Friday, December 30, 2011


Today I just wanted to say, we are very lucky here at Fort Fido. We have outstanding customers, wonderful dogs, a nice facility, a tremendous, well-seasoned staff, fun training classes, a food we can sleep at night selling and a great reputation! Wow, there is a lot of "horn to toot" hahaha, the list goes on and on...

As I reflect on 2011, I realize that it was a pivotal year for The Fort. It was our fifth year in business (some folk say you've "made it" when you hit that number) which was hallmarked by winning Best Doggy Daycare in the South Puget Sound by South Sound Magazine. Time has gone by so fast. It feels like only yesterday Dad (David) was saying, "Man your Battle Stations!", in all seriousness, while anticipating an eight dog day. Hahaha! My how we have grown, learned and improved over these last five. We shall continue to do so! I can't say what the future will bring. However, I can promise that Fort Fido will continue to provide a superior Dog Daycare service to all in the coming years.

As always, we here in "dog land" lol thank you all for your business and support, past years, this year and years to come! We (our whole staff included) take pride in what we do and hope that it shows through in our efforts.

With that said, have a safe and happy New Year's Celebration. Best wishes to you and yours for 2012. The wife and I will probably be checking out First Night. There was good fireworks one year down by Ruston Way, might do that too. The Fort is open tomorrow with it's regular Saturday hours (9am - 6pm). It's a perfect day to get some energy out of your pups before the festivities begin. Drop on in!


P.S. We have received a couple of grand new reviews on Yelp and Google. You can check them out here and here. Feel free to help us bring in the New Year by letting the world know how awesome Fort Fido is! ;)

My wife has been using Yelp quite a bit, she enjoys reviewing restaurants and other businesses with it on her iPhone. Believe it or not, I can hardly work one of those darn things. Gary programs apps for them! Maybe we need to get some type of Fort Fido App going someday, not sure how many use them? A reminder/alarm to pick up your pet? Schedule and pay over the phone? Hmmm...

Also, if you have worked with everyone's favorite Dog Trainer, Garrett Stevens, please leave him a supportive review as well. Garrett has launched his new website recently. His business is continuing to thrive and he is gaining much popularity in the South Sound. Way to go Garrett!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Little dog action and Doggie Events

Kelsey caught a couple of really cute clips of the little ones upstairs! Check out Pearl and Mooshu tearing it up in the first clip. In the second clip, Henry tells that ball who's the boss!

Some neat dog related events are going on in the area this January. The Western Washington All Breed Dog Show will be held from the 14th to the 16th at the Western Washington Fairgrounds. You can see a flier and other information for the event here.

The 20th, 21st, and 22nd is the Conconully Super Mush sled dog race, out at Peacock Meadows Sno-Park. This seems like a really exciting thing to go and see--it is the premier sled dog race in the Northwest.

Puget Sound Dock Dogs will be at the Washington Sportsmen's Show at the Puyallup fairgrounds during the last week of January (the 25th through the 29th).

For a calendar with more pet-related events happening through March, pick up a copy of Pet Connection from the Fort Fido lobby!

We'll see you back again tomorrow,


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All kinds of news and a peek at all play areas!

I found a lot of dog-related stuff on the internet today, so check out these cool articles!

Calvin is the "Fastest Wiener in the West"

Lazy dog eating spilled food

Dramatic dog rescue in Fargo

Golf courses employ dogs to keep geese at bay

A lost pup returns to her home at group home for the developmentally disabled

Service dog helps smooth school for child with autism

A dog gave his life to save his family from a burning home

Two more dogs saved their families from fires, here and here. A third dog notified his owner that the neighbor's house was on fire.

Firefighters found an abandoned dog in a building that was aflame.

Sgt. Zeke helps deployed soldiers to deal with stress

Dog Walking Commandments

Here are a few clips from the action at the Fort today:

Pupcake tears it up with her buddies Zeus, Gibson, Hunter, and Gracie in the medium roll.

