We often get asked why we do so many events… Simply put, we like doing them! Quite honestly we have been so busy with the events and at the daycare that I have slacked at blogging!
I hope everyone is having a good summer with their pooch!
Here is what his foster family said about him….
He is a lover of love! When he’s left alone for hours on end, he can get into some trouble with digging and chasing chipmunks but what Wirehair wouldn’t when left to their own devices for that long? I think he’d do best crated, in the house and then being exercised with a ball, a dummy throwing session or going for a swim. He adores people, does well with other dogs but has growled and nipped at a child- but only when they were trying to ride him like a horse. He is so gentle and really would be a terrific pet for someone who has the time. For more information on Max, send us an email.
What is Blue Green Algae?
Blue Green Algae is the common name for Cyanobacteria. Most types of algae are not a problem. Blue Green Algae, however, is very toxic.
What does Blue Green Algae look like? Blue green algae does not float ON the water, it is distributed WITHIN the water. The algae that floats on top is typically duckweed, which is not toxic. Blue Green Algae laden water is not clear and generally takes on a deep dark green color. Usually Blue Green Algae is found in the shallow bay of lakes, slews or ponds.
When is Blue Green Algae a problem?
Blue Green Algae doesn’t always release it’s toxin. The environmental temperature has to be right for this to happen. In Minnesota, cyanobacteria toxins typically occur in July and August when water temperatures rise to 85 degrees and runoff fertilizer byproducts of nitrogen and phosphorous are present.
How does Blue Green Algae cause illness?
Animals (and people) can get sick from Blue Green Algae by drinking or swimming in the water. The Algae releases a toxin into the water, and when ingested, the toxin can cause liver failure.
What are signs of Blue Green Algae toxicity?
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, respiratory distress and death. Signs can occur within hours to days.
What is the treatment for Blue Green Algae toxicity?
There is no specific treatment for Blue Green Algae toxicity. Pets are treated with supportive care, typically IV fluids. If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to Blue Green Algae, wear rubber gloves and bathe your pet immediatley. Then bring your pet to the nearest Veterinarian.
How can I prevent Blue Green Algae Toxicity?
First, don’t let your pet drink or swim in water that is not clear. Tests are available through the University of Minnesota Veterinary School Toxicology Unit that can test the water for presence of Blue Green Algae toxins.
Is it safe to give my pet Blue Green Algae herbal supplements?
No, you should not give your pet Blue Green Algae tablets. A 2006 case at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School involved a sick cat with severely elevated liver enzymes after ingesting these tablets. The tablets that were given to the cat were analyzed and confirmed to contain blue green algae toxin.
Yesterday I was leaving the doggy daycare and noticed a lady walking about 10 dogs on 10 leashes. All were small dogs and they were all tangled with each other. I almost stopped my scooter to take in this entertainment, but decided to keep going. The best part was that she was talking on her cell phone while walking all these dogs. There is no way that she was able to pay any attention to the dogs and what was really going on. If one dog would have snapped at another dog, they were so tangled up that it would be almost impossible to break them up… Oh, and she would have to stop talking on her phone and put it down. I know there are some dog walkers that can safely do this, but that was not the case yesterday. I really wanted to stop and take a picture of this chaos, but decided to keep moving.
I point this out because you might have noticed that we have added a daily walk to the list of services for when a dog is spending the night with us. When we do a walk, it is a 1 on 1 walk with a member of our staff an the dog has our full attention the entire time. Our staff are never allowed to use their phones while working (either in the play rooms, or on walks). As always we put the safety of your dog above anything else when they are with us.
Hope everyone has been staying cool. Have a great weekend!
This was the 4th year that Pampered Pooch Playground was at the Twin Cities Pride Festival and I personally think it was our most fun year! We had our doggy lounge which was complete with our doggy bar, our cool new Minnepawpolis shirts, and a fun staff that really wanted to be there! Seriously, it was such a grew time and loved seeing all of our customers stopping over. We had our good friend Amber from Modern Life Photo at our booth taking pictures of people and their dogs. You can see and download the pictures she took on her website. Thanks again for making it such a fun and successful event!
I have to give a big thanks to Ellen our general manager (and Neddie’s mom) who filled in for me today! For the past week I have been dealing with a pretty bad toothache and the only time the dentist could get me in to work on it was this morning at 8:30. The only reason I bring this up is because Ellen gave up her day off today to come in and cover my shift in the lobby. This is something I LOVE about our staff, they are always willing to fill in where needed. After I was done at the dentist today around 11, I texted the daycare and asked if she wanted me to come in.. She said that it was ok, and i should just relax at home. So I am giving Ellen a huge shout out on our blog tonight for helping out today! Oh, my tooth is feeling much better, but the root canal hurt just as much as everyone said it would
Funny thing… As I was waiting for the dentist, one of our customers was there and made a reservation with me for doggy daycare while sitting in their waiting room. Random!
Speaking of Ellen, her boyfriend designed some really cool shirts that we will have for sale at Pride this weekend. Stay tuned to see what they look like!
Have a good night!
- Minnesota Twins Player
- Minnesota Wild Player
- Minnesota Vikings player
- Musician (no it was not Prince)
- Radio Personality
- TV Personality
So there you go.. You can guess and guess, but we will never tell you who they are, heck, you might even run into them in the lobby sometime.
Have a good night.
Have a good day!