Friday, May 31, 2013

Two speeds: stop and go go go!

Last night things got pretty cuddly with these sweet sleepers! Cayenne and Louis were best buds, and Tikvah really liked squeezing into the tiny bed, haha. Reminds me of a certain bulldog that stays with us ;-)

The sleepiness ended when we opened up shop for the day's daycare dogs, and we got some great peeks at the action in all three areas. Upstairs, Marlee and Oliver were trying to figure out how to play fetch and share at the same time. Hilarity ensues!

In the Medium Pack, Tikvah was running amok with pals Lucy and Phoebe. These girls definitely know how to have a good time.

Large pups Max and Red had a "clash of the titans" in the big roll. These boys had a great time together, and were a really well-matched pair.

After this rip-roarin' day, we'll have some more cute sleepers tonight I bet!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our friends are at it again!

Here's a couple of clips from this morning at The Fort! First off, we've got Zipper, Marty and Stella romping with the Big Rollers
Next Up we've got Pancake and Macey, a pair of adorable medium rollers, also this clip features Lucy with her awesome new, summer ready hair-do!
And last, but certainly not least we have a couple of the puppies from our Medium Roll. Yuki, and Sierra play as Max patiently watches from the sidelines, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce!
Another great day with friends here at Fort Fido. Remember to check in on days your pup was with us, and maybe you'll see them here on the blog or playing on the television in the lobby.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dashing Dax

This morning we met a nice gentleman by the name of Dax. This charming seven-year-old Australian Cattle Dog joined up with the other medium dogs to get the lay of the land here at the Fort. A daycare veteran from Colorado, Dax stayed calm and confident throughout his stay this morning. He wasn't quite ready to bust out all the stops with our other pack members, but he spoke very good "dog" and had a great "Alpha" sort of presence about him.

We'll be hanging out with this handsome guy more this weekend.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You're the man Riley, article, & Happy One Year!

Riley's ma, recently sent me this hilariously cute clip, of Mr. Riley getting very excited about heading to The Fort. We absolutely loved it, and it certainly made our day. Thanks guys!

In other news, although it's pretty obvious, getting exercise is extremely important for us humans, and our pets... This snippet I found from King 5 News, sums up the advantages and benefits of "breaking a sweat" with our canine companions.

Dog owners have built-in workout partner

Well, I sure hope this rain will Peter out... If not, and you aren't up for a jog with your pooch, drop on in to Fort Fido. The pack will get your dog "dog tired" and they'll stay dry. Fortunately, this upcoming weekend looks promising.

Speaking of weekends, I hope y'all had a nice Memorial Day Weekend, which by the way, just marked our one year anniversary of running 24/7, 365! Woo-hoo! We aren't stopping this operation. We have learned a lot over the past year, and we are running strong.

Thank you very much, to all of our wonderful customers, for your support!


P.S. Summer is fast approaching, be sure to make those Overnight Boarding reservations asap. Also, be sure to grab your Fort Fido Stickers, we have several left, in two colors, and they look awesome!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Welcome Kingsley!

This morning we had the great pleasure of meeting an adorable, 15 week old, German Shepherd puppy named Kingsley. Kingsley started out over in our medium roll and was a bit timid at first but quickly warmed up to the other dogs and started to play. When Kingsley gets a little bit bigger he will graduate over to our big roll and have lots of German Shepherd friends to meet. Here is a clip we got of Kingsley and Stella (Boxer) playing early this morning.

Kingsley did exceptionally well for his first day and we look forward to seeing him again.

Have a great week,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mischevious Max!

We rounded out our week with one last awesome "newbie." Little Max is a Border Collie-mix, and stole our hearts right away with his smashing good looks. Curious and smart, he had a good time checking out the other dogs in the medium roll. He was a little trepidatious of the bigger guys, but did well with the pups closer to his own size-- the ever-playful Rudy kept him company, as did our boarding buddy Frances.

Max is joining the Fort at a great time for socialization. The puppy months are especially important for exposing your dog to new people, places, pups, and experiences. Having such a wide range of experience under his belt should help this little guy to grow up balanced and confident. We look forward to watching him grow and learn!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Beautiful Beau

Early this morning we met yet another fun pup-- a sweet cream colored Golden-Retriever mix named Beau. He didn't waste any of his time getting right in to play with the medium dogs, and went right to work putting his charms on with Rudy. They were fast friends, and had a great morning together!

