toys!
Tika is not as toy driven but is still trying to fit herself into the pack. Her place will come easier with more visits. It will be as a gradual process of just being here. We, people tend to think dogs shouldn't have to prove where their particular rank is. Dogs like to have that hierarchy in tact and it changes each time a new pack members arrives. Patience, consistency and constant supervision makes it an easier learning time.

She is also still learning that I'm a stickler for all dogs using mats and not laying directly on the carpet.
Honestly Lady, I didn't see any mats!
Tika begins her visit with a bit of a bully girl attitude. An overpowering, in your face, posture of "I'm stronger than you, and I might outrank you and I don't have to listen to you, I'll just sit and wont budge and ... Hey, that toy that dog has looks interesting. I don't really want it but I might later, so GIVE it to me! NOW!"
Lil Molly is quick to accept a challenge and sends a big "No Way" bark, right back! Tika is  immediately taken aback.
They meet my quick and loud growl, "MY TOYS!"  and an instant removal swoop of the toy that happens so quickly, they both take a step back..  Every toy is scooped and thrown back in the bin and they vanish immediately.  Sharing, turn taking begins immediately.

I don't cherish the idea of having to go through the next few hours with a couple of dogs that I can not praise or acknowledge because they're on time out. Oh My!  So we nip those behaviors in the butt quick and early on.

We spend a long time playing sharing games indoors and out. What a difference it makes when they know the toys belong to ME. I decide who plays with what and when.  By late afternoon both are very tired and ready to even share a napping space.
Good girls!
Just don't touch my body okay?!
Once the spacial boundaries are defined and hierarchy in place, (which frequently changes dependent on situation and environment) we can get down to just enjoying a wonderful time of being. There's always rules to follow and once they're known and understood our pack settles into relax mode very easily.
Why do we have to sit and wait before we go outside? 
Oh and ... yes, it's never ending learning around here. (sigh)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What About Princess MollyDawg's Story

I've been reminiscing about the others who have passed and left their furry paws so deeply embedded in my heart. This time of year always does that to me. I'm happy to say, I'm stronger these days and can now smile through most of those memories. It doesn't take long for my memory to find the day our darling little Princess MollyDawg came to us. What an adorable little ball of fluff she was!
8 weeks old baby Molly's first ever kong. 
We had decided not to adopt until we had a house of our own with a full yard. 2005 made that happen.  We went into the Kamloops SPCA to look for who needed a home.  One of the hardest decisions we ever had to make.  We had to walk away and think about which one of those sweeties were coming home with us. The little black sad/sickly looking puppy in the back had caught daddy's eye.  The SPCA workers told us little black puppies were hard to place because they grew into big black dogs. People had a tendency not to like big black dogs.  She was the last of a litter of 5 brown puppies to be picked. The workers told us these particular puppies were brought in from Merritt. They had been found at about 5 weeks old, all climbing in and out of a box by the side of the hwy. Someone saw them as they were driving by and stopped to pick them up and brought them into Kamloops SPCA. They had come up for adoption a few days ago. This little black n tan puppy was all alone now, her 4 brown siblings had been snapped up as soon as they turned 8 weeks.

We knelt down beside the big cage and the little fluff ball slowly and sheepishly came over. She didn't jump up on the cage and she had her little tail between her legs. Her little eyes looked sad.  The lady said it was because her last brother had just been adopted a few hours earlier and she was now all alone. Awww poor little thing. I worried we were going to adopt a sick puppy who would require big vet bills. Daddy said, "No she's not sick. She's just lonely." He was right and we brought her home with us.

First Stuffy Playmate.
We spent hours on hours on end training this little girl. We were very lucky to have a family member who is a dog trainer. She gave us loads and loads of tips. Some of them I didn't think were very important so I skipped them. Big Mistake now 13 years down the road. We love our Princess with all our heart and know exactly how she gained the Princess Title.
She went everywhere with us and met as many different people and dogs of all types. We frequented places where there were crowds and children and lots of other dogs.  She became very well rounded and socialized.  Her very first best friend was her Border Terrier "cousin", Seven. He was only 1 month younger than her and a spitfire of a little guy.  As time went on of course The Princess grew, lil Seven did not grow very much in body but in his spirit he grew into a very BIG dog. Not once did Miss Molly RatBag get the better of him. Though she tried many times.  Today they are still fast and wonderful friends.

