VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

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How are my crazy Bouviers? Any swimming pics? You know how much we miss them.
Dearest VCA, thank you so much for your generous donation to S P A R E In Argus’s honor. He spent quite a lot of quality time at your resort and you all cared for him so kindly. Thank you. Thank you from Ken and I, I.V. And baby Babu.
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Thank you to RHLS Parents Raquel Fernandez-Escudero of Children's Medical Group-Torrance, Brandon and Claire Lee, Cris Bennett, and the Sorenson family, as well as Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach, Good Stuff Restaurant, Hermosa Cyclery, Travel Teens Educational Tours, Platypus Tours, The Lobster Trap, Catalina Island Museum, VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa for your donations.

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Argus and I.V. are home after the most wonderful staycation at VCA Kennel Club resort. Look how relaxed my girl is! Our two pups were loved and cared for. Thank you so much!! We love you guys. Stay safe.
Thank you for loving our pets while we are #stuckinperu here is the beginning of our story if you wish to read.

Covid - 19

There’s a moment when a surfer stands up on his board, right in front of a wave seemingly impervious to the impending bone crushing water about to consume him. He is all confidence and fluid grace.

This is our story about the tsunami called Covid-19, and our escape down the Amazon river, Peru.

The madness started for us when I was denied access to my doctor for a long standing annual appointment in Redondo Beach. I answered the receptionists questions about my whereabouts over the prior few days - I had attended my annual RE/MAX International convention in Las Vegas. Suddenly and very quickly a nurse manager came out most apologetically while approaching cautiously. She gently handed me a face mask, told me to go home, self quarantine for 2 weeks and reschedule my appointment. She never took my temperature, never asked me how I felt; in fact didn’t ask me any further questions. That was a Thursday, my husband and I flew to Peru on Monday.

LAX day of Departure March 9, 2020
The airport was quiet. Some travelers wore masks, most didn’t. Our flight to Lima was 98% full. No special precautions were taken, no questions asked, no forms filled out.

We slept fitfully. Sanitizing hand-wipes at the ready, the sound of snoring nearby, and worrisome coughing and sneezing from the passengers. We landed in Lima and exited the airport without even a questioning glance in our direction.

Lima for two days kept us busy and the news of Covid-19s unrelenting path of destruction filled the CNN stream; we were on the move again. Another flight, another complete absence of questions or screening.

Arriving in Tarapoto Peru, the tenor back home was definitely growing in augmented octaves. News was spotty. The US President was speaking, and then the literal border walls were closing in. By morning, my husband had a sore throat. Now it was personal my concern was growing. Zinc, Airborn, Vitamin C, and temperature reading. His cough got worse. He was sneezing. I could tell he was struggling and tired. I fluctuated between bossy and brave.

Another day another flight, again no screening, no questions, no forms to fill out. We were flying seemingly farther from the eye of the storm; Corona was on at our heels - we got news the schools throughout Peru were now closed. With every mile travelled, we hurried deeper towards the jungle and farther from the danger.

Iquitos was busy, a bustling city known for it’s rubber rich history. Life appeared normal. There was plenty of toilet paper to go around. Our Hotel was packed, people gathered around the TV - CNN; talk was entirely about the Virus. Europe was shut out and shut down. Italians sang from the window in beautiful haunting melodies.

Family and friends urged us to come home, to come to our senses, but quite honestly, we felt safer on the Amazon for the next 7 days. Our frustration and our blessing, was being away, far far away from Civilization.

I incessantly told Ken that I felt flippant, too nonchalant with my feelings of being one step ahead of the wave. I didn’t want to be home, quarantined, obsessed with the news, the hoarding, the lack of food, the deaths.

Here we were. On a luxury boat in the middle of the Amazon feeling removed, displaced yet safe albeit looking over our shoulders when a trace of internet would slip into our purview. The news back home is grave. The USA is an island.

The Boat had been booked for 15 people from across the globe. Only 5 of us are aboard, being cared for by a staff of 18. This would later become a huge blessing in disguise.

We visited native tribes, the warrior women, the hunters. We learned about ancient botanical medicines, toured a baby monkey refuge and I got to hold my first sloth. all the while the world outside our jungle universe was spinning off it’s axis in slow motion whilst we are educated, entertained, waited on and bitten by mosquitos.