Beau fit right in with our pack and daycare environment, and it should go a long way towards keeping him happy and entertained.

Here's to even more fun days in the future!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Effervescent Emma!

This morning we had the pleasure of adding a sweet old Goldendoodle gal named Emma to our medium pack. Although she is eight years old, Emma is in great shape and had a great time palling around with fellow 'doodle Cody (who is about seven years her junior). These two look like they could have been cousins, even though Cody is an Australian Labradoodle. They were great "peas in a pod" and were caught on camera this morning.

This well-rounded pup makes a great addition to our pack, and will continue to get along swimmingly.

We've been adding a great bunch of pups this week, and a big thanks to all of you for continuing to spread the word about the Fort!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This Week's Cool Clips

We caught a couple of great clips over the past few days that we haven't had a chance to slip in here, with all of the new dogs coming in! So here's a great peek at some of our friends from this weekend and earlier this week--

We caught Maggie on tape tearing it up with pups Buddy and Jack. Maggie is an older gal, and it's great to see that she can still keep up with the wild young'uns!

Next up is this cute clip of Tikvah and Rudy, who were boarding together for a few days. These ladies are just the best of friends, and really enjoy each other's company.

Lastly, we got a hilarious look at Jackson chasing the herding ball. Sometimes it is really surprising which dogs will take to the herding ball, I didn't expect this little Frenchie to get so worked up by it! He didn't even notice Yuki trying to play with him, lol.

We'll see you back with more news and clips on our next blog post!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hardy Holly

This morning we had the pleasure of assessing Holly. She is a nine year old, sixty-five pound, Yellow Labrador Retriever. Holly stayed with us in our Medium Roll, and did well. She is a dog park Veteran, well versed in "Dog Speak", and highly socialized. Holly was quite an asset to us today, due to her "mothering energy", she can handle any dog that comes her way... And she is especially good with young pups, of which, we have several in the Medium Play Area right now.

One neat fact, is that Holly's owners are the heads of the wonderful organization that is SUNDogs, in University Place. They are responsible for getting the city's lovely Dog Park on the Chambers Bay Properties. We have worked a bit with the SUNDogs group over the years, and truly appreciate what they do for the canine community. Our hats are off to them and their efforts! My dog Gibson loves running around down there at the off leash park, thank you!

Way to go today Holly, you are welcome at Fort Fido anytime! We look forward to seeing you for Overnight Boarding this summer.

Take care all,


Monday, May 20, 2013

Another New Member Of The Pack!

This Monday morning we welcomed Sierra, an Australian Cattle Dog, She was very excited to get to play with the other daycare dogs, especially with Dakota dutifully watching over her. After getting warmed up to the energy levels here at The Fort, she opened right up and started her first play day with Avi the Corgi.
We were super excited to meet another member of Dakota's family, and I'd bet that just like her Sister, we will be seeing her often :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A new pack member!

Today at The Fort we had a gorgeous seven year old wire haired dachshund, Gus, come for his assessment. He has a great attitude and was really excited to meet new pup buddies! He didn't seem too interested in getting any playtime in, as he was too busy inspecting the other medium rollers and finding his place. Faramir, long time Fort Fido friend, and great ambassador, helped Gus feel at home when other friends started to arrive and as things started to liven up around The Fort.

After seeing his reaction to The Fort this morning, I bet that once Gus is accustomed to daycare and has positive experiences to associate with it, that he will have even more fun playing with his new friends!
See you later this week, Gus!!
P.s. Don't forget to grab your Fort Fido Stickers and a copy of The Pet Connection from our lobby on your next visit!! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

A Peek at all Pooches!

Koji loves to be King of the Castle!
We got some really great clips of our dogs in action today, in every size! In the little roll, ball time was the main attraction, and all the ladies up there were having a really great time. Frizzy dominated, as usual, though Marlee was close behind her trying to edge in on the game. Dixie and Oreo mostly enjoy chasing the other dogs, which ball time is a great opportunity for!

In the medium roll, Avi and Jackson were back at it again-- these two just can't keep away from each other. Size definitely doesn't matter to these two, they play just fine despite their differences. We could all learn a thing or two from that!

Big dogs Zipper and Buddy were peas in a pod, just a couple of hound-dogs. Good thing that they were playing all the time, not crying all the time! Not any crying at all ;-)

Hope that you enjoyed the look inside!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Welcome to the pack, Ginger!

