pooch vision

Back to Doggy Daycare

The past few days Trycia and I were on vacation in Kauai.  We always take a trip in September, since this is when our dog hotel service slows down a little bit and it is easier for us to get away.  It is always hard for us to leave the doggy daycare since it really is our baby!  We have a great set of employees starting with our managers, Ellen, Jamie, Melissa and Vanessa and our dog handlers are top notch, but it is always hard to trust "our baby" in other peoples hands.  Anyway, we had lots of fun on vacation and always managed to check in daily!  While we were in Kauai, one of our customers send me a message on Facebook with some places we had to check out.  One of the "must eat" places was Pat's Taquerua which was a taco truck on the beach!  The food was great, but I think we had even more fun petting their dog!  Everyone we talked to always so fascinated by the doggy daycare and they had a bunch of questions on how it worked.  We talked to one couple from Texas and they were all upset that the doggy daycare that they used did not have an iPhone app and they were unable to watch their dog.All in all it was a great relaxing vacation, but we are always happy to be back!  I was already at the daycare within 2 hours of landing in Minneapolis.

Have a great night!

Keith

 

iPhone Update

We just released the latest version of "Pooch Vision" which is our app for the iPhone.  This being the 4th version, we think is is the best yet.  We have made it possible to pay for doggy daycare and soon you will be able to check your pooch out before you even walk into our building (we are waiting on an update to our software for this and have been pushing the company for this feature for 2 years).  We are all about making life easy for you, but also connecting you to your pooch.  The whole purpose for the iPhone app is to allow you to watch your dog while they are playing at doggy daycare.  Webcams provide a great sense of security and let you know how we operate.  You can also read our blog, make reservations, and keep up on the latest dog events in Minneapolis.

In January we will be doing some remodeling in the 2 big dog rooms, and we will be adding more webcams, so watching your pooch will be even more fun!  Many daycares have contacted me asking "why would you have an iPhone app and webcams"... My response has always been "why the heck not"... Our app might not be as cool as the Starbucks app where you can pay at register by letting them scan your phone, but we are getting closer and closer to that!  We are still one of the few dog daycares in the country that have their own iPhone app which is a free download.

Those that don't have an iPhone, we also have "Pooch Vision" available for the droid and blackberry.

Have a great night!

Keith

Apple Store and Drinks with Roxy

Roxy out for drinks in Minneapolis, MNTonight there was a dog friendly event at the Apple Store in Minneapolis (uptown).  Many of you know how much I love Apple, and all the employees were loving our  iPhone app, Pooch Vision (we were the first daycare and still one of the few that has their own app).  The Apple Store is always dog friendly, but it was pretty cool to see 30 dogs all behaved and having fun there!  Our friends from Sidewalk Dog gave a preview of their new website, and Sarah Beth Photography talked about how she edits photos on a Mac. After we left this great event, Trycia and I walked a few feet down the street and decided to stop and get a drink.  What I really love about Minneapolis is how dog friendly it is!  So here we are sitting on the patio drinking with Roxy next to us (well sometimes she decided it was a good idea to lay in the sidewalk!!).

Now I need to apologize for not blogging much this week!  I have been battling a pretty nasty sinus infection and just wanted to take it easy!!

Have a good night!

Keith

 

Gotta love technology

Lobster at dog daycareI am not gonna lie.. I am a total computer geek...  The cool thing about that is that PPP keeps staying on top of the technology!  How many daycares have their own iPhone, Android and Blackberry app?  (if you want ours, it is free, just download "Pooch Vision" in the app store).  I logged onto facebook tonight when I got home and saw that Lobster's mom took a screen shot on her iPhone of Lobster in the room and put it on her page. So many of her friends were jealous that she can watch Lobster anywhere while he is having fun at doggy daycare :)  It was cool to see the responses!  (Side note... PPP was the first and still one of the few daycares to have their own app) This makes me think that streaming the webcams to our website is so 2010!!!  Watch out.. What will we do next? Have a good night!

Keith

PPP Technology Update

Ollie the Yellow Lab Puppy at Doggy Daycare Those of you that are on our email list found out about the update to our photo gallery where you can download the pictures of your pooch.  We do charge for this, but the money raised will be donated to local pet rescues!  One thing I did not mention in the email is our new Android App.  Just log on to the Android App store and download "Pooch Vision".  We are proud to be the first and still one of the few doggy daycares in the country with an iPhone and now an Android app.  What is next?? BlackBerry!

Have a good night.

Keith

iPhone Users

jackson the collieJust about 2 years ago, we were the first doggy daycare to create our own iPhone app and we just made it better.  Look for the update in the app store.  If you have not already downloaded the app, you can search for "Pooch Vision" in the app store.  Very few dog daycares have an app, and we are the only one in the Twin Cities to offer this.  We know we could charge $2 or $3 for the app, but decided to give it away because "why should you have to pay to watch your pooch play??"  New in this update is the option to make reservations and you can shake to change cameras.  We will continue to lead the doggy daycare industry with the use of technology and keep updating things as we can.  If you have any ideas of what we can do, please let me know. Jackson, the collie's dad is one of our many customers that has downloaded "Pooch Vision".

Have a good night.

Keith