Ashley’s Animal Care

Ashley’s Animal Care Dog walking and pet care services based in Snohomish, WA 🐾 Licensed | Insured
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Twyla and I took advantage of the sunshine today and hiked down to the beach ☀️🌊🌿🥾🐾Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
04/20/2024

Twyla and I took advantage of the sunshine today and hiked down to the beach ☀️🌊🌿🥾🐾

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Name a better duo… we’ll wait! 😎
04/18/2024

Name a better duo… we’ll wait! 😎

🌷 4/16/24 🌷
04/17/2024

🌷 4/16/24 🌷

✨ Weekend highlights ✨ - Took what might be the best photo of my career.- Loki got to enjoy one of life’s greatest gifts...
04/15/2024

✨ Weekend highlights ✨

- Took what might be the best photo of my career.
- Loki got to enjoy one of life’s greatest gifts, a cardboard box.
- Someone kept CHICKEN out the camera.
- Twyla.
- Got to see Max’s sunny day smile!
- Spent some time with Mambo and Tango.
- Goaties!!
- Twyla and I went to flower world and practiced calm behavior around all the free range waterfowl. She did amazing!
- Took a moment to appreciate the world around me.
- The chicks finally got to go outside 💛

Not pictured: me sitting on the couch for the first time all weekend. It’s the little things in life.

I knew it was going to be a good day when I didn’t have to put on my waterproof shoes this morning 👟 Here’s to my dirty ...
04/11/2024

I knew it was going to be a good day when I didn’t have to put on my waterproof shoes this morning 👟 Here’s to my dirty nikes, the sunshine, our amazing companion animals, and being alive!!

Welcome to the Tuesday crew, Romeo 💙
04/09/2024

Welcome to the Tuesday crew, Romeo 💙

04/09/2024

KCC IS NOW ACCEPTING BRAND NEW WALK AND TRAIN CLIENTS!

For a limited time, we are offering $50 off of a private training or behavior consultation when purchased with a four session walk and train package. Contact us or check out our website for more prices and details.

A day in the life of Ashley’s Animal Care 🐾
04/09/2024

A day in the life of Ashley’s Animal Care 🐾

We have officially reached the “MOM STOP TAKING PHOTOS OF ME” stage. Happy 3 weeks to my mostly feathered friends 🐥     ...
04/06/2024

We have officially reached the “MOM STOP TAKING PHOTOS OF ME” stage. Happy 3 weeks to my mostly feathered friends 🐥

The strangest thing happened today. Mara stopped for a potty break during our walk and I had some weird inkling to look ...
04/04/2024

The strangest thing happened today. Mara stopped for a potty break during our walk and I had some weird inkling to look down at the clover patch in front of us. The first thing I saw was a four-leaf clover. The second thing I saw was a five-leaf clover! I did some serious searching after that, but the rest were normal. I probably pass thousands of clovers in a single day of dog walking, but I have never had the urge to look closer until that very moment. Feels like the universe was trying to tell me something!

Anyways, here are some Wednesday moments that make me feel lucky to be alive 🍀

If you are reading this, I hope you found a reason to smile and be happy today. This was mine ☺️
04/03/2024

If you are reading this, I hope you found a reason to smile and be happy today.

This was mine ☺️

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine ☀️
03/30/2024

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine ☀️

Happy two weeks to my partially feathered friends 💛
03/29/2024

Happy two weeks to my partially feathered friends 💛

It was a rainy start to the week, but there were still plenty of sunny moments 😊 1. I got to go on my first official wal...
03/27/2024

It was a rainy start to the week, but there were still plenty of sunny moments 😊

1. I got to go on my first official walk with Romeo!
2. I saw Mara twice in 3 days!!
3. River and I got some one-on-one time.
4. Odin’s smile! No explanation needed.
5. Bailey had a great walk and train session. Her loose leash walking was AMAZING.
6. Ruby was able to walk calmly past all the dogs we saw in her neighborhood. Woohoo!
7. Roux braved the rain and did excellent with her focus cue this week.
8. I got to spend some time with the toller crew.
9. and I had a lovely private session with LaLa + Katie taught her a high five!
10. Twyla finally recovered from her surgery and got to start going on adventures again.

