Mountain Hollow Farm Dog Boarding

Mountain Hollow Farm Dog Boarding Let your dog enjoy his stay with us while you vacation! True "in home" boarding through DogVacay with a loving, knowledgeable family. Mountain Hollow Farm offers safe, fun and loving "in home" boarding and day care for your dog(s).

Certified and insured through Rover.com, you can be sure your pup is happy and healthy while you are away. Large shaded play area with happy dog friends, and a spot on the bed or couch, if you allow it! More information, photo and customer comments at https://www.rover.com/sit/mountainhollow

Operating as usual

Some of August’s summer campers!
08/24/2021

Some of August’s summer campers!

People are traveling again, and we’re busy entertaining doggy guests. Great to see old friends, as well as new waggy tai...
06/28/2021

People are traveling again, and we’re busy entertaining doggy guests. Great to see old friends, as well as new waggy tails! Some availability left: www.rover.con/sit/Mountain hollow

Happy Easter from the bunnies at Mountain Hollow Farm Dog Boarding!
04/04/2021

Happy Easter from the bunnies at Mountain Hollow Farm Dog Boarding!

Haven’t had too many boarders during the pandemic, but hope our favorite guests start returning! This week, we are enjoy...
03/14/2021

Haven’t had too many boarders during the pandemic, but hope our favorite guests start returning! This week, we are enjoying the company of Riley, the Portuguese Water Dog. She’s a good girl.

It’s always nice to have some of our regular boarders hang out with us!
09/26/2020

It’s always nice to have some of our regular boarders hang out with us!

It’s always nice to have some of our regular boarders hang out with us!
09/26/2020

It’s always nice to have some of our regular boarders hang out with us!

Doggy camp is slowly getting busier again. So fun to see old furry friends! Some guests from the past weeks:
08/21/2020

Doggy camp is slowly getting busier again. So fun to see old furry friends! Some guests from the past weeks:

Very happy that boarders are starting to come back! This week featured Koda, Lola, Sam, Tucker and Gemma coming and goin...
07/04/2020

Very happy that boarders are starting to come back! This week featured Koda, Lola, Sam, Tucker and Gemma coming and going.

Labradorable Designs
02/15/2020

Labradorable Designs

Interesting read. "By looking at the lemon-sized dog brain, he has shown, for instance, that, based on how the reward ce...
11/25/2019
Dogs Can’t Help Falling in Love

Interesting read. "By looking at the lemon-sized dog brain, he has shown, for instance, that, based on how the reward center lights up, a dog likes praise as much as it likes hot dogs."
Canine Companions for Independence graduate dogs work off praise only, once trained, and only get treats while working, if learning new tasks. They sure do love a "puppy party" of praise!!!

One researcher argues that a dog’s ability to bond has more to do with forming emotional attachments than being smart about what humans want.

Good morning!
11/11/2019

Good morning!

Warped and Twisted
09/16/2019

Warped and Twisted

Cute!
09/07/2019

Cute!

🤣

One of our favorite New Yorker dog cartoons
09/04/2019

One of our favorite New Yorker dog cartoons

08/31/2019
In The Dog House
08/16/2019

In The Dog House

HAD TO POST THIS IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL BEYOND WORDS♡by jackie short- nguyen

08/03/2019
Woof Woof

Your dogs will be fed before they have to dance like this!!!!

i've watched this too many times 😂

Capital Volunteer Chapter - Canine Companions
07/19/2019

Capital Volunteer Chapter - Canine Companions

Do you know the difference between service dogs, emotional support animals and therapy animals? Check out this helpful graphic to learn more, and help educate others on this important distinction. Help stop Service Dog Fraud!

06/25/2019
Live, Life, Large
06/20/2019

Live, Life, Large

I often have many assistants...
06/19/2019

I often have many assistants...

Warrenton Kennel Club
06/14/2019

Warrenton Kennel Club

This Man Built A Custom Kayak So His Dogs Could Share His Passion
06/13/2019
This Man Built A Custom Kayak So His Dogs Could Share His Passion

This Man Built A Custom Kayak So His Dogs Could Share His Passion

This retired American man had clearly had enough of going on adventures by himself. Instead of finding a new hobbie, he decided to adapt his kayak so that his two Golden Retrievers could come along with him.   Source : @David Bahnson   It all started when this former orthopaedic surgeon saw his do...

COMIC STRIPS
06/09/2019

COMIC STRIPS

Reigning Cats & Dogs
06/09/2019

Reigning Cats & Dogs

Warrenton Kennel Club
05/28/2019

Warrenton Kennel Club

Timeline Photos
05/21/2019

Timeline Photos

Please do NOT shave your double coated dog!!
05/14/2019

Please do NOT shave your double coated dog!!

To shave or not to shave your Golden?? .. I share this excellent article each year and with the warmer weather upon us, this is a reminder on why not to be tempted to shave your Golden ..

