Happy Hounds News
January 2020

As we said our final farewell to the 2019 year, tennis balls were flying, tails were wagging and we couldn't help but smile as we watched these happy hounders ring in the new year! This year we are left with 365 reasons to smile, one smile for every day that we had the pleasure of spending time with your pups. 365 days of wiggle butts. 365 days of slobbery kisses. 365 days of an endless supply of hair. Which led to 365 days of happiness. We would like to give a huge Happy Hounds thank you to all of our parents and their pups for yet another great year!

In 2019, we had the pleasure of welcoming 68 new four legged friends to our ever growing Happy Hounds family. A very large portion of those new clients were referred to us by all of you!  Thank you for having only the best recommendations for the services we provide! With that, keep in mind, when you refer a client, your pooch receives a free day of daycare to use whenever you wish. 
In addition to growing our furry family, behind the scenes, we were hard at work developing our new and improved database that has allowed us to spend less time on paperwork and more time playing with pups! We cannot thank parents enough for being so understanding, supportive and flexible while we went through such a huge transition! The feedback has been so appreciated and helpful, please keep it coming!
Today and every day, we are left feeling thankful. Thankful for every dog parent, grandparent, sibling or dog walker that is at the end of every leash. You all have become more a part of our family than we could have ever imagined. We truly are blessed to have such amazing fur parents that support us, love us and spoil us every single day. Without you, Happy Hounds would not be the growing daycare and boarding facility that it is today. 
Thank you for another great year! Here's to many more hours of play time, blissful evenings at home with comatose pups and nights spend cuddling on sleepovers. 
We can't wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!


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Save the date!
Happy Hounds celebrates our dog birthdays every second Saturday of the month! 
Our January  cake will be served up on
Saturday, January 11th!

That's right, Annie, you're another year older and another year wiser.
To view upcoming parties and special events, visit our website!
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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
2020 Events & Parties
Mark your calendars and RSVP early to our 2020 Parties and Events!!!

  • January Birthday - Saturday, January 11th
  • February Birthday - Saturday, February 8th
  • Valentine's Party Day One - Thursday, February 13th
  • Valentine's Party Day Two - Friday, February 14th
  • March Birthday - Saturday, March 14th
  • April Birthday - Saturday, April 11th
  • May Birthday - Saturday, May 9th
  • June Birthday - Saturday, June 13th
  • July Birthday - Saturday, July 11th
  • August Birthday - Saturday, August 8th
  • September Birthday - Saturday, September 12th
  • October Birthday - Saturday, October 10th
  • Howl-o-ween Bash - Saturday, October 31st
  • November Birthday - Saturday, November 14th
  • December Birthday - Saturday, December 12th
  ** Holiday Party  2020 to be determined at a later date.
January Birthday Dogs
These wonderful Happy Hounds pups celebrate another joyous, fun loving, bone-chewing birthday!

Dutchess D. - 8 years - 1/1
Mr. Waffles - 16 years - 1/1
Nico F. - 10 years - 1/1
Sadie B. - 7 years - 1/1
Tyson D. - 9 years - 1/1
Monterey J. - 15 years - 1/2
Sophie L. - 3 years - 1/2
Charlee M. - 7 years - 1/5
Charlie S. - 3 years - 1/5
Dex D. - 8 years - 1/5
Einstein A. - 10 years - 1/5
Audry S. - 8 years - 1/9
Brandy V. - 2 years - 1/10
Cali A. - 10 years - 1/12
Bradley S. - 1 year - 1/17
Buddy G. - 11 years - 1/18
Theo B. - 4 years - 1/18
Riff Raff - 5 years - 1/26
Annie F. - 2 years - 1/27
Gladys A. - 2 years - 1/27

Birt hday dog or not, bring your pup in on
Sat., January 11th  t o enjoy cake with their favorite pooch pals. 

Romp In Peace
Every year, our pack has the pleasure of welcoming many new additions to our ever growing Happy Hounds family. With all of the happiness and memories we gain from every pooch we meet, unfortunately, there comes a time when we have to say the hardest of goodbyes. It never gets easier receiving that email or phone call. The amount of heartbreak that we feel for the loss of our furry friends is the only downside of this business. We as humans grow such a strange affinity for these goofy little creatures known as man's best friend. Make no mistake, regardless the amount of time we have spent with them, whether that be a little or a lot; the love, loyalty, knowledge and memories that we gain from your beloved furry family member is unwavering. With each and every pooch we meet, we always learn more about them than we could have ever imagined; how to better care and accommodate a new personality. Where their favorite scratch spot is, what their goofy quirk may be, how to whip up a gourmet meal to their liking, who their best friends are, what sends them into the zoomies at the most random of times and ultimately what makes them the happiest of hounds. We love and form bonds with these pups as if they were our own, because when they first walked through that red gate, they became apart of our Happy Hounds family. It isn't just your furchildren that we fall in love with, we cherish our time with parents as well. We look forward to the time we share with you at pick up and drop off, the quick phone call chats, the heartfelt emails, what adventures you're going on or just sharing a good laugh, which happen often. Our heart breaks not just for the loss of our furry friend, but also for you. The truth is, the moment you and your best friend walk through the doors of HH on your first initial meeting, you have both joined our large, drooly, Happy Hounds family. We thank you for giving us every reason to laugh, smile, and feel the love from you and your furry companion.