It was a good week at Katie's Clever Canines!Interested in private training or walk and trains? Email me at ashley@katie...
03/22/2024

It was a good week at Katie's Clever Canines!

Interested in private training or walk and trains? Email me at [email protected] or visit our website https://www.katiesclevercanines.com for more info.

Happy training ☺️

There is always something to learn or improve on! This week we had four lovely pooches build their skills and learn.

First was Levi! Levi is a strong, massive boy and still growing! The biggest thing he is working on is understanding his size and power. As many giant breed dog owners know, they think they are the size of a teacup chihuahua. Not only with how they show their love but for Levi, how he walks on leash. He tends to have great leash skills, until something distracting comes along. Then he HAS TO GO CHECK IT OUT! The three skills we focused on during our session will help give his guardians the control they need to keep him focused when they are walking near distractions. As well as getting him back if they do need to drop the leash.

Dexter and Blue were next! Their guardians are dating and they wanted assistance with introducing their doggos. They both had great communication skills and listen to each other very well. Now they are ready for play dates and hiking trips!

Last was Bumi! Introduced a couple weeks ago, Bumi is the newest fur baby in our behavior program. Our session was all about the fundamentals of reactivity. From how to handle the leash, to management cues and counter conditioning. By the end of the hour, all of our brains were exhausted from learning so much!

It’s so easy for us to overlook the small successes we have when working with our pets throughout the day, but those tin...
03/22/2024

It’s so easy for us to overlook the small successes we have when working with our pets throughout the day, but those tiny victories deserve to be celebrated too! Don’t wait until you reach “perfection” to be proud of yourself or your pet. Be proud of every step you take alongside one another. We set the bar high for ourselves and our animals, but we have to remember that nobody is perfect and even small wins are victories! Make mistakes, learn from them, find comfort in the successful moments (and the unsuccessful ones), and be proud of yourself for getting where you are today!

My day was full of small successes and while they may have gone unnoticed by everyone around me, I am incredibly proud of them. My Thursday dogs are all dogs who have “big feelings” when we are on our walks, and sometimes I spend so much time trying to achieve our goals, I forget to appreciate how far we have come. Today, every one of my Thursday pups was able to calmly lie down on their walks (even the cats were showing off), and while that might seem like the easiest task in the world for most dogs, it is a huge deal for us!

Let me explain why a simple “down” is such a big win. When I first met Autumn, she was so nervous that she wouldn’t even leave her crate. I spent several sessions just sitting on the floor and helping her build her confidence. It took several more sessions to get her comfortable enough to go for a walk. Autumn had so much going on in that little head of hers that she probably couldn’t even hear me talking. Now, she is walking confidently, enjoying our walks, and listening to me when I talk to her. Autumn laying down when I ask her to, especially outside the comfort of her own home, is a HUGE win in my book!

Another example - Lily was so overstimulated on our first few walks that she was unable to do simple tasks, like sit or lay down. Now she is able to lay down at the river park with people and dogs all around us! Woohoo!! And another - Twyla was so fearful of cars that she couldn’t stay calm in the driveway, let alone lay down when mom asked her to. Now look at her! The list goes on.

Don’t let anyone define your success, big or small, other than you! If you think a relaxed dog lying in the grass is a success, then celebrate it! Be proud of your pet and yourself. I am sure proud of you 💜

What is something you are proud of about yourself or your pet today?

Mara appreciation post 🩵
03/21/2024

Mara appreciation post 🩵

🌸 Happy first day of spring 🌸
03/20/2024

🌸 Happy first day of spring 🌸

It feels so good to be back ☺️I finished the day off with a super sunny and successful private training session alongsid...
03/19/2024

It feels so good to be back ☺️

I finished the day off with a super sunny and successful private training session alongside and Levi - the handsome boy in the first photo!