Gem and Abby romp around the big side this morning!

Upstairs, Koji was pulling out all the stops to try and impress Cody, while Gherie played with Shih-tzus Samarah and Buddy.

Have a great evening everybody,


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kumpi Day

In 1997 Evy Serpa lost her dog Kumpi to cancer when he was only five. This dog expert of over thirty years contracted with a premier nutritionist to create a product line. She was surprised at how far beyond the current concept of premium one could go.

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a nice Holiday, we sure did. Got to checkout Warhorse. It was a pretty good film, although there weren't any dogs in it lol.

Kumpi arrived today so we've been a bit busy. We apologize for any inconveniences due to it's late arrival. We've been out of the twenty pound bags for a couple of weeks now. Luckily that is over and we are all stocked-up now. Thank you for your patience.

Here are a few neat bits from the web I've spotted today.

Ask Dog Lady

Lost Blind Dog Returned Home

Dog Saves Family From House Fire

Dog Wearing Pants Does Something Amazing (Video)

Dogs May Tell Much About A Man

I'll leave you with a fun clip of Tikvah and Miss Phoebe doing what they do best in the Medium Roll.

Take it easy,


Monday, December 26, 2011

Cute Lil Kate!

Kate is a 3-month-old Miniature Australian Shepherd whom we welcomed into our Pack this morning. She is a gorgeous little Blue Merle, with a lot of energy! Kate was spunky and confident with the other dogs, although she didn't jump right into the mix. There was a lot of tail-wagging and sniffing around, and she seemed very intrigued by the beautiful Irish Setter Miura. Kate's curiosity and energy level makes me think that once she's more comfortable in the daycare environment (it can all be very new and overwhelming for a little one!), she's gonna bust out all the stops.

We've had quite a few Australian Shepherds of all sizes over the years, and they tend to be a breed that really thrives in daycare. Starting off young is also great--it will help Kate to be well-socialized and build good foundations for communication and pack behavior that will help her for the rest of her life.

It was really great having this precious pup join us today!


P.S. I also found a neat article about a little pup in Idaho who woke her family when a fire was breaking out in their home. Thanks to that pup, everybody made it out okay.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Fashion at Fort Fido!

There wasn't too much going on at the Fort today, so we decided to have a little Christmas Fashion Show!

First little Chloe donned her gay apparel, a Santa Suit!

Tikvah looked great in that same suit, with matching hat. She really knows how to work the camera.
Tikvah also tried on a cute little stocking cap. This girl really likes to get dressed up!

Lastly, I managed to finagle Gordon into the Santa hat, though it wasn't long before it was off of his head and into his mouth.

Emily tried on the hat for a minute, but only because I held her lunch hostage! Lol. This girl is too rambunctious and excited to play to sit still for long.

I also read a couple of very sweet Christmas articles today, including this one about a little girl's letter to Santa.

A blind pup, lost and presumed dead, was located and returned home, just in time for Christmas. Talk about a miracle!

Some shelter dogs got a visit from Santa's elves
, and received much-needed supplies and care this Christmas.

Here's wishing you all a lovely holiday,


P.S. I wanted to share a holiday memory with all of you guys--I remember watching this every Christmas with my siblings when I was a kid. The NORAD Santa-tracker has been a yearly tradition since 1955, when a department store printed the wrong phone number in a "talk to Santa" ad. From those humble beginnings, we now have a massive production, with over 80,000 people calling in to check on Santa's progress and over 2 million people watching the holiday antics online.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas is almost here!

(A Santa Buddy Part 2 variation lol, click to enlarge, what a looker!)

Well, it looks like Christmas is finally upon us. On behalf of the whole Fort Fido crew, Merry Christmas and or Happy Holidays to you all!

We thank you all very much for your business, support and positive vibes. We'd also like to thank you for the gifts and goodies you have gorged us with this season hahaha! Thank you! We no doubt have the very best customers and canine companions here at The Fort.

