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Even though she does not look so happy, this Newfie puppy will be good for her bath since she has had lots of practice!

Even though she does not look so happy, this Newfie puppy will be good for her bath since she has had lots of practice!

I’ve been asked a lot recently about how to get the most out of our self-service wash and tips and tricks to make it easier on both you and your pooch. Here are my secrets to a successful visit to Bubbly Paws!

1) Start with a “dry run”: If your dog is uncomfortable in new situations, gets nervous or is just plain young or new to you its great to come in without plans to actually do a bath. Bring a pocketful of your dog’s favorite treats and come in during a quiet time (weekday mornings are great). You and your dog can look around, your dog can get treats and check out our selection of toys and goodies. When you come back to do a self-service bath your dog will remember how much fun they had last time and you will know your way around the store.

2)Take advantage of our shampoo and towels: We dilute our shampoo to make it easy to use but it also means you want to make sure to use enough. Be generous when shampooing your dog, take your time and work up a good lather before rinsing. Use a lot of towels too! We will bring you as many as you need so a thorough towel dry will make blow drying easier on you and your dog.

3) Happy Hoodies, use them: We provide ear covers for dogs during the drying process. Covering their ears muffles the noise of the drier and keeps the air from tickling their ears. While some dogs don’t care for the ear covers, they can really help dogs that are afraid of the drier. Having a few treats is never a bad idea as well.

4) Ask for what you need: Our staff are always nearby if you have a question or if there is something that might make self-service easier for you. We know a lot of little hints that can make you and your dog have a better time.

5) Practice makes perfect: Nothing makes giving your dog a bath easier than if you both know what to expect. We always recommend starting early and often to get your dog accustomed to being bathed and groomed. After your first visit both you and your dog will be more comfortable in Bubbly Paws and you will know exactly what you need to do a great job.

If self-service sounds like a chore don’t fear! Our groomers have the experience to give your dog the best grooming around with a gentle touch to boot. Whichever option is right for your dog never worry about leaving the mess with us!

 

I am so honored that Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and Spa has been nominated as “Best Groomer” by the readers of the St Louis Park Magazine for the 3rd year in a row!  We have 3 wonderful dog groomers at our St Louis Park store and all do an amazing job!  Click here for more information or to buy tickets to the awards!  A complete list of nominations is below:

All finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Listed order of finalists in no way implies number of votes or final result.

Bakery: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

Burgers: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, Burger Jones, Park Tavern

Tavern or Bar: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, McCoy’s Public House, Park Tavern

Kid-friendly restaurant: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, Park Tavern, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

New restaurant: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Urban Sub, Yard House

Patio dining: Cooper Irish Pub, Crave, Rojo Mexican Grill

Bartender: Chelsea Carson-Steel Toe Brewing Tap Room, Shaun Farrow-Yard House

Date night spot: Crave, Mill Valley Kitchen, Rojo Mexican Grill

Place for craft beer on tap: McCoy’s Public House, Steel Toe Brewing, Yard House

Dessert spot: Mill Valley Kitchen, Park Yogurt, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

Chiropractic clinic: Boulevard Chiropractic Clinic, Lake Pointe Chiropractic & Wellness, West End Chiropractic and Wellness,

Dental clinic: Metro Dentalcare, Park Dental, Tranquility Dental,

Orthodontic clinic:
 All Care Dentistry, Family Orthodontics PA, Orthodontic Care Specialists

Pediatric Clinic: Park Nicollet Clinic, Partners in Pediatrics, Pediatric Services

Fitness or yoga studio:
 CorePower Yoga, Life Time Fitness, Yoga Center Minneapolis,

Medspa or rejuvenation clinic: LifeSpa – Lifetime Fitness, Phresh, Urban Retreat

Eye clinic: Park Nicollet Clinic, Rose Fashion Optical, Whiting Clinic

Dermatology clinic: Academic Dermatology, Park Nicollet Clinic

Senior living residence: 
Parkshore Senior Campus, Sholom Home West/Menorah Plaza, TowerLight

Builder or remodeler:
 Anchor Builders, Choice Wood Company, Sicora Design Build

Home retail or furnishings: CIEL Loft & Home, Odds and Ends Furniture Gallery, Woody’s Furniture