Here are some of my favorite Monday moments ☀️

Meet the newest members of the Slemmons farm 🐥
03/17/2024

Meet the newest members of the Slemmons farm 🐥

Twyla says thanks to everyone who let my mom have a few days off work to help me recover from surgery 💙 Here’s some phot...
03/15/2024

Twyla says thanks to everyone who let my mom have a few days off work to help me recover from surgery 💙

Here’s some photos from the last few weeks to make up for our social media break!

Happy 1st Birthday to Ashley’s Animal Care 🥳Exactly one year ago today, my dreams became reality. I am so incredibly pro...
03/02/2024

Happy 1st Birthday to Ashley’s Animal Care 🥳

Exactly one year ago today, my dreams became reality. I am so incredibly proud of this little business, and I am endlessly grateful for everyone who has taken a chance on me this past year. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your support. As cliché as it may sound, I truly believe I was put on this earth to love your animals. So much so, I am even starting to believe I was meant to be loved by them in return. That’s a pretty incredible feeling.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all the clients who have become friends and the animals who have become family. You have changed my life and have not only made me kinder to myself, but kinder to the world. Here’s to another amazing year of AAC 💜

I walked into one of my client’s houses today and saw a tiny goat sitting on an envelope with my name written on it. Tha...
02/29/2024

I walked into one of my client’s houses today and saw a tiny goat sitting on an envelope with my name written on it. That alone was enough to make me tear up, but the quote on the card hit me even harder. What a beautiful lifetime it was.

I debated just keeping this precious little gift to myself, but I think random acts of kindness deserve recognition. Thank you, Jennifer Jigsaww. You helped heal my heart this morning 🌈🐐

🌸❄️ Happy Tuesday ❄️🌸(Roux and I were color-coordinated today!)
02/28/2024

🌸❄️ Happy Tuesday ❄️🌸

(Roux and I were color-coordinated today!)

Happy Friday from Franklin and friends 🌸
02/24/2024

Happy Friday from Franklin and friends 🌸

Hi 💜 I think it’s safe to say February has not been my month, but that doesn’t mean Ashley’s Animal Care hasn’t had lots...
02/23/2024

Hi 💜 I think it’s safe to say February has not been my month, but that doesn’t mean Ashley’s Animal Care hasn’t had lots of wonderful moments. Here are just a few things that have made me smile recently!

- No words needed 😊
- Twyla and I got to have a sleepover with Max and Frank + I got a valentine!
- I had a playdate with Zippy (and Zeus). Look at that smile.
- Odin and I were reunited after his long trip. I truly don’t know who was happier to see who!
- I got to spend a week with Lila and the chickens (Trinity, Cleo, May-Britt, and Rudy).
- Molly, Pepper, Rusty, and I went on lots of fun adventures together!
- I got to hang out with Mambo and Tango. They are my favorite kitty duo!
- River and Murphy made my heart happy. They also got me a super sweet birthday gift!
- I had some super successful sessions with my KCC clients + I got to see Courtney, our new trainer, and Val become best friends!
- And last but not least, I got to spend one last sunny day with my girls ☀️

Dear Kori,How do I fit so much love into so few words? Not even my heaviest words, thoughts, or feelings can equate to t...
02/21/2024

Dear Kori,

How do I fit so much love into so few words? Not even my heaviest words, thoughts, or feelings can equate to the weight of our love. To put it simply, I love you with every ounce of my being and my heart is forever changed because of you. If love could have saved you, I truly believe you would have lived forever.

