Thanks for visiting – the Arcadia Dog Ranch site is taking a big step forward to better serve and inform our visitors.
12/24/17 – History has shown that very little to no business is being conducted on Christmas Eve day here at Arcadia. So as a present to us, we will be no longer be accepting drop-offs and pick-ups on Christmas Eve day as well as already having closed doors on Christmas Day.
11/29/17 – Update: If I receive a phone call that ID’s as “private”, “unavailable”, “unknown” (or similar) and/or the person does not leave a message, I will not answer nor return your call. I respect your privacy, but I respect mine even more so, the little I still maintain. Leave a message and I will know that you’re not a robot or a robot telemarketer (the worst kind of robot).
7/5/17 – Due to temporary medical complications, I will have to be very strict and specific of the times that I will be available to conduct new dog evaluations. – Ryan
4/4/17 – Heads up to customers that call with phone numbers that display “Restricted” or “Unavailable” ID. You know who you are. Due to solicitors and cold sales calls we will not answer phone calls with these “ID’s”. Unless, of course, you really ARE a Nigerian Prince trying to give me 30 million dollars, we can talk.
10/24/16 – Looks like Thanksgiving is pretty well booked up now. For those customers that have been here before, I’ve held onto a couple spots for ya. Give me call before I have to give them up!!!
6/24/16 – Note: The Bordetella vaccination has an incubation period of at the very least 4 days (closer to a week in most cases), so please have your dog receive this vaccination well ahead of time of boarding or visiting.
4/9/16 – Hello folks! We are going to be changing the way discounts apply for extended stays here at Arcadia as of Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to visit the discount section under the Prices category on the website. Essentially the 15% discount will be eliminated but the 10% and 20% discounts will still apply for specific lengths of stays. Arcadia stays competitive in boarding prices given the all inclusive service we provide and we will remain to do so in these always changing times of increased cost of living and general economic inflation. Please also remember that our prices always include all-day daycare playtime with the overnight boarding fee while your dog stays here.
11/11/15 – We are now full for Christmas. A few spots are still available for the Thanksgiving and New Years time frames. Unfortunately we will not have time to perform new dog evaluations in this short amount of time. Remaining spots will need to be reserved for current customers.
11/11/15 – I apologize for the Arcadia website being down for the last 11 – 13 days. We suspect an act of kitten terrorism. The server may have been infected by kitty hackers and they put their kitten smarts to work and placed kitty malware in our code. The site is now officially safe and we have taken actions to insure that this doesn’t happen again.
08/13/15 – Howdy all! I wanted to give a heads up to everyone that space will be limited between the dates of 8/27 – 9/2. We are halfway full for the lowered capacity during those dates and will also not be offering any orientation/tours during that time. A similar occurrence will happen around the second/third week of September, the specific dates have not yet been determined. August is the busiest month of the year here for us here at Arcadia, therefore some dates are unavailable as well. We do have a full house for this coming weekend (8/14-8/16).
07/29/15 – My apologies to everyone attempting to contact me using the contact form through the website for the last few weeks. I have not been receiving the emails or notifications that filter through this service. The reason isn’t exactly known why I haven’t, but we are changing the way the emails are filtered to my account by eliminating “the middle man server”. This issue is getting fixed today or tomorrow. In the meantime, please use my direct email provided on the contact page.
06/26/2015 – We are now full for the 4th of July weekend.
02/27/15 – Been a while since I’ve been on here! So, to bring everyone up to speed on what’s been happening lately, I have decided to lower my max capacity slightly from 25 to 20. This is a personal decision to focus on the boarding on a more one on one level. The last few years have been fantastic, though very consuming for me and it’s time to slow down just a tad. Don’t worry though! Arcadia will always be here for your boarding needs, I’m not going anywhere. This place is my baby and I love all the dogs that have come here. This minor change will mean only one thing, lower capacity will mean that I will fill up even quicker!
I’d also like to give a big thanks to local naval officers and sailors, Arcadia has become the go-to place for long-term dog boarding in the last of couple years. Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to take care of your dogs while you are away defending and looking out for our country.
11/18/14 – Update: Thanksgiving week has been full for a while now and Christmas week has only a few spots left. New Years has a few more. Christmas week confirmation calls will be made after the first week of December.
10/15/14 – It’s getting to be that time of year again in which space becomes very limited for boarding over the holidays. Please note that Arcadia will be lowering its maximum capacity for the holidays (Xmas,Thanksgiving) for 2014. If you have solidified travel plans for the holidays and need to board your pooch here, please contact me ASAP! Christmas bookings are already half way full!
3/18/14 – Hours for Arcadia will not be changing on any other day, but instead Sundays will now be by appointment only for pick up and drop off. No exceptions for the early drop off or late pick up option on Sunday only. The gates will not be opened and the office will not be opened until 10am and will promptly close at 5pm. Appointments will only be available between these times.
3/18/14 – A simple new change is being implemented at Arcadia effective today. If your dog is being picked up via friend or family member, payment must be paid before your dog goes home. Arrangements with a check or a credit card number will be accepted.
