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December Birthday Roundup

Ruby

Ruby

The holidays weren’t the only thing we were celebrating last month. More than 30 of our dogs were having birthdays, so we were busy throwing parties!

Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a Playday, bandana, and a birthday party! Has your dog celebrated with us yet?

Visit our Photo Gallery to see all of the happy pups in our Birthday Club!

By |January 14th, 2019|blog|0 Comments|

Happy New Year!

Resolutions for You and Your Dog

You aren’t the only one who can benefit from New Year’s resolutions. They can also be a great opportunity to find fun and fresh activities to enhance your relationship with your dog! To help get you started, we’ve come up with our top five New Year’s resolutions that include dogs.

  1. woman kissing dogPlay a new game. There’s more to life than fetch. Games like hide-and-go-seek or nose work can bring a breath of fresh air to playtime by creating fun, new challenges that mentally stimulate your dog.
  2. Take a class together. Whether you have a senior dog or a brand-new puppy, taking a class together can provide new opportunities for learning while strengthening your bond at the same time. At WTPR, we have a wide variety of courses designed for all ages and skill levels, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect challenge for you and your pup.
  3. Get in shape. When it comes to weight management, nothing beats getting plenty of exercise and eating right. For maximum benefits, and to make it more fun, partner with your dog! These tips will have you and your pooch looking and feeling your best in no time.
  4. Hit the road. Some days, a person just needs a change of scenery — and your dog can feel the same way too! Whether you spend an afternoon on a drive or weekend away, getting out and about with your dog can be a great way to have new experiences together. Before you hit the road, be sure to take these steps to ensure the car ride is safe for you and your dog.
  5. Brush more. If you do one thing this year for your dog, it should be brushing them more. Not only is regularly brushing their coat important, consistently brushing their teeth can protect their overall health. At times, these grooming tasks can seem like a chore. But, they’re a valuable opportunity to build a stronger connection with your dog while helping to keep them in the best of health.

 

Do your New Year’s resolutions include your dog? Tell us in the comments below!

By |January 7th, 2019|blog|0 Comments|

Happy Holidays!

We Believe in Santa Paws

This holiday season has been especially merry and bright for us because of all of you!

Santa PawsLast weekend, we kicked off our first-ever “I Believe in Santa Paws!” event, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s celebration! Approximately 100 dogs joined us at our Eagan location over the two-day event to enjoy yummy holiday treats and pose for pictures with Santa Paws. While he was at The Resort, Santa also confirmed that all of the dogs in our pack were on his nice list! You can see pictures of the happy dogs enjoying their visit with Santa Paws on Facebook.

We’re also excited to share that your help trimming our holiday giving tree has helped us raise nearly $1,000 so far this season. Your generous gifts will help make sure homeless dogs at the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota will have a happy holiday while they wait to find their forever homes.

We hope you enjoy the magic of the season this year as much as we do while spending time with your dogs and families.

Happy Holidays!

Jesse and Sarah

By |December 24th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

BAKING Seasons Bright!

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Cookies

We’ve written about our favorite Christmas “cookie” recipes before, and how our Sweet Potato Treats and Peppermint Holidogs have left even the pickiest pups begging for more. But when we came across this recipe with only THREE ingredients, we had to share it!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup plain peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients until they form a ball of dough.
  3. Lightly flour your work surface and use a rolling pin or wine bottle to flatten the dough until approximately 1/3” thick.
  4. Use a pizza cutter or your favorite holiday cookie shapes to cut out your treats!
  5. Place your dog cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy. Remove from the oven and cool.


Do you like making Christmas cookies for your dog? Tell us in the comments below!

By |December 17th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Wilma and Nala!

Bloomington Tail Waggers

WilmaOur December Tail Wagger is Wilma who’s been coming to our Bloomington location for approximately a year!

This charming golden doodle is nearly a 1-1/2 year’s old and a social butterfly during her visits. Don’t let that innocent smile fool you, though. You have to keep a close eye on Wilma because she has a reputation for stealing birthday treats when no one is looking! In her defense, it’s really hard to resist peanut butter.

When Wilma is at home, she enjoys being an only child and burying her toys all over the house. It usually takes a while until she finds the perfect spot, and she whines away while she’s focused on the task. Most of the time, Wilma decides the safest place is stuffed between the couch cushions or under a pillow for her owner Allison to find.

Allison tells us that Wilma is obsessed with playing fetch, so she’s a true retriever at heart. To make the most of it, they spend a lot of their free time at the dog park with a tennis ball.

Eagan Tail Waggers

NalaOur Eagan winner is Nala the German Shepherd poodle mix! This nearly 2-1/2-year-old shepadoodle has been playing at Wagging Tails since she was a 6-month-old puppy.

When Nala comes to Wagging Tails, she enjoys playing with smaller dogs and often seems to think she’s one herself. At home, she loves keeping a watchful eye out for her best friend Peaches who lives across the street. Nala waits patiently for any sign of Peaches to come outdoors and, when she finally appears, makes sure to spread the word to her owners Rupa and Edgar by making a very specific noise.

Nala is a very gentle, sweet, and cuddly dog, but can take a while to warm up to strangers. Once she does, however, she’s devoted for life. She’s also very observant and immediately notices if anything is different or out of place before approaching it carefully to make sure it’s not a threat.