Life is surreal. Today we ran out of Zinc lozenges.

The future is uncertain. But as I watch a mysterious pink dolphin swim past I ponder the imagery of our journey into the unknown future.

For now all I see is miles upon miles of water, jungle and endless sky.

Pre-dinner festivities included many pisco sours mixed with laughter. Dinner was elegant, delicious and robust. The five of us retired for a peaceful sleep, or so we thought.

Midnight day 4 we were awoken by a sharp knock on the door. Our guide had urgent news from our Captain and we all assembled in the hallway in various states of undress and lucidity. Thoughts of pirates raced through my groggy brain as I tried to digest what was being told to us. Peru was in a state of total lock down; no domestic or international travel of any kind was taken effect in 24 hours. At an unknown point our ship could be grounded. No way in or out until March 30. We were given three options as we gathered on the main deck area.

Turn the ship around and race back to Iquitos with an uncertain ability to catch a flight within the 12 hour deadline. Also a risky move as travel at night exposes the risk of pirate attacks.
Take a small skiff through the night that would take 5-6 hours and arrive to an uncertain outcome in Iquitos.
Stay aboard, continue the remaining 3 days of our journey, then return to Iquitos and stay aboard our Ship until such a time that we could catch a plane, train or car to anywhere.

As a group, the 5 of us, Ken and I and the other 3 travel mates from Florida decided we wouldn’t risk going to Iquitos. Who knows what mayhem was transpiring there.

New concerns rose quickly from the water depths of my very active brain; supplies, fresh water, food. How cut off would we actually be? For the foreseeable future, we were totally disconnected from the rest of the world. No internet, not phone SOL. Our very beautiful vessel felt like a TRUE sitting duck for frantic locals in need of supplies. Increased security on board patrolled with rifles.

We retired to our respective cabins and the sky seemed to rebel in parallel and mother nature let loose with a fury of lightening, thunder and torrents of rain.

Morning brought little news, but our captain reconfirmed that we could stay aboard indefinitely. No news had come in overnight from our Tour Operators. Still no internet connection but we had a window of several hours that maybe communication could be achieved at our next port of call. A tiny village in the middle of the jungle.
News of price gouging in Peru and the army getting involved added to a low lying anxiety.

The ships captain offered us a discount on our rooms. We sat in silence in the main area looking for clues in our travel insurance. Medicine was counted for an extended stay. We were also concerned for the staff, the ramifications for their lives, their families.

This was rapidly becoming an adventure.

Lost track of days.

Normally Amazon cruises (remember they are smaller vessels) do not navigate at night. There is a real risk of Pirate attacks, however yesterday we were told in yet another group meeting that it was for security reasons not to be anchored on shore near the small village.
Dinner last night was business as usual. White linens, white wine, all 5 of us trying to be upbeat, but the air-conditioned room carried an questioning atmosphere delving into unknown topics from our quarantine, politics, our families and next steps. When we decided enough was enough we watched a Clint Eastwood movie on the main deck. Then Ken showed photos of our last trip to India. We went to sleep quiet rightfully unsure of how the morning would play out.

The sun rose through the unrestricted by any intergalactic quarantine.

Details for were limited; it was a precautionary measure. So we motored thru the night and awoke in Inquitos, not the most picturesque spot, especially when the Military puled up along side our vessel. There were three men, two Military, and one Navy. On Military guard wore a mask - according to a nurse friend back home, incorrectly.

We were told by the one and only English speaking staff that two of our crew, the Captain and one other man had to disembark for “emergency reasons” not shared with us.
These two men had to go thru a rapid screening to test him for Covid-19 and if he tests ok then he will get off our boat. IF he tests positive, heaven help us.

The first evidential crack of a decline in supplies has reared it’s ugly head. It’s definitely a non essential item but Black Tea and Pepper are no longer available. Other teas yes, juices which were 100% fresh squeezed now appear to be mixed with water. I am not petty, I’m more easy going and adaptable than most, but this is a tiny peek in perhaps what’s yet to come.

Update:
Our Captain and another staff just left the boat, we were told again for testing to see if he could stay off the boat for his personal reasons.

The view outside the main deck is industrial on one side, green on the other. There is mandatory cessation of all travel, but we see small motorized canoes zipping across the water, most likely in haste to avoid the patrolling army.

