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, 

~Shaunte'



Monday, November 13, 2017

Floyd


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,
~Shaunte'

 

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


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,

~Shaunte'

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,
~Shaunte'


 

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,
~Shaunte'
 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sprinkles & Kona


Sprinkles came into the Fort for her assessment this morning. She is a nine-month-old, thirty-seven-pound, Charcoal Labrador Retriever. Sprinkles "spoke" very good dog, and enjoyed playing with all of her new friends in our Medium Dog Program. Her new best friend, Arya, is a three-month-old Husky puppy. The two of them played the entire morning. Sprinkles did a great job and is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing her again soon.



Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Kona. He is an eleven-year-old, ninety-pound, Black Labrador Retriever. He joined our Large Dog Program, where he spent the morning socializing with the other dogs. He had a good first day and we hope to see him again soon!


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Arya



Arya was our adorable assessment from today... This sweetie-pie is a twenty pound Husky, that's only three months old! She joined our Medium Dog Program
with lots of curiosity and personality. She made numerous amounts of friends and took a particular liking to Dutch and Louis! Feel free to watch them play in this goofy video below...

Eventually Arya will join the bigger pups in our Large Dog Program- once her energy level rises, and she grows a bit. 

I hope you all stay warm and dry tonight,
~Shaunte'


Monday, October 23, 2017

Dogs and Rain!






We've been getting a lot of rain lately. I was inspired to see if I could find some silly clips of dogs enjoying, and romping around in it... Watch the videos below, to see what I mean!



Dogs even like frozen rain; SNOW! Check out how this dog trys to get his friend, that's a cat, to enjoy the snow with him...

 

I hope you all have a marvelous week,
~Shaunte' 

 
 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Missy


Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Missy to the Fort. She is an eight-year-old, fifteen-pound, Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. Missy is a very confident and well balanced little dog. She joined our Small Dog Program where she enjoyed mingling with the other dogs. Missy did a great job and is welcome back any time. We look forward to seeing her again soon!

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weimaraner


Today's blog is going to be all about the regal, Weimaraner...

Friendly, fearless, alert and obedient are all great ways to describe this beautiful, silver breed. These dogs are not only great with kids, but they're the perfect dog to take on a run with you- because of their endurance... They're also very eager to please. 

These dogs were originally bred for hunting, in the early 19th century. Royalty used them to hunt large Game animals like Boar, Bear, and Deer. As Weimaraners popularity spiked, they were used for hunting smaller animals such as: Fowl, rabbits, and Foxes.



These guys generally have bright Blue, or Emerald Green eyes. Their coats are very low maintenance- being soft, short, and smooth to the touch.




Fun Facts! 

 
  • Often referred to as "The Gray Ghost", because of their coat.
  •  Blue Weimaraners are not allowed to compete in dog shows
  • Can run up to 35 miles per hour at one of the fastest breeds 

Whelp, that's all I have to share with you about this gorgeous breed...

Take care,
~Shaunte'

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fort Fido Gift Cards: Available Now!


In case you haven't seen, we officially have Fort Fido gift cards! 

These cards can not only be given as a gift- but have multiple uses; read this blog to find out how you can use our custom cards to benefit you! 

 Are you having difficulties trying to figure out what to put in your significant other's stocking?! What better thing, than to surprise them with a custom Fort Fido card- with money already loaded on it... You can choose to put as much, or as little, as you want on there! This would be a great gift and stress reliever for busy parents, or people that are always on the go!


All you have to do is come in and let us know you're interested in one! We'll load the desired amount of money you want on there, after you pay for it. The card keeps tract of how much money remains- after it's been used. You can load money on  your individual card as many times as you want.

Our Fido Cards have the potential to make payments faster and smoother for you, since all you have to do is keep tract of how much money is on there. They could also certainly aid in helping you stay more organized with your "doggie daycare budget". 

Whether you're getting the gift card for someone else, or yourself, don't hesitate to ask us any questions about them- if you have any. 

We would be more than happy to assist you.
Have a good week everyone,
~Shaunte'

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pinecone


Pinecone was yesterday's dashing assessment. He's a six in a half year old, sixty two pound Brittany Spaniel that made a great addition to our Medium Dog Program. Pinecone had a grand time mingling with his new buddies, sniffing butts, wagging his tail, and showing great Dog Speak. It was apparent that he got more and more comfortable, as the morning progressed.

We look forward to seeing him soon, when he comes back to board for a while!

Have a good rest of your day,
~Shaunte' 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rockee


Rockee, was our lively assessment from today... He's a Standard Poodle who joined our Large Dog Program and weighs forty five pounds. When his owner picked him up, he explained how Rockee loves to go to off leash dog parks; that was certainly apparent here. No wonder he fit in so well. It's as if this ten month old has been coming here for years. We even captured him playing with his new poodle friend, Zola.


We look forward to seeing Rockee return for more daycare fun. Have a good week everyone,
~Shaunte'

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chopper


Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Chopper to the Fort. He is a four-month-old, twenty-five-pound, German Shepherd. He spent the morning hanging out in our Medium Dog Program. Chopper had a great first day and made lots of new friends. He is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing him again soon!


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dogs and Beds!