Enjoy your family, friends, furry friends and feasts. Have a grand old time, be well, cheers!

-Grant, David, Nancy, Hope, Gary, Matt, Kelsey, Jacob & Devin

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Some more of our lovely greeting cards

Take a look, click on each picture to enlarge. Louis's card was another one of my favorites, how creative haha! He always has quite a look on his old Bulldog mug.

Here's Gemma in the spirit

Our bud Rainier with Santa and The Family

Miss Gingersnap wishing us a Merry Christmas

Briggs, Carona and their owner Gary looking dapper.

Louie, patiently waiting for the Jolly Dude...

We received several marvelous cards this year and we thank you all very much!

I only scanned the cards that had our Fido dogs on them to show my Blog fans. Don't feel left out... We've put every card received up in the lobby for all to see.


Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa Claus is coming to town...

Rather, "Santa Butters", is coming to town hahaha! You may recognize Buddy, he is one of Fort Fido's poster boys. He is a very handsome American Eskimo that has been coming to The Fort for years. You just can't beat his striking look! It's been awesome to use pictures of Buddy for marketing, specifically our Website/Blog Logo. He is one photogenic little canine. Twas hilarious this morning when Butters came in as Kris Kringle, we had to get a pic of it.

Long time Fort attendee, Black Pearl, brought us in some excellent Christmas Cookies. Thank you! Ironically enough, Hope, with Dave's glasses as a prop, looked very similar to the "Cool Santa" depicted on the sugary dough haha! Nancy had to score a photo of that one.

I'll leave you with four clips of The Rolls. Two from the Medium, one from the Big and one long one from the Little Roll.


P.S. Just a side note, other dogs in our Website/Blog Logo include (From left to Right) Faramir, Mr. Bingley, Lola and Ruger. All but Mr. Bingley still attend and have been doing so since 2006. Thanks dogs for looking so good! ;)
P.P.S. Here is Buddy from 2009 in another costume lol!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Meet The Bear

Bear was in bright and early this morning for his assessment. He is a four year old, seventy pound, German Shepherd Mix with a wonderfully beautiful coat. We tried him out in our Medium Roll where he assumed the "Top Dog" position in the pack rather quickly. Bear exhibited good bite control while correcting puppies. He seems to be a fairly well-seasoned alpha, the medium roll is where he'll stay for now.

Bear also took quite a liking to Miss Patty. With her charms, she is quite hard to resit, the two frolicked and romped for a large part of Bear's stay.

To us, Bear, looks a lot like a German Leonberger, maybe it's the purple tongue? Could be a Chow thing too?

Anywho, nice job today pal, we will see you again soon.

Take care,

P.S. I got a nice email forwarded to me from one of our customers. It's pet safety tips for the Holidays. Definitely worth a read to remind us all. ;)

We did have one of our daycare dogs pass an ornament today, yuck! If a canine can't pass a certain object on its own, it can be life threatening, not to mention, one pricey vet bill... Trust me, I've heard several stories over the years and have helped extract a number of things from dog-bums lol. Keep an extra eye on your pet over the holidays... No pun intended. :)

Monday, December 19, 2011


Scored a great set of photos from friends of The Fort Logan and Hannah. Click on each photo to enlarge.

The twosome was getting all dolled for the Holidays, it sure looks like the groomers did a fine job. Then again, it's easy when you have this much natural beauty to work with. ;)

Later that day, Hannah was caught checking Santa's "Naughty or Nice" list online hahaha.

Logan was telling her, "Look, if you have to check, you ain't on the nice part sis.". Hahaha!

Take it easy this week!

P.S. The pics don't do them justice but these two canines have some luxurious coasts... Ya know why? Cause they are Kumpi dogs of course! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Get your canine news fix!

A new Broadway musical based on the book Because of Winn Dixie has cast its first canine star!

A man in Wisconsin is alive today thanks to his faithful labrador Holly.

