Recess With Steph

Recess With Steph is a dog walking and dog training company located in San Francisco, California, founded by dog-care specialist Steph Miller.

Stephanie Miller founded SF Puppy Prep in 2005, a puppy only daycare and socialization company, sold that business in 2013, is a public dog training class instructor at SF SPCA since 2017, and founded Recess With Steph in 2013, a private dog walking company for adolescent and adult dogs as well as private training for a range of behavioral issues from early puppy training, basic manners for any age of dog and helping families manage dog behavior around babies and children.

05/10/2020

Bernal Beast

OUR latest NEWSLETTER of sorts:

Hi neighbors, friends, family and colleagues,

We are very excited to let you all know that as of May 1, 2020, we are the proud new owners of Bernal Beast pet supply shop at 509 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights! And we are open!

We are your neighbors, Stephanie Miller and Alan Belgard. We have lived in Bernal for the last 17 years, and we’ve each had over 20 years of experience working with animals. Over the years, we’ve been helping clients live harmoniously with their dogs through education: offering in home consultations, teaching public group dog training classes, co-founding a puppy daycare and early socialization center, and owning outdoor off leash dog walking businesses.

It is such an honor that Tony Chrisanthis, the founder who has brought pet supplies to our beautiful neighborhood for the last 25 years, has given us this opportunity to carry on what he started. We are looking forward to being part of this special community and seeing all your faces and meeting your animals.

With each of our respective backgrounds at your disposal, our #1 priority is to keep animals well nourished, healthy and cared for, so that you can continue to nurture and cherish your relationships with your pets as long as possible.

We have lots of plans for the shop! We plan to turn one side of into an event space where we will be offering a variety of fun community options for our neighbors: seminars to educate community members on humane animal guardianship, puppy socials and small dog socials, small sized dog training classes, workshops for kids to promote a love and respect for animals, guest speakers, animal adoption events, pet photography sessions, local artist shows, and much more.

And although this global pandemic will require us to switch gears and put some of our ideas on the back burner for a while, we are going to make the best of this current situation and we hope you will come along with us.

Order online through our website: https://www.bernalbeast.com/ 24/7. We offer FREE 1-2 day shipping for all orders over $49!

Bernal Beast is open!
Store hours are 10am - 3pm DAILY Monday-Sunday

Social distancing guidelines will be observed for your safety and the safety of our team members. We welcome our customers to enter the store 1-2 at a time. We ask our customers and team members to wear masks and gloves while in store. We will sanitize surfaces between customers to ensure your safety.

We can't wait to get started and see all of you one day soon! If this is enough info for one day and you need to get back to that home-schooling of children, potty training of puppy, kitty litter cleaning or virtual zoom work meetings (or maybe you're in the front lines of the pandemic, and if so, we are ever grateful to you and will cheer you on at 7pm nightly), then by all means, this is where you can stop reading.

If you are an information gatherer and have the time to read on, you can find a little bit more about our backgrounds on our website: https://www.bernalbeast.com/pages/bernal-beasts-new-proprietors.

If you have a few minutes and can help us serve the community better, please tell us what you need from Bernal Beast! Your thoughts and experiences are valuable to us. Sharing them will help us on our journey to become your perfect pet store.
We are listening!
https://www.bernalbeast.com/pages/customer-feedback-survey

We believe that Bernal Beast will become a hub of both retail and education for the public around animals and with over 20 years of experience, we feel confident that we will be able to help many community members keep their animals safe, well-loved and enriched throughout their lives. And not to worry, although we have the most experience with dogs, we love ALL animals and can't wait to be a part of your pets' lives.

The best way to track Bernal Beast is through social media. We will post updates about our store hours as well as new offerings around education and events is to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and our website.

Stay safe everyone, we are all in this together. Pets are great medicine in tough times and we want to help keep them healthy and happy for you - please check in with us soon!

