Strut Your Mutt

Pampered Pooch Playground and our sister business, Bubbly Paws Dog Wash have created "Team Paws and Pooch" for the Strut Your Mutt 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 11th at Wolfe Park in St Louis Park.  We are currently working on putting together a great goodie bag including: 

- Custom Team Paws and Pooch T-shirt (must sign up by September 1st)

- $10 Bubbly Paws gift card

- Free 2 hour evaluation at Pampered Pooch Playground, or free nail trim for current customers.

- Fee pint of beer from sisyphus brewery.

- Snacks and goodies

- And more!

For the person that raises the most money on our team, they will score a $50 Bubbly Paws OR Pampered Pooch Playground gift card.

You can join our team and learn more by Clicking Here.  If you can't make it to the event, you can always donate to our team.  If you have questions, please email Ella, our team captain.

 

Rate Increase

Like most small businesses, it is necessary to adjust our rates from time to time and we work hard to provide the best service and value to you and your pup!  Because of increased costs, it is necessary to increase the price of some of our services starting on August 1st.  The new prices are listed below:

Baths

Under 15 Pounds- $22

Under 40 Pounds - $27

Under 80 Pounds - $32

Over 81 Pounds - $37

 

Shampoo

Specialty shampoos (hypoallergenic and oatmeal) will be an additional $2.50

 

Boarding

Luxury Suites - $62 for a 24 hour period

 

Extras

Doggy Ice Cream - $3.50

Walk for boarding dogs - 17

Early Drop off/ Late Pick up $6 for every 30 minutes

Winter 2015 Holiday Hours and Policies

Holiday Hours:Thanksgiving - Closed Christmas Eve - 6:30am - 6pm Christmas Day - Closed New Years Eve - 6:30am - 6pm New Years Day - 9am - 6pm

Winter Holiday Policies: A $75 deposit is required to hold all hotel reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Reservations must be cancelled by: Thanksgiving - November 11th Christmas - December 10th New years - December 17th

You can Make your deposit by clicking here!

Highway 7 and 100 Bridge

The bridge for Highway 7 that goes over Highway 100 has been closed for construction for the next 8 months. I highly suggest downloading the Waze App for you iPhone or Android phone as it will route you the fastest way based on crowd sourced traffic.  The Minnetonka Blvd. bridge has been re-opened or you can use the detour below.  If you ever get lost or need directions, just call or text us. For our customers that come from the uptown area please use the following detour:

  • Take Highway 7 (lake St) to the closure, and turn left onto Beltline Blvd
  • Turn Right on 36th St
  • Turn Right on Wooddale
  • Turn Left on Highway 7
  • Turn Right on Louisiana Ave
  • Take the first Roundabout and exit on Walker St

Dog of the Month - October

Every month we have a different theme for our "Dog Of The Month" and in October the theme was "Best Tricks"!  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 "Grape" was the winner!

Sit, Stay, Down are her basic tricks, but she can wave goodbye, spin in circles and even do a back flip!  Seriously, a backflip! Grape can pull her daddy on the skateboard and loves to chase and catch balls!  Seriously, this girl has some awesome tricks!  When grape comes to doggy daycare, we love to hear what her latest and greatest trick is!

Grape scored the honor of being our October Dog of the Month, and received a photo shoot with Eva Noth Photography!  Grape's mom also has an Etsy store called Ruff Life Studio that does some cool dog prints.

Flexi Leash Dangers

Flexi Leash law in Minneapolis Every now and then we have a customer ask "Why don't you carry Flexi or retractable leashes at Bubbly Paws (our sister business). We don't carry these types of leashes for many reasons; one of which is that I have seen too many injuries and incidents related to these types of leashes.

If you do use a Flexi Leash, please make sure to lock the leash at about 2 feet long when stopping into our doggy daycare or other businesses to make sure your dog is easily controlled. Most cities including Minneapolis, Edina, Saint Paul, and Bloomington all have regulations saying the leash can't be longer than 6 feet. Just because your dog is friendly to other dogs and loves to run up and greet them, does not all dogs enjoy dogs running up to them. Always ask dog owners first before the dog runs up. Also, be very careful of getting burned by the Flexi Leash, I have a leash burn on my leg from a dog that was running into our doggy daycare on an unlocked leash. If you are looking for some great alternatives to flexi leashes, we have some great selections at Bubbly Paws or on ShopBubbly.com. Do a quick image search on Google for "Flexi Leash Injury" and you will see the possible harm that can come to humans and dogs from these leashes. Below is a great article from the Dogginton Post about the Dangers of Flexi Leashes and how to use them responsibly.

