Happy Hounds News
January 2017

First and foremost, thank you for an awesome 2016! 

A new year means new furry friends! Last year we had the pleasure of welcoming 126 new pups to our ever growing family. That's a lot of slobber, happy tail wags and many hours of play-induced comas. Keep in mind, when you refer a client, your pooch receives a free day of daycare to use whenever you wish. 

A huge thank you to everyone who donated items to I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven. The homeless pups were thrilled to have Santa Paws visit them with news toys, treats and beds. And of course, thank you for the gifts given to staff. However, the biggest gift of all is sharing your furball with us! 

Here's to many more hours of play time, blissful evenings at home with comatose pups and nights spend cuddling on sleepovers. We're ready for you 2017!


Happy Hounds
In This Issue
Save the dates!
Happy Hounds celebrates our dog birthdays every third Monday of the month! 
Our January  cake will be served up on
Monday, January 16th!

Yes Einstein, that means we're bringing back 
Birthdaysaurus Rex! ;]
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Family Training Class
6 week course for dogs 8 weeks and older.

Curriculum includes: Leash Etiquette, Proper Play and
Socialization, Nuisance Behavior Prevention, Safety, Relaxation and
Distraction Training, House Training, Cage Training and Destruction

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We're happy to announce our working relationship with
MC Pet Concierge 

If you're interested in getting your pooch groomed, trimmed, bathed or even a quick mani/pedi, let Happy Hounds know when you book your pooch for Daycare or Boarding! After all, the only thing better than a tired pooch is a clean one!!

You may also set up an appointment through our website. Visit our
Happy Hounds' Dog of the Month
Meet Brady

Brady joined the Happy Hounds family in November 2013 at the age of 5 months. Though he looks pure bred lab, we're all fairly certain he's mixed with a raccoon. His hungry lab genes are always working full force and he's never shy about letting us know when his tummy is rumbling... even if it's not. Brady is the master at dumpster diving and we've learned all of his sneaky tricks over the years. Come lunch time, he's often the first and last at the feeding room door, doesn't matter what order he was fed. When he's not on the prowl to satiate his ever growing hunger, he's found flirting with one of the day's pretty pooches. This boy is quite the lady's man. Even though he's always eager to drop one-liners, he can be a true gentleman.. as long as there's no food involved. I'm sure if he was to take a pooch out for a date he'd eat both of their meals... and make her pay. Everyone has their vices, right? Brady, some words of advice, maybe you should save the dinner date for the third or fourth date. Stick to putt-putt and movies for a little while before you show her your food-loving side.
January Birthday Dogs
These wonderful Happy Hounds pups celebrate another joyous, fun loving, bone-chewing birthday!

Bailee S. - 8 years - 1/1
Crystal L. - 7 years - 1/1
Dutchess D. - 5 years - 1/1
Guinness W. - 9 years - 1/1
Henry B. - 6 years - 1/1
Jack D. - 3 years - 1/1
Maggie E. - 4 years - 1/1
Midge S. - 10 years - 1/1
Misty F. - 8 years - 1/1
Mr. Bates M. - 2 years - 1/1
Nico F. - 7 years - 1/1
Nora S. - 6 years - 1/1
Odie K. - 13 years - 1/1
Rosie L. - 10 years - 1/1
Rudolph I. - 8 years - 1/1
Sophie E. - 7 years - 1/1
Teddy B. - 10 years - 1/1
Violet L. - 6 years - 1/1
Monterey J. - 12 years - 1/2
Finnely B. - 3 years - 1/3
Cujo H. - 16 years - 1/4
Hope Ann G. - 5 years - 1/4
Lola S. - 2 years - 1/4
Charlee M. - 4 years - 1/5
Dex D. - 5 years - 1/5
Einstein A. - 7 years - 1/5
Shamrock R. - 5 years - 1/6
Louie C. - 2 years - 1/7
Nikko F. - 10 years - 1/7
Tucker M. - 3 years - 1/7
Audry S. - 5 years - 1/9
Nessie G. - 12 years - 1/9
Cali K. - 2 years - 1/10
Cali A. - 7 years - 1/12
Bo D. - 11 years - 1/14
Stormy C. - 1 year - 1/14
Vinny O. - 4 years - 1/14
Blue H. - 8 years - 1/15
Leo D. - 4 years - 1/15
Buddy G. - 8 years - 1/18
Dodi T. - 10 years - 1/18
Mason S. - 9 years - 1/18
Rumba C. - 13 years - 1/20
Tucker D. - 1 year - 1/20
Ruby S. - 1 year - 1/21
Sawyer V. - 7 years - 1/21
Yukon T. - 9 years - 1/23
Duncan M. - 10 years - 1/27
Groot R. - 2 years - 1/28
Shiloh E. - 5 years - 1/28
Timujin B. - 8 years - 1/28
Arrow B. - 1 year - 1/29
Cubby A. - 11 years - 1/30
Millie W. - 3 years - 1/30
Daisy S. - 11 years - 1/31
Maggie C. - 9 years - 1/31

Birt hday dog or not, bring your pup in on
Monday, January 16th  t o enjoy cake with their favorite pooch pals. 