With the Christmas season so close at hand, there are a lot of people contemplating pups as presents. Pet store puppies are notorious for coming from puppy mills, and there are many adoptable dogs that would be just as great of an addition to any family.

A 12 year old girl is handling her pup at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship. I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed for her!

Urban mushing is growing in popularity in Mexico. Some are hoping that their country can have an urban mushing race on a scale rivaling the Iditarod someday.

One family had a Christmas miracle when their pup was hit by a car and appeared to be dead, only to wake up before burial.

A police sniffing dog named after Denver Broncos quarterback Tebow made a big bust at the Orlando airport.

A trucker network is helps out families by transporting pets across the country. That's some great volunteer work, and I'm glad to see that these men and women have stepped up.

That's all for today, folks! We'll be seeing you back here on Monday.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Sweet St. Nick Flower Dog

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Buddy's ma, Bonnie, sent us an amazing flower arrangement from Buds & Blooms. It is multiple flowers shaped into a very artistic "Santa Dog". Thank you very much Bonnie, this pup brightened our day and has gotten many a compliment! Cortez couldn't help himself, he just had to pose with the new Santy.

This morning I found two good links from MSN.

The first link is actually from the Today Show. It is the Top 11 Animal Stories from 2011 and there are some tremendous ones. Although not all the stories are canine related, several of them are. ;)

Now, I have seen this next link before and it cracked me up, some folks think it's creepy, I guess I'm somewhere in the middle lol. Checkout the book, Yoga Dogs. I was reminded about this book while glancing at MSN's Humorous Holiday Gifts.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Christmas is right around the corner... If you need to get some "Holiday Things" done without Fido's help, feel free to drop him or her into The Fort. Please note, we are NOT closing or changing our hours of operation in the month of December this year.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Super Signage!

Today the Fort got hooked up with a cool new sign! The guys from Clear Channel came out and replaced the whole strip of signs just outside. They were really nice guys, and let us document the whole process.

First step--raise the truck bed so that they can reach the billboard.

Here's some finagling as they try and remove the old sign.

This picture is particularly neat--you can see the old sign beneath ours, showing that a dance studio used to be in this building. The building that Fort Fido occupies was built in the 1950s, and has hosted a lot of different businesses over the years.

Here they are hanging the new sign--I really like this color better, it stands out a lot more than the tan sign did.

Here is the finished product! Fort Fido, and our neighbor Max-MPG Scooters and Motorcycle service.

Just to round things out, here is a clip from each play area today!

Have a good night everyone!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Season's Greetings from Diego & Miller

We received two awesome Christmas cards/photos recently (Click them to enlarge).

One from Diego. He is looking as sharp as ever posin' in front of the tree. Note that he is sporting some holiday accessories. So Vogue lol!

The other is from Main Man Miller. I think this one is spectacular, the card is an ornament that you can actually hangup. Miller is a natural dog-model putting on his best "Blue Steel" for this winter warming pic.


A few dog related headlines from this afternoon:

Dog found three years later and 71 miles away (Pretty good but the last link tops this one!)

New dog for Christmas? (Some great info. here. We always meet a Xmas pup or two :)

Why dogs do the funny things they do (I really enjoyed this article, I've often wondered about several of the things mentioned, very cool.)

Man credits dog with saving his life (Another nice one where a dog saves the day.)

Dog returns home after 8-year, 2,700 mile trip (Holy Mackerel! Really ? LOL.)



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Buddy and Clips

Checkout this great photo of Fort Fido's very own "Buddy" with Santa Claus. It turned out real nice but my scanner didn't do it justice. Buddy's owner told me that Bud snagged Santa's beard right before the shoot, haha, typical Buddy style! Also, notice that Mrs. Claus had to fill in for the Jolly guy in this pic lol.

Remember, send us in your holiday pet photos (or any pet photos for that matter), they are all Blog worthy and we love receiving them.

Clips from today:

Two different colored "Golden Retrievers", Lulu & Sam played hard today.

The Medium Roll was as wild and boisterous as any day.

