Every now and then we have a customer ask “Why don’t you carry Flexi or retractable leashes at Bubbly Paws (our sister business). We don’t carry these types of leashes for many reasons; one of which is that I have seen too many injuries and incidents related to these types of leashes.
If you do use a Flexi Leash, please make sure to lock the leash at about 2 feet long when stopping into our doggy daycare or other businesses to make sure your dog is easily controlled. Most cities including Minneapolis, Edina, Saint Paul, and Bloomington all have regulations saying the leash can’t be longer than 6 feet. Just because your dog is friendly to other dogs and loves to run up and greet them, does not all dogs enjoy dogs running up to them. Always ask dog owners first before the dog runs up. Also, be very careful of getting burned by the Flexi Leash, I have a leash burn on my leg from a dog that was running into our doggy daycare on an unlocked leash. If you are looking for some great alternatives to flexi leashes, we have some great selections at Bubbly Paws or on ShopBubbly.com. Do a quick image search on Google for “Flexi Leash Injury” and you will see the possible harm that can come to humans and dogs from these leashes. Below is a great article from the Dogginton Post about the Dangers of Flexi Leashes and how to use them responsibly.
—-One of the most popular devices used to restrain dogs when taking them out for a walk is the retractable leash. Many owners, however, wonder if such a leash is appropriate or even safe to use. Well, the answer generally depends on a person’s reason for using the device. While there are several ways to utilize the retractable leash properly, it is important to remember that they also pose some danger to you and your dog if not used correctly.
Before using a retractable leash, make certain you’ve got one that’s strong enough to handle your dog. Dogs that have a tendency to bolt or take off running after perceived prey should never be restrained with a retractable leash. Aside from those dangers, there are other things to keep in mind when using one of these popular leashes.
What You Need to Watch Out For
· Prickling leash burns. Retractable leashes, especially the thin string variety, can very easily cause leash burns. This could happen when you let your pooch race past you with the retractable line zipped up across your bare skin. Unwarranted injuries, however, can be prevented if you try the flat, tape style retractable leash.
· Entanglement or strangulation. Not only can retractable leashes burn us, they can also get twisted around a dog’s neck or legs. Worse, if your pooch panics and jerks the moment they get hog-tied; it could cause the leash to pull even tighter. Although you can loosen the cords that have wrapped around his neck, the situation could quickly become life-threatening.
· Fatal accidents. There are times when our dogs dart away all of a sudden, and with a retractable leash on him, your dog might dart even farther, faster. Nevertheless, it’s the reeling that’s a serious issue here. It is possible that Fido may spot a squirrel or anything interesting across the street, and suddenly take off after it. If you’re not alert enough, his abrupt behavior and an un-sturdy retractable leash could put him smack on the road, right in front of a speeding car.
Other Things You Would Never Want to Happen
· The leash drops. Because these leashes rarely have a wrist strap and are sometimes heavy and bulky, dropping them is a regular occurrence. What’s worse, if you drop the handle, the lack of tension can send the heavy handle hurdling toward your dog. Not only could the heavy leash handle smack your dog in the head, if your dog is spooked by the leash handle zipping deafeningly toward him, he may take off running.
· The cord is grabbed. If you grab the cord/tape while it is being pulled from the handle, you might suffer from immediate injury like cuts and burns.
· The cord wraps around you. Poor handling can also cause the cord/tape to twist around you or someone else’s fingers resulting in deep wounds, or worse, amputation.
· The collar breaks or comes off your dog. The moment this occurs, the leash could retract at top speed while the other end of the line whips around at the same full momentum leading to serious injuries to face, teeth, and eyes.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!