Wait! By Nancy Bynes, NCMG of Nevada City

With warmer temperatures finally coming to Nevada County, many dog owners are exploring options to help their pets stay comfortable. Shaving off all that hair is probably the most popular option. Indeed, for some coat types, this is an ideal solution. Not for all. With the exception of hard-coated terriers, dogs come in one of two coat types: single coated and double coated.

Examples of single-coated breeds are poodles, shih-tzus, bichons, etc. This type of coat will continue to grow longer and longer, much like human hair, with genetics being the final determination in reference to length. Double-coated or fur-bearing breeds have coats that grow to a predetermined length. They can be further separated into open coats and closed coats. These breeds have a hard, protective outer coat (guard hairs) and a soft, dense undercoat. Examples of open, double-coated breeds are any of the spitz-type breeds, such as Siberian huskies, Pomeranians and chows.

This coat is designed to shed snow or ice and provide maximum protection against freezing weather. Closed, double-coated breeds have noticeably longer guard hairs, which lay down over the undercoat, sort of like a blanket. While the outer, or guard, hairs get wet, the undercoat works to keep the dog's skin dry. Examples include golden retrievers, Australian shepherds and Newfoundlands.

Single-coated breeds can be clipped down to the skin, and the coat will grow back pretty much as it was before. The same is not true for double-coated breeds. For this reason, shaving these dogs down is not a solution to summer heat.

Think of a healthy double coat as an old-growth forest. There is a balance with different parts providing different benefits. If you clear-cut an old growth forest, there will be immediate regrowth of a lot of young trees very soon. Unfortunately, they won't initially be the same kind as those you cut down. Instead, the forest has to start from scratch and spend decades, first growing ground cover and softwoods that provide an environment for slower growing hardwood varieties. It takes generations before the natural balance is restored. While on a much shorter timeline, it's the same thing with a double-coated dog. Guard hairs represent old growth, and undercoat represents ground covering vegetation.

The act of shaving a double coat removes the dog's natural insulation and causes his system to kick into high gear. He'll now produce coat to protect himself from extreme temperatures, sunburn and sharp objects. Since the top coat or guard hairs take a long time to grow, what the dog's body produces first is soft undercoat. That's why we hear people say, “I shaved my dog, and it grew back twice as thick and really fuzzy!” In reality, what happens is that the original coat isn't restored at all. What grows in instead is thick, prolific undercoat mixed with short new guard hairs. We call it false coat or coat funk.

So, why is this bad? Picture this scenario: It's 90 degrees outside. You're getting dressed to go work in your yard. Are you going to put on a light cotton T-shirt and sunblock or thermal underwear and a sweatshirt? A dog's shaved-down false coat is like that sweatshirt. It's dull, soft and soaks up water like a sponge. Burrs and foxtails stick like Velcro. Above all else, it's way too thick for hot weather. By the time that false coat grows out enough to protect the dog from sunburn, scrapes and bites (the usual job of the top coat), it is so thick that the poor dog might as well be wearing thermal underwear and a sweatshirt.

Remember, Mother Nature designed the undercoat to be extremely heat-retentive. Do you take your dog to a grooming salon? You can request a bath and blow-out. Virtually all modern professional grooming salons have high velocity blow dryers in their work areas. These powerhouses can literally blast the dead undercoat out of your dog's hair after a thorough bathing with minimal brushing and combing needed. The benefit to your dog is a healthy, balanced coat you can both live with. Sure, you could opt for the shave-down, but you'll more than likely be back in a month or so for another “shave-down” because your dog is cooking in its own hair.

Then, if you're like most owners who fall into this cycle, you'll intentionally let your dog's woolly false coat grow out all winter “for warmth,” only to have it shaved off again in the spring. In reality, all winter long while you're under the false notion that your dog is staying warm and dry under that thick layer of fuzz, his coat is matting, retaining water and mud and possibly even mildewing. It will stay cold and wet for hours. Do you see the vicious cycle that started?

In some cases, owners really don't have a choice. If there's an underlying skin condition, requiring removal of the hair, obviously shaving is the lesser of two evils. Same applies if the coat is so matted that shaving is truly the most humane option, affording the owner a chance to start over and improve their brushing skills. These are situations to thoroughly discuss with both your veterinarian and your groomer so you can make an informed decision.

However, if your sole motivation for shaving your dog in the spring is to “keep him cool,” you need to know that you're actually creating a far worse situation than you think. Aside from destroying coat integrity, shaved dogs are susceptible to a multitude of complications, including, but not limited to, alopecia, heat stroke and skin cancer, specifically Solar-induced Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Dermal Hemangiosarcomas. Sometimes, these complications are not reversible.

Nancy Bynes is a certified master groomer with more than 38 years of experience. She lives in Nevada City.

This article was originally published in the Nevada City Union, June, 2011.

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A Mother’s Day Poem from the Dog...

Cat Butt Art
05/05/2019

Cat Butt Art

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Off the Leash
05/02/2019

Off the Leash

Poor Daddy...

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