12/23/13 – Hello Folks! Arcadia now has a new mailing address. If ever needed or if you feel like sending me presents the new address is:
16410 84th St NE #D127 Lake Stevens, WA 98258
11/22/13 – We are now currently full for the Thanksgiving week. There is still availability for New Years and a couple spots open for Christmas to existing customers only at this point in time.
11/5/13 – Thanksgiving week is almost full, call for reservations as soon as possible. Also, today we celebrate the day that Marty McFly arrived in 1955.
8/16/13 – Hey everyone! Don’t forget to join our Facebook page for other updates and recent photos at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arcadia-Dog-Ranch/366177157686
8/14/13 – Outlook/live/hotmail.com is having some technical difficulties that are out of my control. If there have been any email attempts made recently, I cannot read them as of yet. I’m sure this wont last too long so feel free to call or text me at 206-240-6267. Thanks!
8/08/13 – The road closures are long gone. Everything is back to normal.
7/11/13 – Update on the road closure – The road closure on 84th street to Arcadia is NOT posing a major problem. All customers should continue taking the route that they are familiar with. A slight detour is present at the 99th Ave intersection. After a couple of quick turns, the detour brings you right back out onto 84th street tacking on an extra 60 seconds to the trip.
7/2/13 – Update on the road closure – They may not be so bad afterall! Looking further into details and seeing preemptive road signs already installed in my area, the detour to Arcadia shouldnt be as bad as the what the county map below provides. I will be scouting out the area on the first day on closure to verify a secret route! Stay tuned, I will be back with more info.
6/24/13 – There will be a road closure on 84th street (the last street you turn on before my street, 111th Ave NE) for 4 weeks from July 8th through August 4th. This will be a bit of a pain to deal with, but not too bad. If coming up Hwy 9 to Arcadia, the alternate route or detour will be to take the Hwy 92 (Granite Falls) turn-off and follow it down to 127th. Take a left, pass the baseball diamond, then take a left at the stop sign. This turn will put you on 123rd after the bend in the road. 123rd is 40 mph road and will take you directly to 84th st. From there just take a left and approach 111th Ave Ne (my road) on the left-hand side. I believe that it will require the reverse directions to return to Hwy 9. Please plan on adding 5 minutes to your trip. The bad news, it’s a temporary new route…the good news, there should be minimal traffic once you hit 123rd. I will keep this post updated as I find out any more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding. This whole closure is to replace a culvert so we all don’t face flooding over the roads in the future. Please refer to .pdf file for a map. If the map is too small to read, a direct link is below.
6/13/13 – The cell service for my cell phone has been hit or miss lately. Sometimes I will not be notified of a call or a message on my phone until hours later. Most of the time it is effective, though there are times I will not receive a call at all. Please try the land line (206-418-6159) if any problems getting through persist. Thanks!
5/30/13 – Summer is filling up fast! With the closing of Disco Dog Ranch in S. Lake Stevens, Arcadia is getting the roll over business. Get your plans ready, and give me a call!
5/29/13 – This is a reminder to my customers that all dogs on their arrival day must be dropped-off by no later than 2pm. This ensures that all of the guests will be able get on the same energy level. Having all of our guests on the same energy level helps ensure better safety for all. I cannot express how important this is. If early drop off is completely unavoidable, like I tell my current customers, “communication is key”.
4/17/13 – Please note that due to rising credit card fees and general inflation, Arcadia will be increasing its boarding rates as of June 1st. It’s been a total of 7 years since the rates have risen, but it wont be by too much. $35/per night will now be $40/per night for the single dog rate and $30/per night to $35/per night for the 2 dog rate per night per dog. All existing discounts will still apply of course. With your support I will continue to make Arcadia Dog Ranch the best free range/cage free in-home dog boarding in the county. Thank you all. – Ryan
4/12/13 – It’s been a while since I have posted, but I needed something worthy of posting! Here it is, Arcadia just signed off on an all new environmentally friendly, energy efficient, high tech HVAC system for the facility. The old propane furnace is going bye bye and in its place will be a top of the line heat pump system. This of course includes an air conditioning and great new filtration set-up. That’s right! Arcadia will be set up for air conditioning during the couple of months where the doggies need it most! All of our super fluffy furry guests will benefit the most from this. Can’t wait!
12/15/12 – Seattle Pet Taxi has been reinstated! A fantastic new taxi service for the times that your dogs trip to Arcadia may not work with your schedule. Please visit http://www.seattlepettaxi.com/
11/30/12 – Hello Everyone! For those who have bookings made for Christmas please give me a call soon to confirm dates. Our wait list us getting longer each day so in order to make space for the wait list doggies I need to know as soon as possible if your dates are cancelled or confirmed. Please call 206-240-6267. I will be making confirmation calls regardless, but try and beat me to the punch. Thanks!
11/6/12 – More good news! Some new tech will be passing through the doors of Arcadia next week. I am talking about a commercial grade steam cleaning system to help keep our free “reign” dog ranch even cleaner. The new system will not only help disinfect walls and floors better than traditional scrubbing and mopping, but this vapor cleaning machine needs only basic tap water to be able to produce the powerful steam that performs all cleaning applications, meaning no chemical film or pollution. There is no greener solution than steam!