Honored to be a part of this community, and can’t wait to see you soon,

Steph and Alan

509 Cortland Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
415-643-7800

05/08/2020

One of my favorite dogs ever passed over the rainbow bridge 2 nights ago. Here he is (far right) with his brother Curtis (far left) and Mabel in the middle. His eyes were the window into his sweet character. Such a gentle soul. Love you forever Trotter.

05/07/2020

My heart ❤️

05/06/2020

Mabel had her first day @ditchtheleash today and she is sooooo happy! Sandra and her team are AMAZING! If you need a dog walker, check out her instagram page. I’m like a giddy parent #nowiknowhowmyclientsfelt #empathy #nervousmommy #ditchtheleash

05/06/2020

I’m so happy to be a shop keeper. I’ve been “playing store” since I came out of the womb. Come visit! I miss my pack o’ dogs and humans 💛

05/04/2020

Day 3, in the books! #lovemyhood #bernalheights #bernalbeast #shoplocal

[05/02/20]   Hi neighbors, friends, family and colleagues,

We are very excited to let you all know that as of May 1, 2020, we are the proud new owners of Bernal Beast pet supply shop at 509 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights! It is such an honor that Tony Chrisanthis, the founder who has brought pet supplies to our beautiful neighborhood for the last 25 years, has given us this opportunity to carry on what he started. We are looking forward to being part of this special community and seeing all your faces and meeting your animals. Our #1 priority is to keep animals well nourished, healthy and cared for, so that you can continue to nurture and cherish your relationships with your pets as long as possible.

We have lots of plans for the shop! And although this global pandemic will require us to switch gears and put some of our ideas on the back burner for a while, we are going to make the best of this current situation and we hope you will come along with us. To that end we will:

Continue to offer same day curbside pick up throughout the shelter in place mandate: you can call the store at (415) 643-7800 to place your orders or order online through our website for items to be shipped directly to your homes.

The best way to track information about the pet shop for now, where we will post updates about our store hours as well as new offerings around education and events is to follow us on social media:

https://www.instagram.com/bernalbeast/

https://www.facebook.com/bernalbeast

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDSAMzPbFUAjChjafnYvr1Q:
we will be have dog training videos that might be of some help to those of you adopting dogs right now
https://www.bernalbeast.com/:
for online shopping

We believe that Bernal Beast can become a hub of both retail and education for the public around animals and with over 20 years of experience, we feel confident that we will be able to help many community members keep their animals safe, well-loved and enriched throughout their lives. And not to worry, although we have the most experience with dogs, we love ALL animals and can't wait to be a part of your pets' lives.

Stay safe everyone, we are all in this together. Pets are great medicine in tough times and we want to help keep them healthy and happy for you - please check in with us soon!

Honored to be a part of this community,
Steph and Alan

04/28/2020

Are you absolutely sure you’re comfy Teensy? Maybe you need one more stuffy? 💛💛💛

04/19/2020

Dog walking crates cleaned and donated to Animal Care and Control. I’m so glad they will be put to good use where they are needed most #supportyourlocalanimalshelter #animalcareandcontrolsf What an amazing team of people over there, working hard daily for homeless animals during this pandemic - we appreciate you!

04/17/2020

Teensy and me #lovemydog #shescrazybutshesmine

04/15/2020

Practicing trick shots #dudeperfect #trampolineworkout

04/14/2020

Virtual training teaser, please stay tuned for a series of dog training videos on our YouTube channel. Video #1: playing tug with your pup while you SIP! #staytuned #moreontheway #personalgoals #cantwaittosharemore

04/13/2020

California, you’re such a wonder that I think I’ll stay in bed #stateflower #poppy #rufuswainright

04/12/2020

It’s happening: the viewing of one of my favorite movies of all time with our 6 year old #pleasedontcallsocialservicesonus #stircrazy #SIPdecisionmaking

04/11/2020

To my sister on National sibling day. Luckily I had this gem at my fingertips 👏 not always easy with two #funnyandfierce gals such as ourselves but we will always be #sisters❤️ and I’m forever grateful. Love you, sis!

