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    Happy Tails for New Clients Too! Happy Tails for New Clients Too!

    Happy Tails for New Clients Too!

Happy Tails for New Clients Too!

Been looking for just the right time to check Happy Tails out?  Well the time is NOW as we continue to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer!!  Bring your dog in for an orientation and upon successful completion, you’ll get a certificate for a free day of doggie daycare!!  Call today to set up your orientation, 314-291-3647.

*For new dog’s only, mention promotion at time of orientation, must successfully pass through the orientation, must be current on vaccines, spayed/neutered if over six months of age.  Limit of one coupon per dog.

By |June 23rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Happy Tails for New Clients Too!
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    Saying Good Bye Means Being Able to Say Hello Saying Good Bye Means Being Able to Say Hello

    Saying Good Bye Means Being Able to Say Hello

Saying Good Bye Means Being Able to Say Hello

Our last newsletter left a sad spot in many hearts reading about the passing of our dear friend Hershey.  But for every door that closes another one opens.  And in this case, two doors.  We won’t do the story justice though so we’ll let Dolly and Mugsy take it from here…

 

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My name is Dolly Madison Phillips and my second life began on a Saturday night in June.  I lived at a house in the country and stayed outside all the time. That night a car arrived and two ladies got out and I walked out of the garage and into a new life.  After a LONG ride through lots of rain, thunder and lightning, I got to what became my new and I hoped, forever home.  Even though it was late at night, this new lady insisted I get a bath (that was a new experience!)  The next day, she took me to a park and I got to go for my first walk.  THEN, I went to this place my new person called Happy Tails.  That sounded promising and WOW, what fun!  I get to run and play with lots of other dogs and there are people there that love on me all the time.  There is even a POOL!  I was pretty scared of lots of things in my new life at first: big doors, inside floors, so many new noises that I had NEVER heard before and so many people.  In my old place, I never got to go inside and only knew the three people who lived inside the house.

Well then, after a few days, my Mom told me that […]

My Therapy Adventure, According to Gracie the Dog

Hi!  My name is Gracie and I am eight years young.  I once ran Happy Tails, as I was a part of the owner’s pack, but the bond me and my mom made was so strong that she just had to have me!  I started living with my new mom about a year ago and we

have been attached at the hip ever since. We walk, she tells me stories, and she even takes me and my brothers to The Lake of the Ozarks to swim!  I have three brothers; Rufus is an American Bulldog who thinks it is funny to drool all over me and tackle me when I least expect it.  Spike is a miniature weiner dog who also just so happens to be one of Rufus’ slobber victims.  Reptar is my youngest brother; he is a weiner dog beagle mix who is two times longer than he is tall!Rufus must have been the one to teach Reptar his manners because he thinks it is hilarious to always jump on me and steal my toys. When it comes to manners, my mom says my brothers are a little challenged; I on the other hand am perfect (at least that is what I like to hear).

I think it is because of my perfection that my mom has been teaching me all these new tricks.  She says I am what they call a Therapy Dog. This big idea of hers started when she and I would travel downtown to teach animal safety and the proper way to take care of animals to elementary and middle students.  […]

By |August 30th, 2013|News|Comments Off on My Therapy Adventure, According to Gracie the Dog

Saying Good Bye, According to Liz

My name is Liz Phillips and I have been a fan of Happy Tails since 2003.  For nine years, I had the honor of being the human for an extraordinary dog, Hershey.  Hershey was a gorgeous Chocolate lab who came to me after a long journey.  I was his 4th owner; his original owners purchased him on impulse from a mall pet store, decided quickly that the cute puppy was going to be a big dog and he then was passed around between several owners before landing in my neighborhood.  His owners weren’t interested in having a dog and my two neighbors enacted a neighborhood rescue and made ME his new person.  Hershey was 11 months old and a CRAZY lab.  No sock was safe from him and folding laundry became an adventure.  We discovered Happy Tails after seeing an article in the Post and it was a match made in heaven!  He was able to ‘work out the crazy’ playing all day, went through training and calmed down (a bit!).  Through his almost nine years at HT, he became a favorite and even helped keep other dogs in line in the big yard.  In October of 2012, I noticed he was favoring his
Hershey helping keep watch in the Big Dog yard.

right front leg.  I asked Megan Busch to keep an eye on him for me and she was concerned immediately.  She recommended I take him to the vet to get it checked out and we both thought it was a muscle strain.  My vet, unfortunately, realized that it was not.  Hershey was […]

By |August 30th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Saying Good Bye, According to Liz
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    Meet Dock Diving Winnie Mae, According to Megan Meet Dock Diving Winnie Mae, According to Megan

    Meet Dock Diving Winnie Mae, According to Megan

Meet Dock Diving Winnie Mae, According to Megan

 
Dock jumping, also known as dock diving, is a dog sportin which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.  I (Megan) rescued Winnie last fall from a rescue in southern Missouri.  She was one of 11 hunting labs in that litter born in July 2012.  Winnie and all her siblings were surrendered over at eight weeks as the people that bred them were too overwhelmed with work to deal with all the puppies. We discovered Winnie online just shy of 12 weeks old.  I made the trip down to southern Missouri and brought this shy, little puppy to her forever home in late September.  For being so tiny, she was fearless and hard headed, she was chasing her big brother Luke around and getting into his toys in no time.  She was a well behaved puppy:  no crying, barking or chewing and after a few accidents in the house she caught on to potty training nicely. We were only beginning to see how smart this dog really was.  I started her into training ASAP! I quickly learned that this easy going puppy might not be so easy going. She was having no part in wearing a collar or being corrected, luckily she ended up learning well off leash and as she got older we worked up to a collar and leash. However, she still prefers her off leash training. Having the rescue say she wasfrom hunting lines was interesting but also I was unfamiliar with this trait in a dog.  Being from a rescue we do not know, or […]

