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Dog of the Month - March

Every month we have a different theme for our "Dog Of The Month".  In March the theme was "Most Snow Loving", in honor of winter being over!!  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 "Kinnick" was the winner!

Kinnick is a 120 pound Bernese Mountain Dog that is a regular face in doggy daycare and our hotel!  Don't let Kinnick's size fool you, he loves everyone and if you rub his hips the correct way, he will even dance!  When he started to attend doggy daycare and his mom drove a Prius, since then Kinnick has outgrown the Prius and his mom was forced into buying a bigger car to fit him :)

Those of you from Iowa, know who Kinnick is named after, but click here if you want to learn more!  Kinnick is also the older brother to "pancake" who is a guinea pig with the markings of a Bernese Mountain Dog!

Kinnick scored the honor of being our March Dog of the Month, and received a photo shoot with Eva Noth Photography!

St Louis Park Magazine

St Louis Park - Dog friendly business Roxy gets a bath in Minneapolis

We were proud to be chosen for the cover of the St Louis Park Magazine - Pet edition.  Below you can read the article that featured Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws.

Pampered Pooch Playground Owners:  Trycia and Keith Miller Services:  Dog day care, boarding

The tale:

Trycia and Keith Miller launched their dog day-care center five years ago. They initially opened it for their beloved Bernese mountain dog named Roxy.  Today the Millers manage about 95 dogs per day at the Pampered Pooch Playground. They have three separate rooms for canine frolicking, including 11,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor space and a 3,500-square-foot outdoor area. There are also luxury suites for the extremely pampered pooch.

“Minnesota is unregulated for doggie day care, so it’s a point of concern for dog owners,” Keith Miller says. “Someone could rent any old garage and put 60 dogs in it.” The Millers do everything they can to alleviate worry. Pampered Pooch is the first dog day care in the country to have iPhone, Android and Blackberry apps so owners can watch their pups at play, day and night. There are 11 live webcams streaming from the three playrooms and regular Facebook posts and tweets. The outside play area is made with recycled sports turf, which is ecologically appropriate and, unlike gravel or Astroturf, easy to clean.

“The St. Louis Park pet business network is really supportive,” Keith Miller says. “If someone had a fire or got sick, they could bring their dogs to us or I would go work at their place to help out.” Miller stays current on developments in the doggie care world and is a fan of the “busman’s holiday”: Whenever he travels, he stops by other pet care facilities to take notes on what they’re doing right and what he would like to avoid in his own establishment. “There’s a real difference in big-city day cares,” he notes, adding many have a less than fragrant smell. 7020 Walker St.; 952.922.8183;

Bubbly Paws

Owners: Trycia and Keith Miller Services: Self-serve or full-service dog washing, grooming Hangers-on:  Roxy the Bernese mountain dog

The tale:

Bubbly Paws is the Millers’ laidback little brother to their high-maintenance big baby, the Pampered Pooch Playground. The Millers opened Bubbly Paws two years ago, mainly as place to wash their own Roxy, a 100-pound Bernese whose bulk and thick hair demand an elaborate bathing process. They nabbed a light and airy space in the busy Excelsior/Grand complex and outfitted it with five elevated step-in tubs with shower hoses, a grooming room and a drying room. Customers can bathe their dogs themselves or pay a bit more for a house shampoo.

The Millers are dedicated to the St. Louis Park community and even use a locally made shampoo, which is actually a reformulated horse shampoo. “I like it because it doesn’t smell fake or overpowering,” Keith says. “I mean, I’m a guy, so I couldn’t care less about smelling like flowers.” Nevertheless Bubbly Paws’ grooming services offer plenty of bling for their canine clients, including toenail polish and in one unusual case, a pink polka-dot dye job.

The couple loves the tight-knit animal owning community in St. Louis Park. “People know each others’ dog’s names. Everyone goes to the Dakota dog park and people recognize each other [from the dog park],” Keith Miller says. “I’ve seen love connections happen here. Seriously, if you were a single guy, why wouldn’t you get a dog?” Miller dreams about opening a pet rental business for hopeful single guys hanging around the dog park. In the meantime, “we just have fun here,” he says. “C’mon, it’s a dog wash!” Each month Bubbly Paws gives back to support a different pet rescue organization, donating $5 from each bath, and hosting creatively awesome occasions like doggie yoga and doggie happy hour. 3730 Grand Way; 952.657.5300;

Pet Friendly SLP

We also provided St Louis Park Magazine a list of some of the pet friendly businesses in St Louis Park:

Primp Hosts fundraisers for a local pet rescue 1628 West End Blvd.; 952.303.3791;

Lululemon Stop in with your dog and get a treat 1639 West End Blvd.; 763.545.9069;

McCoy’s Public House Dogs can hang out and get treats on the patio 3801 Grand Way; 952.224.9494;

Yum! Free house-made doggie treats 4000 Minnetonka Blvd.; 952.922.4000;

The Four Firkins Browse the local beer selection with your discerning pooch 5630 W. 36th St.; 952.938.2847;

Galaxy Drive-In Bring your pooch while you enjoy a superb burger 3712 Quebec Ave S.; 952.277.7777;

Frattallone's Ace Hardware Great nosing around for dog and man (or woman) 5025 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.456.6630;

Filament Lighting This business provided the lighting for Bubbly Paws 5007 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.926.5007;

Finally Spring!

photoFinally!  Today is the first day that it really felt like Spring was here to stay!  Trycia's family was in town this weekend and we had fun showing them around the Twin Cities.  We always tell them how dog friendly Minneapolis is, but today they got to see it first hand!  We took Roxy shopping in Uptown, and everyone had so much fun!  The highlight was the Apple Store and I really have to give them credit for how dog friendly they are.  They have 2 water dishes right as you walk in!  Roxy loved it!  Just think.. Only a few more weeks until the dog friendly patios open!  Soon, we will give you our reviews of the best dog friendly patios in the Twin Cities. Have a good night!