04/11/2020

TROLLS WORLD TOUR IN THE HOUSE!!!! #fridayvibes #sip

04/10/2020

Kudos

A little dog humor this Friday.

BBC Sport commentator Andrew Cotter is in lockdown and he's bored, so he's made up a new sport to commentate on - and it is fantastic. 😂

video: @MrAndrewCotter on Twitter

04/10/2020

Timeline Photos

04/10/2020

The gadgets one gets to play with in quarantine #ifetch #workinprogress #sipexercise

04/07/2020

This is how Mabel is getting her breakfast these days - helps to keep this high energy girl from going bonkers! And entertaining for us! #enrichmentfordogs #mentalstimulationfordogs #soontobesellingthese at BERNAL BEAST!

04/06/2020

May the force be with you, healthcare workers! #solidarityat8 #covidart #starwars #xfighter

04/06/2020

Thanks @pizza_express_sf for delivering this make your own pizza kit! What a fun local treat and project #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #pizzaexpress #cortlandbusiness #bernalheights Bernal neighbors, if you reach out to them on Instagram, they will schedule your delivery!

04/04/2020

Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital

Separation anxiety is a behavior problem often seen in puppies and adult dogs from rescues and shelters. It can also develop in adult dogs whose owners have a schedule change when they are not home much after a period of being home all the time.

Consider taking time away form your dog at least several times a day, even if it’s in a separate room, door closed between or a short socially distances walk without your dog.

This is especially important in puppies.
-
Dr Sandy Hazanow

04/03/2020

Doesn’t get much better than my favorite actress, in my favorite show (hers), in my favorite city (New Orleans) #creativitysavestheworld #betterthings #pamelaadlonismyspiritanimal

youtube.com 04/03/2020

Kelley Filson, CTC

youtube.com Reward-Based Dog Training by a certified, professional trainer.

04/03/2020

Camping in the back yard #springbreak2020 #coldasballs #waeringasleepingbag #wontlastlong

04/01/2020

Michele here...
Today, I made my last run out to the ranch. I took my two little dogs for one final romp.
I will miss my trips out to this beautiful spot, and I will miss my pack, Leo, Mason, Huck, Edie, Bam Bam, Skipper and Thurber, and Winnie and my sometimes pack, Mina, Sonic, Bernie, Ronan, and Dylan.

What I will miss the most is the ladies that made this the best job ever for the last two
years.

Thank you Vaughn, for covering my butt, for always giving me a smile and for always being the best at what you do-loving the dogs.

Steph, I don’t even know what to say. Your kind heart, generous spirit and loving way have been an inspiration. Knowing and working with you has been a great blessing in my life. The abundance that you, and this job, have brought to my life is immeasurable.

To all you amazing clients: It has been my great privilege and honor to spend time with your dogs. Thank you for your trust.

If you need a private chef or caterer, check me out at MamaBear Meals and Gather & Grub.

Until we meet again, be kind and be well.

Michele Horn Davis

04/01/2020

Today, 3/31/20 is my final day of leasing my dog ranch in Montara. I’m excited for my new beginnings, but truthfully, it’s been heart wrenching leaving dog walking. I have many doubts and misgivings, as this job is literally my dream job. In fact, when I was little my sister asked me what my idea of heaven was and I told her it was lying in a field of puppies.

Dreams CAN come true!

I have been caring for puppies and dogs for over 20 years now - whether it was picking them up from their homes and bringing them to my puppy daycare facility in SOMA SF Puppy Prep, or to Fort Funston for off leash hiking, or to play at the Montara dog ranch - and it's been such a profound experience for me. It's taught me empathy, patience, how to play, how to love, how to communicate with both people and animals, how to quietly observe, how to consistently show up for people and their dogs, how to endure pretty much any type of weather with a pack of hounds, how to be grateful, how to multi task, how to drive with patience throughout San Francisco, how to manage and create a close-knit team. It's going to be hard for me to say goodbye to this business which has treated me so well and given me so much, but my heart is telling me to follow this road and bring a new sense of love and care to my community.

