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cider - dog daycare dog of the month

Every month we have a different theme for our “Dog Of The Month”.  In November the theme was “Best Table Manners”, in honor of Thanksgiving!!  All of our staff members nominate dogs that we thought fit the theme, and we narrow it down to 5 dogs and we vote on the winner! It is always hard for us to pick a winner, but we are excited to announce that “Cider” was the winner! He is a regular face in our doggy daycare, and a member of our “lunch crew”.  He is always super polite when eating, and is a member of the “clean bowl club”.  Cider won a free photo session with Eva Noth Photography and the honor of being the November winner!


Pampered Pooch Playground is a founding member of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Assoication, which helps to set standards of care in the pet care industry.  We have teamed up for a friendly competition with the other members (Downtown Dogs, Dog Day Getaway, Dog Days, and Camp Bow Wow – Burnsville) to see which doggy daycare can raise the most food for local pet rescues between November 1st – December 15th! (last year we came in 2nd place)!

You can drop off food (opened bags must be taped closed), toys, bedding or treats at Pampered Pooch Playground.  You can also donate money in our lobby!

For every $5 or 5 Pounds of food you donate, you will receive 1 entry into our weekly drawing for prizes!

This week’s prize is: The chance to be the dog of the month for January.  Prize package includes a photo session with Eva Noth photography and a free print.

Thanks for helping out the dogs in need this holiday season!



melissa - minneapolis dog groomerWe are excited to introduce the newest member of the Pampered Pooch Playground grooming team… Melissa!  She is one of the full-time groomers at Bubbly Paws (our sister business) and will be available at Pampered Pooch Playground to FURminate  (de-shedding treatment) or groom dogs a few days each month.  Dogs can be groomed or FURminated while at doggy daycare or spending the night in our hotel.  Melissa has a great grooming style with a laid back approach that helps to make sure all dogs go home looking their best.  You can learn more about Melissa by clicking here to go to her Bubbly Paws page.

Melissa’s October Schedule:

Friday, October 10th

Thursday, October 23rd

Monday, October 27th

To make a reservation for grooming, click here.

Dog daycare manager in MinneapolisAs some of you already know, I’m leaving Pampered Pooch Playground.   My last day will be October 1st.
In the last 5 years, I’ve seen many of you get married, have babies, say good-bye to furry family members and welcome new ones. Because of this, I have always felt like we are part of a large, extended, dog-loving family! It’s been such a joy getting to know you and creating friendships that I know will continue on after I leave. I can’t even begin to express how much I will miss seeing your smiling faces and getting to spend my days with your pooches! I want to thank you all for allowing me to help care for your pooches and be a part of their lives. I will miss all the hugs, kisses, and love that they offered me every time I saw them. Honestly, words can’t express how much I’ll miss the dogs!

I know Neddie will miss some of you just as much as I will! Thank you for all the tummy rubs, love and treats you have given her over the years. Thank you also for the support you have given us as her health has deteriorated.

I will remember all of you and cherish the fun, happy memories I experienced here. As always: peace, love, and pooches!


Ellen and Neddie

1559438_2605362814693_2711884528792656888_o (1)Name: Martie

Length of time working here: Exactly 1 year!

Do you have any pets?

I have a black lab named Echo! She’s turning 1 next month :D

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go camping, do zumba, and go swimming with Echo! She loves the water! :)

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

Spending time with some of my favorite puppy friends and learning about the different breeds of dogs!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

I love when it first starts to get warm and we bring out the pool for the first time. The dogs have so much fun!

jessName: Jess!

Length of time working here: Dog Handler since November 2012, Manager since July 2013

Do you have any pets?

I recently adopted my first dog Mackerel AKA Mack!!! He’s a basset hound/vizsla mix that can frequently be found jumping on people in the lobby :p

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I coach the Mounds View High School dance team when I’m not at PPP, which I really enjoy. Otherwise, I like to hang out in the city with my buddy, Mack! :)

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

We have awesome customers so since I began managing I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them and their pups! I also love getting to know the dogs and their quirks! :) They all have their own unique personalities!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

Probably injuring myself within 30 seconds of being at Skyzone for our staff Christmas party! I’ve rightfully earned the title of the “accident prone” employee at PPP. :p


We have teamed up with our good friend Eva Noth Photography to present “Dog of the Month”.  Each month we will have a different theme, and our staff will vote on who the best fit for the theme is.  Any dog that comes to doggy daycare or spends the night in our hotel is eligible to become “Dog of the Month”.  In July our theme was “Best Lobby Greeter” and Mack, one of our employees dogs won!  We would not normally pick a staff dog, but this was the first month of doing it.  The winning dog gets the honor of their picture hanging in the lobby for the following month and they receive a free photo session with Eva Noth Photography!

Dog Daycare Dog Of The Month in Minneapolis, MN

Mack is a Lab, Basset Hound, Visla mix that was adopted through Second Hand HoundsJess, our manager and Mack’s doggy momma loves to outfit Mack with stylish bandannas and collars.  Jess and Mack have also been known to have matching bandannas!  Next time you stop in, Mack will give you a great greeting in the lobby!

You can contact Eva Noth Photography by Clicking Here or calling 612-217-0579.

ppp-pridePampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash are excited to take part in the 2014 Twin Cities Pride Festival. Make sure to stop over to our booth for lots of pride related fun including some cool decorating of your pooch (details very soon)!

Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association who will be sponsoring the Doggy Drag Show which is hosted by Falen from the Dave Ryan Morning Show on 101.3 KDWB.

The entire Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association (Downtown Dogs, Dog Days, Dog Day Getaway, Camp Bow Wow – Burnsville and Pampered Pooch Playground) will be collaborating with Twin Cities Pride for this outrageously fun event!

The Doggy Drag Show takes place in the Pet Central Section, conveniently located across from the Beer Garden. Come join the fun at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 29th. Registration is day of and will open at 10:00 AM. Entries limited to first 20 registrants.

All participants get a ribbon. For Best in Show, Best Male Cross Dresser, Best Female Cross Dresser there will be amazing prize baskets for the winners!

Just go to a thrift store and let your fun and creativity flow! Thrift stores have wigs, neck ties, nighties and more.

The show is in the Pet Central Green Space. Look for the table and the sign.

dog drag show at minneapolis pride



kateName: Kate

Length of time working here: Since September 2013

Do you have any pets?

Rudy the teacup pig! He doesn’t go play with the dogs but you can often sneak a peek of him hanging out in the breakroom :)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to play volleyball, go to the beach, read, eat and play piano :)

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

Meeting fellow animal lovers and getting to know each dog’s individual character!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

Taylor talking about how he was going to win the PPP staff meeting mop bucket race and then totally eating it on the wet floor! ;p It was hilarious!

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