Roxy-1szcAbout 6 months ago we asked one of of our good friends, Jessie Marianello from Stray Dog Arts to paint another picture of Roxy.  I guess a proud doggy poppa can never have too many paintings of Roxy!  Jessie was one of our first doggy daycare customers and she also painted the large picture of Roxy that is hanging in the lobby. Just a few days ago, Jessie dropped off the new painting of Roxy, and it is so AMAZING!  Jessie does such a great job of capturing Roxy's personality and putting into her paintings.  I don't know what else to say, but we are so happy for our amazing new piece of art that is now hanging in our house! Jessie puts this same about of love and energy into all of her paintings.  WE also had Jessie paint a picture of Trycia's sisters dog, Roman, for Christmas 2 years ago!  About 2 years ago I remember when she came running into our lobby to tell us that her work was featured in Bark and Modern Dog Magazine.  I am so proud of all of her success and proud to call her a good friend of ours!

Have a good night!




kin nick the bernese mountain dogKinnick is the largest of all the Bernese Mountain Dogs that come to our doggy daycare weighing in at about 120 pounds.  One way you can tell him apart is by his trademark poofy hair on his head.  Kinnick has been coming to us since he was a puppy and is now almost 3 years old!  It is often asked, "what is up with the name Kinnick"?  His mom went to college at the University of Iowa, and the football stadium is called Kinnick Stadium.  He might be a huge dog, but he loves hanging out with the smaller dogs in Waggers Way or the Canine Cove.  Kinnick is also a regular face at Bubbly Paws and pulls his mom to the door for his nightly treat!

A Special Visit

Roxy at Doggy Daycare in Minneapolis Yesterday I had so much fun at doggy daycare and it involved the 2 ladies in my life (Trycia and Roxy).  We were all in the Doggie Den supervising some of the daycare dogs playing and Roxy was helping us.  Those of you that know her from the lobby know that she like the calm mellow dogs that come in (not the super excited ones that can't wait to get into the play areas).  Roxy does not normally go in the rooms everyday, but her and Trycia are a package deal and they always have to be together.  So Roxy was hanging out and helping us supervise everyone.  Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Even Roxy needs doggy daycare!

roxy at the apple store in uptown minneapolis Every morning Trycia asks Roxy of she wants to "go to work"...  Most of the time she gets really excited, but sometimes she decides that she wants to sleep in.  Today was one of the days that Roxy wanted to "sleep in".  After I left the daycare, I stopped at the dog wash and headed home.  We ate dinner and took Roxy on a long walk and she still has TONS of energy!  All night she has been running around the house wanting to play.  It is super cute, but I also know why everyone loves bringing their pooch to doggy daycare.  Roxy does not go in the play areas often, but she gets so tired from greeting everyone in the lobby!  Just thought I would share a cute story!

Have a good night!



Why people need doggy daycare

Roxy and Zoe tired after doggy daycare Our dog Roxy is 5 and people always wonder why she is so mellow.  It is because she is out of the crazy puppy stage, but she can have her moments when she is wild and crazy!  She gets really tired by just hanging out in the lobby at the doggy daycare!  This week we are dog sitting Roxy's niece, who is 8 months old.  Zoe has so much energy and she is always trying to play with Roxy.  Monday, we took her to doggy daycare and it was so nice to have a super tired puppy at night!  I think Roxy really LOVED having a quiet puppy because that meant she got all of the attention.  Wow!  Sometimes I forget how important doggy daycare is for puppies :)

Have a great day!



Doggy Daycare makes for a tired Roxy

Sabra the Bernese Mountain Dog Many of you get to be greeted by Roxy in the lobby every day and one of the most common questions we get is "dog you bring her to work everyday".  Yes, she comes almost everyday.  Every now and then we do leave her at home, but she really enjoys greeting everyone when they come and she gets really excited for Jim, the mailman who comes at 11am with treats for her everyday!  Surprisingly Roxy gets really tired from being the greeter each day, when she gets home she will nap for a few hours.  I guess it is hard work being "the face" of the PPP.  The reason I bring this up is because today we left her home and now she has LOTS and LOTS  of energy.  We are attempting to play "find it" with treats, but that does not tire her out.

We keep exparamenting with our room configurations, today we tried making one large room (about 4400 sqft) for our waggers way dogs (the other rooms did not change in size.  We basically removed the divider between Waggers Way and the Doggy Den.  This idea came from a few of our employees and I am a big fan of listening to what they have to say and trying it.  The dogs really seem to love this large room and we are going to keep trying it out.

Have a great night!