Monday, April 24, 2017

Dog Compliation Videos

We all need a good laugh every now and then... Dogs are the perfect animals to put a smile on your face, or cheer you up if you're feeling down. I found some goofy videos on YouTube that I wanted to share with you guys...

Enjoy!
p.s. sometimes for fun, I try to force myself not to smile when watching adorable videos like these; it's a game in a way! Challenge yourself and see how far you can go without smiling. I promise it's a lot harder than it seems, especially if you're an avid animal lover like myself. 

Because who doesn't love dogs looking all guilty? Check this video out!



 Funny dog fails, wins, and much more


Enjoy the rest of your Monday evening,
~Shaunte'

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Week in Clips

The dogs had a lot of fun at the Fort this week. Here are some of the highlights.

In this clip, Sam, Angus, and Sergeant Major, are having a blast in the Large Dog Program.


Here is another clip from the Large Dog Program, featuring Finnley and Ruby.



Zeus and Lucy are tearing it up in the Medium Dog Program.


Here we have Zoey and Niko, also in the Medium Dog Program.


In this clip, Riky Tiky thinks he's being sneaky as he steals the ball from Sully.


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Penelope



  Penelope was yesterday's high-spirited assessment. She's a one year old, fifty one pound Boxer. This gorgeous girl fit in with our Large Dog Program perfectly... This honestly didn't surprise me though because her "dog cousin", Tucker, already comes to The Fort and has been for years. It probably feels like home to her already!

  She mingled with the pack, and made friends instantly. One of the dogs she ended up playing with quite a bit was another boxer like herself, Maximus . Check them out romping around below! 



  Have a good rest of your night,
~Shaunte'

Monday, April 17, 2017

Malamute Monday


  Malamutes are one majestic and fluffy dog! I have a soft spot for these gentle giants... I love their thick coats, mannerisms, and intelligence. 

  I decided to write about this magnificent breed today for a couple reasons: One, a lot of people get Malamutes and Huskies confused- I wanted to clear the two breeds up. Second, they're such an interesting Breed and I always have a lot of fun looking into certain dog's "histories"; seeing where they originated from and learning cool facts about them! 


  Malamutes are one of the oldest Arctic Sled Dogs known to history. Their forebears crossed over a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska, with native people thousands of years ago. One tribe called, Mahlemuts (photo above), settled in the northeastern area of Seward Peninsula. It was there, that the breed was developed. The dogs were used for many things such as: hunting seals, chasing away Polar Bears, and pulling heavy sleds that were crammed with food and supplies.

 

Rumor has it that they're one of the oldest dog breeds whose original looks haven't change too much. The reason being because when The Gold Rush happened in 1896, that brought a large variety of dogs to Alaska of many sizes and breeds, who could survive the weather. Many native dogs were interbred with these dogs. The Mahlemuts clan was a relatively isolated tribe, so the Alaskan Mahlemutes  survived the dog mix-up better than other breeds. Hence, keeping their looks original. 







Males stand 25 inches at the shoulder, and should weigh around 85 pounds...



Females tend to stand around 23 inches high, and weigh 75 pounds. However, it's not unusual for a well-muscled adult to top 100 pounds. In some cases they can even reach 140 pounds! Now that's a big dog. 


  Personality wise, these dogs will win you over. They're very playful and have super outgoing dispositions; they treat everyone like a friend for the most part. Malamutes love to be included in everything because they're super pack-driven. They don't like being left out or left behind from whatever's going on with their family.

   However, this is a breed that I wouldn't recommend looking into, if you don't have a lot of dog experience, or don't know much about dog behavior. Malamutes are very intelligent. That, being  combined with being high energy, and stubborn,can get overwhelming for new dog owners. They take a lot of patience and training, and do best in situations where they have plenty of room and opportunities for exercise so they don't become restless.


  One thing you do have to keep in mind if you decide to get this breed, is they can become bored very easily.



  If you've been around the block a few times and want to give a Malamute a try, I'd say go for it! With strong leadership, coming up with daily energy burning activities, and having a firm Alpha presence, they could turn out to be the best dog you ever owned. 
 