Over the years Molly has been a wonderful girl always helping when I need it.  She will pick things up and pass them to me when I drop them. She brings me my shoes when its time to go out and forever brings me pens even if I don't need them. Oh brother, Molly gurl! 

"I'm always ready to help you mommy!"
She's made many friends. She had no choice. She loves a good romp and has always had way more energy than us. We walked her and ran her and played with her and found it very difficult to tire her out.  She's always been very loyal and a loving little girl. She's also incredibly smart. It was hard for me to train her because I gave into her beauty.  Her face and little antics always melted out hearts and we just caved in.

Look! I did the shredding for you!
Finally one day we decided she needed a playmate. So, our search for just the right playmate began and brought us our devoted beloved King. These two were inseparable. A tightly bonded pair right from the get go.  Princess MollyDawg fell deeply in love with her King and stayed by his side right to his last breath.


Today MollyDawg is 13 years old and definitely showing her age. She now rules over Royal K9Korner and keeps everyone in check. She's had a few serious bouts of tummy issues and now hosts an ulcer. Oh my poor Princess. We keep her on a very strict special diet. She can no longer eat cookies so we keep a little jar of her special kibble set aside and call it "Cookies."  She gets very excited about them and can even count out three of them.  She's been a very tolerant girl of all the others who have joined her extended pack. She's both resilient and resistant and can still be a real Ratbag! We love her with all our heart and can't wait to show her off to you when you visit.

"Oh and remember to bring cookies okay!"

Sunday, February 18, 2018

River Had A Sleep over

A wonderful fun filled active 3 days. We sure had fun! River is a very active little girl! Just as smart as a whip, full of pi** and vinegar, and eager to learn!
When she was here we had a mixture of dry sunny days and snowy blowing days. We even thought Spring had sprung, the ground was thawing, leaving yucky water pools everywhere. Fun to run and jump through but oh so messy.  Im sure her mom and dad had to give her a bath when she returned home. 
Just when the yard was starting to dry up, BAM, the very next day blizzard! Snow all over again. It didnt deter River from wanting to play outside. She ran and frolicked just like a puppy should.
Oh puppies, oh puppies!  Remind me again when they start to calm?  She did a great job reminding me to pick everything up and move things out of her reach.  The nice part was she brought everything to me and said,"Hey Lady, look what I found." Is it for me?" Oh how I laughed.  Slippers, gloves, toques, spare mats, dog brushes and pencils!  Well okay the pencil was in bits. Oh my I learned too.

Hey Lady? What's over there?
She ran circles around the other dogs and begged for their attention. Every minute of every day. Princess MollyDawg did her very, very best to make her listen. Lady May displayed her many attitudes. She stays in a defensive mode and will not be played with until she feels confident. She snarled and growled and pushed her away many times. I could see the look in her eyes when River walked (read ran) into the room. "Oh bother, here she comes again. Brace yourself!"

Royal K9 Korner has a few routine nap times, 10 am, 3 pm and again after dinner 7 pm. The first time we had to show River it was nap time by putting her in the crate. Everybody went to sleep and so did she. By the 3 pm naptime River already knew or was tired enough to get it. 

Day 1 10 am naptime
She simply chose a mat and curled up all by herself. What a good and smart little girl she is. It didn't take her long to figure out, we were going to have ALOT of outside play time. She ran and chased and jumped as much as she wanted. She was even polite when we practiced some leash skills and some recall.  She's still learning to be patient with the older dogs who dont have the same energy level as she does. That will come. 1 year olds cant be expected to know everything right off for heavens sake.
When it was bedtime she curled up beside our bed with the others. We placed the safety gate around her bed to prevent any sneaking at night. She certainly didnt need it. She slept like a baby all night long. When the others woke for there morning piddle we had to wake Little River.
It didnt take her long to realize this was a short playtime and the day hadnt actually started. It was back to sleep for a few hours before breakie. She eagerly complied and fell fast asleep again. She has wonderful manners at eating time. She makes perfect eye contact and sits politely until she's given the eat signal. 
Fast asleep all night long

