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Exciting New Things

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I have a lot of things to cover in this post, but I wanted to start off by thanking each and every client that has shared the last 4 months with us! Can you believe it’s been 4 months already???  It seems like just yesterday we moved in with a barely functioning door, no flooring, and a hope and prayer that everything would work out.  Four months later we are finally feeling like the space is our home.  Slowly but surely we have chipped away at the remaining construction projects and while we still have a few more to finish before winter I’m happy with how far the space has come in such a short period of time.  Of course none of this would be possible without the love and support that all of you have shown us!  I cannot thank all of you enough for everything you have done and continue to do for us!

Now Offering New Services!

You asked for it and we’re providing it!  We are now offering nail trims for $10 and dremeling for $20.  Just let me know and I will take care of the trim during your dog’s stay.  For the more difficult dogs I am also offering some desensitization and counter conditioning sessions to get them used to nail trims.

Operation Delta Dog!

As you may have guessed, Operation Delta Dog is an organization near and dear to my heart and the non-profit that I have chosen to support through Canine Existence.  We donate our space for the veterans to hold their training classes.  And in support of their Walk & Wag for Veterans this year I will be donating all money collected from nail trims from now until November 8th to our fundraising campaign for them.  If you would like to donate on you own, and believe me even $1 will help to make a difference, please visit Canine Existence’s Fundraising Page and help us reach our goal of $500.

Classes In Development!

Many of you have asked me about classes.  It is still one of my goal to be able to offer training classes.  At the moment we are offering NoseWork on Wednesday nights.  We are also developing new classes to be held Monday nights as well as a monthly lecture series on the second Tuesday of every month and a day training program that involves me training your dog while they’re at daycare and then holding a transfer session to coach you in how to teach and train the behaviors we worked on.  I am working tirelessly trying to organize and develop these in ways that will work within our structure and hours of operation.  Hopefully the kinks will be worked out and we will be open for registration in November.

New Fencing!

I am extremely excited to announce that we are in the process of changing out the fencing of the inside playpens.  Chain link was never my first choice but it was an acceptable fence given the time constraint we were dealing with before opening.  However, I have been very disappointed with the design of this particular fencing, which is completely different than the outside chain link despite being from the same company.  After a lot of thought and comparisons I have decided to switch out the main playpens to powder coated kennel panels.  I feel they look a lot nicer, are much sturdier, will be safer, and also easier to keep clean.  They have been ordered and hopefully will be installed by Columbus Day.

Columbus Day Week!

Which brings me to the next order of business.  We will be open on Columbus Day, October 13th because I am away at the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference and Trade Show from October 15th - 18th.  Due to my absence we will be limiting the number of dogs on the 15th, 16th, and 17th.  We have plenty of space available on the 13th and 14th though! 

Holiday Schedule 2014!

Canine Existence will have the following hours in observance of the holidays.

Thursday November 27th - Closed

Friday November 28th - Closed

Wednesday December 24th - Open 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday December 25th - Closed

Friday December 26th - Closed

Wednesday December 31st - Open 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday January 1st - Closed

Friday January 2nd - Closed

Fall News

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It is so hard to believe that summer is nearly over.  It has been an amazing first 3 months.  I can’t begin to thank all of you for the support and understanding we’ve received as we have chipped away at construction and established a routine and system that works for us.

Construction is nearly complete.  There are about a dozen small projects that need to be finished, but the end is in sight.

We are accepting registrations for enrollment in daycare.

We have a new Instagram account.  Please check it out and follow us, if you have an account.  If you don’t have an account bookmark the page and check back for some pics!

The Facebook page is active again.  I apologize for the lack of pictures for a few weeks but I couldn’t figure out how to unlink it from my personal twitter account.

Nosework classes have finished their first session and the dogs and handlers had a great time!  Check out Carolyn’s website for info about enrolling.

Operation Delta Dog is hosting their second annual fundraiser, Walk & Wag for Veterans, on November 8 at Great Brook State Park in Carlisle.  I have created a funraising page for Canine Existence.  Operation Delta Dog is an amazing organization that adopts shelter dogs and trains them to be service dogs for local veterans.  Please consider donating to our page and helping us reach our goal.

July brings more changes!

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Lots of stuff has been going on in the past couple weeks!  Firstly, the painting has begun and the construction is almost complete.  

Updates

Well we successfully completed our second week!  I can’t begin to express how appreciative I am of all the congratulatory remarks and well wishes I’ve received.  I’m also thrilled to report that I’ve received a lot of positive feedback regarding the dogs being tired and calmer at night.  I’m so happy that we are seeing the dogs settle in and not be frantic at the windows.  In the next few weeks I would like to be able to begin offering some extra training time to the daycare dogs.  Hopefully we will also be able to start our first classes soon.

In the meantime enjoy some pics of the construction.  Now that the floor is in I think it’s starting to look really nice.  We just have a few small projects left and then we can paint and start hanging the decorations.


Our First Day!

June 2nd was our first official day and it was a great one!  It started off with a bang when 29 dogs came out to play.  It didn’t take us long to realize what will work and what won’t work in terms of set up, and while it’s a strange feeling to be in a new place I’m confident it will start to feel like home once everything is finished.  The hardest part is waiting for the flooring to be installed.  Once that is in then we can finish off the reception area and set up the play rooms in their permanent spots.

That said I think the dogs had a great time.  They all seemed to love running around in the bigger space.

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The fence is up!

The yard has seen quite the change since last weekend!  The outside fence is up and the base rock and sand is in and packed.  The turf is in Massachusetts so hopefully it will arrive by Friday and after we stake it down we can put up the chain link panels.  The construction on the overhead door will start tomorrow.  The walk-in doors are going to look great once they’re installed.  

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The turf is on its way!

The turf has finally been shipped!  It should arrive by the end of next week.  Meanwhile we’re working hard at digging out the area and getting the fill settled.

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Things are coming along...

Things are finally falling into place.  We have an awesome logo and banner designed by Kate Taylor of Polar Square Designs.  (Seriously check out her FaceBook page, she’s uber talented.)  The flooring, turf, and fencing have been ordered.  Some of the stuff has been moved into the empty space awaiting the flooring installation.  The yard is being dug out and leveled.  Crushed stone and sand for the yard are being delivered this week, and I’m running around like a mad person trying to organize everything and figure out what else we need.

Casey


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