Romp In Peace
Every year we welcome many new friends into our ever growing family. With all the joy we gain from every pooch, unfortunately, there comes a time when we have to say goodbye. It's never easy receiving that call or reading that email. The amount of heartbreak we feel for the loss of our friends is the only downside to this business. We as humans grow such a strange affinity for these goofy little creatures known as man's best friends. Make no mistake, no matter the amount time we've spent with them, whether that be a little or a lot; the love, loyalty and knowledge we gain from your beloved furry family is unwavering. With every new pooch we learn something.. how to better care and accommodate a new personality, a new feeding ritual, who clicks with who, what gets them into their silly, wild craze. It isn't just about your furchildren, it's also you. We love having the time at pick up and drop off to chat, hear your funny stories about what your pup did, what adventures you're going on or just plain sharing a good laugh. Our heart breaks not just for the loss of our furry friend but for you. The truth of it is, the moment you and your best friend walk through the lobby doors on your first initial meeting, you have both joined our large, drooly, Happy Hound family. We thank you for giving us reason every reason to laugh, smile and feel loved from you and your furry friend.

Our sweet girl Cooper. As a typical Golden, you weren't happy unless there was a human by your side. Your dad always  asked for the "world's worst dog" at pick up every day and once you heard those famous words, you were eager to run to the red gate. Though your dad cracked jokes about your "poor behavior", he, and we, knew that he had one of the world's best golden retrievers! 

Big Al. You were always Nancy's sidekick. As soon as she entered the room, you knew your job was to keep a close eye on her, not letting her stray too far from your watchful eye. I bet you are up there in puppy heaven right now, sitting right next to her making sure to get all of her love and attention. You knew how to get everyone's attention. You would continuously nudge a humans hand or arm harder and harder until you got your way. There was always so much paperwork with random pen squiggles when you were around. When the evening hours hit, you had your spot reserved on the deck, patiently waiting for the red mustang to pull in. As soon as you caught a glimpse, you ran down to the gate to be certain it was Dad!! 


Oh Mac... Though you started daycare later in life, you never let it phase you. You made the most of your day every time you were here. Whether it was fun governing the rowdy pups or trying to keep up in a game of fetch. It never bothered you that you rarely ever caught the ball, it was all about the effort and spirit you put in to the game. And boy, you put A TON of spirit into it. They say labs never grow up and you certainly never did. Just a big, playful pup at heart.

The loss of Buf hit close to home for all of our staff, he was a family member of one of our long term staff members. Buf, you were one of the biggest Goldens we've ever seen, you definitely had the heart to match your appearance, big. You were such a blissfully pure, fun loving guy, always eager to make the most of your day at daycare. You never wasted time napping. We knew when you came in for the day that you would play from the moment you arrived right up until you walked out the door. Buf, you worked hard at wearing all of the client pups out and they couldn't have been more grateful.

A pup we lost too soon, way too soon, just shy of his 2 year birthday. Though your life was short, you lived it to the fullest. When you weren't  at daycare, playing with your many friends, you were lucky enough to go to work with mom at a school where you were fawned over and loved on. You had such a fun loving spirit and a huge heart that is greatly missed.

Little miss Maddie. You were quite possibly the sweetest, easiest dog to care for. As man's best friend should be, you were always so content to be in the company of people and that's all you really needed... just one friend, some pats and a few mentions of "good doggy". That was it. You were so grateful for everything. Love, pets, snacks and most of all, your dad. You two had such an amazing bond. He loved you so much. As much as your passing hurt us, no one feels the loss more than him. You were such an amazing best friend. 

Could your face be any more perfect? Lily, even from the moment we met you five years ago, you had the best old lady face... and personality. You were never shy when it came to voicing your displeasure. Always eager to let everyone know that you were not happy to be so rudely woken up by puppies who dared to have fun. Lily, you ALWAYS had us laughing because of it. Though your hearing wasn't that great, you would sense an overly happy pooch coming your way. You were the best fun governor and you certainly loved having the title. We miss you and your bossy personality.

