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Dawg House Spring 2009 Newsletter

Hey! Newsletters will be posted on the Dawg House Blawg from now on! Now you can leave comments and stuff! Read up and then go poke around!

In this issue:

– Dawg House Moving Plans

– Recent Foster Dawg Adoptions

– Bernie Memorial

– Raleigh and Bo ~ AKC Good Citizens

– Kelly’s Back! And he has a story…

– Harvey, Jackson and Coco ~ Graduation Class of March 2009

– Upcoming Humane Society Event–Puttin’ on the Dog!


dawg-house-logo-clean-small1Dawg House is Moving! After almost five years in our original building, Dawg House is moving to new digs. Don’t worry – we’re not going far – just a few blocks north of our present location.

Our new address will be 2201 North Stone (just south of Grant on the west side of the road) starting in June. We’ll be open as usual through the end of May, but we will be taking a short break the first week of June to move, get set up at the new place, and catch our breath a little. Then on Monday, June 8, we’re up and running at Dawg House 2.0! We’ll send out more updates on the moving schedule as they happen.

So why are we moving? Lots of reasons, all of them positive!

  • First off, the new building is a little more modern, so we have less upkeep to worry about.
  • Plus, we’re having a brand-new AC and heating system installed (woo)!
  • Parking will be improved with a large, private lot and a street-safe entrance in the back of the building. 
  • We’ll be adding on-site boarding and a separate daycare area for on-site boarders who aren’t a regular part of the enrolled daycare pack (our cushy, premium at-home boarding service will still be offered). The new on-site boarding will be offered at a slightly lower rate than our take-home boarding.

Stay tuned for lots of moving news, including a house-breaking party and moving schedule details. We’re sooooo excited! More on this story at:



Dawg House clients, a generous people by nature, often welcome foster dogs into their homes. The primary value in fostering dogs is that they learn the behaviors, rules, and perks of life in a single-family household, and this experience prepares them for transition into a new ‘forever’ home. Fostering is a rewarding experience for those with the time and patience for it, and seeing a dog that you have fostered be adopted into a new home can be a very emotional and satisfying experience.

Two of the foster dawgs you may have seen around Dawg House were adopted recently: Jax (fostered by McCabe‘s dad) and Reeses (fostered by Zoey‘s mom). Both went to good, well-screened homes and we wish them all the best. 

Jax and Reeses

Jax and Reeses


Bernie is an old friend of Dawg House who passed away in January.

We’ll miss you, buddy. 













See more Bernie here:  




akc-cgc-logoRaleigh and his little brother Bo both passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test this month! Awesome! 

There are a good handful of dawgs in our pack who have become AKC Good Citizens, and we’re proud of all of them and their owners for working so hard at this demanding and rewarding challenge. The test consists of these ten points:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and down on command and Staying in place
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction
  10. Supervised separation 

More detailed descriptions can be found on the AKC site:


Bo & Raleigh and their Mom

Bo & Raleigh and their Mom (we couldn't get her to sit still ;~))















“I was away at a conference and had boarded Kelly with Creature Comforts, early December. One late afternoon I get a call that he was bleeding profusely from his back hock and they were taking him to the vets immediately.



Well, long story short, he had a mass on his back leg that turned out to be a haemangiosarcoma cancer mass. A significant blood vessel grew into the mass and the mass eroded into the blood vessel. Result – massive bleeding. We are so fortunate that they were with him right when it happened. He ended up with a 4-5″ incision right around his back ankle.

But that is where the fun begins – the incision kept opening because it was in a bad place and it took the 4th try of various dog mouth/wound restraining implements to keep Kelly’s big tongue from messing with the wound. So I’ve had Kelly on house arrest with a very large satellite dish – er I mean Elizabethan collar – on for weeks. Yes, you can well imagine this has made Kelly very happy. I have had to come up with all sorts of games to keep him semi-quiet. A bored bloodhound is a terrible thing to behold.

Kelly and I went back to my regular vet for bloodhound emergencies (Pima Pet Clinic) and we have let the incision ‘granulate’ – that is – fill in, rather, with tissue. It has been a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG process, with twice weekly bandage changes. But we are finally there. Tell Ripley Kelly will be back  probably in a couple of weeks.

As for the cancer. Well the good news is that it was a mass on the surface and the biopsy showed clean edges. Dr. Darowalla (my bloodhound long term health vet) and I put him on chinese herbs known for helping with blood  disorders. The rest of it is up to the guardian of bloodhounds.” -Kelly’s Mom

Let us just say that we at Dawg House are so happy for the way this story turned out.  There are still unknowns with metastasis for Mr. Kelly, but he truly has 9 lives.  This wasn’t the first health trauma for poor Kelly, but let’s hope it’s the last.  We’re just thrilled to have him back in our pack behaving just like a bloodhound–and Ripley is thrilled too!


Harvey,  Jackson and Coco celebrated their graduation from Basic Obedience class on Thursday, March 19th! These guys deserve a big round of applaws! Woo-Hoo!

Classes were held at Paws & Claws Pet Boutique with trainer Vanya Moreno:




Harvey ~ Jackson ~ Coco



hssazHumane Society of Southern Arizona Event! 

Puttin’ on the Dog!

Friday, May 1st, 2009 .

5:30PM – 9PM

Tucson Country Club


For more information on this wonderful event:


Spend a lovely evening at Tucson Country Club to benefit homeless dogs in our area.



“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.”  -Mark Twain


Keep checking in on the dawg blog – and let us know what you think – leave your comments! (P.S. – the ‘New Dawgs’ section will be back next newsletter with a gallery of pics!) 

As always, thank you for being a big part of our pack.

Your friends at Dawg House,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan