Friday, November 29, 2013

Bouncing Benny!

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Benny to the pack!
Benny is a  playful and happy 2 yr. old Labrador Retriever.
Benny romped hard with other fort fido regulars, Samwise and Odin as you can watch in the clip below!

so much energy in this guy!
we hope to see you again soon Benny, Have a great night, and weekend and we shall catch you next week!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at the Fort!

Hey Folks, Ryan here, wishing everyone a glorious Thanksgiving feast. May it be full of pie, ham and turkey, 'till your hearts delight. While its great to get together with the family and friends, a lot of people forget that our furry friends are along for the ride! smelling and seeing the beautiful bounty can be quite tempting. So reward your dog and let him/her take place in the eating debauchery as well! I have featured a few recipes here earlier in the month, but just in case you missed them, here are a couple that I'm definitely going to try tonight.

After Dinner Delight
Leftover turkey
cranberry sauce (take it easy on this one, dogs don’t need a lot of sugar in their diets!)
any other vegetables (not onions!)
Mix together all of the above, and drizzle lightly with a tablespoon or two of gravy.  Don’t give your dog more than one serving (approximately how much he’d eat anyway).  Make certain there are no bones in the meat.  Remember, while hot food tastes great to humans, dogs’ aren’t used to it.  Let his food cool thoroughly.
Next is a great article about sharing your dinner with your dogs, and gives you some knowledge on thanksgiving day food. The Goods and The Bads are listed there so that you can make your OWN specialty doggie dinner, remember to write down your recipe though, so you can do it again next year!
by Patti Lawson
Again, enjoy your evening and remember! NO BONES FOR FIDO! :)
-Ryan W


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Scoutin' it out!

This morning we were excited to assess Scout. She is an eight month old, thirty-eight pound, brown and brindle, Labrador Retriever/ Bavarian Mountain Hound Mix. Now Scout is a very nice dog that is very sociable. She took to the Medium Roll with ease, and it was truly a perfect fit for her. Scout played a bunch with several different members of the pack, taking quite a liking to Georgie and Louis, among others. We are thrilled to have Scout amongst our ranks here at The Fort. We are also happy for her owners, they have scored a great canine companion. She's certainly welcome here anytime. First-rate job today girl!

Checkout these two clips of Scout in action, she is having a blast!

Be well,


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Puperton & Roscoe

Meet Pupperton and Roscoe! They had their assessments yesterday. Pupperton is a five year old, seventeen pound, tan and white colored, Chihuahua. Roscoe is a one year old, twelve pound, brown and black colored, German Shepard/ Dachshund Mix.

Both Pupperton and Roscoe hung out in Fort Fido's Little Roll. It was a new experience for them, so they weren't exactly sure what to make of it all. All in all, they did just fine. Although there wasn't tons of play involved, they seemed to relax into the pack a bit as the morning progressed. Given time and consistency, we believe Pupperton and Roscoe will began to get much more out of The Fort. For now, these two cuties are welcome anytime. Good job boys, we'll see ya again soon!

Take care,


Monday, November 25, 2013

Magnificant Mya

This weekend we had the pleasure of assessing this wonderful, 7 Year old, 60lb, tan and white Boxer named Mya. She started out the day in the big roll and enjoyed the whole experience of daycare quite a lot. She seemed to enjoy watching other dogs interact and play with each other, especially Rainier and Grady.

We had a great time here with Mya and we look forward to seeing her again soon.
Have a good one,

Friday, November 22, 2013

A way to GET thanks this holiday!

If you have faces like these watching your every move on thanksgiving, Try making some of this! It uses ingredients you've already got laying around the house, and it lets Fido become a part of the giving of thanks.
From all your pals here at Fort Fido, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a great post-dinner food coma. Remember those sweat pants!
On a more serious note, I can not stress enough how thankful everyone here at Fort Fido is, to have such a wonderful group of dogs, owners and friends. Thank you for you continued support and we hope to celebrate more and more holidays with you at our side!
See you next week!
-Ryan W.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yo, suds up!

I would like to remind everybody about a great event Fort Fido has coming up... Partnering with The Soggy Doggy Dog Wash and SUNDogs, of University Place, The Fort is participating in the "Spruce Up Fido" Dog Wash fundraiser. It's going to be a blast, and we hope you'll all mark your calendars to attend.

