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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Letters for Our Dogs

Dear Wagging Tails Dogs,

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday and, while we love candy and flowers, nothing compares with the unconditional love you bring our lives on a daily basis.

We know that we can learn a lot from you, but sometimes we get swept away with being human and forget to find time to play, celebrate, and live in the moment. So, in honor Valentine’s Day, we decided to write you a very special letter to show how much we love you. But can one message really capture all of the things we love about each and every one of you? No way! That’s why we decided that, instead of a single message, our whole team would spend the entire week writing you love letters!

Each day this week on Facebook, we’ll be posting photos and love letters to as many of you, our Wagging Tails dogs, as possible. To help us celebrate, we’ll be asking your humans to share their own love letters to you as well. These messages can be long, short, funny, or bittersweet – whatever it takes to give us a glimpse of how they feel about having you in their life. Because really, everything in life is better when it comes covered in dog hair.

Love,

The Wagging Tails Pet Resort Team

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog.”
– M.K. Clinton

By |February 11th, 2019|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

January Birthday Roundup

Addie

Addie

We kicked off the new year by celebrating over 50 birthday parties! Was your dog’s one of them?

Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a Playday, bandana, and a birthday party! Visit our Photo Gallery to see all of the dogs in our Birthday Club.

Don’t leave your dog out in the cold, sign up today!

By |February 4th, 2019|blog|0 Comments|

Providing Enrichment for Dogs in Winter

Fun Ways to Play Indoors

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It can be hard to entertain your dog when the winter winds blow and it’s too cold to be outside. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need exercise or enrichment. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to exercise your dog indoors to keep you both happy and content.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to amuse our dogs when the weather gets frightful.

Hide-and-Seek

You don’t need anything fancy to enjoy a fun game of hide-and-seek with your dog! This game hasn’t changed since you were a kid; the main goal is having your dog wait while you go and hide. Once you find the perfect spot, call your dog or have a partner tell them to go find you. If your dog is a master at this game, take it to the next level with some Nose Work!

Nose Work

This fun and engaging game gets your dog’s nose working to sniff out treats hidden in boxes. We love this game so much, we’ve written about it before. Got a bunch of empty Amazon boxes laying around? Click here to learn more about nose work and put them to use today!

Kongs

There couldn’t be an easier way to entertain your dog than giving them a Kong. These versatile toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can withstand even the most vigorous chewers. To extend your dog’s entertainment, don’t just stuff your Kong with treats and give it to them; freeze it first to make it last even longer! Our dogs love it when we stuff their Kongs with mashed bananas or sweet potatoes, peanut butter, or yogurt. Mix in some of their kibble before freezing to make it even more nutritious!

Snuffle Mats

If you haven’t heard about snuffle mats yet, this entertaining toy is made specifically for hiding treats and kibble. They resemble a dense rug made of strips of cloth or felt and encourage your dog to “snuffle around” looking for tasty bits of food to eat. Snuffle mats are available for purchase, but if you’re feeling crafty you can make your own!

Treat or Dog Food Toys

You don’t have to feed your dog from a bowl. Finding fun ways to add interest to their mealtimes can double up as an enrichment activity! Some companies, like Kong, offer food dispensing toys or puzzles that your dog can interact with release food. This not only gives them something to do, but it can slow down overly fast and enthusiastic eaters. Other fun interactive toys, like the Orbee-Tuff Snoop by Planet Dog, conceal treats in ways that encourage your dog to figure out how to release their favorite food reward.

Doggy Daycare

For sociable dogs who love to play with other dogs, doggy daycare can be just the ticket to help break up the monotony of a cold, winter day. Our supervised playgroups not only allow dogs of all temperaments and sizes to have a chance to run and play, but it also provides them with an opportunity to exercise while getting mental stimulation and socialization at the same time.

How do you entertain your dog when you can’t be outside? Tell us in the comments below!

By |January 28th, 2019|blog|1 Comment|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Georgie, Billie, and Boomer!

Bloomington Tail Waggers

Three-year-old Georgie and her nearly 5-year-old sister Billie are the of best friends. This dynamic duo has been part of our Bloomington pack for nine months.

Georgie is a mixed breed rescue that might contain rat terrier and corgi or Jack Russell and dachshund. No matter what breeds make up this charming little girl, Georgie makes her owner Wendy laugh every day. Georgie was found wandering around in a parking lot in North Minneapolis over a year ago and used to spend all of her time hiding. But her step-sister Billie helped bring her out of her shell, and Georgie’s blossomed into the loving and sweet dog she is today.

Big sister Billie is a very loyal rat terrier who likes to play, burrow, bark, and snuggle. You also have to keep on eye on your money when she’s around because her love of shredding paper has led her to destroy $20 bills in the past! Billie’s quirky habits and persistent, stubborn nature have helped her earn the nickname “Billie Goat” in her house.

What’s the best part of having Georgie and Billie in her life? Wendy told us she’d had another rat terrier who died two months before she got Billie; and Billie was born on the same day her beloved Scout died.

“I never thought I could love a dog as much as my first, but Billie showed me that the heart can expand and grow when you least expect it,” Wendy said. And when she brought Georgie home, she immediately bonded with Billie as though they were soulmates separated at birth. “Georgie is so happy,” Wendy said. “She’s come out of her shell and is a loving, sweet dog. I feel grateful to have her in my family.”

Eagan Tail Waggers

Boomer is a Labrador just shy of ten years old and has been coming to our Eagan location for six years now. An enthusiastic and playful pup, Boomer has had many packs over the years, from Labradors to terriers and toy poodles. While Boomer doesn’t have any siblings at home, she has a lot of human and canine cousins, and many call her “Cousin Boomer.”

This beautiful girl is a water dog to the core and didn’t realize until she was three or four that her owner Benjamin’s shower time wasn’t meant for her too! Boomer loves water so much that she used to be a competitive dock diver. When she hits the water these days, Boomer needs a British lead leash to help her exit the pool or lake. This is because she loves the cheering spectators so much, she’d rather run back and forth in front of them instead of going back to her handler!

What’s the best part of having Boomer in his life? “The constant reminder that life really is exciting,” Benjamin said.

Congratulations Georgie, Billie, and Boomer!

By |January 21st, 2019|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

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|