Love to workout? How about working out with your pooch? We have teamed up with TangleTown CrossFit for a "Hero Dog WOD" on Sunday, September 24th at 9am. This is the perfect workout whatever your skill set, for people that have never tried CrossFit to those that have competed. There is a $20 donation that goes to Pets Loyal to Vets, which a a local non-profit that trains service and therapy dogs for vets that have PTSD. Click here for more details and to sign up on the TangleTown CrossFit website.
Bubbly Paws and Pampered Pooch Playground have teamed up with Good Karma Animal Rescue to raise funds and supplies to help the relief effort at animal shelters in Texas. Good Karma Animal Rescue will be heading to Texas to bring some of the shelter dogs back to Minnesota to find a forever home (these are dogs that were in the shelter/rescue system before the hurricane hit). When they make their way back to Minnesota, Bubbly Paws will be hosting a night with a local vet to check over the dogs and our staff will be bathing them (all free of charge).
You can make a donation directly to Good Karma online by clicking here or at any of the Bubbly Paws stores or at Pampered Pooch Playground.
Good Karma was recently on FOX 9 talking about their efforts.
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 we received notice that one of our email accounts was hacked to send spam phishing emails. Google, our email provider, notified us 15 minutes after the activity and the account was disabled and the issue was stopped. The email sent a fake document from Docusign with a link to click. Once the link was clicked, it asked for your email address and password. Google has opened an investigation and confirmed that this hacking attempt did not originated from within the United States.
If you simply clicked the link, there is nothing to worry about. If you entered an email address and password, please change the password for that email account and any other accounts that use the same combination.
This issue affected a small amount of our customers, but we feel that we need to be open and honest with what happened. Poochworks, our reservation system was not affected by this. All credit cards stored with us are fully encrypted on Authorize.net. As a precaution, all master passwords were changed and a security scan was run; we passes with flying colors.
We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused. Please contact us if there is anything we can do. Here is a great link on how to avoid being the victim of phishing scams.
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.
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:
Under 15 Pounds- $22
Under 40 Pounds - $27
Under 80 Pounds - $32
Over 81 Pounds - $37
Specialty shampoos (hypoallergenic and oatmeal) will be an additional $2.50
Luxury Suites - $62 for a 24 hour period
Doggy Ice Cream - $3.50
Walk for boarding dogs - 17
Early Drop off/ Late Pick up $6 for every 30 minutes
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!
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
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.
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.
One 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.