Portfolio – Pampered pets a priority at Pawsitive Pals day care

Portfolio, Business Brief – March 28, 2017

This 870 word new business brief first appeared in the February 10, 2016, edition of the Mountain Home News.

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Pampered pets a priority at Pawsitive Pals day care

by Tim Bondy
Mountain Home News

“A well-exercised pet is a happy pet, and we’ll exercise your pets.” That’s what LeeAnna Lathrop, the owner of Pawsitive Pals, said to a customer who phoned her looking for a doggie day care on the west side of Mountain Home.

Family owned and operated, Pawsitive Pals opened last November on a five-acre plot of land off Airbase Road near the airport. Recently, they hosted about 40 people during their official shop tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Lathrop’s business caters to cat and dog owners looking for an exceptional place to board their pets, need help training their dogs or just wanting to socialize their pets.

“We also offer doggy spa services such as bathing, brushing and nail trimming, but we don’t cut hair,” Lathrop said, adding that they can recommend some very good local groomers if asked.

There are currently two buildings on the property used to care for pets with plenty of surrounding land to add outside pet exercise areas in the future.

The main building has almost 3,200 square feet of wide-open indoor space used to train dogs. When the dog trainer isn’t using that space, the most well behaved dogs are allowed to play and roam free in the climate controlled environment.

The smaller, second building is used to board cats and also includes a large cat tree and play area.

“We created the cat room to be as inviting and comfortable as possible… just like a typical room in someone’s home,” Lathrop said. There is also laundry facilities in that building to wash pet bedding, towels and cleaning clothes.

When the weather is good enough, Lathrop likes to give her daycare guests some outside exercise time. And with a 75-by-75 foot, fully fenced play and training area located right outside the back door, it’s convenient for both her as well as her canine clients.

“A few of our customers like our outside play time the most because their yards are muddy this time of the year, and ours are grassy,” Lathrop said.

The enclosure around the outside play area is rather unique at Pawsitive Pals. The fence is topped with a special spinning roller that makes it extremely hard for a dog to get any leverage should they try to scramble over the top. Lathrop also extended the fence below ground in the rare case a dog tried to dig under it to escape.

“With our location only about 200 feet from a busy road, some customers expressed concerns about their dog getting loose,” Lathrop said. “But once they see the fence and the gates we have, those worries aren’t a problem anymore.”

Beyond the developed outside play yard, there’s a large piece of land that Lathrop wants to develop for various canine training and exercise purposes in the future. When the weather starts warming up, she hopes to start building up a dog agility yard and possibly even a few doggy play pools for when the temperatures get really hot.

“I have a dream to create a large, off-leash play area out back where people can play with and socialize their pets… the possibilities are endless,” said Lathrop, who is also thinking about starting a dog rescue sometime in the future.

While most of the dogs at Pawsitive Pals are there because their owners are out of town or on a business trip, Lathrop said her doggy daycare business is picking up.

Busy pet owners who just don’t have time in their busy life are starting to realize the health and socialization benefits of bringing their pets to “Pals” two to four times a week while they are at work, she said.

The process for setting pets up for a week long boarding service or doggy daycare is very similar, she added.  The most important step is to make sure their shot records are up-to-date. They can’t accept pets who do not have all the required shots.

Before boarding, Lathrop prefers to give the pet and the owners a tour of the facilities before signing a contract. The tour also gives her a chance to figure out the temperament of the dog.

Once the contract is signed, most owners bring along their pet’s favorite bedding, toys and some even lug in a bag of dog food for their stay.

Before Lathrop officially opened the door about three months ago, she said she struggled mightily coming up with a name for her business. Creating a name that fit her business philosophy was quite important to her and her family.

“I use positive training techniques and I just adore all dogs and cats so it just came to us… Positive Pals.”

Located at 3910 Airbase Road in Mountain Home, Pawsitive Pals is open seven days a week. For more information, call 580-2134 or visit them on the web at www.mypawsitivepal.com.

Note: The business owner’s family had a copy of this story framed for the wall of the brick and mortar facility.

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Portfolio – Yoga center promotes healing people’s minds, bodies

Portfolio, Business briefs – March 28, 2017

This 860 word new business brief story first appeared in the July 28, 2015, edition of the Mountain Home News.

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Yoga center promotes healing people’s minds, bodies

by Tim Bondy
Mountain Home News

Mary Grohs admits that she has a passion — a passion to help heal people’s bodies and minds through the use of yoga.

The owner of the new Mountain Home Yoga Center on Airbase Road across the street from the municipal airport, she said the studio’s iconic “YO-GA” sign is hard to miss when people drive by.

Born in Mountain Home and a graduate of Mountain Home High School, Grohs went on to earn her degree in creative writing and history from the College of Idaho in 2000.

Like many college graduates, she found it difficult to find a job in her chosen career. She spent about three years working at a coffee shop in the Boise area before making a life-changing decision.

