Every year when daylight savings ends we have a fun day of walk-in trims and savings on nail treatments. I am especially excited to have our St Paul store get in on the action this year! It’s always a blast and we get to see so many of our friends get tidied up just in time for the weather to warm up. It’s really nice to have your dog’s feet in particular cleaned up this time of year; whether it’s just a nail grind or your pup needs a paw trim and winter paw treatment, these little things go a long way to help your dog’s feet stay clean and comfortable.
Stop in to either store Sunday March 9th between 10am and 4pm and get sanitary, foot and face trims for $5 each. Nail trims and nail grinds are 50% off ($5 nail trims and $7.50 nail grinds). Winter paw treatment is still available too! No appointments needed but give yourself a little time as there can be a wait. Self-service baths are available as usual until 5pm. We hope to see you and your best buddy there!
Here at Bubbly Paws we consider our dogs a part of our family and we know our customers feel the same way. We go above and beyond to give your pooch the best possible care during the self- or full-service grooming because family members deserve to be treated as such. I know a lot of my friends are dog people and a lot of the dog people I have met through Bubbly Paws have become friends. When my friends adopt a new dog I feel like my family grows a little and like a baby shower I like to give my friends new dog gifts. A close friend recently adopted a puppy and since it is her first dog I wanted to make an extra special gift bag for her. Here are a few of the essentials for a new puppy I got together for her:
Poop Bags! If you work with dogs you see a good deal of dog poop and learn the best way to clean it up. Of all the baggies I’ve come across these are the best! They are biodegradable, easy to open, plenty big and strong. I have never had one rip or fail and I really like the ones with handles for easy tying.
Treats! New additions of the four legged kind can always use some training to get used to being in a new family, even when adopting an older dog. I love small wet treats for training that are easy to eat and the right size that you don’t feel bad giving them a handful during a training session.
Chew toys! Puppies in particular need to keep their mouths busy with appropriate toys so they don’t destroy shoes or other things. I love toys that are tough and have a place to stuff in a treat. This provides excellent entertainment for a dog while teaching them what they are supposed to chew on.
Antler chews! These have gained a ton of popularity recently. Antler chews are good for sensitive stomachs, last a long time and great for dental health. I think they can be used to help crate train a dog by giving them something safe and engaging to enjoy while kenneled.
My friend happens to be a fan of micro-brewed beer so I made this gift beer themed with some treats and a bottle of dog beer. A nice Bubbly Paws gift card is the final touch for a perfect new puppy gift! I hope she and the puppy enjoy all their goodies!
The past few days, Trycia and I were on vacation enjoying some warm weather and taking a few days to de-stress. I love going away because I feel it really gives me time to get away from both of our businesses, but also lets me focus more on how to improve what we are already doing and re-focus on things that we can improve on. I guess some of your best work can be done on the beach, drinking a cocktail while using an iPad (can you tell it is hard for me to disconnect). Anyway…. Many of our customers know how much we try to have our employees provide an amazing experience each time someone walks through the door…. Well, for once we were on the other side of it. Trycia wrote a Tripadvisor review of the hotel we were staying at, which was a very honest review. She gave the hotel 4 out of 5 stars and mentioned that not all of the hotel staff we extra friendly, but just were going through the motions of their job (nothing bad, nothing good, they were just there). She posted this review the day before we left. Our last morning at the hotel, 3 members of management (at different times) came up to us to make sure everything was ok. They mentioned they saw the review and wanted to know how they could improve. Each person we talked to really did care about the review, and they were not just going through the motions to make us happy. They comped our lunch and just wanted to make sure we left with a smile on our face, which we were already going to do before they talked to us! This was a great lesson in customer service for us, and made us think about how we would handle the same situation of we were running the hotel. All this being said, we had a great vacation, and would recommend this hotel to friends even before they reacted to the review we wrote.
