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Dog Flu in Minnepolis

Over the past week you might have heard lots of talk about the "Dog Flu" in the media. At Pampered Pooch Playground we take your dogs health very seriously and have been monitoring this situation very closely with the help of local vets in the area. 2 weeks ago, there was a large outbreak in Chicago, and only 1 confirmed case in Wisconsin (from a dog that was in the Chicago area). We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and update everyone through Facebook and email. We rely heavily on all of our customers to keep any dog that is acting sick (runny nose, cough, diarrhea, etc) home as we don't want anything to spread. If we notice a sick dog, we will isolate them and ask for the parents to come pick them up. As always if you have questions or concerns, please consult your vet.  For more information from the Univeristy of Minnesota Veterinary Center is available below:

As always, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Keith

Best Of Awards

Stellar-SLPThe other night was the Best of St Louis Park awards and I am so excited that both of our businesses went home with an award! Bubbly Paws, our dog wash won "Best Place to Spoil Your Pooch" and Pampered Pooch Playground, our doggy daycare won "Best Dog Daycare". This is the 3rd year in a row that both our businesses have won a "best of" award and I can't be more proud of our staff who work so hard each day taking care of all the dogs. For a complete list of winners, you can visit the St Louis Park Magazine website. Below is a short list of some of my favorite winners:

Best Bakery - Honey and Rye - They are located down the street from Bubbly Paws and serve up the most amazing coffee and pastries!

Best Fitness Studio - Lifetime Fitness - One of my absolute favorite classes is their Crossfit class (which they call Alpha). You will catch me at that class at least 3 times a week. The trainers are great and we have a small little family!

Best Boutique - Primp - Located at the West End and they are super dog friendly!

Wine and Wag - 2013

wineandwagPampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash are proud to sponsor Wine and Wag presented by the K9 Connection on Wednesday, June 26th!

"Wine & Wag" The annual benefit for Homeward Bound Rescue

Eat. Drink. Save Dogs. The proceeds from ticket sales help provide much-needed medical attention to the dogs of Homeward Bound Rescue (a no-kill shelter).

This tail wagging event will include:

5 courses of gourmet appetizers paired with wine Live music (TBA) Raffle (one entry with ticket purchase, additional tickets available for $5) Gourmet treats for your dog Favor bags with goodies & special offers for you and your pooch

When:Wednesday, June 26th, 6-9:00 pm

Where: Darby's, 401 North 3rd St., Minneapolis

Parking is free in the ramp right next to the Designer Guild Building

Price: $33 Buy your tickets now!

*This is a leashed event, one dog person please

Anniversary Week at Doggy Daycare

aweek Pampered Pooch Playground will be turning 5 this April and we want to thank all of our loyal customers for making this possible.  Join us from April 22-28th for a week long of Special events and goodies at Pampered Pooch Playground.  Our dog wash, Bubbly Paws will be turning 2 years old at the same time and they will also be offering specials.

Click Here to purchase the nail grind special (only available for current customers)

Thanks again for being part of the Pampered Pooch Playground family!

What is the FURminator Treatment?

Furminator treatment minneapolis, mn This might be one of the most common questions we receive from customers, "What is the FURminator?".   We decided to invite Elliot the Pomeranian to come in for a treatment with Ellen to see what it is all about.... And look at all the hair we saved from getting all over their house!!

The treatment includes a bath, nail trim and brush out with special FURminator deShedding tool.  The Ultra Premium Shampoo and Conditioner formulas have been specially formulated to help eliminate odors, provide relief for pet's with itchy skin, bring out the natural shine in light and dull color coats, release tangles in long coats or moisturize the skin and coat with frequent bathing. The FURminator deShedding Tool removes the undercoat and loose hair.

The FURminator is perfect for any size dog with any length of hair.  You can make a reservation for the FURminator treatment by clicking here.

Cheerio - More Fun at Doggy Daycare

From time to time, we enjoy making videos of the Doggy Daycare dogs playing and having a great time while they are at our building.  The past few weeks we have been making short video clips, and we just edited them to music.  Enjoy!  

 

Cheerio at Pampered Pooch Playground from keithppp on Vimeo.

Dog Walking Entertainment

Minneapolis dog walking 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!

Keith

Twin Cities Pride 2012

 

Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash are excited to be part of this years Twin Cities Pride Festival.  Make sure to stop at our booth to see what fun events we have going on (we are just finishing the details).  Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association, which is sponsoring the Doggie Drag Show and the Dog Play Area.  Click here for a handy dandy map of the festival.  Last year, KSTP talked to Keith and Trycia about why they support the Twin Cities Pride Festival, click here to watch it.

Pampered Pooch Playground / Bubbly Paws Booth Information

Stop out at our booth for lots of fun including our Pooch Lounge with free samples of doggy beer, Beds to relax on, Doggy Ice Cream and photo sessions from Modern Life Photo.

Doggy Drag Show Information

Come join the fun at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 23rd. Registration is day of and will open at 2:00 PM.  Sign up at the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association Booth (it will be very close to the Pampered Pooch Playground booth).  There will be a few props available to use, but we strongly suggest bringing your own Doggy Gaga or Elton Dog costume.  The Grand Prize winner gets to be in the Pride Parade Sunday, June 24 and they receive a pretty sweet prize package.  On a side note, Keith will be one of the judges!

Doggy Play Area Information

The Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association is proud to sponsor the Doggy Play Area.  There will be some games and activities for you and your pooch.

Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association Information

Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association.  The The Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association encourages the pursuit of excellence by our member daycares through honest effort, fair play and personal integrity, we will provide appropriate information and resources necessary to promote dog daycares as a viable and safe industry in the Twin Cities and creates a set of standards that each of the members must abide by.  Other members of the group are Downtown Dogs, Dog Day Getaway and Dog Days.

Skippy

Skippy the goldendoodle has been using our doggy daycare and hotel service for over 3 years.  When he gets dropped off, he always turns his head and smiles in excitement... Then he gets even more excited when we take him into the play area where he gets to hang out with all of his doggy friends.  Skippy auditioned for the Sandy in the musical Annie and we gave him a pre-audition bath so he would look his best.  He did not get the part, but if we were the judges, we would have picked him!  Skippy's parents love to send him postcards when they are out of town (we think it is pretty cute as well).  Our facebook fans will remember this video of the postcard Skippy received last spring.

Bean

bean the dog n minneapolis,mnBean is an ex-puppy mill breeding dog and is sometimes shy around our doggy daycare staff.  Bean is really comfortable in the play rooms and enjoys the company of the other dogs!  This past week, Bean spent a few nights boarding in our dog hotel and did great with it!  I am always excited when we see dogs that have been rescued from such poor conditions like a puppy mill, and then the succeed in doggy daycare!  It really is a cinderella story! Have a great afternoon!

Keith