Interior designer: 
Jackie Halverson-Anchor Builders, Laura Potter-Laura Potter Designs, Wendy Rostal-Rostal Design

Heating or AC company: Cronstrom’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, Vogt Heating and Air Conditioning

Yard Service: Green Horizons, CN’R Lawn and Landscape, Rainbow Treecare

Preschool or childcare: Kids’ Place-Lenox Community Center, Kid Zone Child Care Center, Wooddale Community Nursery School

Doggy daycare or kennel: Hot Dog Walking, Pampered Pooch Playground, Petropawlis Pet Hotel

Place to spoil your pet: Bubbly Paws Dog Wash, Lulu & Luigi’s, Petropawlis Pet Hotel

Veterinary clinic: All Paws Animal Hospital, Oak Knoll Animal Hospital, Westgate Animal Hospital

Dance studio: Barre Bliss, On Your Toes School of Dance, Park Dance Center

Financial advisor: Kim Mitchell – Thrivent, Mark Nevermann – Edward Jones, Michael Kirschling – J. Bentley Insurance

Hairstylist or barber: Darrin Miernicki – Darrin James Salon and Spa, Rochelle Farrow – Darrin James Salon and Spa, Sasha Zoghi – Revolution Salon

Massage therapist: Christa Caputa- Urban Retreat Salon, Sara Garnier- West End Chiropractic, Tianna Johnson – Darrin James Salon and Spa

Real estate agent: Charlie Adair, Richard Webb, Susan Melbye

Salon or spa: Revolution Salon, Phresh, Darrin James Salon and Spa

Insurance agent: 
Greg Loffhagen, Scott Mobley, Susan Haub

Nail salon: Glamour Nails, Honey Nails, Ocean Spa and Nails

Boutique: Apricot Lane, Evereve, Primp

Small-business customer service: Chears Audiology, Mama’s Happy, Waxing the City

Gift shop: Guild Collective, Judith McGrann & Friends, Max’s

Jewelry store: Continental Diamond, Max’s

New shop: Mama’s Happy, Revolution Salon, Waxing the City

Florist: Arts & Flowers, Byerly’s, Linsk Flowers

Liquor store: 
Liquor Barrel, Liquor Boy, The Four Firkins

Consignment shop: Opitz, Rodeo Drive, Upscale Consignment

Shoe store: DSW, Opitz, Schuler Shoes

Foodie store: Good Day Cafe, Gourmet Oil & Vinegar, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

Car dealership: German Auto Works, Morrie’s Hyundai, Westside Volkswagon

Coffee shop: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Vitali’s Bistro, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

This past December a video production team from Fedex Office stopped out to our Saint Louis Park dog wash to find out more about how we work and how FedEx Office has helped us become one of the premier dog washes in the country! We had so much fun shooting this video.  One quick side note, the woman that was working at the FedEx Office store in the video is a not only a FedEx Office team member, but a real life Bubbly Paws customer!  How cool is that??  Click Here to read more or watch the video below!

 

I love Minnesota, our state has so much to offer. But in January and February I start to get a little tired of the cold weather and the snow.   Our groomer Jessica helped me pick out a few things to help keep your pooch comfortable and healthy in these harsh winter months.

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Winter can be very drying on our skin, and our dogs. Detanglers help moisturize their coat and ease brushing out snarls and keep static in check. Jessica’s favorite is Pet Head‘s Fur Ball, I really like HappyTails Rough to Smooth and recommend FURminator’s deTangling spray as well. To protect sensitive paw pads from ice, slush and salt use a foot protectant. Musher’s Secret is an amazing product. It is all natural, dense wax that is also breathable. It is used by professional mushers in the most extreme conditions and does great for our city dogs paws! We also have a few other paw rubs made by Cain & Abel and HappyTails but all of them are safe if your dog decides to lick them off. FurButter is an intense coat conditioner for when your dog’s coat gets very dry or damaged.

