As many of you have noticed, we have very limited availability for doggy daycare and boarding until Monday, April 6th because of spring break. This year, spring break has been a little different than normal. In years past Minneapolis, Edina, and St Louis Park all had different weeks for their spring break... This year all these cities have the same week for spring break, and then it is followed directly by Easter weekend.
Each day, we limit the number of dogs in our care to make sure each dog gets enough love and attention, but we also want to make sure we create a safe and not over-crowded daycare setting. Because out hotel is so full with the spring break guests, we have to cut way back on the amount of daycare dogs we accept during this time.... We really hate to say we are full and add people to our waiting list, but this is just a very busy time for us.
Now would be a great time to make your April Doggy Daycare reservations, just click here.
Thanks so much for your Patience, and things should be back to normal on Monday, April 6th!
Have a safe spring break!
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!
I can honestly say that I love being a co-owner of Pampered Pooch Playground. One of the highlights of going to work is getting to know all of our wonderful customers that trust us with their dogs each day! Recently one of our first customers, Mojo, moved to another state. Their dog was one of the first that came to our daycare almost 7 years ago when we opened. I could honestly remember who their dog played with, and which days of the week they would come (Tuesday and Thursday). Every morning when Mojo walked in, he would always try to play with Roxy... Sometimes it worked :) We are really going to miss Mojo! To show the love we have with our staff and customers, Mojo's picture was on our facebook page.. About 80% of the people that liked the picture were past or present Pampered Pooch Playground employees! That's pretty cool!!
I honestly love being this involved int he day-to-day operations of Pampered Pooch Playground. One of the most common questions we receive is "when are you going to open another location"... I always respond the same way... "Never, there is no way we could be this involved with more dog daycare locations". I honestly feel that as a doggy daycare grows and opens more locations, the quality of service and care goes down. Doggy Daycare is much like a school, you want to know the principal, teachers and staff that will be taking care of your child; the same goes for doggy daycare! There is no way I could be at 2 locations every morning!! We love the size that we are, and think it works perfect! And honestly, I never want to sit at a desk :)
Have a great day and thanks so much for supporting our small business!
Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash are excited to take part in the 2014 Twin Cities Pride Festival. Make sure to stop over to our booth for lots of pride related fun including some cool decorating of your pooch (details very soon)! Pampered Pooch Playground is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association who will be sponsoring the Doggy Drag Show which is hosted by Falen from the Dave Ryan Morning Show on 101.3 KDWB.
The entire Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association (Downtown Dogs, Dog Days, Dog Day Getaway, Camp Bow Wow - Burnsville and Pampered Pooch Playground) will be collaborating with Twin Cities Pride for this outrageously fun event!
The Doggy Drag Show takes place in the Pet Central Section, conveniently located across from the Beer Garden. Come join the fun at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 29th. Registration is day of and will open at 10:00 AM. Entries limited to first 20 registrants.
All participants get a ribbon. For Best in Show, Best Male Cross Dresser, Best Female Cross Dresser there will be amazing prize baskets for the winners!
Just go to a thrift store and let your fun and creativity flow! Thrift stores have wigs, neck ties, nighties and more.
The show is in the Pet Central Green Space. Look for the table and the sign.
Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and Pampered Pooch Playground are proud to be the PRESENTING sponsors of the Linden Hills Woofstock. We have sponsored this great dog event for the past 5 years and this year will be even better! Stop back soon to see what great events we have planned at our booths this year! For more information on Woofstock, click here.
One thing I have noticed when talking with new customers about our doggy daycare is their surprise when we talk about how nice out outside area is. Outside we have about 3000 SQFT of space for dogs to run and play, all made up of recycled sports turf. The turf we used is from an old sports stadium in Arizona! We love the turf and we are able to keep it much cleaner than traditional grass (which gets muddy), woodchips (that always smell) and gravel (that flies everywhere when dogs run). We really did put much thought into what makes an AMAZING outside play area that can hold up to a Minneapolis winter. Now that the weather is warmer we have also turned out the outside webcam so you can check out all the fun. We take the dogs outside about every hour and they all love getting the fresh air! When we were looking for buildings, finding one that could handle a large outside play area was very important to us. I am so glad that we were able to create such an amazing space! Have a great day!
Pampered Pooch Playground Owners: Trycia and Keith Miller Services: Dog day care, boarding
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; pamperedpoochplayground.com
Owners: Trycia and Keith Miller Services: Self-serve or full-service dog washing, grooming Hangers-on: Roxy the Bernese mountain dog
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; bubblypaws.com
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; primpyourself.com
Lululemon Stop in with your dog and get a treat 1639 West End Blvd.; 763.545.9069; lululemon.com
McCoy’s Public House Dogs can hang out and get treats on the patio 3801 Grand Way; 952.224.9494; mccoyspublichouse.com
Yum! Free house-made doggie treats 4000 Minnetonka Blvd.; 952.922.4000; yumkitchen.com
The Four Firkins Browse the local beer selection with your discerning pooch 5630 W. 36th St.; 952.938.2847; thefourfirkins.com
Galaxy Drive-In Bring your pooch while you enjoy a superb burger 3712 Quebec Ave S.; 952.277.7777; galaxy-drivein.com
Frattallone's Ace Hardware Great nosing around for dog and man (or woman) 5025 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.456.6630; frattallones.com
Filament Lighting This business provided the lighting for Bubbly Paws 5007 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.926.5007; filamentlighting.com