The Little Roll was also it's high-energy, fun-loving self.

Take care,


Monday, December 12, 2011

A & O Dog Training Site Launches and Documentaries

Our in-house dog trainer, Garrett Stevens, of Alpha & Omega Dog Training, has been working with us for a couple of years now. Garrett offers some outstanding dog training classes and seminars here at The Fort. We are excited to announce the launch of Garrett's new website, check it out here. Congratulations Alpha & Omega Dog Training! Another interesting fact is that our main man, Gary, is the Webmaster/Designer of Garrett's new website, too cool, nice job.

I am a big fan of Documentaries and Non-Fiction... I've watched several of the neat films over at snagfilms. There are many wonderful, canine related, documentaries on the site. I thought I would list some of them here for y'all to enjoy. Please note, not all of these are total "feel goods", specifically the top two, but they are all very informative none the less.

Rez Dogs

Dog Bless You

Those Wonderful Dogs

Man & Dog, An Evolving Partnership

A Pug's Life

Canine Confidential

Demon The Biker Chihuahua

Hope your week has started off well!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Walking Fido in a Winter Wonderland!

With the cold weather settling in for the next few months, it's important to consider how you are going to keep your pet warm and safe in this weather.

The first and most obvious thing is to, of course, limit the amount of time that your pup spends outside in the cold. Especially if there is snow or ice on the ground, time outside should be kept to manageable chunks. More pets are reported lost during the winter than during other times of year--this is because snow and cold can dampen smells and make it harder for your pooch to find his way home. Be cautious, and don't let your pet off-leash in a place where they may become lost.

Sweaters, coats, and booties can help to protect short-haired pets from the elements. It may feel a little silly to dress up a dog (who am I kidding, it's adorable!), but Fido will thank you for the extra layers. I've heard from several pet owners here at the Fort that their pups will refuse to go out in the cold or wet
without a coat, instead waiting until they are all bundled up. Can't say that I blame them--I haven't been anywhere without a coat in ages!

Protect your pup's pads from the cold and ice by applying something like Musher's Secret. This is a product made from all natural waxes, that coats your pup's paws and protects them from the elements, and any chemicals (such as de-icers) that have been put down to help us two-leggers deal with the weather. Make certain that while walking in this weather you keep an eye out for places that rock salt or other thawing chemicals have been used, and keep Fido from getting too interested! Puddles outside can also act as reservoirs of these chemicals. When you return home, your pup's feet and legs should be rinsed to make sure that no lingering chemicals are waiting to be licked.

There are non-toxic alternatives to the typical lime rock salt and calcium chloride salt, that can be used around pets. Morton Salt has a product, aptly named Safe T Pet, that is completely salt and chloride free. It is safer for pets, plants, and people! It's even easier on the concrete than traditional rock salt.

Just as you wouldn't leave your pet in the car during the summer, you should also avoid leaving them in a vehicle during the winter. While it is out of the wind, cars can still become very cold in a hurry, and this becomes a serious hazard to pets inside. On the subject of cars--many outdoor cats will sleep beneath the engine of parked cars during the winter, enjoying the last bits of radiating heat. If you park outside, make certain that you make some loud noise and check around for sleeping cats before starting your vehicle.

Puppies and older dogs do not tolerate heat as well as adult dogs do, so if you have a junior or senior pet, keep a close eye on how they are doing, and be sensitive to any signs of discomfort that they might be showing. Older dogs especially can have a hard time, if the cold sets off their arthritis. Adequate nutrition from a good food like Kumpi can help to combat this, as well as limiting time spent in the cold.

Make sure that any portable heat sources are out of pet range and keep your fireplace blocked off from Fido, to avoid any dangers that the heat may pose.

If you have any other tips or tricks for dealing with the winter weather, post them in the comments and let us know!


PS--I posted before about a dog accidentally shooting his owner at the beginning of a hunting trip, and I come to find out today that another unfortunate would-be hunter has suffered the same fate. I'm starting to notice a pattern, watch out hunters! Lol

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Friday!

