Hi! I’m Katie Vannoy
Since I was about 10, I have been quite involved with our Golden Retrievers: Helping with the puppies, brushing the dogs, feeding and watering, and going on delightful walks with them. Over the years, I’ve only wanted to be more involved, and now that I’ve finished school and am enjoying my 20’s, I am the manager of Grizzly Kennels! I only love my “job” more as time goes on, even if it’s not always super easy. Difficulties have only helped us learn, and help prepare us for our future adventures.
One of my favorite things about managing Grizzly Kennels is how much I learn! There are heaps and heaps of amazing educational things to know about the Golden Retriever breed. A lot of my knowledge is picked up from other Golden Retriever breeders, and also various vets. There seems to be an endless supply of knowledge that you can glean about this beautiful breed, and I love that!
My oldest brother, Isaac Vannoy, started Grizzly Kennels in 2003. Around 2010, he placed this business in my hands to manage. I take care of the dogs, communicate with our customers, set up appointments, and edit the website. I now have a younger sister, Clara, for my main helper! Taking care of the dogs is more work than one may initially think!
We usually have around 5 pup litters a year. Each litter receives heaps of care and attention. My other younger siblings are also crazy about these little pups; they’ll spend hours playing with them, helping me bathe them, and helping give them their de-worming medication.
Our Philosophy (On Dogs and Business)
One time, one of my younger sisters put one of our pups in her doll cradle, and bundled him up in a blanket. She was sitting there, rocking the pup back and forth, and the pup was just lying there, calm as could be, enjoying himself. This is a perfect example of how relaxed our dogs are.
Socialization is a big factor in raising good pups, and I’m happy to say that our dogs are well socialized. I don’t recall any of our pups being shy or scared of people; they’ve had a lot of people experience and have been pre-loved and doted-on from day one.
When we have new pups, one thing I like to do is go out and play them music! I really enjoy music and God has gifted me in that area. It’s so fun how attentive the dogs are when I play the panflute, guitar, violin, or accordion! Sometimes they want to howl when I play violin music…oh my, it’s comical! 🙂
Spending quality time with the pups really helps me discover all the little differences between each one. This way, when a customer comes and is looking for a certain personality in a pup, I can say (for example), “Well, I’ve noticed that this pup has a very calm personality, but at the same time has a strong exploring, independent side.” Since I know the pups so well, it’s much easier for me to find the right puppy for the right family. My goal is that when a customer leaves with their pup, they are happy and know that they got something better than what they paid for! We’d rather sell our pups for a few hundred less and have people going away satisfied and happy than dissatisfied, even if they did pay the top dollar for the pup they wanted.
One of our strong beliefs as a business is to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s not our business, but the Lord’s, and we want to run it in a way that is pleasing to Him!
God bless you all. 🙂
P.S. We are very interested in our customers; once you’ve bought a pup, it would make me ecstatic to receive any letters, emails, or pictures of your dog! Also, if you are having any trouble with the pup, let me know what’s up and I will do my best to help!
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