Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kong Bowl

In the gym here at Dogtopia of Alexandria, playing with Kongs is the main game. Almost like a football team, we have an all-star doggie daycare line-up of canine players! One of our top Kong dogs is definitely our ‘running back,’ Luke, a Labrador retriever. Luke holds the record in daycare for the most consecutive fetches, making him a hall of fame point-scoring dog. In a close second for high scoring dog is our first-string ‘full back,’ Durham. Also a Labrador retriever, Durham is a world-class power runner. In a dog pile-up, we know that Durham will push his way through to triumphantly return the Kong. Copper, our ‘wide receiver’ is a fast and agile miniature Australian Shepherd. Copper blows by the defenders to make some amazing catches on the fly. Bart, a Labrador mix, makes a spectacular ‘tight end.’ Equally talented in blocking and short-pass receiving, Bart is always on the go and ready for any play.

Of course, we can’t forget our doggie daycare defensive line. One of our smallest but fiercest players, Tony, is a small hound mix. Tony is a fierce ‘defensive end;’ his big brother Bart being his favorite dog to block. PhedrĂ©, a pit bull mix, is our all-star ‘cornerback.’ PhedrĂ©’s talents lie in running to block attempted catches by the other dogs. Daycare’s big defensive line includes our two powerhouse ‘linebackers,’ Nicky and Meeko. Nicky and Meeko just like to block the other dogs from running for the Kongs. Another powerhouse player is Reign, our ‘defensive tackle.’ Reign is an Australian shepherd/Golden retriever mix who can really throw her weight around to take down the Kong catchers.

And naturally, as well as the doggie daycare players, the game wouldn’t be the same without our doggie daycare dedicated fans. Charlie and Stella, two Australian shepherds rarely miss a Kong game. And Molly, a husky/shepherd mix, is a great buddy to sit and watch the game with. She and I love to see our friends having fun playing a little “kongball.”

Monday, August 11, 2008

Puppy Month

Greetings everyone! August was a busy month with so many people getting in their vacations and needing a place for the dogs to stay overnight. I’m so glad so many dogs came for boarding at Dogtopia of Alexandria. I was more than happy to invite many new friends to stay with us, as well as reuniting with some friends I haven’t seen in a while. Everyone is going back to school now; my friends who stayed home with their siblings during the summer are back to play!

We have lots of new puppies coming here to romp and play in doggie daycare! Just recently I met Khan, a Golden Doodle, and he is so cute. He has super soft, poofy fur, and cute floppy ears. I also met Charlie, a Japanese Spitz who is only 3 ½ months old! He is super playful, and I think Bailey the Springer Spaniel might have a crush on him! It’s so great to see puppy love! Like Cooper and Daisy, a Beagle mix and a Puggle. They love to play together in the toy box. And Lola, an American Bulldog, and Bella, a Golden Retriever mix. Those two girls are definitely B.F.F.s!

Friday, August 1, 2008

2008 Doggy Duathlon

I got back from New York City a few weeks ago, and boy are my paws still tired. I have been recovering from the first ever Doggy Duathlon that took place within the 8th Annual New York City Triathlon, Sunday, July 20.

I ran an amazing 10 kilometers alongside my dad. We were also suppose to swim together in the Hudson River as part of the race but there was construction going on near the river and the officials wanted to keep us canines out of harm’s way. The race officials made sure we had veterinarians on hand to monitor each doggy’s temperature and heart rate. We even took baths in a pool of ice because it was so hot outside. My dad and I placed fourth out of twenty well-trained and vivacious canines.

There were all kinds of dogs there, from Bulldogs to Weimaraners. The first doggy to cross the finish line was a Riley, a one year old Labrador from New Jersey. A Cocker Spaniel from Texas, Maalei, finished second, and chocolate Labrador named Deuce from D.C. finished third.
I have to thank all of my dog daycare pals who helped me get in shape by chasing kongs with me and my kennel and boarding buddies too.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

When you humans were young pups, did you have a certain someone in your life who loved to spoil you? Did you have a grandma or aunt who would sneak you cookies when your parents weren’t watching or buy you special toys? Well here at Dogtopia, we had someone who was just like that. Her name was Rebecca.

But she was no grandma; she was our Alpha Dog. Rebecca was our first General Manager here at Dogtopia. She would be the one to greet us at the door and make us feel at home. Her favorite thing to do was to spoil all the dogs here, myself included. When my dad wasn’t looking, she would sneak me a biscuit or two. Whenever she got the chance, she would slip into one of the playrooms to play with us. I remember one occasion when Rebecca came into the Gym and wrestled a Great Pyrenees, named Jacks, to the floor. She gave him a few raspberries and an invigorating tummy rub.

Rebecca treated us like we were her babies, making sure each one of us knew how much she loved us. And she definitely knew we loved her in return because whenever she walked in the room, we’d swarm around her to give her kisses and doggie hugs. Sadly, Rebecca had to leave Dogtopia to go down south to take care of her human pups and canine pups. But she said she would visit us as much as she could. I mean, how could she resist us, with our sweet faces and crazy antics?

Though Rebecca had to leave, we were lucky to get a great new General Manager to fill her leash. Regina became our new Alpha in July, and we love her already. She, too, loves to spoil us with treats, hugs, and kisses. Regina has gotten to know each and every dog at Dogtopia, making special effort to remember each dog’s dogality. We are so glad to have her here and we know she will take great care of all of us.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Puppy Spirit

Gather around all my Dogtopia friends and let me tell you about a dog with the heart of a puppy. His name was Hunter. He was a Chocolate Labrador Retriever that loved to come and stay here at Dogtopia.

From the outside, he may have looked a little weathered. However, looks are deceiving. If you were lucky enough to have met Hunter, then you know that his eyes radiated the spirit of a puppy.

Though he was an older gentleman, Hunter liked to visit his fellow labs in the Gym. He would find out the latest news, like who’s sniffing who. Every ounce of puppy in him wanted to play, and his four legs did the best they could.

Sometimes Hunter would visit his smaller friends in the Toy Box. He would hang out on the futon and watch the youngsters play, keeping an eye out to make sure everyone was behaving. He would even playfully chase after the whippersnappers, venturing back to his puppyhood days.

My friends here at Dogtopia took extra special care of the lovely chocolate lab, sneaking him treats and giving him belly rubs when he stayed up front with them during nap time. Hunter’s tenacity and spirit always left the staff in awe.

Sadly, I must tell you that Hunter has made the journey to Rainbow Bridge. But we dogs know that he has gone to a beautiful place where he is able to run through grassy meadows and bask in the sunshine. He can play all day and eat as many treats as he desires. There, he will watch over his loyal owner and wait patiently for him.

Before making the journey, I was told by the labs in the Gym that Hunter’s devoted owner took him to Maine, one of his favorite places. He went hiking and swimming, and was given all the lobster and steak he could have ever wanted for a week. There’s no doubt that his daddy loved him. And there’s no doubt that he left everlasting footprints on his heart. I know this because he left footprints on the hearts of everyone here at Dogtopia. We will miss him dearly.

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal who has been especially close to someone dies, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
Animals who were ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them from days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one thing: they miss someone very special to them; the person they left behind.
All of the animals run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…