Here are some superb news articles that Hope found earlier today.

Dog and rooster alert family to fire

World's oldest dog dies

Dog rescues dumped kittens

Blind horses and dogs find sweet life on farm

Here are some clips from the rolls today.

First up, two from the Medium Roll.

Miss Black Bella has a blast here all the time, look at her make the rounds lol.

Fort Fido old-schoolers Annie (Lab Mix) and Sofee (Boston Terrier/Pug/French Bulldog Mix) have been best buddies for a few years now, they are some great dogs.

Two from the Big Roll as well...

Mollie and Polo played quite hard this morning, they can handle it though. ;)

Bubba, Max and Sam were an unstoppable trio of pals most of the day.

Last but not least, the Littles.

Buddy and Chloe go at it.

The chase is on in this one with Chloe for the win Haha! She usually steals the show up there, always doing something fun.

Happy Friday y'all, have a nice weekend,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jack & Santa

Checkout these two awesomely hilarious photos of Jack, Santa and Jack's nephew lol. Click them to enlarge.

Talk about priceless, they really show off Jacks personality. Jack is a fun-loving, large/strong, Chocolate Lab that has been coming to Fort Fido for years. Definitely a regular of the Big Roll, nobody messes with Jack. ;)

Thanks for sending those pics in, we love sharing them with everyone. Don't forget to send in photos of your pet outside of The Fort ( ). Holiday themed photos of your pet are even better. I'll post them all up here on the Blog.

Have a great day,


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

]]] Luther's Adventure [[[

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Wow, now this is a good one, although a bit scary...

This morning dad (David) was in the lobby greeting customers. While glancing out the window he noticed a dog across the street, near Roundtable Pizza, approaching The Fort. The dog looked very familiar, "Is that Luther?" he thought. He was astonished to find out that it was! Already heading his way, David called for Luther and he happily came into the door then straight into the Big Roll, where he rules the roost I must add. So, Luther decided to bring himself to Doggie Daycare today, ahhh hahaha! Everyone was shocked. We found it very comical, he seemed to have a look on his face like, "Yeah, so what?" lol. In the past we've wondered at the possibilities of something like this happening.

The dogs at Fort Fido have a really good time here, for many, it becomes their second home. Everyone is fortunate and relived that Luther, however the heck he escaped, made it here in one piece. He managed to make his way roughly two miles from Crystal Springs Road, near Titlow Beach, all the way to 27th and Bridgeport! He no doubt crossed several busy streets and intersections while avoiding the dog catcher lol! Luther's owner is out of town, the house sitter/dog watcher had no idea how he escaped... His sis Payton was still in the yard and all gates were locked down. Luther is an old pooch but still has quite a bit of spring in his step, maybe he jumped over something?

Anyways, good thing he is here and safe now. What a wild morning for all involved! I have had a number of house sitting/dog watching gigs in the past. I know how difficult it can be to keep track of another person's household/pets. I know the sitter and feel for her, she's a great gal and loves these dogs... Sometimes accidents happen!

To Luther: No more adventures like that ya crazy man!


Take care,


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Short and sweet, twas a busy day.

Two from the Medium Roll with the ever so rowdy Buddah and Tikvah.

Two clips from the Little Roll, never a dull moment up there. Chloe and Pearl are always getting spunky no matter what day it is.

I should have had Mom (Nancy) film my dad (David) and I fixing the big utility sink downstairs this morning lol. Last night, Gary noticed that it was leaking heavily onto the floor! We had to shut the water off so there wasn't any bathroom/cleaning facilities downstairs for awhile. There was also a lot of mopping to do, doh! It was a bummer but luckily we got a new faucet on the thing and it's dry as a bone now. We actually got it fixed rather quickly without any foul language or bickering hahaha! We also got off cheap this time around. The last Fort Fido plumbing fiasco cost 50 times as much and let's just say we needed professional help.