Where Puppies Play

With canine companions becoming an ever more important part of people’s lives, doggie daycares are a growing enterprise. We spoke with the owners of three local doggie daycares and learned about what makes their dog and human customers love them.


Urban Tails Pet Supply is Stocked with Perfect Pet Gifts

You may have passed the charming brick building on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown many times. Or maybe you’re a loyal customer at Urban Tails Pet Supply. No matter what, if you’re a Minneapolis pet owner, I can’t imagine a much better place to get wonderful  supplies for your furry friend this holiday season.


Zelda at the Wheel

Thirteen-year-old Zelda spends her days watching deer in the yard and going on walks with her family. This St. Louis Park resident is a golden retriever-terrier mix who is not a trained acting dog. In fact, neither Zelda nor her partner and friend Olive were trained in any way for the roles they were given. Then again, how does one train a dog to drive a car?


City Cat Clinic is a Favorite Among SLP Cat-lovers

Let’s face it, cats definitely have minds of their own, and you’ll get mixed results at best if you attempt to play fetch with your cat or try training her to come when you call. But if you have an opening in your home for a professional sunbather or fleece blanket-kneader, then go ahead, put a little catnip on your welcome mat and wait for a soft paw to come kneading—or, that is, knocking.


Jingle Dogs: Holiday Tips for Your Pooch

Bright lights, shiny decorations and lots of company can be stressful for your dog. Here are some tips to help make the holidays more joyful for both of you.

+If you’re leaving your dog behind, make boarding or doggy hotel reservations well in advance. If your facility offers doggy daycare, bring your pet a few times before your trip so he can get accustomed, and leave a few items that will remind him of home.

+Plan ahead for grooming; most shops fill up quickly before the holidays.

+Place candles out of tail’s reach!

Pooches in the Park

Dog-lovers, rejoice: We have a plethora of pet-friendly shops and businesses here in St. Louis Park. Before winter arrives for good, take your four-legged pals on an outing designed just for them.

Start your morning at Starbucks. While you can’t bring your pooch inside, there’s plenty of patio seating. Along with a latte or mocha for you, be sure to order a puppuccino for Fifi.


Dog-Friendly Halloween

What started out seven years ago as a small Halloween party at St. Louis Park’s Bubbly Paws dog wash has turned into Woof ‘N Treat, a full-blown neighborhood dog party, hosted by several businesses at Excelsior and Grand. Humans and dogs alike can be seen in costume and participating in the activities, from photo booths and costume contests to cookouts and doggy grooming.

Paws on the Move

Late last year, Oak Knoll Animal Hospital set up shop right down the street from its old location—a celebrated upgrade. “We outgrew the other space,” says practice manager Kari Klassen. At the new location, owners and veterinarians Tracy Earl and Jeremy Smith have noticed a huge improvement in the efficiency of their workflows. “We have more exam rooms than we had previously. We can see more animals in the treatment area if need be.

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