Friday was a vet day for the Royals so River was able to come along for the ride with us.  All the dogs are seat-belted in and River is no exception. She watched out the window for awhile then just curled up and slept the entire way.  What a calm little traveler she is.
Are we there yet?
Wake me when we get there please
Waiting patiently for dinner
 River learned alot of house rules as well as outside rules this visit. We know it wont take her long to remember them on her next visit.
She is more than welcome to visit us again any time at all.
Check out her photos soon to be loaded in our Facebook album here. Royal K9 Korner Photos/River

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Boys Meet The Girls

The introductions  this weekend involved our girls Princess MollyDawg and Lady May allowing Lil Molly a chance to meet the boys, Dax and Andre. We wanted them to feel comfortable and accepted into our pack.
We had quite the afternoon and evening on Friday and Saturday morning.  They were full of finding rank and jostling for position.  Oh my! They never sat still for a minute.  Well that's not entirely true. Sunday was definitely more laid back.

At first everyone pretty much stayed in their own space
We did our usual one on one meets. With five dogs that takes a bit of time. We also spent lots of time going in the house and coming outside to get used to the feel of it.  We continued until it was too dark to play outside.

By the evening I was able to actually drop the leads and let them interact more normally. Everyone was finding their position and feeling more confident within the pack. It was Andre who surprised me. He took a little bit longer to warm up to the girls. He was not ready to have any stinky girls pestering him.  Lil Molly, who tends to be pretty persistent,  really only wanted to make friends and check him out.  He just said, "No, not right now!" So off she sulked. She was only here over night, which turned out to be just the right amount of time for an opportunity to meet the boys. The next meeting will be more,"Oh, hi I remember you!"

Lil Molly decided her safe place was in the crate
Of course as usual Dax had a field day deciding which toys had the best stuffing. While Mr. dignified Andre, watched in disbelief. 

Dax didn't even stop playing long enough to eat. He did a quick buzz past the food and right back to the toys. After dinner we set the boy's crates in the living room to make them feel more at home. Just in case they decided they wanted to nap. 
Dax took a sniff and decided it was still play time. The girls on the other hand had themselves buried up to their shoulders checking them out. I swear if they could fit ....
Of course I didn't get a picture of that. ((sigh))

We kept our separator gate up for the evening so Dax could romp and play. They still didn't know that after dinner is quiet time. Lady May was not impressed with toys going flying through the air at her.  Everyone else was quietly snuggled on a mat or a crate. Even Andre was starting to crash. 

What's for dinner? Ok, later then.

What stuffing??

Ya, but I don't have to go to bed yet. Right Lady?
"Shouldn't my brother be resting now, Lady?"
... and he did rest. He settled right down beside Andre and fell fast asleep. 
Shhhh. Don't wake him.
 Now we are very rule oriented here. No dogs are allowed on any beds or furniture. Especially new comers. Certainly not without being invited. We are the pack leaders and that has to be well established.  Just because you're so bloody cute does not mean you're going to get invited up on my lap any quicker than anyone else around here. So make sure you remember that.
Ya ya ya! I know, they got an invitation on the very first night. So sue me. 
That night they slept in their crates beside the bed. They were as quiet as mice.  From time to time I could hear little Dax wagging his tail, and hoped it was happy dreams and not anxiety. It took all my control to leave them snuggled up in their crates.  Their mommy told me this is where they are most comfortable sleeping.
Now I don't usually break mommy and daddy's rules. However, after all, this IS ROYAL K 9 Korner. and the next night I just couldn't let them stay in their crate.
So they joined the pack around our bed and slept with out a single peep. They slept so soundly, when the girls woke me up the next morning to go out, I had to wake the sleepy boys to come join us. Awww too cute! 
Just to ensure their safety, I put the gate up around their bed. 