I mention all of this because we always want to go above what is expected at Bubbly Paws, and 99% of the time we do! If there is ever an issue, please feel free to reach out to myself, or Lill (our general manager). We always want everyone to be happy when they leave (including the dogs). This blog post is not me asking people to go on Yelp, Facebook or Foursquare to write a review (Personal note, I am not a fan of review sites, and always take the reviews with a grain of salt, we can go into more detail about that another time), but let us know how we can make things better!
Have a great day, and we are so excited to be back in the snow!
We Minnesotans are used to the cold winters but over the next few days we are going to have record cold temperatures. This extreme weather can pose a risk to our pets, just like high heat in the summer. While dogs have fur coats to keep them warm most inside dogs do not have thick enough coats to keep them warm outside for long periods. The most important thing to do in this weather is keep your pets indoors as much as possible. Some health conditions can be aggravated by the cold like arthritis so keep a close watch on your pet and if they are shivering, seems anxious or weak contact your vet right away. The salt and ice can be hard on your dog’s paws so protect them with our Winter Paw Treatment or booties and make sure ice does not accumulate on your dogs paws. Also be sure to wipe off their feet when you come in from a walk to remove the salt so they don’t lick it off. Antifreeze and de-icers can be deadly for pets so keep them away from common winter chemicals. Trimming the hair on your dogs’ legs and feet can also help prevent them tracking in snow and ice (may we recommend a professional to do it :). If you’d like more information about keeping your pet safe this guide from the American Veterinary Medical Association is great.
When coming in for self-service baths please make sure to leave extra time for drying, we want our customers to be clean and safe! Stay warm out there from all of us at Bubbly Paws!
I really like the holiday season. Not the cold or the snow or the icy chill but because it is a great time to reflect back on the year and spend time with the people (and dogs) that are most important. Franklin and I have so much to be thankful for this year. In addition to celebrating three years since I started being his caretaker we also had our two year anniversary of working at Bubbly Paws. It has been such a big year for Bubbly Paws! We were so happy to work in the opening of the new St Paul store and see it become a great success. We also started Give Back Week to take time every month to help local pet rescues. We have added two amazing groomers and many new staff to our team. We just found out we are again up for two awards in the Best of St Louis Park Magazine and we could not be more proud of the hard work that everyone put in to make it happen. Providing great service, gentle touch and low stress grooming to the twin cities makes us so happy!
Maybe you’ve noticed Frank hasn’t been around much over the last month. He had a health crisis when we discovered an aggressive tumor on his hip. With help from family and friends, many Bubbly Paws related, we raised funds for his surgery and he is now on the road to recovery and has a great prognosis. It means so much to be part of a community that loves dogs and is ready to step up and help when the need arises. I know Franklin has been really wanting to be back at work but right now he needs rest to recover from surgery but we are both very hopeful that Frank will be back in action towards the end of December.
Here’s hoping you and your pooch have a very happy holiday season! We have all sorts of goodies here to let you show your dog how much you love them and even photo sessions if you need a cute picture for a holiday card. We are also sponsors of the Great Minnesota Pet Food Drive if you have extra pet food or to help get into the giving spirit. We are so thankful for our awesome customers and clients!
On Saturday, December 7th, make sure to check out the Grand Meander on Grand Ave in Saint Paul. Trolly Rides, Sales, and lots of entertainment will be available from the stores on Grand Ave.
Bubbly Paws has teamed up with Eva North Photography to offer a holiday themed photo shoot at our Grand Avenue location on Saturday, December 7th and raise money for The Pet Project. For more information and to sign up, please click here to be re-directed to the Eva North Photography website.
Christmas Cards or Prints Sessions
$85 Session Fee (plus tax)
15 minute holiday themed studio session for 1-2 pets
8+ digitally enhanced and finished images in an online gallery
$15 donation to The Pet Project
25 Holiday Cards with envelopes (choose design below) or 2 5×7 archival quality prints
$5 coupon off a bath at Bubbly Paws
Digital Download Session
$50 Session Fee (plus tax)
15 minute holiday themed studio session for 1-2 pets
8+ digitally enhanced and finished images in an online gallery
$10 donation to The Pet Project
1 image file digital download
$5 coupon off a bath at Bubbly PawsCLICK HERE FORM MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE.