Out of all the pets that people could own, dogs are definitely some of the most entertaining... I decided to dedicate today's blog to finding silly videos of dogs and beds. 

"When you're in denial that you have to wake up"... Watch Below!

"Dogs Waking Up Owners"...

Sleep tight everyone,
~Shaunte'

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Dashing Dalmatian


Dalmatians are such good-looking dogs; I wish we had more of these guys attending The Fort every now and then... They seem to be more rare, and not as common of a breed, as they used to be.

 It's hard to break down the origins of this breed because they're unknown; it's unclear when Dalmatians first came about. The only real information we have, is that they traveled with Gypsies from Romania. This magnificent breed earned its name while staying in Dalmatia: which is a Province, on the Eastern Shore of the Adriatic Sea.


On average, this breed stands between nineteen, and twenty four inches tall, and weighs anywhere from forty eight, to fifty five pounds. Males are typically larger.

These guys are natural born runners. They may look cute, but they're a very high-energy breed that needs lots of exercise. Make sure you're up for all the playing and commitment it's going to take to wore these guys out- before you purchase one. Other than being high energy, Dalmatians are often known as the "Comedian"  of the dog world; they'll do anything to put a smile on your face. Because they'll do almost anything to please you, Dalmatians make great "Watch Dogs", being as alert and aware of their surroundings, as they are. 



The distinctive coat on this magnificent breed is almost satisfying to touch- as it feels like velvet. Typically you see Dalmatians with a white undercoat, and black spots that range anywhere from a quarter, to a silver dollar in size. 






Did you know Dalmatians can have brown spots as well? 









Check out this video to see what I was talking about when I mentioned how comical this breed is. I now have a permanent smile on my face, after watching it!

Fun Facts
  • Dalmatians are born spotless! Their spots don't start coming in until around 10-14 days old.
  • Up to 12% of Dalmatians are Deaf
  • This breed can also be known as the Carriage Dog (probably because they traveled with Gypsy all over the place), or an English Coach Dog.
  • Dalmatians were bred to follow coaches and spent a lot of their time around stables in the past- so they get along really well with Horses, surprisingly! They're the perfect dog to get if you want to go trail riding with your pup, and horse at the same time.



I hope you learned a thing or two about this glorious breed... Try to stay warm tonight, I'd say it's almost fireplace season! 

~Shaunte

Friday, September 22, 2017

Berkeley & Gunner


This morning we welcomed Berkeley to the Fort. He is an eleven-month-old, Australian Shepherd. Berkeley joined our Medium Dog Program where he had a great time playing with the other dogs. He passed his assessment with flying colors and is welcome back any time.

Louis (the black dog in this video) really took a shine to Berkeley today. Louis pretty much rules the school when he visits the Fort, and if he says you are alright then boy are you ALRIGHT!





Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Gunner. He is a two-year-old, seventy-pound, Anatolian Shepherd x Rottweiler x Lab mix. Gunner spent the morning hanging out with the dogs in our Large Dog Program. He did a great job and we look forward to seeing him again soon! 


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rusty


Rusty was our assessment from yesterday. He's four months old, weighs fifty five pounds, and is a magnificent Rhodesian Ridgeback!
Rusty was a little shy at first, but we noticed he started mingling with his new friends the longer he was here. Did you know that this breed was developed in Africa? They were originally meant for being the perfect hunter- and guardian of their homes. They liked to chase off wild Lions, Boars, and Bears. 

Although Rusty was new to us, his owners weren't! We met Rusty's older brother Zeus, back in 2015! 

Rusty is more than welcome to come back to The Fort and enjoy some more fun in our Large Dog Program, with his brother!

Take care,
~Shaunte'
 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Riley & Hazel


Riley was our assessment from Friday. She's a mini Australian Shepherd that weighs nineteen pounds, and is six in a half years old. This gorgeous girl showed great "Dogspeak" when she met all her new friends. She did a lot of mingling, sniffing, and exploring of our Small Dog Program. It was nice getting to know her as the morning progressed.



Hazel walked in here like she owned the place, this morning! She had some pep in her step, as we wondered up to the Puppy Program. This sweetheart is only three months old, and weighs almost eight pounds. Can you guess what breed she is? You're probably guessing Pug, am I correct? Well, you're halfway there; Hazel is a Puginese! Which is: 3/4 Pug and 1/4 Pekingese. She had a wonderful time meeting and greeting all the dogs that attended our Small Dog/Puppy Program today. She even made a friend! Check her out in action below... 



We are looking forward to getting to know this two as they start coming to The Fort more often!

I wish you all a happy week, 
~Shaunte'

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jobi and Lucy


Jobi was our handsome assessment yesterday morning... This cute little guy is only eleven weeks old, weighs almost nineteen pounds, and is a Weimaraner. Jobi loved his first day with us; he made several friends, and loved exploring in our Medium Dog Program. We even got a video of him playing, check it out below. 




Lucy was our assessment today. She's a Lab mix that weighs fifty pounds, and is one in a half years old. This sweet girl did a little bit of exploring and sniffing when she got here. We didn't see too much playing, but she was mingling with everyone, well. We think that Lucy is going to blossom, and make friends the more times she comes here. 

Both dogs can come back whenever they want,
Have a good day!
~Shaunte'