We have a huge selection of sweaters and jackets for dogs. RuffWear makes some of the warmest and sturdiest jackets. Their Climate Changer is made of the softest polar fleece to keep your dog warm in dry conditions but when it is raining, snowing or sleeting the K-9 Overcoat is the way to go. It is wind and water resistant with a fleece lining and tough polyester shell to keep body heat in and the weather out. All of RuffWear’s jackets have hidden but easy to use buckles, snugly lined zippers and integrated reflective piping to increase visibility.

Here’s wishing you and your best buddy a warm and safe winter!

 

Minneapolis dog groomer giving back

When we first opened our first Bubbly Paws location, we always wanted to be much more than just a business.  We wanted to give back to the pet community community in which we are located.  Over the years we have done this in various ways from donations, silent auction items, fundraisers, sponsorships and more!  I am happy to announce that in 2014 we donated over $10,000 in goods, services and money to local pet rescues and shelters in the Twin Cities!

We want to do even more good and help even more people in the community!  This year we are kicking off our “Random Acts of Bubbly” campaign.  Throughout the year we will be helping out local rescues and shelters!  If you have any ideas on how we can help, feel free to contact me!  Because we are a small business, we can’t handle every request we get, but we will try!

As a small business owner, one of the greatest joys is giving back and helping those in need!  Make sure to keep an eye on our facebook page and our blog to see what we have been up to!

In addition to the Bubbly Paws crew giving back, we strongly encourage all of our customers to create their own “Random Acts of Bubbly”.  Let us know what you have done to help out in the Twin Cities, use #bubblypaws or share it on our Facebook page!

Our first “Random acts of Bubbly” is going to take place this week!  I will give you all the details soon!

Keith

Happy Holidays from Bubbly Paws

Holiday Dog Wash Hours:
Christmas Eve – 10am-5pm (last bath starts at 4pm)
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve – 10am-5pm (last bath starts at 4pm)
New Year’s Day – Closed

Have a safe and happy holiday season!  Thanks for all of your love and support in 2014!

I took Nova on a walk to enjoy a lovely day on Lake Nokomis.

I took Nova on a walk to enjoy a lovely day on Lake Nokomis.

This fall has been one of the most enjoyable I can remember. The mild temperatures and stunning fall colors have made the Twin Cities a wonderful playground for pups and their people! We had an amazing turn out for Woof N Treat and raised so much money for Pet Project Rescue! The busy fall season is winding down but not before our Daylight Savings Spectacular and now is the perfect time to get ready for the inevitable arrival of winter.

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I hope you will join us Sunday November 2nd for our Trim-a-Palooza. Every year on the days after daylight savings begins and ends we do a walk-in trim event. We offer half-price nail treatments and $5 face, sani or foot trims. If your pup need a few areas trimmed or just a good nail grind it is the perfect time to get that taken care of. We have a ton of fun and stay very busy so there may be a short wait but we always are able to accommodate everyone who shows up. Stop in between 10am and 4pm at either Bubbly Paws location to take advantage of this awesome deal!

 

While we might like getting an extra hour of daylight in the morning next week it is important to remember to be safe for evening walks with your dog. It becomes increasingly difficult for drivers to see pedestrians during the dark after work and evening hours. Please be safe by wearing reflective gear or lights while you walk your dog and avoid using your phone so you can keep eyes out for drivers. If you need reflective gear for your dog ask a staff member at Bubbly Paws: we have a wide variety of reflective collars and leads to help keep you and your buddy safe and visible.

Here is a tick found just this week by one of our groomers.

Here is a tick found just this week by one of our groomers.

 

I have loved this mild weather but there is one concern I need to share: pests! Because of the warmer temperatures ticks and fleas are still active. Please use flea and tick preventative for the months of October and November, some vets recommend using it year round. Our groomers have found a few ticks in the last two weeks so protect yourself and your dog!

 

I hope to see a ton of my bubbly friends Sunday for our special! Get prepared for winter with a nice trim and new reflective gear to keep comfortable and safe. All our best from our pups to you and yours!

 

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Summer slipped by faster than ever this year! Fall time is always bittersweet for me since I am not a winter person but I do enjoy the colors of the season and the beautiful bounty of fall. Woof N Treat is our yearly Halloween party and usually marks the end of the summer event season. This year is no exception and it is going to be better than ever! With the Halloween season comes a few extra dangers to your pets and it’s always good to go over the best ways to have fun and stay safe this year.