Once we achieved a good cell tower connection, I sent a group email to the US Embassy with our passport numbers etc. We are all registered with STEP, the State Department site so we are able to get alerts.

Ken is now suffering from his typical hot weather edema. Staff nurse is trying to obtain the necessary meds. I’ve been administered an antibiotic which seems to be helping. It’s some sort of Amoxycillin.

Update:
Our skiff just left with 9 big blue empty water containers. NOT a good sign. That, and the illness on board are my two concerns. Concerned for the staff who are missing their families and their families who are concerned about them. You couldn’t tell their deeper inner thoughts because they are all smiles.

Yesterday we were to continue onto the next beautiful phases of our trip; Cusco, Machu Picchu, train to Lake Titikaka. The travel dreams are made of; but instead here we are, on our vessel, gobbling up any scraps of information. We are docked close to Iquitos with a cell tower, so we have intermittent internet and CNN.

The connection to others locally via FB and WhatsApp is a source of comfort and distress at the same time. There are many here in Peru from all nations including the US suffering worse fates than us 5. One woman posted that she has no window in her lodging, has no outlet to the outside world.

To make this unprecedented situation all the more surreal, last night was had a Bingo night with all the staff, and finished off the evening with Karaoke. The owner of the vessel is lucky to have his wife aboard. All the other staff are missing their families, yet they are all smiles, laughter and a deep desire to be of service. I cannot give high enough praise for the crew.

My gratitude for our good fortune turns into a sour taste of guilt.

The days and nights are beginning to blur together. I have one book to read and am savoring the pages. We do have coffee table books on Peru on board, but that’s not as appetizing as a good old page turner.

Let’s go by first names now; we are all family it seems. Jodi, John, Lloyd, Ken & I have our spots on the upper deck. We gaze out the window at the never changing scenery. The days are punctuated by meal time; again another surreal experience - white linens, doting staff. Things have loosened a little, the staff laughs more, there’s less of an austere atmosphere.

We’ve been on the boat for a week today. Those first few days were magical, and I cling to those days.
Cruising down the Amazon, taking the small skiff into narrow waterways, marveling at the shy pink dolphins that our guide has a unique ability to commune with. Seeing a wild sloth in a tree, Macaws flying the way mother nature intended, unrestrained squawking their dominance over the tree tops.

Last night was light triumphing over darkness. Last night transcended nationality, social status or language. Last night the commonality of food made us one, one life, one unit together against the quarantine.

I donned a chef’s coat and hat and began to share my version of love via a little bit of flour, eggs, milk, sugar, butter and music. Our new friend John Clarke took everyone’s order starting with the staff.

Last night summoned smiles, joy and endless laughter. For a precious moment the global disaster outside the boat seemed far away. Everyone was served one of my crepes, all staff, owner and wife, and lastly the 5 guests.

We retired to our cabins warm with brotherhood, not fever.

VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa has been the South Bay's vacation destination for pets since 1983.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 03/21/2022

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We’re so proud of our Associates, who work so hard to care for your pets, and take care of the future of veterinary medicine every day. Thank you for being part of our story.

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09/23/2021

We have some very important changes to our vaccine policy effective November 15, 2021.

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Pets get springtime allergies too! Dust, plants, pollens and insects can all be irritants! If you think your pet may be allergic to something, consult your VCA veterinarian. Learn more about pet allergies here: https://bit.ly/3jD7yHB 🌸🐶#vcapets

02/24/2021

The past year has been tough on everyone, even our pets! Do you know how hard your pooch or kitty has worked to take care of you while you work from home or do distance learning with your kids? They have been beside you willing to help in any way. Don't they deserve a break? We think they do! And it just so happens their favorite resort is open! We invite you to bring your dog or cat for one of our luxurious baths for a special low price. Call us at (310)539-2201 or (310)539-2203 to schedule an appointment! We are open 7 days a week!

02/13/2021
02/11/2021
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Our very favorite animal rescue group, SPARE, usually has a wonderful fundraising night at Hermosa’s Comedy and Magic Club in October. Obviously, the event was cancelled for 2020. A highlight of the night is a raffle that always has included one of a kind prizes! They decided to take their raffle virtual. Tickets are just $1. Follow the instructions in the second pic or contact us to purchase some-(310)539-2201 or (310)539-2203. Drawing is on the 11th on our page #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescueismyfavoritebreed #animalrescue

01/20/2021

Take advantage of this valuable offer any time from now until March 20th! Call us at (310)539-2201. If you can't get through, use (310)539-2203 or (310)539-2206–our phones are still being weird!