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Flexi Leash DangersOne of the most popular devices used to restrain dogs when taking them out for a walk is the retractable leash. Many owners, however, wonder if such a leash is appropriate or even safe to use. Well, the answer generally depends on a person’s reason for using the device. While there are several ways to utilize the retractable leash properly, it is important to remember that they also pose some danger to you and your dog if not used correctly.

Before using a retractable leash, make certain you’ve got one that’s strong enough to handle your dog. Dogs that have a tendency to bolt or take off running after perceived prey should never be restrained with a retractable leash. Aside from those dangers, there are other things to keep in mind when using one of these popular leashes.

What You Need to Watch Out For

· Prickling leash burns. Retractable leashes, especially the thin string variety, can very easily cause leash burns. This could happen when you let your pooch race past you with the retractable line zipped up across your bare skin. Unwarranted injuries, however, can be prevented if you try the flat, tape style retractable leash. · Entanglement or strangulation. Not only can retractable leashes burn us, they can also get twisted around a dog’s neck or legs. Worse, if your pooch panics and jerks the moment they get hog-tied; it could cause the leash to pull even tighter. Although you can loosen the cords that have wrapped around his neck, the situation could quickly become life-threatening. · Fatal accidents. There are times when our dogs dart away all of a sudden, and with a retractable leash on him, your dog might dart even farther, faster. Nevertheless, it’s the reeling that’s a serious issue here. It is possible that Fido may spot a squirrel or anything interesting across the street, and suddenly take off after it. If you’re not alert enough, his abrupt behavior and an un-sturdy retractable leash could put him smack on the road, right in front of a speeding car.

Other Things You Would Never Want to Happen

· The leash drops. Because these leashes rarely have a wrist strap and are sometimes heavy and bulky, dropping them is a regular occurrence. What’s worse, if you drop the handle, the lack of tension can send the heavy handle hurdling toward your dog. Not only could the heavy leash handle smack your dog in the head, if your dog is spooked by the leash handle zipping deafeningly toward him, he may take off running. · The cord is grabbed. If you grab the cord/tape while it is being pulled from the handle, you might suffer from immediate injury like cuts and burns. · The cord wraps around you. Poor handling can also cause the cord/tape to twist around you or someone else’s fingers resulting in deep wounds, or worse, amputation. · The collar breaks or comes off your dog. The moment this occurs, the leash could retract at top speed while the other end of the line whips around at the same full momentum leading to serious injuries to face, teeth, and eyes.

 

 

Doggy Drag at Pride

For the 3rd year in a row, we are excited to help sponsor the Doggy Drag show at Twin Cities Pride this weekend!  The show starts at 3pm in the Pet Central area, but you can register and style your pooch starting at 10am.  There will be some items to dress your pooch in, but you are encouraged to come with an outfit :) .  Sign up at the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association booth (at the entrance to the pet central dog park).  Happy pride!

Run Tilda... Run!

A few weeks ago Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash sponsored the Fast and the Furry 5K and 8K run in St Paul.  This race benefits local pet recuses and is one of our favorite events of the year.  You might have seen some of the PPP Staff running, but what really caught my attention was Matilda the Vizsla, who ran the 8K with 6 minute miles and finished in 4th place!  Matilda is a regular at doggy daycare and she is obviously super fast!  You can read more about her race on her mom's blog.

Have a great day!

Keith

Blue-Green Algae Warning

Here is some important information from the KARE 11 Website.  

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) confirmed Monday that it was blue-green algae toxins that resulted in the death of a Douglas County dog last week. The death was reported to Douglas County Sheriff's deputies last Thursday.

Steven Heiskary, a research scientist at the MPCA, confirmed that the toxins killed the canine. In 2014, the MPCA received reports of three dog deaths due to blue-green algae toxins. One of the toxins attacks the liver while the other attacks the brain.

"The danger here is that both of these toxins are very dangerous," said Dr. Ahna Brutlag, Associate Director of Veterinary Services at Pet Poison Hot Line. "So, it does not take an ingestion of very much water with blue-green algae in it to potentially be fatal to an animal or certainly to cause very significant sickness."

"Blue-green blooms are common in Minnesota," said Heiskary. "We cannot predict exactly which ones are toxic and which ones are not. As for the actual dog deaths, these are not real common."

Both Brutlag and Heiskary said the best way for owners to prevent danger from the toxins to their pets is to keep them out of water with blue-green algae. Typically, the water takes on a pea-soup green color and is no longer clear.

"Keep the pets out. Keep the kids out, just under those kinds of conditions," said Heiskary.

Brutlag pointed out that time is critical when a dog becomes ill after drinking or swimming in water with the algae. Pet owners can contact the Pet Poison Helpline at www.petpoisonhelpline.com or 1-800-213-6680 or rush the pet to a veterinary clinic immediately, day or night.