It’s been ten years since our official Grand Opening date of June 26, 2007.
We’ve all gone through a lot of changes, personally, professionally and most importantly in how we care for and understand our canine companions.
Medically, what was once a death sentence, cancer, is now better treatable, and dogs who once were give a few months to live can enjoy a full life, or at least an extra year or two due to advances in treatment and management. It’s amazing to see dogs recover from cancer and continue their lives as if nothing had been wrong.
Our relationships with our dogs has grown as well. From SHHHT! to sit, the way we relate to our pups has been in constant development and the language barrier between us and our canine companions is eroding. The science of dog behavior is continually discovering more about how dogs’ brains work, and how day cares specifically can use that to improve the lives of our canine AND human customers, as well as facilitating better dog relationships while they are in our care.
In a day care setting, there is a wider range of staff development options and ways to stay ahead of the curve for businesses that rely on canine-human communication as we do. Something that may have taken a dog handler 6 months to learn on their own is now taught in our initial training requirements. Refining the way we care for dogs based on the latest scientific research and available products is a constant in this industry, and helps keep my awe and wonder alive even after being in it for ten years.
Over the past ten years we have raised our “minimum” starting wage from $8.00 per hour to $10 per hour, added health care benefits for full time employees, and we provide paid time off for all employees, even though our small size exempts us from local legal requirements.
Halfway towards this goal, we moved to a larger, more accessible facility, with even more improvements planned in the upcoming months (no I’m not going to tell you what just yet!)
We’ve also been able to formalize and develop our charitable relationships, with ten years of supporting the PAWS Mutt Strut (and we’ll do it again this year!) establishing ourselves as a founding supporters of the Monster Milers’ Rescue Run, and the Mums and Mutts annual charity event. In addition, we are a donation drop off point and emergency shelter for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. Contributing to our local rescues is very important to us, and we participate with pleasure.
Thank you for your support over the years. You are all very much appreciated.
I am so excited that we have made it to ten years, and can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Woofs and wags and wonderful things!