 

Woof N Treat grows every year and keeps getting more support! We are so happy to have more of our business neighbors involved in the event and with that we are able to close part of Grand Way to make the area larger and safer for all the families enjoying the fun! We will have a roving magician offering tricks, a cupcake truck for treats, tons of goodies to walk around and explore in front of all the businesses. Some of your favorite activities like hayrides and a bouncy house will be there again this year. Amy James will be hosting the costume contest which will be bigger than ever!

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When thinking of a costume for your dog try and remember a few things: Make sure your dog is comfortable and can easily walk in the outfit. Make sure there are not any parts that your dog could trip on or anything poking them that could cause discomfort. It is always better if they can see well, but if you are always keeping your costumed dog on a leash you can act as their eyes. Never leave a costumed pet unattended or in their outfit for an extended period of time. Plan ahead so you can try on your dog’s costume and give them a few treats so they are comfortable and confident strutting across the stage when the time comes. Most importantly be creative! The best costumes are those that surprise with humor, scariness or satire. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Most people know that dogs and cat’s shouldn’t have any treats, chocolate in particular. Keep in mind other ingredients in candy such as xilitol can also be very toxic to pets. Make sure that candy bowl is always out of reach. Also most people know to keep black cats inside around Halloween incase of pranksters or cruelty risks but it is best to keep all cats inside regardless of color. Be extra sure that you have your pets in a room separated from the front door during Trick-or-Treating so they don’t get loose or lost. I always recommend keeping dogs that can be flight risks leashed indoors since the ringing of the doorbell and scary costumes can cause dogs to become frightened and bolt. Having them leashed adds another level of security. Decorations are so much fun but pumpkins, corn, candles and lights should also always be out of reach and pets should be supervised around them just in case.

Have a very happy Halloween and I hope to see you and your pooch at Woof N Treat!

0C4A4629-copyIt’s no secret that Bubbly Paws employees LOVE their coffee!  This week, we gave Mallory, our dog groomer at our Saint Paul store the tough task of finding the “Best Pumpkin Spice Latte” on Grand Ave.  We know there are lots of coffee options on Grand Ave, so we tried the locations within 3 blocks of our store.  Here are Mallory’s results…

 

Starbucks – It was ok, a little too spicy and not enough pumpkin flavor.

Caribou – Good pumpkin flavor but a little too sweet.

Chez Arnoud – It was just right… The perfect mix of pumpkin and spice… Just like a pumpkin pie!

Bread and Chocolate – Does not have a Pumpkin Spice Latte ;(

As the Pumpkin Spice Latte season continues, we will update this list as Mallory gets her coffee fixxxxxxxxxx!!

 

 

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Heroes come in all sizes. I like to think all the people in the dog community in the Twin Cities are heroes that work to make our home the best dog loving place around. We are taking time in September to remember some bigger heroes that serve near and far. Starting September 6th we are doing Hero Week at Bubbly Paws. Current armed forces, veterans, police officers and firefighters will receive half-price baths through September 14th. In addition everyone who brings their dog in the week of September 6th to 14th, whether for self or full service, we will donate $5 from their bath or grooming to one of two local groups that support our Heroes: Pets Loyal 2 Vets a non-profit that connects military veterans with highly trained companion and therapy dogs in Minnesota at no cost to them and Police K9 Invest Project that raises funds for Minnesota Police K9 Units to purchase protective vests and equipment for our canine officers. At no extra cost to you we will give you the option to give $5 from your service to one of the two organizations. If you can’t choose which organization you’d like your donation to go to you can even have it split between both. Remember the more dogs that come in for baths and grooming the more we can raise for these great causes!

Brigitte at a recent drill for the MN Army National Guard

Brigitte at a recent drill for the MN Army National Guard

You might recognize Brigitte from visits to either of our Bubbly Paws locations but you probably don’t know about her service. Brigitte is in the Minnesota Army National Guard and she has been serving for 7 years. She chose to join after high school to find what direction she wanted to go in her career path and gain life experience both inside and outside her military service. I want to take a minute to thank her and all our service members keeping our community safe near and far from home.
Please come in to Bubbly Paws between September 6th and 14th and show your support for our Heroes!