We woke up to fresh snow on Sunday morning, and the temperature had dropped. Everyone went without a lead and did their business like they'd been in our pack forever. They had full run of the yard and interacted very well. There was no hesitation heading back indoors.  We went out again before day light.  Princess MollyDawg was asking and generally when one asks, everyone wants go. Well this was just not what the boys wanted at all.    They didn't even stop to take a breath let alone do a quick piddle. They just bolted from the back door to the front door in a split second. I laughed so hard.  They were having no part of a second onslaught of this winter stuff this early in the morning. 

Later in the day there was lots of time to play in the snow. Little Andre loves running and chasing the ball. The cooler temp did not bother him one bit.  Little Dax could only play a short while then he headed right back indoors. I left the back door open for him. He would dash out to us in the yard do a couple of quick zoomies around the yard and BOLT right back into the house. Just enough to say, "Hey Lady! Look at me Im outside!" At one point I tucked him inside my coat just so he could join us for some fresh air.  We saw lots of the cute behaviors from Little Dax. he was forever after Lady May. "Hey! Im a boy how come you don't love me? I even saw someone say, "I'm a boy and therefore you must kneel to me regardless of rank." "Oh ya!?" said someone else, "Royalty over rides rank buddy! Back off"
There was lots of learning this weekend.  I'll be uploading pictures and videos soon. Watch for them on Facebook 

Dax- "I promise, I only want to cuddle"

"Oh and my brother wants to share your mat as well."
Once they'd had their 5 min snooze they were back up and at 'em all over again. I'll have to purchase a second small ball for these guys. One just isn't enough. We have loads of various sized ones here. Apparently only one that is just the right size.

These little fellas are welcome back any time at all. Even daddy fell in love with them. An invitation to snuggle with Daddy says alot!

We hope you visit again soon boys. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Who is Lil Molly?

I thought everybody knew who Lil Molly is. Some people have asked.  She's the visitor who's been here the longest. Way before we changed our name to Royal K9Korner Daycare. Her and her sister Lily first started visiting way back when they were wee pups.
They were the puppy's that showed us how well King played/protected and cared for little ones. Lily moved away at an early age but Lil Molly has stayed in town.
Lil Molly 2009
King and Lily 2009

Lil Molly is now nearly 9 yrs old. She is a solid member of our extended pack and all the dogs who visit here must also eventually meet and get along with "our" Lil Molly. She spends many of her weekends and holidays with us. This link will take you to view an 2011 Happy Easter video  She knows the ropes and rules, even though she tries to break every one of them, every visit.  She is one of the reasons I make sure to get enough sleep at night. This little girl is not slowing down, even though she's starting to get a bit long in the tooth. Her energy and eagerness to play ball are endless. This video is 2 years old but her energy has stayed the same.
5 Dogs enjoy play time at Royal K9 Korner

Lil Molly has learned that a visit with us may quite likely involve a photo shoot and dress up may very well be required. Since she has been with us since puppy-hood she really doesn't squabble about it.  She has no choice. It's do, or you get no cookies. Simple as that. No skin off my nose, and that means Princess MollyDawg gets more!
Lil Molly - "Wearing a bandana, this isnt so bad."
Princess MollyDawg - "Just wait, There's more to come!"

"Ooh, I see. But we get cookies right?"
"When do the cookies come?"
 Lil Molly was also the first to try out the outdoor bath. We now have hot and cold running water to make the baths more comfortable. What a difference it makes. No more having to haul buckets of hot water to fill up a kiddie pool. This year will bring an even better, completely modified bath station. I can't wait. Oh and Lil Molly will again be our test pilot.
Lil Molly - "Why is it always me to go first?"
Lady May - "How's the water buddy?"

Lady Mia, Squire Seven, Princess MollyDawg
and King celebrate King's rebirthday.
I don't know how Lil Molly escaped this weekend. 

"... but you caught me at Christmas. Oh brother"

Lil Molly decides on just the right rose to pick for
her mommy's birthday present

Halloween around here, Just you wait!
King always allowed whatever,
encouraged all to participate
and never complained

Little Squire Seven disguised
as a smurf dragon
So keep this in mind if any of your sweeties visit us on any special occasion. There's a pretty good chance they'll be subjected to a photo shoot. They will also sooner or later visit with Lil Molly.  I can already sense the need for a scheduled quiet time being a must. Oh good grief!

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