... So you've all been waiting for it, what's the difference between Malamutes and Huskies?!


                   Husky(left) 
                       Malamute (right)
Well, there's many differences but one of the most obvious is their size. Malamutes are often 2-3 times bigger than any purebred Husky. They have a larger body, thicker coat, and are more closely related to wolves. Oftentimes, Malamutes are the breed people use in movies to play Wolves. 

Typically, Malamutes are prone to having brown eyes only, where as the Husky can have blue and brown eyes- sometimes being multicolored. Visually, Malamutes are more appealing to the eye. They have more variety when it comes to their coats because there's three different lengths.

 
  I hope you learned a thing or two from this blog! I'm still trying to decide if I should get a Malamute or Husky; it's such a hard decision. All I know is that it's going to have to be later on in life, when I have plenty of space for it to roam and lots of time to dedicate to training and bonding activities. 

I'll have one someday though, and I'm very much looking forward to it. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your evenings. 

Talk to you later, 
Shaunte'


Friday, April 14, 2017

Toby

Toby came into the Fort for his assessment bright and early this morning. He is a five-year-old, fifty-pound, American Indian Dog. Toby is a very well balanced dog and had a lot of fun playing with the others in our Large Dog Program. He passed his assessment with flying colors. Good job today, Toby! We hope to see him again soon.

Check out this clip of Toby playing with Fort Fido regular, Champ.



Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tobin & Finnegan



Tobin was yesterdays bright and cheery assessment. She's a one year old, sixteen pound Puggle that joined our Small Dog Program! Tobin spoke great dog, and acted like she was a natural in this type of environment. She also enjoyed running with the rest of her new playmates, and chasing them everywhere!


Finnegan was today's social butterfly. He's ten months old, and weighs thirty five pounds! This handsome guy is an Irish Terrier full of all kinds of life and spunk. Finnegan was all over the place; he made many friends on his first day including: Zoey, Ernie and one of our newest members, Noel.

Check out Finnegan playing with Noel in the video below!


Tobin and Finnegan are more than welcome to come back for my daycare fun.
Have a marvelous Wednesday, 
~Shaunte' 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Noel






Noel has had a splendid first day in our  Medium Dog Program . She came in here with curious eyes, and ears pointing high to the sky; she was ready to explore her brothers "home away from home." Noel's a Doberman Pinscher Puppy that weighs roughly twenty pounds and is just about three months old.
Check out her handsome brother Marcel, who joined us last winter. Noel made a few friends during her day with us today- but was particularly fond of Nala

Check them out playing in this video... 


We're looking forward to getting to know Noel more- as she starts coming here more often.
Have a good night,
~Shaunte'

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kona

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting Kona. She is an eight-month-old, fifty-pound, Shepherd/Lab mix. Kona had a lot of fun playing with the dogs in our Medium Dog Program. Zoey, the Standard Poodle, is the first dog she met and the two of them played together all morning. 

Kona "spoke" good dog and had a great first day. She is welcome back anytime. Good job today, Kona! We look forward to seeing her again soon.

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kai, Skye, & Gizmo



 Yesterday was a busy day for us because we had the pleasure of welcome three dogs for their assessments- that were all from the same family. They all did wonderfully and passed with flying colors!


  Kai was the first one that really ventured out and showed interest in playing! He's an eight year old, twenty pound Shih Tzu. Kai's first buddy was an Italian Greyhound named Barkley.



 Skye is a twelve year old Shih Tzu as well, that weighs twelve pounds. She seemed to enjoy her short stay with us and was very well mannered. We noticed that she showed great Dog Speak! I love her expressive eyebrows!


 And last but not least, it's Gizmo! He's a super energetic dog that's eight years old and weighs eighteen pounds. Gizmo was such a happy and friendly dog. Both him, and his two other siblings all joined our Small Dog Program.

Kai, Skye, and Gizmo are all welcome to come back for more daycare fun in the future! I'm looking forward to seeing them again someday. 