That decision included traveling, living and experiencing the different cultures in Southeast Asia. Grohs said it was her high school Spanish teacher, Gail Trueba, that was a big influence in her life and one of the people who sparked that strong desire to travel across Asia.

In 2003, Grohs loaded up her backpack and headed to Thailand, where she found a job teaching English as a second language in a Buddist Temple. By 2006, her passion for yoga and teaching led her to her first instructor position at a resort in Bali. From there, her passion for yoga blossomed.

Grohs moved around the Indonesian Islands, the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries in the region before landing a teaching job in one of Japan’s private Juku schools. By 2007, she decided it was time to head back home.
She moved to the Boise area where her yoga career took a huge step forward. In 2008, Grohs was offered an instructor position at the Boise YMCA by yoga master Camille Thom.

The job offer came with a caveat — Grohs needed to earn her teaching certification. She immediately started a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and then went on to complete a 500-hour training program with Thom in 2012.

During those four years, not only did she learn from a certified yoga master, she was also teaching a grueling 28 classes a week, she said. In 2014, Grohs moved back to Mountain Home with her husband and two children where she continued to teach.

All together, Grohs brings almost 15 years of classroom and practical yoga experience to her clients in Mountain Home.

“I am very well trained and I know what I am doing when helping people heal with yoga,” Grohs said while explaining how her passion and years of yoga experience could help most people.

Grohs figured out over the years she probably has more than 10,000 hours of in-class teaching experience to add to her overall passion of yoga.

“I absolutely love teaching. It keeps me grounded, healthy and centered and I bring this passion for the practice into my classes,” Grogs said.
In June, she opened the doors to the Mountain Home Yoga Center and the grand opening with an official ribbon cutting held July 15.

“There were no regulations or interference before opening the studio… it was pretty easy,” Grohs said while pointing to the pristine 1,000 square foot workout space.

Living and working in Mountain Home has its advantages, according to Grohs. But living in a place that you love and doing what you love makes it even better, she said.

“I love teaching so much I’d teach yoga for free… but it’s awfully nice to make money doing something you love,” Grohs said.

The yoga center currently offers 16 classes a week students of various levels. She offers a beginners’ class at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays each week. And Grohs said it’s affordable also.

“A yoga class in Boise will cost you about $15… and it’s $10 to walk into my studio and even less if you buy a package deal,” Grohs said. “A new customer could get a full one year package deal for $660… an unheard of price if you lived in the Boise area,” Grohs said. And until September, that price is even less, she added.

There are many different philosophies and teaching styles but also some misconception when people think about yoga, Grohs said.

“I’m teaching healing yoga. This is about healing, health, moving your body and being pain-free. There is no voodoo, chanting or ‘ohming.’ I don’t do that here,” said Grohs, who emphasized that yoga isn’t spirituality.

Grohs had some advice for those with little or no yoga experience and would like to give it a try.

  • Show up about 15 to 20 minutes before a class starts for a brief evaluation to make sure people are in the right class.
  • Those with limited mobility should try one of her therapeutic classes.
  • Those that are relatively mobile but have no idea about yoga should try a beginners class.

“If you have never done yoga or have been at it for 25 years, there is something for everyone at my studio,” Grohs said.

The Mountain Home Yoga Center studio is located at 2435 Airbase Road.
For more information, call 590-5435 or go online to www.adjustasana.com.

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Portfolio – Museum features Singapore dishes during luncheon

Portfolio, Events and Culture, History, Newspaper, People – March 14, 2017

This 235 word story first appeared in the June 10, 2015, edition of the Mountain Home News

Museum features Singapore dishes during luncheon

by Tim Bondy
Mountain Home News

The taste of Singapore came to the Mountain Home Historical Museum last week during a cooking class held on Thursday.

About 30 visitors gathered at the museum during its First Thursday luncheon, which included a lesson on making Bak Chang — a sticky rice dumpling.

The demonstration was hosted by volunteers from the Republic of Singapore training squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base. Before the rice dumpling making demonstration started, the volunteers served a typical Singaporean meal, including two different chicken curry dishes and rice.

They wanted to serve their guests a traditional meal before the demonstration so they had a better idea of the type of food people eat in Singapore, said Alexis Tham, event organizer, at the beginning of the presentation.

During lunch, Tham gave a presentation explaining the history and
legends behind the Bak Chang as well as Dragon Boat races. Large, annual festivals like these have sprung up in places like Olympia, Wash., and eastward to Boston Mass., in recent years, showing the popularity of this cultural event, she said.

The hands-on Bak Chang making demonstration got started with
Ann Seah and the museum director Debbie Shoemaker joining in on the fun.

“We want to thank the Singaporeans for volunteering to put on this
museum fund raiser,” Shoemaker said as she was spooning rice into the folded bamboo dumpling leaf.

Proceeds from the event will help the museum replace its aging
computer equipment.

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