October 2017 Peemail

 

end of summer fun

Happy October Pack Parents!

Howl-o-weenie is coming up at the end of the month and as a kindawolfie looking dog who is happy to wear horns on trick-or-treat night, I can’t wait! Dogma has a few fall events we are attending and hosting this month, so sit back, grab your closest pup, sip or munch on pumpkin spice and read over my short monthly Peemail to find out more.

October Daycare & Boarding Schedules
Please remember to send my human office pack mates your daycare and boarding schedules for October. If you pre-schedule your daycare for the month no later than the 8th, you will qualify for Paw Points ($2 credit for each daycare day scheduled and used – which can then be redeemed the following month). While there aren’t any major holidays this month, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is next month and then the Decemberholidayorama. We always sell out for boarding for these holidays – it must be from all of the extra snuggles we get! What I’m saying here is that it’s never to early to start planning and book your holiday boarding reservations.
DogMa October Events

We hope to see you at the 6th Annual Wiener 500​ ​this Saturday (tomorrow!). The racing dachshunds contestants are ready to go and 100% of the entry proceeds will be donated to the Humane Rescue Alliance. All dog breeds and humans are welcome to come dance, laugh, and drink – so come visit, support a great community event and have fun. It’s going to be GORGEOUS tomorrow. We’re also having our Puppy Play Socialization Class tomorrow – from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. If you haven’t already, send us an e-mail to RSVP for the class.

We also have two Yappy Hours coming up – the next one is next Friday, the 6th. Come visit us, have a drink and meet some of our staff and some of your pack. Bring a friend – we can sniff butts! It will take place from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The following Yappy Hour will be our last until spring – so be sure to keep current on our events by liking us onFacebook and following us on Instagram. Plus, if you sign up, you’ll get to see tons of cute pack photos and live feed from time to time.
There is also a fun Howl-o-ween dog costume contest towards the end of this month at Lincoln Park, supporting Rural Dog Rescue. DogMa will be a part of the judging panel and we can’t be more excited! This event hasproven to be tons of fun in the past, so get ready for a great time. Check in on their Facebook page for more details.
That’s all for now – looking forward to the cooler fall weather, for real this time!

Smell you later,

Izzy​​

September 2017 Peemail

end of summer fun

Howdy Pack Parents: September is among us!

We are almost over with The Dog(ma) days of summer! Come join me and splash about in the pools; chase some balls; squeak some squeakers; dig a hole (or actually – don’t do that – I hear the humans grumble about that sometimes, but hey, I’m having fun so who cares). I simply cannot get enough of summer time, but fall is just as fun too!

September Daycare & Boarding Schedules
Don’t forget to please send in your schedules to my DogMa pack leaders. If you send in your schedules no later than the 8th of the month, your daycare dates will qualify for Paw Points. By the way, if you don’t believe your Paw Points are being redeemed, just let my people know and we’ll get right to it! Also, don’t forget, unless otherwise specified – pre-charging for daycare is now a thing of the past.This change leads up to some exciting online features that will let you do scheduling and payments and more – made possible by our new and improved management software. Those will go live towards the end of the year.

Labor Day is right around the corner, on the first Monday of September – if you finish planning your getaway’s now, we may still have space for your pampered pooch. Boarding holiday rates will apply for any boarding dates that fall on 9/1 through 9/4 if your dog is not a regular monthly daycareclient ($65.00/night). But if you are a regular daycare client, the rate will remain the normal $58.00 amount.

Please be advised, the office will operate for daycare, boarding drop off and pick up from 9 AM to 5 PM on Labor Day (Monday, 9/4).

Pupper Parasites – A Dog Park PSA!!
Do you take your woofer to the dog park occasionally? If you do, be sure to bring your dog their own personal dog bowl/water source! And keep a sharp eye for poop-nosing and other pretty normal doggy activities that could get your pup sick… Yup, especially in summer, there’s a fungus among us… Or, actually and more importantly a LOT of parasites.

Here at DogMa, we are constantly cleaning – picking up poop as it hits the ground, antiseptic-spraying our yards twice daily, and bleach-washing the floors and all dog-accessible surfaces. The dog parks don’t have the opportunity to do this… So if you’re not careful, fun time at a dog park could also potentially could be a health risk for your dog. All humor aside, be aware that it is easy for dogs to pick up parasites at the dog park. If your dog likes to play fetch at the parks, maybe think about packing an extra ball or two for maximum cleanliness. Try to keep your dog away from the communal water bowls. And, always keep an eye on your dog’s poop – if it doesn’t look normal, and doesn’t get better in a 24-48 period, drop a fecal sample off at your vet and get it checked out. The multitude of intestinal invaders that are looking to set up camp in Fido’s kishkas can be vanquished with help from the vet. But best to avoid them in the first instance. And to stay alert to catch early signs. Dog parks can be fun – but we want you to play it safe!

