Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wild Chinese Pet Trends

This is definitely not for everyone... I'm neutral on the idea of it all (feel free to ask me in person why lol). It does give me a chuckle though! However, I will not be turning Gibby into an Armadillo anytime soon, hahaha!

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This is Crazy! So a new trend has EXPLODED in China’s upper class where people are transforming their pets into miniature version of animals, fairies or dying them crazy colors. Pandas seem to be a big hit and obviously their favorite. It’s become a huge industry and people are spending THOUSANDS of dollars in professional hair dye,
All I can say is O M G…. Poor dogs…

Panda Puppies!
Canine Camel
No Clue…
Uuuh... Princess Fairy Dog?
Sharon Osborn as a dog…
Kinda Looks like an Ewok from star wars…
Horse Puppy




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peppy Pupcake

Meet Pupcake, what an awesome name!

She is a nine month old, about thirty pound, Tri-Color, Australian Shepherd. Pupcake came into Fort Fido full of high-energy, ready to get to it. We started her in the Medium Roll where she stayed and prospered. Pupcake got along well with the other pack members, she played quite a bit and seemingly enjoyed her stay. Welcome Pupcakes ;), you can comeback anytime and we hope you will.

Take care,


Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday's clips and news

Welcome back! I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday went well. We are back in action here at The Fort! :)

From the Big Roll we have a clip of new pals Copper and Zodiac, it's great to see these two get some energy out. Don't mind Ryker relieving himself haha, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.

Two from the Medium Roll. One showing the love affair that is "Barkley & Kona". The other clip is to show that new pup Bogie is doing just fine in the Medium Roll lol... Here he takes down a boxer!

From the news today:

All dogs originated in one tiny part of East Asia

Dog reunited with owner after five years

Top 10 healthy holiday treats for dogs

Dogs share gift of giving during the holidays

Dog Tales therapy helps children learn to read

Handling pets during a catastrophe

New children's book about pet loss

Have a nice start to your week,


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet Dog Stories

A few days ago, I found this neat link to a story about a Jack Russel Terrier named Lily who loves to chase bicycles. It's just amazing how well she can keep up with her owner. I know that my pup would give up after a minute or two--he definitely wouldn't keep pace for over a mile!

Dogs with dementia are being considered as possible candidates for medical trials that will help to find cures to Alzheimer's in humans.

Golly is an 11-year-old English Setter who hasn't let a major disability hold him back from his passion for hunting. Though you wouldn't know it, Golly is almost completely blind.

This story is incredibly sad, but also a great example of why we remove all coats, collars, harnesses, et cetera that dogs are wearing when they attend daycare at the Fort. A pup died while being boarded when her collar and tags got wedged in a fence. My heart goes out to her family.

If there is room for another furry friend in your life, Kindred Souls Foundation has recently rescued more than 50 dogs from a hoarding situation, and they are looking for good homes for these pups.

I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday!


P.S.--Check out the schedule for Santa photos at the Tacoma Mall- there are reserved times for pet photos, if you are interested in a cute and furry holiday picture for your cards this year!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Softhearted Sam

Say hello to Sam! She is a four year old, eighty pound, Golden Retriever that had her assessment this morning. Like a typical Fort Fido Golden, Sam had a blast here. We started her off in our Big Dog Roll and that proved to be the perfect fit for Sam's play-style and temperament. She communicated with the other pack members graciously and had a good hardy run of play. Sam is welcome back to The Fort anytime, we look forward to seeing her regularly.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

A special thank you goes out to all of our amazing customers. We are truly thankful for your business and gallant support!


P.S. I'll leave you with some clips from today, one features Sam. Don't forget, we will be closed tomorrow and Friday. See you Saturday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hero Dog

Wow! You gotta check this one out if you haven't already. My wife pointed this video out to me a couple days ago. Sad yet absolutely amazing at the same time.

In other news today...

Thursday's Dog Show may leave the co-hosts speechless

Thanksgiving scraps your dog SHOULD NOT eat

This dog took his owner's motor-home for a drive

And a clip of each Roll.

Take it easy,


Monday, November 21, 2011

clips and liks

Hi there, hope your Monday is going good. Here are a few links and clips from today for ya.

The Medium Roll had the trio of friends Gracie , Sadie & Sofee mixing it up all day today.

From the Little Roll we find Mr. Pee-Wee acquiring a "girly friend" in Pearl. Good luck Pee-Wee, Pearl's a whole lot of woman hahaha.

The Links:

Elderly woman owes her life to her dog and Mailman

Dog makes life easier for boy with cerebral palsy

Pick your dog breed wisely

What can be done about family's aggressive little dog?

Train your dog for holiday gatherings


P.S. Please remember, we will be closed this Thursday & Friday (Nov. 24th & 25th). We will be open and ready for action this Saturday (Nov. 26th).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Spectacular Saturday Scenes!

Here are a couple of glimpses at the action from the Fort today. This first clip features a whole lot of the dogs that were here today, tearing it up! You can see Lila and Blue, Gordon, Buddah, Tikvah, and Emily all getting in on the action!

In this next clip, Gordon and Lukas have a good romp, and you can see Tikvah and Buddah having some fun of their own in the background.

In the news, I found a clip about a dog that led police on a mile-long chase down the freeway after leaping from a car involved in an accident. Thankfully, pooch is just fine and has been reunited with its owner.