As a youngster, Nala hated going on walks. She once got away from Edgar and took off running, and he wasn’t able to catch her. This smart girl surprised him, though, by finding her way home where she patiently waited for him to return.

What’s the best part of having Nala in their life? “Nala brings so much joy and happiness into our home,” Rupa and Edgar told us. “We are so lucky that we get to watch her grow and give her life filled with love.”

Congratulations Wilma and Nala!

By |December 10th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

November Birthday Roundup

Babe

Babe

Want to help your dog have the best birthday ever? Give them a chance to celebrate at Wagging Tails! Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a Playday, bandana, and a birthday party!

We celebrated more than 40 birthdays this month at our Eagan and Bloomington locations. Was your dog’s one of them?

Visit our Photo Gallery to see all of the happy pups in our Birthday Club!

By |December 3rd, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

DIY Dog Ornaments

Celebrate the Season by Making Paw Prints!

Crafty Morning Dog OrnamentYou don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make an ornament that’s worthy of hanging on a Christmas tree or giving is a gift.

One of our favorite ways to trim our Christmas tree is with paw print ornaments. Whether you have a new puppy in the house or a beloved old companion, this simple decoration will capture the holiday season and become a timeless treasure for years to come. And, thanks to these simple instructions from Crafty Morning, making one couldn’t get easier!

Supplies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Pen, straw, or toothpick

Optional: paints, markers, or glitter to decorate!

Making the Ornament

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and water. Knead the mixture until it turns into a smooth dough.
  2. Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the dough until it’s approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut the dough into fun shapes using a pizza cutter, drinking glass, or your favorite cookie cutter – just make sure it’s large enough to fit your dog’s paw.
  4. Put your dough shape on a plate, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Place it on the floor and gently press your dog’s paw into the dough.
  5. Use your pen, straw, or toothpick to make a small hole at the top.
  6. Bake in a 200° oven for 1-2 hours.

When your ornament is completely cool, add your dog’s name and the year, and thread yarn or ribbon through the hole so you can hang it on your tree!

For more decorating inspiration, watch Crafty Morning’s instructional video!

By |November 26th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Time for Giving Thanks

Sarah and Jesse

This is a special Thanksgiving for us because it’s our first year celebrating as owners of our favorite dog resort: Wagging Tails. As Wagging Tails customers and lifelong dog lovers, we jumped at the chance to bring our love of animals to the facility we have enjoyed being a part of for the past eight years.

Since taking the helm in October, we’ve been grateful for the warm and enthusiastic response we’ve received from the dedicated staff and customers. But, we’re most thankful for the opportunity to bring our love and dedication to the dogs in our care. We feel truly fortunate that we’ll be playing a role in making sure that happy dogs continue to play and stay at Wagging Tails Pet Resort.

As we move into the holidays, we’re excited to share the wonders of the season with everyone — including the dogs! — who makes Wagging Tails the unique and extraordinary dog resort we’ve all come to love.

Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving!

Jesse and Sarah

By |November 19th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Nixon, Tyrion, and Boss!

Bloomington Tail Waggers

Tyrion and NixonGolden retriever siblings Nixon and Tyrion have been playing at our Bloomington location for six months.

Four-year-old Tyrion is everyone’s best friend. This gentle and nurturing boy is a social butterfly who loves playing big brother to nearly 3-year-old Nixon and all the young puppies at Wagging Tails. His owner Marche tells us that Tyrion also loves horses and remains glued to the television anytime he sees one. He recently met one in real life and was so excited, it was as though he was meeting his hero!

Younger brother Nixon loves to snuggle and give kisses. He’s absolutely devoted to his family and even picked them the day they went to meet his litter. After marching right up to his dad, he crawled into his lap, and lay down. The family knew then and there that Nixon was the dog for them!

At Wagging Tails, Nixon loves playing in the water during Pool Days and will go for a swim any chance he gets. Marche says Nixon is still a puppy at heart and loves to play fetch. And while he loves everyone, his best friend is his big brother and biological half-brother Tyrion.

What’s the best part of having Tyrion and Nixon in their lives? “Tyrion is such a loving, sweet boy, and nothing makes him happier than just being with his family! Nixon is such a happy boy with lots of love to share!” Marche said. “Tyrion, Nixon, and sister Phoebe are the joys of our life!”

Eagan Tail Waggers

BossBoss is a loving two-year-old pit bull living in Eagan who’s been coming to Wagging Tails since he was a puppy. During his doggy daycare “Playday” visits, Boss loves playing all day and considers everyone has buddy.

After a long day of playing, Boss loves to come home to sunbathe. His owners Louie and Julie tell us that Boss will search out the even smallest spot of sunlight before laying down. And, once he finds it, Boss follows it as the sun moves across the sky until it finally disappears.

Boss is such an even keel dog his owners often wonder if he’s part human — especially when he shares his huge pitty smile. They also say he’s an incredibly loyal and super smart boy who loves their whole family unconditionally.

What’s the best part of having Boss in their life? “We get to shower him with love and the best life possible for this rescue pup!!!” Louie and Julie told us. “WE LOVE THAT GUY!!!!”

By |November 12th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

October Birthday Roundup

Hazel

Hazel

Has your dog celebrated a birthday with Wagging Tails yet? Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a complimentary Playday, bandana, and a birthday party!

Visit our Photo Gallery to see all of the lucky pups in our Birthday Club!

By |November 5th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|