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Highway 7 and 100 Bridge

The bridge for Highway 7 that goes over Highway 100 has been closed for construction for the next 8 months. I highly suggest downloading the Waze App for you iPhone or Android phone as it will route you the fastest way based on crowd sourced traffic.  The Minnetonka Blvd. bridge has been re-opened or you can use the detour below.  If you ever get lost or need directions, just call or text us. For our customers that come from the uptown area please use the following detour:

  • Take Highway 7 (lake St) to the closure, and turn left onto Beltline Blvd
  • Turn Right on 36th St
  • Turn Right on Wooddale
  • Turn Left on Highway 7
  • Turn Right on Louisiana Ave
  • Take the first Roundabout and exit on Walker St

Run Tilda... Run!

A few weeks ago Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash sponsored the Fast and the Furry 5K and 8K run in St Paul.  This race benefits local pet recuses and is one of our favorite events of the year.  You might have seen some of the PPP Staff running, but what really caught my attention was Matilda the Vizsla, who ran the 8K with 6 minute miles and finished in 4th place!  Matilda is a regular at doggy daycare and she is obviously super fast!  You can read more about her race on her mom's blog.

Have a great day!

Keith

Blue-Green Algae Warning

Here is some important information from the KARE 11 Website.  

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) confirmed Monday that it was blue-green algae toxins that resulted in the death of a Douglas County dog last week. The death was reported to Douglas County Sheriff's deputies last Thursday.

Steven Heiskary, a research scientist at the MPCA, confirmed that the toxins killed the canine. In 2014, the MPCA received reports of three dog deaths due to blue-green algae toxins. One of the toxins attacks the liver while the other attacks the brain.

"The danger here is that both of these toxins are very dangerous," said Dr. Ahna Brutlag, Associate Director of Veterinary Services at Pet Poison Hot Line. "So, it does not take an ingestion of very much water with blue-green algae in it to potentially be fatal to an animal or certainly to cause very significant sickness."

"Blue-green blooms are common in Minnesota," said Heiskary. "We cannot predict exactly which ones are toxic and which ones are not. As for the actual dog deaths, these are not real common."

Both Brutlag and Heiskary said the best way for owners to prevent danger from the toxins to their pets is to keep them out of water with blue-green algae. Typically, the water takes on a pea-soup green color and is no longer clear.

"Keep the pets out. Keep the kids out, just under those kinds of conditions," said Heiskary.

Brutlag pointed out that time is critical when a dog becomes ill after drinking or swimming in water with the algae. Pet owners can contact the Pet Poison Helpline at www.petpoisonhelpline.com or 1-800-213-6680 or rush the pet to a veterinary clinic immediately, day or night.

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!

The Great Minnesota Pet Food Drive

Pampered Pooch Playground is a founding member of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Assoication, which helps to set standards of care in the pet care industry.  We have teamed up for a friendly competition with the other members (Downtown Dogs, Dog Day Getaway, Dog Days, and Camp Bow Wow - Burnsville) to see which doggy daycare can raise the most food for local pet rescues between November 1st - December 15th! (last year we came in 2nd place)!

You can drop off food (opened bags must be taped closed), toys, bedding or treats at Pampered Pooch Playground.  You can also donate money in our lobby!

For every $5 or 5 Pounds of food you donate, you will receive 1 entry into our weekly drawing for prizes!

This week's prize is: The chance to be the dog of the month for January.  Prize package includes a photo session with Eva Noth photography and a free print.

Thanks for helping out the dogs in need this holiday season!

Dog Of The Month - July

We have teamed up with our good friend Eva Noth Photography to present "Dog of the Month".  Each month we will have a different theme, and our staff will vote on who the best fit for the theme is.  Any dog that comes to doggy daycare or spends the night in our hotel is eligible to become "Dog of the Month".  In July our theme was "Best Lobby Greeter" and Mack, one of our employees dogs won!  We would not normally pick a staff dog, but this was the first month of doing it.  The winning dog gets the honor of their picture hanging in the lobby for the following month and they receive a free photo session with Eva Noth Photography!

Mack is a Lab, Basset Hound, Visla mix that was adopted through Second Hand HoundsJess, our manager and Mack's doggy momma loves to outfit Mack with stylish bandannas and collars.  Jess and Mack have also been known to have matching bandannas!  Next time you stop in, Mack will give you a great greeting in the lobby!

You can contact Eva Noth Photography by Clicking Here or calling 612-217-0579.

Twin Cities Pride 2014

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.

Red Lake Rosie's

For the past 7 weeks, Pampered Pooch Playground and other members of the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association have been collecting food and money for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.  You can donate in our lobby until December 15th!!  Watch the video below to see exactly where the food and money is going!  

Linden Hills Woofstock 2013

It is no secret... The Linden Hills Woofstock is on of our favorite events of the year, which is why we have sponsored it for the the past 5 years!  Last Saturday, Todd Walker from FOX 9 stopped out to the Bubbly Paws booth to see what fun things we had going on.  A big thanks to Off Leash Collars for use of Ping (the black lab).  Also featured in the segment is Kay Elliott who wrote the children's book, SunDogs.