H appy Hounds News
March 2019

Currently we are booking up a week in advance for daycare every week day, primarily Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Though this is great for business, we understand how frustrating it can be for our pup-parents. As of now, we will only be offering standing reservations for Monday and Friday so if you'd like to pre-reserve one or both of these days for weekly attendance for your pup, let us know. Standing reservations are a great way to assure your dog has a spot every week while also having the convenience of not having to call or email to secure your pup's reservation. 

With a standing reservation, your dog will be expected to attend unless you decide to switch or cancel.  If you cancel after 7am day of or miss your regular scheduled daycare day, you will be subject to a $10 no-show/late cancellation fee. The reason we are not accepting any new standing reservations for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday is to assure we have a handful of spaces left for boarding and additional daycare dogs. Dogs who currently have a standing reservation booked for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday need not to worry! Your furry friends are reserved accordingly.

As always, we will be diligently monitoring our wait-list and filling any and all available spots as we receive cancellations. Thank you all for your patience during this busy time for us!

Last but certainly not least, our Valentine's Spaghetti Luncheon has been rescheduled! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16th! All pups attending daycare or boarding will be paired with their perfect match where they will partake in potentially awkward conversation and chow on some s'ghetti. If you'd like to reserve your furry friend, reserve here . Normal daycare hours and rates apply.


Happy Hounds
In This Issue
Save th e date!
Happy Hounds celebrates our dog birthdays every third Monday of the month! 
Our March  cake will be served up on
Monday, March 18th!

You heard right, Sophie, it's paw-ty time!
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Call Happy Hounds anytime!
K9 Turbo Training
We're happy to announce our new partnership with
K9 Turbo Training!

For detailed class information, visit our  Training Page

For more information on the trainers,
visit  K9 Turbo Training 's Website

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
Kennel Cough

It has come to our attention that three daycare pups have come down with an upper respiratory infection, kennel cough(Not to be confused with Canine Influenza or Flu). One of which notified us on Tuesday and the last two notified us today. Our protocol is always to inform parents as soon as possible when more than one pup has come down with a contagious illness.

Unfortunately, if dogs aren't presenting symptoms and come to daycare, it makes it very easy to spread. Kennel cough is very common and can be picked up anywhere dogs frequent, much like us getting a cold. As much as we sanitize surfaces, it is airborne. Air filters are changed monthly to help cut down on the spread of illnesses such as kennel cough. Though it is contagious, not every dog that comes in contact will come down with it. It's most prevalent in younger and senior dogs or those with a lowered immune system. We have quite a few long standing, very regular dogs who have been exposed numerous times over the years but have never contracted it. Unfortunately, it is the time of year for doggy colds to start popping up. As always, we will keep all clients informed of any future contagious illnesses as soon as we get word.

"Kennel cough," or so it has been named due to a higher prevalence of being contracted in high dog traffic areas such as animal shelters, boarding kennels, vets offices, pet stores and dog parks is essentially a common cold in dogs. There are both viral and bacterial forms of kennel cough and like the cold or flu in humans it is constantly mutating and taking new forms. Because "Kennel Cough" is an upper respiratory infection, it is highly contagious and quickly passed around in the air, on contaminated surfaces and through direct contact between dogs.

Just as humans with the Flu shot can still get the Flu, your dog is not protected simply because he or she has had the Bordetella vaccine.

What are the potential Symptoms?
- coughing (dry hacking, choking or gagging sound)
- runny nose
- sneezing
- conjunctivitis (runny/goopy eyes)
- loss of appetite
- lethargy
- fever

If your dog gets "Kennel Cough," don't panic. Typically symptoms will resolve on their own within a couple weeks (depending on whether it is viral or bacterial). There are lots of home remedies to soothe your dog while they are getting over their doggy cold, but please, always consult your vet before giving your dog any over the counter medication. In rare cases (puppies, seniors and immunocompromised dogs) Kennel Cough may develop into Pneumonia and will need veterinary attention. Use your judgement, you know your dog best. Keep in mind, just because your pooch has been exposed to kennel cough, doesn't mean your pooch will become sick. Puppies, seniors and dogs with lowered immune systems are at higher risk of catching a doggy cold.

With all of this information, I ask that clients keep your dog at home if they're feeling unwell. We take all necessary precautions to ensure that dogs do not become ill due to contaminated surfaces, but if a sick dog enters the facility there is little we can do to prevent it from passing to other dogs through the air. As always, keep us informed if your pup comes down with anything communicable.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Happy Hounds' Dog of the Month

Meet Jenna

Jenna, a border collie, joined the Happy Hounds family in January 2018 at the age of 9 months.