Sweet Ella. Could a dog be any more perfect? You lived such a full life. As a younger lady, you worked hard as a therapy dog. You had the perfect temperament for the job. Your face alone was filled with pure bliss and sweetness, your tail was always wagging. You never seemed to let it bother you when your little brother, Ace, pestered you nonstop for love and attention. In fact, you seemed to love it. You were his security blanket. After retiring from your therapy work, Ace was exactly what you needed to fill your days. Please know your little brother is happy and well adjusted, all thanks to you, Ms. Ella. 

Big Luke! Our doggy version of Mufasa. You were such a wonderful papa bear to all the new puppies. Never letting them leave your sight and always nearby to watch over them, making sure they were making good decisions whether it be the friends they choose or calling out their naughty puppy behaviors. The puppies just adored you, and loved every bit of their attention. Luke, I'm sure you're up there in doggy heaven with a huge pack of puppies, taking them under your paw and raising them right.

Sweet wiggly Bob, always happy to see a human or a dog,  no matter who it was. That boy didn't have a mean bone in his body. Just so happy. When you were here, we would always insist you wiggle your butt and you'd be more than eager to oblige. Bob, you were the perfect example of a dog that would look at you and think, "whoever smelt it dealt it". Boy, could you clear a room and quick! You never ceased to surprise us every time you sat on our feet and we'd feel that familiar rumble. No matter how old we are, you passing gas always brought our immature side out with plenty of laughs and runs for fresh air.

A moment didn't go by that you weren't wiggling that little furry nub tail. You were always such an awkward pooch. Never afraid to let your uncertainties out in the open. And you never seemed to mind when staff chuckled at some of your goofy antics. Back in the day when we had couches in the playroom, I remember always laughing at you for couch surfing. You were always so weirded out by our linoleum floors.

Oh Rumbles... what isn't there to say about you? You've been a huge part of the Happy Hounds' family for 10 years. You were often one of the first pups new employees met... and always the first name they remembered. Your personality was explosive and always kept us laughing. You were never afraid to let your presence known when coming in for the day... Just barreled through the red gate grumbling and whining at the same time. I don't think you even knew what you wanted half the time. When you weren't lounging in the pool, flirting with the lady pups or napping, you were probably found prowling the feeding room door.. Or barking for no reason. 

What a gentle giant! Though we only saw you for boarding stays, we loved every minute of your company. You never let your massive size dictate who you played with, often choosing the smaller dogs.. perhaps because of his bond with your little puggle sister,  Butters. The dynamic you two had was sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Butters was never too far from you. Always making sure you were playing with a pre-approved pooch and cuddling with you during nap time. 


Mr. Teddy.. One of our original daycare regulars. Teddy, you were one of the first dogs most new staff had met and one of the first dogs they remembered. How could anyone not remember such a perfectly mannered, sweet, loving dog? You were never ever doing anything you shouldn't. Even as a young whippersnapper it was your brother, Smokey's job to get into trouble. I'm sure Smokey must have heard "why can't you behave more like Teddy?" quite a few times. You loved nothing more than lounging and relaxing, whether it was on the deck or curled up on your favorite spot, right in front of the tv at the boarding house. As hard as your passing is to digest, we all know you're finally back together with your furry siblings, Daisy and Smokey.
Important Reminders
Please leave nylabones and rawhides at home. If packing a large bag of food, be sure to write the amount per feeding on the bag.

* Lobby doors are locked between 10am and 2pm on weekdays(Monday-Friday). We will not accept any arrivals or departures during those hours.

*  Dogs with expired vaccines will not be accepted for daycare or boarding. We require an  updated vaccination record 48 hours BEFORE he/she arrives.  If you are traveling abroad, we also will need a local contact in case of emergency.

*  Your dog MUST have a snap "quick release" collar for day care and boarding, with
no tags attached. This is important for your dogs safety.

* Please let us know at least 24 hours ahead of time for cancellations and reservations.

*  Be sure to inform us of any changes in contact information; phone numbers, email/home address, emergency contact, etc.

*  If a family member or friend is picking up your pooch from daycare or boarding, you must pre-pay your bill. If it's a last minute decision to have someone else pick your pup up, please give us a call with payment and let us know who we should be expecting.

We'd be more than happy to take any and all plastic bags off of your hands.
About Happy Hounds
This summer we celebrated 12 great years of cage-free, fun-loving service with our day care facilities and our overnight lodging. Our staff is dedicated to your dog's fun and well-being. Please visit us online to learn about our services. You can also watch our doggie webcams anytime.
Happy Hounds
673 South Main St.
Plymouth, Michigan 48170