By |August 4th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Meet Dock Diving Winnie Mae, According to Megan
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    Sophie’s Tales Sophie’s Tales

    Sophie’s Tales

Sophie’s Tales

Sophie Paticoff
 Hi, My name’s Sophie, and I’m a 4 and a half year old Maltipoo from St. Louis. I’ve been a Happy Tails girl since I was just three months old. My mom was a deaf education student when she adopted me, so when she was going to school, I needed a school to go to, too! I made lots of friends at Happy Tails and learned how to play well with others. When Mom got me, neither of us knew the adventures we’d go on together. We immediately started going to puppy classes and training classes around St. Louis, including Happy Tails. I was doing so well that we went all the way to therapy dog training! Whenever Mom puts on my little red handkerchief I know it’s time to visit a school, a library, or a nursing home to make people smile. It’s my favorite! Of course, it wasn’t all work- I was always being goofy around the house- just the usual, like barking at dogs, cats, and horses on T.V., and giving everyone my signature Sophie smile. Mom thought I was such a character that she had an idea –
Sophie's Websiteshe wanted to help her students with hearing loss by writing books about a little dog just like me…who uses a cochlear implant to hear! I thought it was a pretty good twist and approved the idea. Now, it wasmore important than ever that I had my therapy dog training- I could go do book readings with Mom! All the kids loved to hear our stories, Sophie’s Tales, and meet me, the real Sophie! […]

By |August 4th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Sophie’s Tales
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    A Romp with Rupert, Training Continues A Romp with Rupert, Training Continues

    A Romp with Rupert, Training Continues

A Romp with Rupert, Training Continues

 
Elementary school – aka my second week of training – went really well.  I learned things like sit-in-motion and down-in-motion.  It sounds really complicated, but all I really have to do is sit or lie down when Kari or my mom says so, even if she keeps moving.  Everyone says it’s very fancy and to be honest, I feel quite fancy doing it!  I’m continuing to work on my chill and lots of group work.  My classmates and I have to stay on command while Kari works with someone else.  Sometimes I get antsy and try to move and Kari has to remind me to stay.  And most recently, Kari began off-leash training with me.

I also have made a new best friend recently!  Her name is Daphne and she’s an English bulldog.  She isn’t in school like me so in between classes we just get to play all the time.  And then when we get tired, we just take a nap.  We wrestle a lot and she likes to chase me around the yard!  Even though she’s smaller than me, Daphne’s really brave and gets in the swimming pool.  Maybe someday I’ll get in there, too, but for now I just like drinking the water.

 

By |August 4th, 2013|Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, News|Comments Off on A Romp with Rupert, Training Continues

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!

Check out the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this Sunday 7/21 and Monday 7/22 for an appearance by Happy Tails!hapfinal copy

By |July 20th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!
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    Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, According to Rupert Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, According to Rupert

    Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, According to Rupert

Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, According to Rupert

I, Rupert, don’t remember anymore how it happened, but somehow I got separated from my family when a lovely lady named Derica scooped me up and took me home.  And just in time too!  Later that week there was a huge snow storm.  She spent more than a week looking for my owner but couldn’t find them anywhere.  She was just about to send me to live on her parents’ farm in Arkansas when she had one last idea…some of her friends take their dogs to Happy Tails so she asked them to spread the word!  Just two days later, on a Saturday morning, we drove to meet a lady who said she might be interested in taking me home.  When we met, it was love at first sight!!  Her name was Jami and she told me I would have two big brothers when I got home.  But we didn’t get to go home right away; I went to work with her at Happy Tails for a few hours and met lots of new friends.  Everyone there was really nice to me – as if anyone could resist this face 😉  Finally it was time to go see my new home and family, and my new aunt Megan came home with us to help introduce me to everyone.  I was already pooped and took a nap on her lap on the way home.

First I met Gunther – a boxer like me!  Even though he’s almost eight years old, I guess he is used to being the baby of the family because he did not want me around.  Next I met my oldest brother Chester – he’s kind of a grumpy old guy, but he showed […]

By |June 25th, 2013|Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, News|Comments Off on Dog Blog: A Romp with Rupert, According to Rupert
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    New Murals at Happy Tails New Murals at Happy Tails

    New Murals at Happy Tails

New Murals at Happy Tails

Take just one step inside of Happy Tails front doors and you can’t help but notice that bright, colorful murals have been added. Melissa Dunn, muralist extraordinaire, has been working feverishly on completing the murals in the lobby, DogWisdom training area, and in the small dogs area. Our two-legged clients have been raving about them as well as our employees. It’s really brightened up the lobby, we love the addition of the HTI logo on the wall, and it’s just awesome are a few of the praises we’ve heard so far. While our four-legged friends can’t say with words how much they enjoy it; we’re confident they love them too! As Melissa’s time allows, we’re eager to get murals also added in our grooming and big dog area.

By |March 28th, 2013|News|Comments Off on New Murals at Happy Tails