Though by breed, she is considered purebred border collie, what really compiles this lovable lady is a hefty scoop of brain power, an equally large scoop of athleticism and a splash of sensitivity with a dash of social awkwardness.

Jenna is a super smart, very eager and an extremely hard worker with it comes to food. Her parents raised her to believe that not only you need to work for what you want, *cough*treats*coughcough*, but also that beggars can't be choosers and sometimes even the low paying jobs of plain flavored milkbones help fill your insatiable appetite just as well as those high reward jobs of home boiled chicken or hotdogs. Regardless of the task at paw, Jenna is your girl for the job! And in the instance that she isn't quite sure what you want from her, she'll just go through all of her known tricks in hopes that one of them will suffice.

In the pack, Jenna is a tad awkward. She has a small group of equally awkward friends that she enjoys a good wrestle match with but her one true calling is BALL. The second the tennis balls come out, this girl is pure competitor. She's often the first to charge and slide into the end zone, retrieving the ball and delivering it in one quick, agile swoop.  Jenna puts her heart and soul into training for the sport she loves. When the rest of the team is resting up and taking a break from the playing field, Jenna can be found dribbling the ball back and forth, waiting for the next round to begin. 

Better get your pawtographs now before she makes it big in the WNBA.

Spaghetti Luncheon

First dates are pawkward. Sometimes you meet a perfect  gentleman or a lovely lady and sometimes, sometimes you meet someone who isn't afraid to be themselves. 

Our Valentine's dogs last year were no exception. Some of our pairs hit it off, others ditched on the check and some went to the bathroom and never returned, leaving their date to finish the meal. And of course, we had a few serial daters who were only in it for the food. We will be giving all of your pooches a chance for redemption... hopefully the fourth time is the charm! After three years, these pups better bring their A-game for the ladies and show us some proper doggy etiquette. Mark your calendars and make your pup a daycare reservation for:

Saturday, March 16th!

(Dogs attending boarding for Saturday, March 16th are already booked for the pawty,)


All pups attending the party will be offered a small plate of gluten-free pasta with a dab of pureed pumpkin to share with one of their favorite furry friend. With all these scrumptious snacks, please leave lunches at home unless absolutely necessary. Some of the young, rowdy pups may still want to bring a small lunch.

To view last years pictures, 
visit our  Valentine's Album  on Flickr!

To reserve a spot, Click Here!

March Birthday Dogs
These wonderful Happy Hounds pups celebrate another joyous, fun loving, bone-chewing birthday!

Abby F. - 10 years - 3/1
Beau C. - 2 years - 3/1
Elvis L. - 9 years - 3/1
Gunner P. - 5 years - 3/1
Trooper U. - 10 years - 3/1
Daisy P. - 6 years - 3/4
Buddy H. - 9 years - 3/5
Roxy B. - 6 years - 3/5
Colby G. - 4 years - 3/6
Copper P. - 5 years - 3/9
Rico B. - 8 years - 3/9
Winston M. - 6 years - 3/10
Biscuit M. - 4 years - 3/13
Abi S. - 1 year - 3/14
Pepper W. - 5 years - 3/14
Angel R. - 10 years - 3/16
Pickles J. - 2 years - 3/19
Oscar D. - 1 year - 3/20
Clementine B. - 3 years - 3/21
Maui L. - 1 year - 3/23
Lil'Guy W. - 5 years - 3/24
Paladin T. - 3 years - 3/25
Jenna J. - 2 years - 3/26
Murphy S. - 11 years - 3/26
Howie J. - 3 years - 3/27
Rollo D. - 2 years - 3/28
Sophie E. - 2 years - 3/28
Bailey B. - 3 years - 3/29

Birt hday dog or not, bring your pup in on
March 18th
t o enjoy cake with their favorite pooch pals. 

Training Classes Begin THIS Week!

If you're looking for a fun activity for you and your pup, consider joining one of the group classes that begins this week!

All K9 Turbo Training classes are taught by certified, force-free trainers, using only the most up-to-date, science-based methods. Trainers are compassionate, empathetic, and always treat every dog (and human!) as an individual.

Come learn with us in a safe, comfortable environment, work around other awesome dog families, and most of all, have a ton of f un!

Learn more at  K9 Turbo Training

Plymouth classes are hosted at Happy Hounds Dog Day Care & Lodging.
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 will be celebrating 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