The much dreaded end crept up on us far too quickly and quietly. Thankfully, not even our darkest days will be more memorable than our very first day together. Exactly 10 years, 6 months, and 5 days ago, I went to meet your sister, Lea, with strict orders that she would be my last goat. Ha ha! Lea was too little to go home at the time, but your caretaker pointed you out and said you were ready to go home that day. One look at you and I already had an indisputable argument as to why you would be coming home with us. Sorry mom and dad! With no plans to get a goat that afternoon, you snuggled up in my lap all the way home. We even got to go through the drive-thru! You made so many people smile that day, including me.

Thank you for making the world a happier place, Kori. I always dreamed of having a caramel pygmy goat, and you ended up being everything I had hoped for and more. One of my favorite moments in my 25 years of life thus far, was when you fell asleep while lying directly on top of me in the sun. My mom snuck up on us to take a photo, and it remains one of my favorite moments ever caught on camera. Thank you for loving the sunshine, the cuddles, and the world with me. What a life, huh?

I will always cherish our last moments together. Every night before bed, I would ask “can I have a kiss?” and you would put your snoot up for me to plant a kiss on. I asked you for a final kiss last night, expecting no response, but to my disbelief you lifted your snoot up for one more. That simple gesture meant the absolute world to me. I cry just thinking about it. Being your mom is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.

And so, it’s time for me to say my last goodbye. I have said so many goodbyes these past two weeks and yet this one is the hardest. I can’t fathom a life without you, but a part of me knows you will always be sleeping on my soul on sunny days. I can’t wait for our next hello. In the meantime, please say hi to your sisters for me. The thought of my first three goats cuddled up together again makes the pain a little more bearable. Rest easy sweet girl. My life was and always will be better because of you.

Love, your eternally grateful goat Mom ❤️

I wanted to give everyone a little goat update since I haven’t had a chance to respond to all of my messages. I so appre...
02/14/2024

I wanted to give everyone a little goat update since I haven’t had a chance to respond to all of my messages. I so appreciate all the concern for me and my goaties ❤️

Sweet Lea made it back out to the barn with her sisters on Saturday. After so many long days trying to keep her alive, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was! I slept soundly that night.

Unfortunately, on Sunday, my other goat, Kori, stopped eating (which is a very bad sign in goats). I took her temp and it was dangerously low so I brought her inside. Next thing I know, it’s Monday morning and we have an emergency vet visit. She got a transfusion + feeding tube to try and reboot her system.

I am trying my best to stay positive, but things aren’t looking good today. She is currently curled up into a little ball and covered in a blanket of tears. This was a very unexpected turn of events here on my little farm and I apologize to everyone I have had to cancel on this week. As a small business owner, I do not take cancellations lightly, but I feel it’s my job as a goat mom to be here for them when they really need me. Thank you for your compassion and understanding.

On a happier note, it was a beautiful day. I was able to carry Kori out to the yard this afternoon and just soak up the sunshine with her for a while. I suspect this will be our last sunny day together, so I am clinging to every moment ☀️ Nevertheless, I will keep hoping for another goat miracle. Much love to you all.

Everyone survived the week!!The past five days may have taken a few years off my life, but we made it ❤️ Thanks to my wo...
02/10/2024

Everyone survived the week!!

The past five days may have taken a few years off my life, but we made it ❤️ Thanks to my wonderful clients and their flexibility, I was able to get Lea to start eating again. We still have a long road ahead of us, but I got to see her have a good day and that alone is a goat miracle.

In other news, I got to spend my birthday with some of my best friends yesterday! Even in the chaos of everyday life, this job and these animals still manage to make my heart smile.

Thank you for all of your thoughtful messages this week. I hope your weekend is kind to you 🥰

Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for being so understanding and flexible this week. I have a very sick goat at h...
02/08/2024

Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for being so understanding and flexible this week. I have a very sick goat at home and it’s been an incredibly stressful and scary 72 hours, but I will keep fighting as long as she does. My goats are my whole world and I am incredibly grateful for each and every moment you have allowed me to spend with sweet Lea these past few days.

Please be patient with me as I try to catch up on messages, work, and life. I am hoping for a goat miracle tonight 🫶

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