I hope that you all got to enjoy that sunshine! :-)


Friday, November 18, 2011

Funny Pics and Links to News

A friend of mine from band emailed me this funny dog photo set, enjoy! Several of these pics gave us quite a chuckle.

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Here are some nice news articles I found recently:

Dog's unique diving talent gets him YouTube fame (YOU MUST check this one out!)

'Miracle Dog' enjoys new found life with family

Dog saves residents from house fire

Meeting the Breeds, choosing a healthy dog for your family

Have a nice weekend, watch out for the white stuff!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rufus The Lion

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It's a bit hard to see in this pic but Rufus the Doodle got an extraordinarily awesome new hairdo lol! He asked for and received the "Lion Cut", although in this pic he looks more like a Camel because his Buddie's head blends in behind him looking like a hump haha.

Here is a clip of the lion-heart in action, of course, Marco Polo, has to make sure he is still "King of the Jungle". ;) He, among others, really enjoys Rufus's company due to his outstanding temperament.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

~ Boogie Down With Bogie ~

Get a load of Bogie!

He is a darling, spunky, three month old, fourteen pound, Boston Terrier that had his assessment at Fort Fido this morning. This pup was something else... Bogie came in looking all sweet and innocent but his true colors shined in a short amount of time haha. He tore it up (played hard) instantly with the best that the Little Roll had to offer. We are certain that Bogie will be heading down to the Medium Roll rather soon, it's a good thing, he's ready for the next level of play! Hopefully Bogie will get a chance to meet Mama Beija before he goes Medium. He had a boisterously fun time here and we look forward to seeing him again soon.

Enjoy your day,

P.S. Here is just a taste of the Little Bogster in action... I'm sure there will be some better clips of this guy in time, he's an animal. Also, he was tricky to get a picture of, you could imagine why, he was surging with life and ready to roam. There's never time for a photo-op lol.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spirited Samantha

Please welcome Samantha. She is a lovely, one year old, forty-six pound, Black and White, English Springer Spaniel. Samantha joined our Medium Roll and was a bit hesitant at first... Unsurprisingly, she busted out hard after a few hours. Samantha just couldn't resist Grady's Chocolate Lab Charm Haha! Samantha did really well for her first day at The Fort. We look forward to her attending. Thanks to Grady for helping bring Sam out of her shell, way to be bud!

Take care,

P.S. Here are two clips of Miss Samantha having a barrel of fun in the Medium Roll this morning.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Training Class & Seminar Dates

We finally have some new Dog Training Class and Seminar dates up on our website. They will be after the holidays, it's a lot easier for everyone in class that way.

Our Calm & Balanced Seminar will be:

February 26th

11:00 am - 12:30 pm $50 All dogs welcome.

Dog Whispering VS. Dog Training!

Will Cover (or examine)

- How Dog's Think

- Pack Life

- Communicating With Canines

- The Alpha

- Corrections

Don't be shy, bring your crazy, hyper or wild dog and Garrett will do live demos!

Our Basic Obedience & Leadership Classes will be:

January 31st - February 16th

Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm (six one hour classes) $140 All dogs welcome.

Basic Obedience & Leadership includes six custom classes that will cover:

- Pack dynamics & socialization

- The importance of body language & energy

- Housebreaking

- "Sit, down, stay" commands

- Loose leash walking & "heel" command

- "Leave it" command

- "Go to your place/crate/bed" command

- "Come" or Recall command

So anywho... Go ahead and get signed up now! Just stop by or give us a call. ;)

Late Friday evening I found a wonderful Galley of photos on King5's website. It is the Dogs of War Gallery. Check it out here.

I hope your work week goes well,


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pups in the News!

Curl up with the news!

I rustled up a few interesting doggie articles in the news today. First up is the story of a thousand-dollar dog lunch. Literally! A family dog ate $1000 in cash that was left in an envelope on the counter. Now that is an expensive meal.

A four-legged veteran is getting stem-cell treatment to help her arthritis and to improve the quality of her life.

A newly-adopted Saint Bernard defended his new family from a burglar, chasing him from the basement. This was only seven hours after having been adopted!

Therapy dogs visit students with autism, and provide a unique experience for these children.

A pup that was dragged behind a pickup now has a new home, where she can recover and be safe.

In case you didn't know, this is National Pet Adoption Weekend. Today and tomorrow from 9-6 at all Petco locations, there will be adoptable dogs and cats as well as more "nontraditional" pets--rabbits, guinea pigs, and others. The Humane Society is teaming up as well, bringing some of their adoptable cats and rabbits.

This one isn't dog-related, but it's still pretty shocking to see that there was a black bear wandering Lakewood!

Have a great weekend!


P.S.--The Seattle Times has a great list of pet events available on their website, check them out and see if there's anything you're interested in!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Little Miss Mollie!

This morning we met a sweet little Basset Hound named Mollie, and welcomed her into the pack. Mollie is 15 months old, and made a really great addition to the medium role. She has been well-socialized since a young age, and it really shows in her interactions here. She speaks great dog, and had a good time tearing it up with the other medium pups. We even got a great clip of her playing with her new friends Tikvah, Chewy, and Kona.

Everyone enjoy the long weekend!