Today we welcomed Ginger, a two and a half year old Lab Mix. She came to see us because of the expert advice of  her buddy, Sophie Alice. Ginger is a very sweet tempered, and curious pup. She had lots of new scents to check out, not only in the lobby but back with the pack as well.

Not quick to jump into play, but very nice and spoke great dog! I'm sure that once Ginger becomes accustomed to the environment here at The Fort she will start to open up and play more with the other Big Rollers. Ginger was lucky to have found and been found by such amazing owners, at the humane society approx. 6 1/2 months ago. We're happy to have her and looking forward to seeing her again soon!  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gettin comfy at the Fort, and Jack takes a romp!

Mind if I sit here? -Gordon
Gettin' comfy!

Baer knows how to chill out!

Theodore likes to curl up as small as he can manage!

We caught a few little clips of Jack and Hazel tearing it up, so I compiled them into a  longer one-- this spunky girl really struck Jack's fancy and he was all over her!

Have a great night, and we'll see you bright and early back here tomorrow!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fire Fighter & Photographer Michelle Johnson

I always look forward to her awesome photography. I enjoy all of the colors, and positive energy, that she captures in her shots.

Here we have a few pics of Miss Dakota Downtown, and a few sharp looking Pipers from the Pierce County FireFighters Pipes and Drums. Click to enlarge.


Thanks Michelle, take it easy y'all!

P.S. Could anyone figure out why I liked this photo set sooo much? LOL! BAGPIPES! ;) Also, as always, if you have any pictures of your pets, please send them to us! We love seeing what our Fido Buddies are up to outside The Fort, and we love posting the pics up on The Blog.

Monday, May 13, 2013

3 Medium Roll Clips

There was lots of energy over in the medium roll this morning and we were lucky enough to get a few minutes of it on video. This first video is Marlee (Cocker Spaniel), Sammy (Puggle), and Louis (Boston Terrier-Pug mix), all having fun early this morning  before it got too busy.


Next is a quick clip of the Jackson the Goldendoodle, and Lucy the Labradoodle.

And this final video features all of the dogs in our medium roll but is focused mainly on Cody (Australian Labradoodle) and Pupcake (Australian Shepherd).

Have a great week,

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stills and Video!

From their last weekend here together, it's Buckwheat and Rudy!

Mac looking dapper in the sunshine!
I found a couple of cute pics floating around the computer here and just had to share! We really do have some adorable doggies that come in here! Rudy is a Basset Hound, Buckwheat is a Havanese, Maltese and Pomeranian mix, and Mr. Mac on the bottom there is a French Bulldog (affectionately known as a "Frenchie").

In video, we caught Baer and Japser, to be joined later by wild-man Jack, having a good time neckfighting. These two were great buddies all day long, and really just seemed to "click."
Enjoy your weekend!


P.S.-- Check out this great gallery of photos from the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA. It's always great to see the ways that people incorporate their pets into their hobbies!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Dogs are good for you! And some funnies

A new study has confirmed again that owning a dog is linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Us dog-lovers have been aware of the calming impact that our companions can have on out life for some time now, but it is still nice to have some science to back it up! I wouldn't expect doctors to be prescribing pooches anytime soon-- a big part of the benefit of dog-ownership is that you want a dog in your life. Most of the study focused on the need dos have for exercise, and how that is more likely to get a person up and going than a doctor's vague recommendation to "exercise more." Pets have real concrete needs that have to be met, and it provides you with a clear set of achievable goals.

Not dog-related, but I stumbled across this funny YouTube clip. Everybody knows that domestic cats have a fascination with boxes, but did you know that Big Cats like them too? Apparently, "if I fits, I sits" is true across all felines!

Have fun in the sun everybody!

Caught mid-shake!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Congratulations to Carla!

We got a cute few pictures from Diego's mom Carla, announcing that our buddy "Little D" is going to be a big brother at the end of the year!

This is a way cooler sign than some of the "dog-shaming" ones! This one is pretty "dog-uplifting!"

I love the bow-tie, and I know that Diego is going to be an awesome brother-- I think that he is ready for it! A big congratulations to Carla and Miguel, and of course to Diego.
P.S. For those of you that have been wondering, yes I am pregnant as well! I know that can be an awkward question for people to ask (and be asked lol!), so I figured I should let y'all know. :-) I'll be meeting my little girl in the end of July, so you can expect to see me around a little less as things progress. Thanks to all of you for the many great years I've had here at the Fort!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stickers are in!