It is on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Fort Fido Crew will be there to wash your pooch for you, or with you, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Normal Soggy Doggy wash rates will apply. All proceeds that The Soggy Doggy acquires, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, will be going to, and benefiting, the new off-leash dog park that the SUNDogs have in the works. When the Fort Fido hour begins, at 6:00 pm, all proceeds The Soggy Doggy takes in, will be donated to the SUNDogs, for the off-leash dog park project, on behalf of The Fort. Super cool!

For those that do not know, the current off-leash dog park, located on the Chambers Creek Properties, and "in" the golf course lol, has always been "temporary". It has basically been an experiment since its inception. Things have been going well with it over the past few years, so it looks like the people in charge will be allowing it to continue. So now it is time to get ourselves a permanent off-leash dog park spot! Which of course, requires some fundraising.

So please, come on down to The Soggy Doggy, December 3rd, anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 pm, to show your support for our cities off-leash dog park. We hope to see you there! Besides, it will be wayyy easier for you to let us wash Fido for you, or at least let us help you with the chore. It's never fun ending up like some of the canines and owners in this classic clip:


Be well,

P.S. Also, the UP Fire Department will be visiting with an engine that day, at 4:30 pm. At 5:30 pm, folks get a chance to meet up with University Place Council Member, Caroline Belleci... Last but not least, if you show up, you will receive a $2 off coupon for the ever-popular, Santa Paws Photo Shoot, happening on December 7th.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lobby Petiquette

Checkout our new "Lobby Etiquette" signage. We put it up this last weekend, and it has some rather good tips for safety and control.

Here they are:


Do ask before approaching a dog.
Do keep your dog close by you at all times.
Do be mindful of your dog's conduct and whereabouts.
Do feel free to show us your dog's tricks for a treat.
Do remember that dogs are different "on leash".
Do remember to keep calm and use a mellow, "normal" voice when speaking to your or other customer's dogs.
Do lock your retractable leashes in order to maintain control.


Don't allow your dog to greet other dogs "on leash".
Don't allow your dog to make decisions - you are the one in charge.
Don't reward negative behavior.
Don't forget the power of the sit.

Thanks for studying on this stuff guys!

Take it easy,


Monday, November 18, 2013

Video Clips

Here are a couple of clips highlighting some of the action from the large and medium areas this morning. This first video features Lucy the labradoodle and Brix the retriever, the next clip is of Summer and Buddy over in the big roll.

Take it easy,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ways to Include your furry friends in the Festivities

Thanksgiving dinner is a meal we all look forward to every year, so why not share that same joy with our canine pets without having to just let them lick our plates Haha.
 Here is a healthy way to let Fido enjoy that succulent turkey they are smelling!

this recipe is easy, quick and uses all the stuff you've already got around the house

Here is another cool recipe by food channel/The cooking channel star Rachel Ray

Have A great weekend, and remember: No matter what you feed Fido this holiday season, be sure to keep those turkey bones out of the picture!

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check back next week!
-Ryan W.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

- Georgie -

Take a gander at The Fort's newest member, Georgie! She is a ten month old, twenty-one pound, red and white colored, Boston Terrier. Now this little gal was eager to meet the pack. She did so with gusto, playing wholeheartedly in our Medium Roll. She's no stranger to canine socialization, this wasn't her first time at the rodeo lol. Georgie loves going to the dog-park, and has attended Dog Daycare regularly. Georgie is welcome to attend Fort Fido anytime, and we look forward to seeing her high-spirited self again.

Here's a clip of Miss Georgie in the thick of it, having a grand old time with Sahale, amongst several others.

Take it easy,


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Handyman is in!

Meet Handy. He is a fun-loving, ten month old, seven pound, white colored, Maltese. This spunky little fellow, had his assessment in the Little Roll. Handy did very well, and was quite eager to experience his new surroundings. He is confident, courageous, and carries a large, likable personality. Handy made playmates out of the other pack members quickly and easily. It was a wonderful first day for Handy. He'll be a pleasure for us to have here at The Fort.

