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For the 3rd year in a row, we are excited to help sponsor the Doggy Drag show at Twin Cities Pride this weekend!  The show starts at 3pm in the Pet Central area, but you can register and style your pooch starting at 10am.  There will be some items to dress your pooch in, but you are encouraged to come with an outfit :) .  Sign up at the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association booth (at the entrance to the pet central dog park).  Happy pride!dog drag show at twin cities pride

Matilda the Vizsla gets ready for the 5K in St Paul

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

 

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.

The dog flu has not come to the Twin Cities, but KARE 11 stopped out to our doggy daycare to see how we are preparing incase it spreads to the Twin Cities. We keep a close eye on the outbreak and will keep our customers updated.

 
Dog Flu Update from keithppp on Vimeo.

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

dog on spring break in minneapolis

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!

Keith

 

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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!

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 BakeryHoney and Rye – They are located down the street from Bubbly Paws and serve up the most amazing coffee and pastries!

Best Fitness StudioLifetime 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 BoutiquePrimp – Located at the West End and they are super dog friendly!

Writing the software guide for our new software package.

Writing the software guide for our new software package.

For the past 6 months I have been working on a very exciting project… Building custom doggy daycare software.  The program we have been using, was a great program when we opened and the world ran on Windows XP… Since that time, the company that designed the program refuses to support it and there are not many choices for such a small industry.  The program we are using was once the industry standard, but now it just seems like there is a bunch of super glue and duct tape holding it together and I was our IT department when something broke.

About a year ago, we decided it was time for a change, I looked at all the software packages that were out there, and found something wrong with each of them.  Basically, we would have to change our policies or the way we do business to adapt to a software program, rather than having the program adapt to us.  Also, many of the programs could not import our information.  Last summer, we signed up with the leading online dog daycare program and were ready to make the switch… But then I got cold feet, because it was just not what we needed or wanted and the processes did not flow the way we worked!

So after much thought, we decided to create our own custom software program.  I hooked up with a great programmer, that fully understood everything we wanted to accomplish.  For the past few weeks our managers have been using it, and working out any kinks that there might be.  I have to say, I am very excited to start using this program and know our customers are going to love it.  Once we get going, customers will have so much access to information and real time stats to see if there are any openings for doggy daycare.  With this new program, we will also cut down on the amount of paper we use each day, and all of our process will run much smoother.  I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner!

Over the next few weeks, we will begin the transition to this new cloud based package.  Like any new program, there is always a learning curve for our staff so things might take a little longer, but in the end it will be well worth it.  We just put the package through an extensive independent security audit to make sure all the data was safe and we met all PCI guidelines, and it passed with flying colors! In about a month, all of our customers will be able to log in and manage their reservations, buy dog daycare packages, complete the express check in forms, and send us love notes :) (seriously, you can send us love notes, ha).

We are so excited and hope all of our customers are as excited as I am.