• Keep your pet inside
• Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.
• When walking your pets, make sure to protect their feet with booties. If the paws are cracked Mushers Secret is a good healing cream (booties and cream are both available at Bubbly Paws). My personal favorite are the Ruff wear booties.
• Make sure the short haired dogs wear jackets and sweaters to stay warm. ( Jackets and Sweaters are available at Bubbly Paws)
• Limit your walks to 5 minutes or less. Dogs paws and noses can get frostbite, just like humans.
• Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.
• Be careful at local dog parks, many have turned into solid ice.
• Make sure your pooch has a warm place to sleep away from drafts from windows and doors. Be careful around open flames and electric heaters.
If you see an animal outside without shelter or in an unattended car, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control immediately — in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000). If you believe the situation to be life-threatening and the animal is non-responsive, please call 911.
Last Friday, I was giving a tour of our doggy daycare, and most guests ask the same questions so we are ready to respond to them. Most have to do with how often the dogs go outside, how many staff are in the rooms and how to watch the webcams… She asked “What sets us apart from other doggy daycares”… I thought this was a great question and very rarely do people ask it.. So many thoughts came to mind and I really did not know where to start. So I started talking about how Trycia and I are always involved in the business. I really think that this is one of the reasons Pampered Pooch Playground has been so successful since we opened. We simply don’t sit in an office all day, we interact with guests and staff and know the inner-workings of the daycare. We are not owners that do interviews staff, and sits in an office all day! Even when we opened Bubbly Paws Dog Wash 2 years ago, our commitment to PPP has never changed; It will always be our baby!
Then I started to talk about our staff... We only hire people that LOVE dogs and I think it shows! Finding and keeping good employees is hard, and we really do treat our staff like our extended family. We try to create a fun and upbeat workplace where we are excited to greet our 4 legged guests each day!
And finally our use of technology. From our webcams, iPhone/droid apps, texting, facebook/twitter and old school emailing we try to be as wired as possible We have an exciting technology update that will take place in late spring and can’t wait for it to happen! I will talk more about this soon.
I purposely left out the awards and other things that we have won as a daycare, because I feel that our service should speak for itself. Anyone can say that they were “voted best dog daycare in 2011,2010, and 2009″ or “best place to spoil your dog”… We have won both awards, if you were wondering, but i don’t want to brag with those
Hope everyone has a great day!
During the holidays our we always have lots of doggy hotel guests staying over and it is always a busy time for all of our employees, and I can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work.
Last night one of our night cleaners was sick, so I decided I would pick up the slack, rather than have everyone else pitch in and help out. Cleaning at the PPP is actually a pretty good workout with the vacuums, hoses, scrubbers, etc… One of our good friends dogs, Tiko, was staying over and the minute he saw me he made it known he wanted to help me clean. So Tiko walked alongside everything I did, it was almost like he was inspecting my work! HA! Tiko’s mom is a good friends of Trycia’s and just started her own photography business. She takes some great pictures that you can see on her website…
Hope everyone had a great holiday!
All of our staff always work so hard everyday and this is the least we can do to show them that we appreciate all of the love and care they put into the job everyday. It really is hard to find great employees and we have a bunch of them!! Awwwww… Group Hug!! Before the night was over, the Bubbly Paws staff had to take a picture of the fun they had… Click Here to see it.
Have a great night!
Hobbes the Beagle has been coming to doggy daycare for about a year… When he comes into the building he gets so excited that he rolls over so I can rub his belly. His mom said he knows “lets go see Keith” and he gets excited. These belly rubs could last 5 minutes!! So I thought I would share the love! Hobbes also loves Sarah who is one of our dog handlers. The other day, Sarah was petting him and I was trying to teach Hobbes the name “Sarah”. We will see if this works!
Hobbes also lives about 4 houses away from us. When we are out walking Roxy, sometimes Hobbes will be outside in their backyard and you will see him try to get under the fence so I can pet him.
I remember one of the first conversations I had with his parents… They had just moved here and I was talking about how dog friendly Minneapolis is and told them about a few of our favorite dog friendly restaurants. Then about 2 weeks later, they told me how much they enjoyed going to Pizzeria Lola and it was close to where they lived.
Hobbes is such a sweet beagle and we love that he comes to doggy daycare and that I give amazing belly rubs!
Have a good night!
Have a good night!
Oh, in between trips to the doggy daycare, I shoveled the walkways at our house, took Roxy to the dog park so she could play in the snow and baked gingerbread cookies with Trycia. Wow, it was a busy day!
Hope everyone had fun with the snow!
The pet food drive is going amazing. Thanks to our wonderful customers we have collected over 1500 pounds of food! If you have not donated yet, you can do it on our website by clicking here or in our lobby!
Have a great night!
Join Pampered Pooch Playground on Wednesday, NOVEMBER 28th 4-9p at the Annual Muddy Paws Cheesecake Sampling! This is honestly the best cheesecake that we have ever tasted!! Live music including Courtney Yasmineh Band, holiday bazaar (with MN Handmade Products and foods by Woman Who Really Cook), toy drive for Perspectives Family Center and STEP–St. Louis Park Emergency Program, pet food drive for The Pet Project, and The Traveling Photo Booth! Click here for more information.