To Howie,
Howard, you spent 12 out of your 13 wonderful years with us. From weekly slumber parties every Thursday to regular daycare visits with us during the week. We had the pleasure of watching you grow and mature into a wonderful, well rounded handsome man throughout the years. Oh Howie, regardless of the endless amount of morals your parents instilled in you, you still had your vices.. And sometimes... you just couldn't help yourself when a pretty little blonde strutted by. You loved nothing more than prowling for ladies with your wingman of the day. If you weren't passing out kisses to the lady labs, you were the starring in a competitive game of fetch to pass the time. You may not have been the MVP on the team but you put your heart and soul into the game, that is for sure. It was never about winning or losing, it was about the fun of the game, as everything in life should be. We hope you're enjoying the forever bachelor life on the other side of the rainbow bridge, soaking up the sun in doggy paradise.

To Cotton,

Sweet Cotton, you have been apart of our lives for so long.. Your absence was a tough adjustment for all of us, Wednesdays just haven't been the same without you. Please know your brother, Trooper, has stepped up to the role of the Golden Boy and is still holding down the fort every Wednesday in your absence. He's done his best to fit into your big paws to rufferee games of fetch and steal the hearts of the staff. Just as you welcomed him into your home so many years ago and took him under your paw, it's now Trooper's turn to take the leashes, to become the best big brother you once were to your new brother, Riley. Trooper will raise him right, after all, he had the best role model there is. You were the definition of the perfect golden; sweet, loving, gentle, extremely outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please.. Always so blissful and playful no matter what life threw at you. Even as you began to slow you down, you never once lost that puppyish behavior throughout your 13 wonderful years. You were truly one of a kind Cotton and we are blessed to have spent the time we did with you. Watch over your brother Cotton, he still needs you.

To Murphy,

Big Murf.. or Murf-asa? You were the quintessential papa bear to the puppies at HH. Every single one of the youngens flocked to you and loved licking your big head. You were always so patient with their pushy, annoying antics. Such a strong, patient, wise, old soul you were. With the pack, you were always the first to greet a new, nervous pooch with a quick sniff and a tail wag, just letting them know all will be okay, that daycare isn't so scary. With humans, you were the type of dog who loved being the voice of reason, the shoulder to lean on when someone needed a loyal, trustworthy friend to unload all their troubles on... and you were always quick to give reassurance with licks that engulf their entire face. One of your favorite times of day was lunchtime, you were so quick to line up. But being the papa bear and charity gentleman that you were, you would always give up your spot in line to a hungrier pooch. You knew your turn would come eventually and you also knew that sometimes it's best to pay it forward. Thank you for reminding us to slow down and take everything in stride. 

To Maggie,
The Pie. Oh, sweet Mag Pie. The 11 years we spent with you was just not long enough. You were the sweetest of souls, there is no other way to describe just how pure, loving and easy going you truly were... that was until the lunch lined formed. You never hesitated to start the afternoon feeding rush an hour early or to let us know that you were clearly next in line. No one needed a clock when you were around. You let us know it HAD to be breakfast, lunch or dinner time, even if it wasn't your turn to be served. But that didn't matter, when you batted those big, beautiful golden eyes, we wished your parents packed additional meals, because lets be honest, you were never going to be satisfied with what we were serving that day. Your parents loved you and spoiled you as much and as often as they could, just as any pup should be pampered. You couldn't be bothered with any sort of normality Pie, you needed your own special potty breaks on the freshest of grass. But we all had to laugh, because if anyone knew your demanding routine, they would know you ran the show. Everyone's world revolved around you Pie and we wouldn't have had it any other way, because you were wise beyond your years and knew just how to get exactly what you wanted. The lunch line isn't the same without you Mag Pie and neither are our hearts.

To Buster,

You were always so full of spunk and always ready to try something new. Even when you were somewhat hesitant, you would sheepishly shake it off, puff up your chest and give your best effort. And we loved that about you. Though you didn't attend as often as we would have liked, you sure left an impression for all of us! In fact, once a week, one of the staff members would announce seeing you walking down Main Street with your mom. When meeting new dogs, you were always one of the first to introduce yourself... We should have called you Ambassador Buster. Though you weren't all about the heavy duty wrestling, you loved watching from the sidelines, cheering on your buddies with a few playful barks and waiting until the victor trotted off on his victory lap so you could give them a chase. They say dogs can't tell time but they have a better sense of time than we will ever understand. Buster, you seemed to always know when mom was on the way. Within fifteen-twenty minutes before her arrival, you would start getting antsy, perching on the window ledge, just constantly checking for your chariot to arrive.