12/03/2020
10/18/2020

We know you’re so excited to go on some autumn nature walks with your dog, but for this #FallSafetyTip, make sure you watch out for snakes, some of which can be venomous! They’re preparing for hibernation and may be a little crankier if disturbed by a curious pet! 🐍

When walking or hiking, if something happens to your pet, be sure to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. #VCApets

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Finding a Rainbow During a Storm

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08/09/2020

Babu’s first time swimming 🌊🐾 & he was a natural. His big sister, I.V , was there to show him the ropes 😉😊

07/03/2020

Kiara and Ginger had a blast swimming today! #vcakennelclub #petresort #dogsofinstagram #vcapets #independenceday

07/03/2020

Kiara and Ginger had a blast swimming today! #vcakennelclub #petresort #dogsofinstagram #vcapets #independenceday

07/02/2020

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06/05/2020

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Fun At Home | Pet Blog - VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

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05/27/2020

Bring your pup in for a fun day! Get them a bath and Day Care is FREEE! Call us today: (310)539-2201.

05/02/2020

Today is a special anniversary for a very special team member of ours. It was 25 years ago that Karen, our resort manager, was hired! In that time, we have grown tremendously, both as a business and as a team. Karen’s love of pets, hard work, and dedication continues to inspire all of us. She makes working here a lot of fun–so much that many of our staff have been here for over 15 years.

Thank you Karen for your 25 years of service! We're lucky you're here!

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Let Me Introduce Myself | Pet Blog - VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa

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04/11/2020

#throwbacksaturday #blastfromthepast Easter 🐰1996. In pic order 1)Chester & Chelsea, 2)Cheyenne & Montana, 3)Cooper, 4)Elsja, 5)OJ & 6)Samantha 🐶🐾🐈

03/21/2020

Something to laugh at in these crazy times. 😊🐱

Thanks Amy!

02/29/2020

Happy Leap Day!

02/16/2020
02/15/2020

It's Raffle Time!
Our friends at SPARE are once again having a raffle for Lakers tickets! 🏀 The drawing is this SUNDAY at 2PM, so time is running out for you to purchase your raffle tickets!

These seats are 11th row, center-court. Isn't that amazing? The game is Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, against the Boston Celtics. Both teams have been having a great season. How wonderful would it be to watch them play head-to-head from seats so close to all the action?

For all you dedicated Lakers fans out there, these seats belong to legendary player and coach Bill Sharman and his wife, Joyce. When Sharman was head coach of the Lakers, he took them to a 33-game win streak, a record that still holds today! Bill & Joyce have adopted four dogs over the years from SPARE. Sadly, Bill passed away, but Joyce still generously donates these two seats to raise money for their favorite rescue!

Each raffle ticket is just $5 for a chance to win seats that are truly priceless. You may donate through PayPal on SPARE's website, savepoundanimals.org. Simply mark the donation LAKERS RAFFLE and they will enter your name in the drawing. You may also come by our lobby until 3PM today, and 10AM Sunday. We'll be selling tickets all the way up to the 2PM drawing. Good luck!

12/27/2019

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09/28/2019

Does your furry-family member get excited on the drive here? If so how far away does it start? Share below!

09/19/2019

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04/21/2019

Otis (blue bib) turned 1 today! His brother Bubba turned 3 last week. We’re so happy to celebrate with them!

04/12/2019

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Buddy is having a great time playing fetch! Playing keep away from Shannon once he has the ball is also something he enj...
This is sweet little Momo's first visit with us-she's a wonderful little girl!
Kahlua is one of our expert swimmers!
Thumper the incredibly sweet pit bull enjoys his swim.
Churchill and Abby are expert swimmers! Check out this video, we think you'll agree!
See how much fun it is to play in our HEATED POOL?? You are all invited! It's not only FUN, but it is great for those ol...
Come on in the water's fine!!  Our pool is now heated!

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3301 Fujita St
Torrance, CA
90505

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Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8:30am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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