You may have seen her in our news feed over the last few weeks, Lois is living with Frank and I while she waits for her forever home to find her. Since I personally know Lois, her bio here will be a little more detailed than most of the featured adoptables we do.
Lois is about seven years old ended up at the pound as a stray this spring. She is about 35 pounds and is a pit bull mix. After sitting there for way too long for such a nice middle-aged girl she was rescued by Save-a-Bull Rescue and fostered by a veterinarian and animal behaviorist where she was put through basic obedience class and readjusted to living in a home. Her other foster needed somewhere for Lois to go in October and Frank and I stepped up to care for her.
There are so many good things to say about Lois I will start with the bad: Lois should not live with cats. That’s about it. She has a big bark but does not use it much, she loves food and should not be left unattended in the kitchen but shows great restraint when supervised. Lois has wonderful house manners, she won’t make a mess or eat your shoes (or anything else she shouldn’t). She is fine in a kennel but will bark for the first few minutes after being kenneled. While working at Bubbly Paws she has shown that she loves people of all ages and even mail carriers, delivery people and uniformed police officers. She is also good with dogs of all sizes and attitudes. Lois walks very nicely on a leash and will politely greet dogs or walk on by, whatever you feel like doing is fine with her.
Lois does love food! She gets very excited for treats and bounces around but when you go to give her one she takes it so very gently. She knows most basic commands. Lois really wanted to help herself to all the goodies we have at Bubbly Paws when she first started but quickly learned “leave it” which also works at home. She snores, even when awake, and is happy to sleep on her bed but wouldn’t say no if you invited her up to sleep with you. She also knows not to go on the couch but if you are relaxing there she may want to snuggle up and join you. Lois is great because she can take long walks and be quite active but is also happy to hang out at home and is perfectly calm (until it’s treat time!).
What Lois loves most (even more than treats) is attention from her people. She wants to be in the room you are and nicely follows her favorite person. She is happy to get pats, praise, even being picked up or bathed just so she is getting attention. I think Lois’ perfect home would be an only dog home or have one other mellow dog. She likes to cuddle up to Frank so the dog she lives with will have to be ok with that. But she would be happy with a single person or a big family, living in a house or an apartment, she could fit in anywhere. Most important is someone to give her all the love she deserves (which is a ton since she is such a nice and well behaved dog)!
If you are looking for a ready made family dog, consider Lois. Here bio is here where you can read more about her and submit an adoption application.
As you know at Bubbly Paws Dog Wash, we always put the health and safety of your pooch first. The past few days, there has been lets of news about Chicken Jerky Treats that are imported from China. We do sell chicken jerky treats, but the chicken is sourced from local farms outside of Boston. They are 100% manufactured in the United States of America. I just contacted the company where we get our bulk treats, and they re-confirmed everything I stated above. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the products we sell, please ask. You can read more about the imported Chicken Jerky treats here, or watch the NBC News story below.
From The AP:
WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats.
In a notice to consumers and veterinarians published Tuesday, the agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died.
The FDA says its Center for Veterinary Medicine has run more than 1,200 tests, visited pet treat manufacturing plants in China and worked with researchers, state labs and foreign governments but still hasn’t determined the cause of the pet illness.
The FDA says pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms within hours of eating the jerky treats.
Just because Give Back Week is over it doesn’t mean we are taking time off from helping our community. This low cost vaccine clinic helps people in Minneapolis get affordable vaccines and microchips for their pets. Bubbly Paws is giving volunteers $5 off coupons for self-service baths for their help. Spread the word to help dogs and cats get the preventative care they need and if you can, volunteer!
Don’t forget that Woof n’ Treat is a fundraiser for Homeward Bound Rescue, we hope to see you and your pooch out in your best costumes for lots of treats (and maybe you can show us some of your dog’s tricks)!