10/7/12 – As of now Arcadia Dog Ranch is set up to be powered purely off of generator power when needed. We all know that Winter here in the northwest likes to be quite unpredictable when it comes to flash snow storms, floods, and icy conditions. These factors then, of course, can lead to power outages for an indeterminable amount of time. Well no worries! Arcadia has been tested already for these conditions and your puppies will be safe and secure with ample fuel to power the entire facility. Heat, water, lights, and surely the office will all be able to be ran off of gasoline!
9/29/12 – Effective November 1st, 2012 Arcadia Dog Ranch will be changing its hours of operation on the weekends. Weekday hours will stay the same. Saturdays and Sundays will be changing from 9am-6pm to 10am-5pm. Arcadia will also be no longer accepting pick-ups and drop-offs on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For a small fee, special arrangements/appointments on those holidays may be set up and confirmed by Arcadia ahead of time.
For the most part, clients take to heart advice given by their veterinarian- medications when needed, preventive dental care, exercise, even e-collars around their heads to prevent pets from chewing out sutures or licking wounds preventing them from healing. But when it comes to discussions about what to feed pets, many people often fight an uphill battle.
Owners often get advice for what to feed their pets from anyone BUT their veterinarians. They might listen politely to recommendations given by their doctor or nurse at the first puppy visit, even take the sample bag of food offered-then go to the pet store and buy something completely different. Information from pet or feed store employees (with no more training in nutrition than other high school kids) is often viewed as unbiased when the opposite is often true. Food companies offer incentives to stores to sell their brands or to display their bags or cans in prominent places. Contests, gift cards, even trips have been earned by eager sales people.
Of course people will also listen to friends and family members when seeking nutritional information for animals. If one particular brand worked wonders for Aunt Emma’s prize Golden Retrievers for generations, how can you go wrong? Now a days, “Dr. Google” is getting a lot of credence, complete strangers “met” in chat rooms or elsewhere online always have advice and are eager to share experiences. There is no guarantee of veterinary nutritional training at all. People like to tell about the “evils” of ingredients such as “preservatives.” If a food is not preserved, it will go rancid very quickly. More natural preservatives are available, but a food HAS to be preserved. The internet is full of these kind of stories, and some are down right dangerous.
Breeders are also the source of irrefutable information in the eyes of many pet owners. Veterinarians try to use the argument that a breeder’s purpose is to get you to buy a single animal (often at pretty high prices!) while a veterinarian’s purpose is to work with you to keep all of your pets healthy for a lifetime. Which one do you think is more likely to have your best interest in mind? The following is a simple guideline for how to pick a healthy food for your pet-and no food company is paying me to tell you this!
First, a food line should have different formulas for the various life stages of a pet’s life as well as sizes. We know the nutritional needs of feeding a Great Dane puppy are vastly different from feeding a geriatric or senior Chihuahua, for example. A puppy, kitten, or “growth” food, adult or “maintenance” diet, and a senior or older pet formula are basic. There are “large breed” vs. “small breed” differentiations for dog foods, particularly in the growth or puppy stages. “Light” or lower calorie diets are very useful as well.
Second, foods should have been tested by animals to ensure their adequacy for the life stage recommended. There really is no enforceable regulatory agency for pet foods as there is with human foods (FDA.) The American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement is printed on each bag of food, stating that the food has met certain minimum requirements. It is believed that only the companies that actually feed their foods to animals and then test those animals for any side effects or metabolic problems are actually proving that they are good foods. These companies spend a great deal of money doing these feeding trials, and the animals have the best jobs” ever-eating food! It isn’t like putting mascara in a rabbit’s eye. You will see the specific AAFCO statement that includes “Animal feeding trials substantiate….” when a company makes this commitment to your pet’s food.
Finally, the food should be well-tolerated by your individual pet. Does your pet thrive while on it? Does he or she have solid, regular stools? Are they excessively gassy? Is the hair coat slick and shiny or do they shed excessively? Do they eat ravenously but still lose weight? Remember, each pet is an individual and just because ALL other dogs of your breed do well on one type of food doesn’t necessarily mean yours will, too.
One other thing: We often see owners giving supplements when the pets are already on balanced diets. This negates the job done by the nutritionists and actually unbalances the important ratios of some of the minerals and vitamins. Ratios of calcium and phosphorous, for example, not the actual quantities of them, have been found to be most important for proper bone and tendon growth. This is also important for expectant or nursing mothers. Whether or not to give a supplement, no matter how benign or seemingly beneficial, should be discussed with your veterinarian.
There is so much more to nutrition than what has been discussed here. Treats, feeding “human food,” diets for specific diseases, feeding raw diets, formulating your own foods for your pets, food allergies and sensitivities, etc. Always consult your pet’s physician before making potentially major changes in your pets diet.
– Thank you to Dr. Reneigh at LSAH for this valuable info.