Many of my clients and colleagues know this already, but I have been waiting to announce my new plans until we had closed the deal and signed the lease. Well, we finally have both a purchase agreement and lease signed! Alan and I are taking over the neighborhood pet retail shop BERNAL BEAST in Bernal Heights and turning one side into a little education space for the community. We will be offering (very small sized) puppy and dog training classes, puppy socials, small dog socials, workshops, human only seminars on various topics, and featuring a rotation of local artists on our walls, as well as continuing the awesome retail shop that Tony created about 25 years ago. WE ARE SO EXCITED! Things are going to be a little slower getting up and running due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but we are playing the long game here, so we can be patient.

I’ll be sending out more information as we move forward, but just wanted to give my dog walking and puppy daycare career a fond farewell. Thanks to all who have helped me, influenced me and taught me along the way – I started a list of you but then it just sounded like a Golden Globe speech so I stopped! I’ll just have to reach out to you all in person, when we can finally congregate again.

Al and I have pushed back our possession date to MAY 1st for Bernal Beast. Once we are in, we will be doing some improvements to the space, and will announce an opening / launch party then and you’re all invited! We will be calling on trainers who want to teach and offer their skills and wisdom to the community, all with the same goal of keeping animals in their homes, living harmoniously with their humans through humane education. Hit me up if you're interested!

We can’t wait to see you at the shop! I’ll have special treats waiting for all of you.

SO MUCH LOVE AND GRATITUDE,

Steph

03/31/2020

One last outing at the ranch: my final day being March 31st - tomorrow. And I’m off to greener pastures (well, you can’t get much greener than the beautiful Montara dog ranch)! Even picked my last wild bouquet. Goodbyes are hard. This place was the Wild West when Eva, al, and I first moved our businesses down there. So many memories of clearing land and putting up fencing (and me being sent for lunch runs bc I suck at all of that!). #dogwalkinglife #montaramuttrunners #dogwalkerforlife @shadowchaser_sf @kindcpa @ Montara, California

03/30/2020

Beautiful walk on the hill today with D and Teens. One of the silver linings: time to take advantage of the beauty in your own neighborhood #bernalhill #ilovebernal #dogsandkids

03/26/2020

Dylan is honoring the family tradition of enjoying the Cookie dough more than the cooked cookies #covid19pounds #bakingformath #homeschooling @ Bernal Heights, San Francisco

03/25/2020

Little bits of ranch time. Lots of distance out here

03/24/2020

HEART CONNECTION, Dylan! It does sound like dinosaurs in our house when someone knocks on the door 😆

03/24/2020

Learning to type! Thank you for the awesome kids app @realmoninacervone !

fortune.com 03/23/2020

Coronavirus economic relief proposals are overlooking the 57 million Americans who are self-employed

https://fortune.com/2020/03/20/coronavirus-economic-relief-gig-economy-self-employed/

fortune.com Commentary: But these six reforms would help the self-employed from having to go it alone.

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Mabel had her first day @ditchtheleash today and she is sooooo happy! Sandra and her team are AMAZING! If you need a dog...
Teensy and me #lovemydog #shescrazybutshesmine
Practicing trick shots #dudeperfect #trampolineworkout
Virtual training teaser, please stay tuned for a series of dog training videos on our YouTube channel. Video #1: playing...
The gadgets one gets to play with in quarantine #ifetch #workinprogress #sipexercise
This is how Mabel is getting her breakfast these days - helps to keep this high energy girl from going bonkers! And ente...
These three
Edie - perfect recall. 💗
Play and play at the Recess ranch
Angus with a looong warm up before springing to action
New puppy Hailey is loving it up at the ranch!
The Twins: Olive and Hailey

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