chicago

Chicago Trip

ginger the Rottweiler puppyThe past 2 days I took a quick trip home to Chicago to visit my family and my Brothers new Rottweiler puppy.  Ginger is 12 weeks old and about to start doggy daycare at my friends doggy daycare (some of PPP is modeled after this location).  I went to lunch with my friend who owns it and we were "talking shop" and wow, there is so much in common between the two places! Now I am back in time to watch my Chicago White Sox take on the Twins!

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Keith

 

Happy Birthday Little Max

Little Max at doggie daycare I think Max is one of the most popular dog names, so sometime we get creative when describing which max is which.  Meet "Little Max", while he might not be the smallest Max who comes to doggy daycare, everyone know which Max he is!  Last Friday he celebrated his Birthday at Pampered Pooch Playground with all of his doggy daycare friends!  When not playing with all of his doggy friends, he loves to lay on the bed in the Canine Cove.

On a side note, we try really hard to treat our doggy daycare staff like family and create a fun workplace!  One of our past employees (Erin O), moved back to Chicago this past summer and she was looking for jobs.  My friends doggy daycare was looking for a new employee, and today is her first day working there!  How cool is that?!

Have a great day!

Keith

Off to the show!

Buckley the Bernese Mountain Dog at doggy daycare As many of you know we love to support local companies (since we are a local company) and we use locally made Topline Canine shampoo and conditioner in our grooming salon.  Topline Canine is made by one of our customers and it is a product I really believe in and we were the first business in the country to sell it!  So the owner of the company asked if I would help represent him at a large pet expo in Chicago!  How could I pass that up?  Trycia and I were planning on attending the show anyway and it is geared to pet business owners.  So this weekend I will be there talking about how great Topline is and getting new and fresh ideas for our retail area.  This show is like NYC's fashion week for pet businesses and this is our first year attending it.  There are lots of industry people that I am really interested to meet and share ideas with.

Have a great weekend!

Keith

Welcome to the 2000's

Bruno the Miniature Pinscher Many of you know that I am originally from the Chicago area and one of my good friends owns a doggy daycare just outside Chicago.  Surprisingly Pampered Pooch Playground is very similar to their daycare.  This past week, they just turned on their webcams so customers can watch their dogs play!  Over the past few weeks I remotely configured the webcams for them so they would stream.  If you want to check them out, just click here.  Funny, the cameras look the same as the Pampered Pooch Playground webcams.

Have a great day!

Keith

We're a Leader

Tank is one of the regular faces who boards in our hotel.  Tank might be one of the older guys, but he enjoys being around the smaller dogs and likes to watch them play. There are many doggy daycares that look at our business model and want to know how we do things.  There is a new dog daycare that is opening in Chicago, and they wanted me to come in and install their webcams.  I love to help out a new business, and really enjoy helping them out, plus it is always fun to see other dog daycares and how they do things.  So this weekend I am in Chicago installing webcams.

Oh, we have something really cool in the works for the Super Bowl, we are working on our own version of the Twin Cities Puppy Bowl.  The website is not up yet, but you can become a fan on facebook.

Have a good weekend!

Keith