Have a marvelous Thursday night, tomorrow's Friday. WOOP WOOP!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Key Bank Display



Every month, Key Bank on Mildred street not too far from The Fort,does a "Business of The Month" display. They have a table set up near the front of their bank, and it's always available for these monthly displays. Guess what? We are the business for April, and I was put in charge to design it all!






We decided to include a basket giveaway with the display since they're always such a big hit. If you would like to be entered into the drawing that we're doing at the end of this month, feel free to stop by the bank and fill out one of our slips!







Within my display, I included several photos of dogs who have attended here over the years... I'll list them below so you can read through and see if you're dog is one of them!

  • Sully
  • Blue
  • Ranger and Scandi
  • Hank and Gus
  • Augie
  • Kingsley
  • Miguel
  • Oliver
  • Verbena and Freya
  • Slevin
  • Hugo
  • Boomer
  • Sally
  • Alexander
  • Pearly Girl
  • Stella
  • Cooper
  • Lucy
  • Samson
  • Ernie
  • Niko
  • Stella
  • Kashi

Have a goodnight,
~Shaunte'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tobi, Sampson, and Stanley

Tobi and Sampson came into the Fort bright and early this morning. Tobi is a two-year-old, fifteen-pound, Toy Poodle mix. He joined our Small Dog Program and spent the morning mingling with the other dogs. Tobi's brother, Sampson, is an eight-month-old, fifty-pound, Boxer mix. Sampson joined our Large Dog Program where he made friends with Zola. They are both welcome back anytime. Good job today boys!

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Stanley. He is an eight-year-old, twenty-pound, Pomeranian. Stanley had a good first day, and enjoyed hanging out with the other dogs in our Small Dog Program. He is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing him again soon.

Have a great weekend,
- Gary


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sophie



This cute little scruffy gal, had a great time during her assessment this morning- when she joined our Small Dog Program. She's a ten pound Schnauzer Terrier Mix  that's one and a half years old. During her time with us, she showed particular interest in Riky Tiky and played with some of our toys! With regular attendance, we expect that she'll improve her canine social skills and emerge as she fully enjoys her time at The Fort

Have a good evening!
~Shaunte'

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bella Adele



This chipper little girl is almost five months old and weighs only fifteen pounds! She's a Wired Fox Terrier that joined our Small Dog Program, with spunk and lots of energy! We could tell almost immediately that Bella was super comfortable with us and started mingling right away. We were lucky enough to catch her goofy, playful self on video too... Check her out below!


 Bella playing with Miguel and Roxy

I'm looking forward to seeing this adorable pup again! Have a wonderful night,
~Shaunte'

Friday, March 24, 2017

Finny, Ringo, and Kona

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting Finny & Ringo. Finny is a three-year-old, fifteen-pound, West Highland Terrier. Ringo is a three-year-old, twenty-pound, Corgi/Sheltie/Terrier mix. They both joined our Small Dog Program and enjoyed hanging out with the other dogs. Ringo was a little bit more outgoing than his brother, Finny, who was cautious at first. By the end of the morning they were both very comfortable here, mingling and making new friends. Finny & Ringo are both welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing them again soon.

Kona came in for her assessment bright and early yesterday morning. She is a one-year-old, seventy-five-pound, Chocolate Lab. She joined our Large Dog Program where she spent the morning getting acquainted with the other dogs. She hung out with her doppelganger Espy. She had a good first day and is welcome back anytime. We hope to see her again soon.

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pasha


Pasha is a one in a half year old Lhasa Apso Mix that weighs twenty one pounds. She came for her assessment this morning, joined our Small Dog Program, met some cool new dogs, and got to burn off some energy! We even caught her on video checking out one of our balls with her new friend, Barkley. 

Check her out in the video below...

Pasha is welcome to come back for some more ball time, and playing whenever she pleases.

Have a good night all,
~Shaunte'

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lucy



Check out this cute fuzz-ball! Her name is Lucy, and she was the newest edition to our Small Dog Program this morning. This playful pup is only three months old and weighs around seven pounds! She's a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu/Maltese Mix. Lucy plans to come here a couple days of the week to get some socilaization time with other dogs as she grows up. I'm very much looking forward to seeing her return. She has such a happy spirit, and enjoyed playing and meeting the other dogs with her.