Hello Fort Fido Followers!

My name is Ryan, I've been working at The Fort for about two months now, and I will be posting on the blog from time to time.

I am pleased to announce that we have gotten Fort Fido vinyl stickers, and would be more than happy to hand them out to you and your friends!
 So come on in to receive your FREE stickers! Good for anything! Cars, Windows, Laptops, Even Children!
P.S. Don't forget that we have new copies of The Pet Connection with a great article titled "Calm your Dogs Energy & Behavioral Problems Disappear!" written By Garret Stevens

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


I just got back from an absolutely glorious mini-vacation over the pass... I went to Leavenworth, then Ellensburg, for hiking, camping, swimming, a wedding, and general merry-making lol. It was a wonderful time. However, I couldn't believe the weather I left here, amazing! Glad I wasn't the only one experiencing the sun.

Although I didn't really participate in any official Cinco de Mayo activities... Upon my return, I did check out some funny/cute Cinco de Mayo "pet related" clips and pics. My hope is that at least one of these will crack ya a smile, or give you a chuckle. They did me!

9 Pets who are having (had) the best Cinco de Mayo!

The Chihuahua Races from Delray Beach, Florida

Real life "Puss in Boots" Hahaha!

22 funny photos of pets celebrating Cinco de Mayo

And last but not least, for no other reason than fun... A newly released dog clip from AFV.

All for now, be well,

P.S. Fort Fido, LLC does not condone giving any form of alcohol to pets. ;)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Some Funny Videos

Here is an awesome automatic ball launcher a guy invented for his dog Jerry.
This is Tessie, a young red fox Labrador, trying desperately to join in on some table tennis!
In this adorable YouTube clip, an 11-week-old Corgi puppy named Scout challenges a silver spoon to a duel.

Have a great week,

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rudy Romps aRound!

If you remember, we met Miss Rudy last Wednesday, and we've been waiting for her to bust out the moves as she has been staying with us these past few days. Although during the daytime, she is a sweet and mild-mannered girl, once nighttime rolls around she sheds her "Clark Kent" persona and takes on the roll of Superdog! Check out this awesome clip of her and Buckwheat having an after-hours romp.

I guess that for this lovely Basset, it's all about the after-party. So glad to see her doing well!


Friday, May 3, 2013

Doing Double Duty-- Two great new pups!

Our Medium Pack got one pup bigger, with the addition of gregarious Goldendoodle pup Tucker. This adorable four-month-old had a great time, and really let his fun personality show while romping with Tikvah in the morning. The nice weather today sure made me feel like romping too! He is definitely a fantastic addition to our pups, and is going to keep having a grand ol' time with us. 

The little ones upstairs had the pleasure of meeting little Havanese Molly. Everybody up there was tearing it up, and this high-spirited little girl just could not resist joining in! When Dixie and Buckwheat were tearing it up in the early morning, Molly just had to get in on the action. Check out this cute clip of her learning the ropes.

The Fort will certainly benefit from these two great additions--it's so much fun to keep meeting new dogs and to see how they can all benefit from the social interaction at daycare.
Now go enjoy that sunshine!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A few Pics and Birthday Wishes :-)

Gotta start out with a laugh!
We have some great pictures that I've been waiting for an opportunity to share with you guys-- check these out!
Bella knows how to get really comfy
Baer works the camera, and Hank just sleeps sweetly
The Ray of Death Strikes again!

We also want to make sure we wish a happy birthday to Grant-- another year older and wiser, and another year dedicated to making sure that Fort Fido stays on top! It's great working with you, and I hope that you have an awesome birthday.

Enjoy the warm weather, even if the sun hides out a little bit!


P.S.-- New copies of the Pet Connection are available in the Fort Fido lobby! These are a cool, local, bi-monthly pet newspaper. If you haven't picked one up, summer is a great time to start. My favorite part is always the calendar, showing cool pet-related events going on in May and June.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Radical Rudy!


Rudy is an adorable tri-color Basset Hound that came to visit with us this morning. She wasn't too sure of why she was getting up so early this morning, I know that an unexpected early start can put me off sometimes! Although she was somewhat tentative, Rudy spoke good "dog" and was an effective communicator, which is a fundamental building block for being able to play and interact with other pups in the daycare environment. She didn't bust out those moves quite yet, but she has a great foundation, and will hopefully find her feet here in a jiffy.

We'll be seeing her soon for some overnight stays!