To Jerry,

Though we only had the pleasure of spending a short time with you during your golden years Jerry, we enjoyed every moment of your sweet presence. You were our Mr. Rogers of Happy Hounds, a total role model. Such a sweet, pure, gentle soul who wouldn't have ever hurt a fly. Jer, you always just went with the flow, never once complaining about anything, ever. Just so content to have somewhere warm and comfy to curl up; somewhere to sit back and watch the world go by. Come naptime, the dogs would congregate and nap around you. You always seemed to find the best spot to set up shop.You never once minded when someone else hopped on the cot or curled up against you, just as any good boy would. We had a chance to meet your new brother, Maslow. But please don't worry Jerry, that boy is a ball of sweetness and happiness, much like you... We know you are watching over him Jer, you have already set the mold. Maslow is already maturing into a proper gentleman, just as you were.

To Vinny,

Vin vin, it is hard to believe, but gone way too soon. Though your time on earth was shorter than most, you loved so much and left us with wonderful memories of your goofy antics. You had a constant, unimpressed look on your face that really never showed your true personality. You know, that butt wiggling, happy huffing, head snapping and wagging side to side in an awkward 90 degree angle, combined with 360 spinal body bend; happy-go-lucky personality. You were such a goofy, fun loving dude. Remember when we discovered your love for ice balls? You had us laughing so hard as you skated around, boxer pouncing it throughout the whole basement.. your face still holding that same Vinny, I'm bored look, plastered all over it. Ha! Sometimes that was the funniest part about you. Minimal emotions but a whole lot of personality. Oh Vinny, you only ever traveled in grumpy frolicks or in a painfully slow mosey. Though most boxers have never ending energy, you were always pretty quick to wear out. We all loved catching you dozing off, just standing up long enough to catch yourself before you were sleeping after a couple hours of playtime. We all know your new brother, George, has some big paws to fill in your shadow but we know you'll be guiding him along this fun and exciting journey of life. We all miss you Vin, we lost you far too soon.

To Monterey,

Monty. Montereyey. Arf-Arf. No matter how long of a lapse in boarding stays, you always picked up where you left off. You spent your days wisely at HH, spending the morning hours, prowling the basement for things to claim and young wippersnappers to scold. Even in your younger years, you were far too mature to deal with your peer's ridiculous shenanigans. How dare they have fun?! And in your presence, no less! If you could speak, you would have coined the phrase "get off my lawn".'Arf Arf.' Monterey, you were our hardest working hall monitor, keeping a watchful eye for wrong doing, keeping everyone at a manageable volume and always assuring no one overstepped their bounds. I can't imagine what it must have been like... being such a little guy with such huge authority must be hard work. In the afternoon, you were pretty lowkey. Taking a load off from the busy morning on the job. You may have been all about being well mannered, righteous and fair but you were also quick to bend the rules if it meant not sacrificing your comfort. Though you were so small, you always managed to find the largest, fluffiest bed to stake a claim, never once sharing space with anyone. I'm sure you're across the rainbow bridge enjoying retirement. Thank you for the 12 years of hard work and dedication, Monterey. 

To Gus

Oh Gussy...Where do I even begin? How do I even put into words your personality and do it full justice? You were explosively happy, at all times. Gus you were the sweetest of boys with the biggest personality and the purest of souls. You always wore your heart on your sleeve, even on the toughest of days. You could light up a room with just a simple smile. Your happiness was truly contagious. Whether you were arriving for a lengthy slumber party or departing after a day of play with your friends, you just couldn't contain yourself without a few screams of pure excitement when you saw Mom. We all appreciated your positive outlook on everything and anything that you encountered in life. Gussy, you couldn't have made us smile more. You lived your life full of complete and utter happiness, just the way ever Happy Hounder should! Your true weakness in life was butt scratches. You loved them so much that you had no problem helping yourself whenever you could. Much like a bear rubbing their back on a tree or object, When you needed a good booty scratch, you'd find the nearest staff member's leg or when all else failed, another dog. But, you being you, no one ever hesitated to offer a helping hand to satisfy your booty scratching needs. You were the ideal pup Gus, an all-around good boy. You could do no wrong. You always had the best manners and never once in the many years of attending HH did the "principal" have to call home due to poor behavior. You made the Dean's list every year! You were a model pooch to all of your daycare friends. Oh Gus, what we would do for one more, 'Aaroooowww'!

To all pups who have crossed over;

We hope for your sake that in doggy heaven fetch is never ending, the treat dispenser never empties, the doggy pool is forever half full and they never stop telling you what a good dog you are. Thank you for the hours, days, months, years you spent watching over us, in this life and the next. May you all romp in peace.

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 last summer we celebrated 14 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