In the following clips, Handy gets to know Fort Fido regulars, Rusty and Buckwheat. The two were a perfect match-up for the Handyman.



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Here's a...

Belated, Happy Veteran's Day to you all. Thank you to those who have served, and a special thanks to all of our Fort Fido customers who have served, and are currently serving. Wishing you all the very best!

9 special pet programs for Veterans and Active Military

A Veteran's Day for Vets and Dogs

Service Dogs help Veterans cope

A Salute to War Vets & Service Pets

Be well,


Monday, November 11, 2013

Ginger, Piper and Vinnie

Today we have three new dogs for you guys to meet.

First up is Ginger, She is a 6 month old, 20lb, cream colored Labradoodle. She had her assessment on Saturday and did great. She was very friendly while meeting other dogs and had a wonderful time.
Next up is this 1 year old, 15lb, Sheltie named Vinnie. Vinnie is a great dog with a very relaxed personality. Vinnie enjoyed observing all the action in the medium roll today and although he didn't play a whole lot today, I'm sure after a few more days of daycare he will be playing hard with the rest of the pack.
And last but not least, we got to meet the adorable little sister of Riley. She is 4 month old, Papillon named Piper. Piper had her assessment this morning and did excellent. She was upstairs all morning and had an awesome time with her brother Riley and the whole pack.
Have a great week,


Friday, November 8, 2013

Finally its Friday.

Well to cap off this week I figured we could all use some chuckles.
first off, some weird things to say to a human, that we say to our dogs all the time
If my dog actually WAS a human I think it would go a little something like this
Next a dog with about as much talent as any mainstream pop singer now-a-days haha!
im sure a record deal is on the way!
hopefully you got a few good guffaws from these clips, I know I did :)
Have a great weekend and we'll catch ya next week!
-Ryan W.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My heroes have always been cowboys...

A little belated Halloween-love from our buddy Louis... He is seen here, channeling his inner Willie Nelson. Too funny! "Willy" should try this too lol.

All for today, be well,


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Triumphant Triumph


Those pics above, yup, they're my "Triumph References" lol. ;)

Get a load of Triumph! He is a six year old, fifty-five pound, Australian Shepherd Mix, that hung out in The Fort's Medium Roll.

Even though Fort Fido was new territory for Triumph, he is no stranger to the Dog Daycare scene, and seemingly enjoys the experience. New to Washington, Triumph is a Veteran of Doggie Daycares in and around The Bay Area.

From our observations, he very well enjoyed being in the company of other canines here. Although he didn't play much today, we hope, and suspect, that he will "bust out" in the future. Nice job today Triumph, we'll see you again soon.

Take care,


Monday, November 4, 2013


This weekend we had the pleasure of meeting a new pup named Jillaroo. she is a 6 month old, 24lb, tri-colored Mini Australian Shepherd. For those of you who don't know "Jillaroo" is an Australian nick-name for a young girl training to work on a sheep or cattle farm, it also makes a prefect name for this Australian girl. Jillaroo is a great dog with a great attitude and she jumped right into the action as soon as she arrived at the Medium Roll. Jillaroo especially enjoyed playing with Pupcake (A fellow Australian Shepherd) and Sammy (Puggle).

Jillaroo did an awesome job this weekend and we look forward to seeing her again soon.
Take it easy,

Friday, November 1, 2013

Becoming a Good Canine Citizen

While all dogs possess the ability to be a good dog, being an ambassador between humans and canines is a little more difficult, and requires some training (on both the pup's part and on the human's). The AKC or American Kennel Club offers a special chance to train, test, and reward your dog for their good behavior, or to help you identify where your companion could use a little help.
"Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs."
Any dog that can pass the 10-step CGC test  receives a certificate from the American Kennel Club, And also,an opportunity to start other AKC programs such as agility, tracking, or performance events. State legislature has even begun recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 34 states have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.
Now, the reason I write this in our blog is because Zeus, one of our fine looking Doberman has completed his training and has passed that rigorous test, and is a fully fledged member of the AKCCGC!! Congratulations to Zeus and his owners for all the hard work that was put into making this a reality! Good Work Buddy!  

Thanks for reading, see ya next week!
-Ryan Way