DogMa Events Coming Up!
We are keeping our snouts busy this month. If you haven’t heard already, we are having more Yappy Hours. The next two are taking place on Friday, September 15th and the one after falls on Friday, October 6th. As always, our Yappy Hour events are free and will take place between 7 and 8 PM. There will be cold drinks of adult and non-alcohol types and snacks too. Plus play time for the pups. Bring a friend and add a new pack mate! Our last Yappy Hour was a lot of fun and we hope to see you and your friends there.
We are also going to have a Puppy Socialization Class on the last Saturday of every month, while the weather is still nice. During our puppy class, which is led by our very own Elizabeth Aldrich (who also runs Monument Dog Training), puppies will play with each other under careful supervision at DogMa. We’ll discuss proper play etiquette and tips on how to use a dog park the safest way. Our puppy classes are by RSVP, so please shoot us an e-mail to reserve your spot today! Be sure to tell your friends about our no-cost-classes. The next Puppy Socialization Class will take place on Saturday, September 30th – same time and same place!
One more event to attend! Our neighbors at The Brig Beer Garden are hosting their own Bachelors and Brews Yappy Hour on Thursday, September 7 at 6 PM – 9 PM. You can purchase a ticket at Eventbrite. A ticket includes: two (2) drinks and passed appetizers. Also, 50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. This event is rain or shine, so either pack some SPF or your rain boots and we’ll see you there!
If you haven’t already, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop on all that is DogMa.

That’s all for now!

Smell you later,

Izzy​​

April Peemail

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outdoor puppy love

Hello Beautiful Packsters!

Happy Spring​

Do you smell that? My sniffer is working overtime. Spring is in the air! Daily pool time is just around the corner. It’s like clock work every spring – the shedding of winter coats of both the furry and velcro-on types – always causes the filling of the swimming pools to slowly become a daily thing. Thanks to this reliable shedding-swimming theorem, soon splashing and pool-short-stop ball retrieving games will start anew.
April Daycare & Boarding Schedules

Please send my human friends at DogMa your scheduling needs for daycare and boarding for April. Knowing in advance how many of my friends plan to visit each day allows the two-leggeds to make sure there is enough staff pre-planned to be here to make sure we are safe and have fun. That said, I know sometimes you just want to bring my friends over at the spur of the moment. You are welcome any time, but if we are full, you might not be able to squeeze in during these busier months ahead. But, starting May 1st, it will be a little more expensive to wing it…

Right now, the daycare rate is $36.00 a day. And that is what it will stay for anyone who let’s my two-legged buddies know your schedule in advance. Even better – if you book 12 or more days in a month, you start racking up some serious discounts. But effective May 1st, all walk-in daycare or daycare booked after the 8th of the month will be at a $40 per day rate.

If you book your dates in advance, not only do the rates stay the same AND you let our hard-working two-legged pals know how to prepare the work week for your pet’s safety and fun, BUT it guarantees you space at the best outdoor (and indoor) daycare in town! If it’s hard for you to make a schedule, not to worry – my two legged friends are very flexible moving around or canceling your scheduled dates at your request. But if they have an overview of the month’s expected staffing needs, they can set staff schedules and avoid having to try to round up extra staff on short notice to make sure we all are safe and have fun when we get a puppy-flood.

So, don’t be shy, send an e-mail to my friends at DogMa and they can help you plan out your monthly daycare schedule that best suits your needs and your fuzzy pal’s needs. Or, if you’re like me, have someone translate for you – do you know how hard it is to type with fuzzy black paws?! (Though what is my mom’s excuse for all those typos?)

 

Important Gate Etiquette Reminder

For your dogs’ safety, and for all of their friends – which are my friends too – please close and latch every door/gate behind you when you enter and exit the facility. This ensures that no dog is able to slip past you and get out of the facility in a dangerous attempt to search for an early nap at home. My human friends also now want all clients to always wait behind the last gate until an attendant gives you direction from there. This is for the safety and happiness of the pack and for you. While all of my dog pals love it here and no one gets to play at Dog-ma unless they are a friendly packster, not every one of my furry friends is comfortable with human strangers. Or perhaps is too friendly with muddy paws on your suit or unclipped nails on your silk dress or clodhopper feet on your open-toed shoes. If you do not wait behind the last gate entering into the patio area in front of the office, an attendant will have to remind you. Please don’t take it the wrong way. We will only release your dog when all areas are safe. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this. Together, we make DogMa the safest place for you dogs.

That’s it for now – wipe your paws after digging those holes for Spring cleaning!
Smell you later,
Izzy pawprint