Thank you so much for visiting our site and considering trusting us with your four-legged family members! Both Will and I have owned dogs our entire lives. In fact, we can count on one hand the months either of us have spent without a canine companion. Dark days, indeed! We are two ordinary people with an extraordinary love for animals, particularly dogs and horses. It was our dream for many years to turn our home property into a boarding kennel so we could spend our time surrounded by furry friends, and when the time was right the dream came true! How many people get to say that?
We have raised four wonderful, intelligent, creative, goofy, imperfect children together. Our eldest, Heidi, graduated from University of Montana Western in 2014 (BA in Molecular Biology) and was married in December 2015. That lucky dog next to her in the red wedding photo is Jim. Heidi has joined us at CMK and is working toward her training in canine physical therapy and will run a rehabilitation service from the kennel. Dezirae graduated CFHS in 2011, married Jake in June 2015 (pink wedding photo), and is in Southern CA while Jake finishes school. If all goes well, they will give us our first grandchild in January 2018! After a semester abroad studying Marine Ecology, Lexi graduated from UM Western in 2017 and headed off to a whale research project out of Southern CA. We will see where the ocean current takes her next! Our last, Zayne, has chosen to serve our country in the United States Air Force. He has spent two years in Misawa, Japan and as of August 2017 will be stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, which is, quite happily, much closer to home than Japan! As you can see, he was missing from Dezi & Jake's wedding, but he put on his dress blues where he was based in FL and attended through FaceTime. God bless whoever came up with that technology!
We also have four-legged children, of course! Satchmo, our handsome poster-child, is now 13 and finally starting to slow down. Doodlebug is our gregarious social butterfly in a Mini Australian Shepherd body. Bebe, another Mini Aussie (one is never enough) is very reserved around people, but turn her loose with a group of dogs, and it is GAME ON!! Badger, another Mini Aussie, is our puppy raiser. Trixie, our gorgeous, sassy black Lab, will hopefully give Uncle Badger a litter to raise winter 2017. We lost sweet Sawyer, our 8 year old mellow yellow Lab, quite suddenly to cancer in 2016. Fortunately, we have his daughter, Liberty, to carry on his line when the time is right. Outside the house, Murdoch, Sienna, and Glory rule the barnyard and show us how creatively hay areas can be broken into and just how easy it is for a smart horse to jimmy gate latches. We learn so much from our animals and love communicating with them. As our two-legged critters have grown and left us, our laps and arms and hearts have been filled with more legs, wet noses, velvety noses, ears, and tails than we can count. We have been richly blessed and can't wait to include your family member in our family!Columbia Mountain Kennels dog boarding and day care Columbia Mountain Kennels dog training dog boarders dog sitting pet sitting services