Monday, November 20, 2017

Dogs & Rain

With all the wet weather we've been having, it got me thinking... I wonder which dog breeds LOVE being in water the most? So, I  decided to dedicate today's blog to talking about the top ten swimming dog breeds.

... but first! Here's a hilarious video of a dog having a blast; going crazy for the rain on his back porch.

1.) The Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle's names actually come from the German word "pudeln", which means "to splash"!

2.) Newfoundland
Newfoundlands are not only popular for chores on the land, but they're great in the water too! They did things such as towing lines from ship to land in choppy seas, and rescued  people who couldn't swim.

3.)Chesapeake Bay Retriever
This breed is often considered the toughest of the water retrievers. Their coat is nearly waterproof, has a dense under coat, and is wind-resistant. This allows them to dive into cold water without hesitation.

4.)English Setter
English Setters often feel more at home when they're in the water. They were originally bred to retrieve birds out of the water, that they're owners hunted.

5.)Irish Water Spaniel
This is one of the oldest spaniel breeds  around today. They were bred to be a sporting dog and water retrieve as well; their double curly-haired coat helps resist harsh weather.

6.)Irish Setter
This breed came about from combining the best traits of several breeds such as: the English Setter, the Pointer, the Irish Terrier, and the Irish Water Spaniel.

7.)Portuguese Water Dog

Found along the cost of Portugal, these dogs were used mainly to herd fish into nets and retrieve lost equipment.

8.)Labrador Retriever

Labs are not only America's most popular dog- but they're also amazing swimmers.

9.)Golden Retriever

This is another breed that's considered a "sporting dog." They were originally bred as a hunting companion for retrieving waterfowl.

10.)Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 

The smallest of the retrievers, these guys were originally bred in the southern region of Nova Scotia to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl by playing on-shore. 

And there you have it! If you want a dog that's willing to get in the water and have as much fun in it as you, you're bound to find a breed you may want to look into more, on this blog. Stay dry!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dogs & their Holiday Feast

Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching; I was itching to find a silly video that involved dogs and the Holidays... Have you ever wondered what it'd look like if your dog and all his friends had their own, "holiday feast"? Check out this video, you won't be disappointed.

Funny, right? :) This next video is behind the scenes and will show you how they made this video possible!

I certainly got a great laugh outta watching these; I hope you did too. Have a good night, 


Monday, November 13, 2017


Floyd had a great first day in our Medium Dog Program . He's almost four months old, weighs thirty two pounds, and is a Lab Mix. This little guy was very spunky the moment he walked through our lobby doors; we loved having his energy here this morning. We were even lucky enough to capture Floyd playing with some of his new friends on video. 

Check him out romping around below!

Floyd is more than welcome to return whenever he pleases...

Enjoy the rest of your day,


Friday, November 10, 2017

Jake & Geoffrey

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Jake. He is a six-year-old, eighty-five-pound, Golden Retriever. Jake "spoke" good dog and enjoyed hanging out with the dogs in our Large Dog Program. He had a blast playing with the Great Pyrenees brothers Moose and Yammo. Jake is welcome to come back anytime.

Geoffrey came into the Fort for his assessment this morning. He is a nine-month-old, twenty-six-pound, Terrier mix. Geoffrey joined our Medium Dog Program where he spent most of the morning playing with his new friend Berkeley. Good job today, Geoffrey!

Jake and Geoffrey are both welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing them again soon!

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Sarge was our handsome assessment from Tuesday morning. He's three years old, weighs one-hundred and ten pounds, and is a St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mix. He seemed a little unsure at times- but majority of the morning he was mingling with the dogs and enjoyed exploring our Large Dog Program.
We were even lucky enough to catch him in action... 

We are looking forward to seeing Sarge's smiling face around The Fort more often. Have a marvelous night,


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Danee and Phoebe

Danee was our adorable assessment from Tuesday... This girl weighs twenty pounds, is only six months old, and is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Danee joined our Small Dog Program
with great curiosity- the moment she entered her new play area. Her sniffer was on overdrive mode as she started meeting her new daycare buddies; showing wonderful dog speak as she did it.

Phoebe was our other cutie-pie that joined our Small Dog Program; the only difference was she did her assessment today, vs. yesterday... Phoebe is twelve years old, weighs eleven pounds and is a Maltese. This girl was quite the ladies man. Her first friend that she made was Archie; those two played like there was no tomorrow! After she was done hanging out with Archie, she moved to our bench where she met our stud, Tobi. They hung out together until her assessment was over.

Both dogs are more than welcome to return for more Fort Fido fun! 

Take care,


Monday, October 30, 2017

10 Cool Dog Facts

Dogs are certainly fascinating creatures. They come in all shapes and sizes; you'll come across many different personalities and characteristics within the canine species...

Check out some of these interesting and far-out fun facts about dogs. 

1. The Newfoundland has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. They were originally bred to help haul nets for fisherman and rescuing drowning people. How cool!

2. Did you know there was only three "dog survivors" from The Titanic?? 

3. Rumor has it that The Beatles', Paul McCartney, recorded an ultrasonic whistle (only audible to dogs) at the end of one of his songs "A Day in the Life". That's how much he loved his Shetland Sheepdog!

4. Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42!

5. Dogs do dream! It turns out they go through the same sleeping cycles that we do: slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM).

6. 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on its way... 

7. Why are dog noses so wet?! The answer is simple. Dogs secrete a thin layer of mucus that allows them to pick up smell better; they then lick their nose to sample the scent through their mouth. 

8. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.

9. It's a myth that dogs can only see black and white. They actually view The World in more of a "faded" way... Check out the photo to our left! That's typically what life would look like, if you were a dog. they see primarily blue, greenish-yellow and various shades of yellow and gray. 

10. Have you ever wondered why dogs kick after they go to the bathroom? They are using their scent glands in their paws to further mark "their territory". Now you know!
I hope you learned some new fun-facts after reading this blog... Who would have thought that the reason dogs noses are wet- is to help with picking up smell; that one surprised me a bit. 

Have a good night,