See you soon Lucy,
~Shaunte'
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lilo

Lilo came into the Fort for her assessment this morning. She is a nine-year-old, twenty-pound, Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix. Lilo spent her time mingling with the other dogs in our Small Dog Program. She seemed to enjoy watching the younger dogs play. Lilo is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing her again soon.

Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ollie & Winnie



Ollie is a handsome, two year old Havanese that weighs only twelve pounds. He arrived at The Fort super early Tuesday morning and joined our Small Dog Program, with curiosity. He wandered his way around the play area and showed great Dog Speak!
 



This little cutie was today's assessment! Winnie is a ten pound, nine month old Miniature Dachshund! She had a fun time scoping out all our cool toys up in our Small Dog Program today. It was super cute to watch her get all giddy and silly as she wiggled around and played with some balls. I can tell that she's going to blossom the more times she comes here!


 Have a marvelous evening,
~Shaunte'








Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gunner


Another Dane joined The Fort; meet Gunner! He's two years old and weighs one hundred and fifty two pounds. This silver beauty had a good time during his assessment with us. He was such a curious guy when he first walked in here; sniffing everything he could find and wagging his tail. Once the morning progressed I enjoyed watching him blossom, and sort of come out of his shell whenever he found a dog he liked to play with. 

Gunner is welcome to come back for more daycare fun whenever he wants!
Have a wonderful night, try to stay dry out there!
~Shaunte'

Friday, March 10, 2017

Prince

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting Prince. He is an adorable five-month-old, six-pound, all black Shih Tzu. He joined our Puppy Program, and enjoyed hanging out with the other dogs. Prince did a great job today, and made a lot of new friends. He is welcome back anytime. We look forward to seeing him again soon.


Have a great weekend,
- Gary

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GREAT Danes!!!



Danes, Danes, and MORE Danes! Today's blog is going to be all about these gigantic gentle giants! I have taken a great liking to this breed. One thing I've noticed that's constant between each individual dog, is that they're always such big goof balls! If you own a Dane, or have ever been around one you know exactly what I'm talking about...

See what I mean? This is Theodore playing with one of our large herding balls when he boarded with us in the past. What goofy and silly pup!

Great Danes were originally bred in Germany and were called, Englische Docke or Englische Tocke. They were used to hunt Boar, Bear, and Deer at the royal courts. Their main duty was to protect the sleeping Princes from assassins. However, in the 19th century certain breeders tried to get their name changed to the German Mastiff. They wanted the breed to be known more as a luxury, instead of a working dog. Although, Germany was in tensions with other countries at the time, so their name eventually became Great Dane, even though the breed has no Danish Ancestry... Weird huh?!


 A unique mix of dogs were chosen to create this breed, since they were designed with boar hunting in mind. To achieve desired results, three different breeds were used: Irish Wolfhounds for their height, Mastiffs for the muscle mass, and Greyhounds for speed.

Did you know Great Danes are actually well-suited to live pretty much anywhere? Even an apartment! A lot of people would think otherwise at first, but they're such a relaxed dog. They do need exercise, but not as much as you'd think; don't let their size fool you. They also don't bark much, which helps if you do live in an apartment. 

FUN FACTS!
  • The 15th most popular breed
  • Zeus held the Guinness World Record for being The World's tallest dog (photo below)
  • Has one of the shortest lifespans at usually 6-8 years
  • They make great Cartoons! Scooby Doo, Marmaduke, and the Jetson's dog Astro, were all Great Danes.



Zeus standing at 44 inches tall, and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs. He sadly passed away in 2014 at age 5



Check out some of the Danes who attend Fort Fido!




 This is Hugo!


 

Theodore



















Verbena and Freya


This is Marley and he's currently our youngest Dane. Check out those ears!




Have a wonderful evening, 
~Shaunte' and her Dane clan :D

stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.

stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.

stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.