Glencadia Blog

Life in the country... with lots of dogs

Glencadia Reading/Watching List

Here is an index of blog posts, FYI – and so many more I have to write.

About construction at camp

About losing weight at camp

About Country Dogs

About anxiety

Luxury is not quality

About a book I wrote

About dog portraits

Dog management

Here are some videos that show you more of what we do here:

This video walks around in the barn (prior to last renovation round competition):

Here is us having some fun:

Digging a hole:

Chasing a drone:

Cleaning up:


If only I had this problem… losing TOO MUCH weight!

Inside more often, not getting enough exercise, over-eating: normally, we people worry about gaining weight around holidays and in the winter. This scenario is far from the case with dogs at camp. With our camper dogs we worry more about losing weight in this season.

If the high temperature is slated to break 32 and the wind is not super high, you can bet that most dogs will get a nice time outside at some points in the day – maybe several shorter romps, but they add up. If the temperature is 45, they will have even more time outside. We have central heat, wood stove, and a well-insulated facility, but we shoot for about an average of 50-60 degrees F in the winter. It’s just that most dogs are more comfortable at a cooler temperature. If the outside temperature is close to freezing or above, we let most dogs be outside most of the time.

Even on very cold days – which we have not really had this year – we still have the great open spaces for them to explore in our enormous barn. They move around a lot even inside.

This video is kind of a tour of the building and around the area. You can see how much fun they are having exploring the completely open and huge area.

If they are older, or have a thinner coat, they can curl up by the stove and get as warm as they need to but most -younger ones with more fur- will have access to the outside for long periods and won’t be at human room temperature at night.

Any time of year, the dogs here usually get significantly more exercise than at home.

We can try to make up for the need for extra calories by feeding more – and we do that. But a lot of dogs do seem to have the sense that they are enough and stop. Also, the food we feed them is probably pretty concentrated and healthy and doesn’t have a lot of filler. Or so we hope. We can make up more calories with treats- and we are definitely more generous with treats in the winter.

We try to send dogs home about the same weight as when they arrived. This goal is not too hard to achieve in most cases in the summer, spring and fall but in the winter it can be tricky.

We have tried to weigh in all the dogs. One problem with that is, our scale seems to reset itself and isn’t great. The other is that some dogs move on the scale and we might not always get it right. But the weigh-in process is good, since it might help us get a baseline. The other issue is keeping up and weighing them frequently enough. It takes time. Cleaning the yards takes time. Washing out the vans takes time. Putting the Glencadia collars on and replacing the ones that fall off takes time. Washing dogs takes time. Going for a romp takes time. Uploading pictures and editing videos takes time.

Dogs might go home tired and a bit thinner. It isn’t a sign that they were sick or something bad happened. It’s a sign they were living a more natural life- with plenty of exercise, an austere and a healthy diet. However, we will work to keep the weight on. We can limit some of the outside time for the thinner and less greedy voracious eaters. We can increase food and treat rations. We can and do try those things, but maybe even more so in the future.

We’ll keep at this and get better keeping them at the same weight – unless there is a specific request to gain or lose weight by the owner.

Thanks for reading!



Welcome Country Dog Customers!

Hello to all former Country Dog customers!

We here at Glencadia have been subcontracting dog boarding for Country Dogs LLC (Virginia) since 2018. Mark Cave, owner of Country Dogs, approached me and we set up an agreement. If you live in or around NYC have boarded your dog with Country Dogs in 2018 or 2019, your dog was at the same facility and care was handled by the same people as dog owners who booked through

Country Dogs was working to build a franchise system of country dog boarding facilities. The arrangement with Country Dogs was a bit confusing and difficult to explain and handle logistically. Apparently, Mark and Country Dogs have decided only to book dog in their own facility in DC/Virginia. From now on, former customers with Country Dogs can book directly with Glencadia.

Booking directly with us will have many advantages and no disadvantages. You will save a considerable amount of money. We do not charge for pick up and drop off, for example. You will also get more pictures and videos and updates about your dog when your dog is staying with us. We have had trouble making sure C Dog customers always got as many updates at our own Glencadia customers. Now, we will only have one system and we should be even better and keeping people updated. The care and delivery will be exactly the same as before, only better and cheaper.

We use a GPS tracker for deliveries and one text number – 1-518-333-9202 – to communicate with all Glencadia personnel. By texting that number or hitting the chat icon on this site you will get right to all of us – Vern and Julia in the barn, Will, Patricia helping with reservations. It’ll be much smoother and quicker to communicate with us directly. Will, Vern, and Patricia will be the people you deal with most often. Hello!

So, welcome. I hope this blog post clarifies something that may have been confusing. I will always be grateful to Mark and Country Dogs for approaching me and trying to make the arrangement work. We learned at a lot here at Glencadia! I value his expertise and have enjoyed working with Country Dogs.

So, please let us know how we can help move your account over to Glencadia and help you set up your next stay. Thank you for your business in the past – and in the future!

Best, Will


The City: blue light last year

Last night apparently a transformer blew in Queens or Brooklyn and lit up the New York City sky with blue — although at the time I would have said green — light. When I first noticed it as I did the dog route, I looked to see if anyone else on the street was paying attention to this strange phenomenon. For a few moments, no one seemed to be looking. When I saw a group of people on the corner pointing, I found it reassuring: yes, this was a massive and unusual event.

I lived in the city for 15 years. It’s starting to be that I have lived up here in the country for almost as long as the city. When I used to drive around my old haunts– upper west side, Union Square or Park Slope– I found it emotionally taxing, to consider my younger self in any way. Increasingly, I just drive. Moments like this transformer blowing up I was “a part” of the city with other people, and I can remember when I thought that meant something. But now, naw, it’s all an illusion, just a flash in the sky and gone.


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