Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Today, our doggie daycare and training customers received a special Howl-o-ween treat. We sent them home with a bag of Wholesome Pet treats and a greeting that said, "It's been a real TREAT having you here! Happy Halloween." Aww...

Our Daycare Manager, Danielle, got into the spirit too. What a clown!

We Love Our New Rocks!

Now that our daycare playarea has a thick new layer of rocks, the dogs are loving it even more!

New! Sunday Night Agility Practice!

Join us the second and fourth Sunday of every month starting in November for agility practice in our indoor agility ring. $10 a dog gets you unlimited runs over two hours. 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Get your dog some exercise and have fun doing it! Prior knowledge of agility rules and equipment is required. (register)

First session is Nov. 12.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Few Pix from the Howl-o-Ween Festival

Despite blustery winds and chilly temps, a good-sized crowd turned out for our Howl-o-ween Festival today. Thank you to everyone who attended and worked the event! Come back later this week for a complete report of the day's events, as well as a list of contest and raffle winners (and more photos too!). Until then, here are a few photos.

Members of CMDART and the Worcester and Middlesex Sheriff's Search and Rescue Teams:

A few of our costume contest contestants:

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ideas for Our Costume Contest!

Have you run out of cute ideas for our annual Doggie Costume Contest at the Howl-o-ween Festival this Sunday? Then check out some of these (unless you already got them in an email 12 times already like me!) :-)

Click each photo to see a bigger version.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Search & Rescue Team Booked for Howl-o-Ween Festival

He are happy to announce that the Middlesex County Sheriff Department Search and Rescue Team will be giving a demo at 2 PM on Sunday. Yahoo! Don't miss it!

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green | Lisa Hochstetler of United Canine, a volunteer search group from Ohio, and her dog, Grisley, search for victims of Hurricane Katrina in East Biloxi, Miss., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005.

Members of the Central MA Disaster Animal Response Team will also be on-hand to answer questions about emergency preparedness for pets and animals. Several CMDART members participated in Katrina-related relief last year, as well as many local incidents. They are currently seeking new members to add to the team. Be sure to stop by and say hi to JoAnn.

Members of the CMDART team prepare to give baths to the Otis arrivals who came in September after Katrina. Tyvex suits were used to aid prevention of contamination from affected animals.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Oh Boy! Rally O!

This weekend we hosted our third consecutive APDT-sanctioned Rally Obedience trial. There were over 100 entries (some from as far away as New Jersey) and many dogs completed their titles. In fact, Cassia Delaney and her mixed breed Oliver earned their ARCH-X!

Congratulations to Gemini Dogs Skippy, Miss Molly, Rugby, Fly, Tara, Wyle, and Maggie on their many qualifying legs and titles! Woof!





Friday, October 20, 2006

Howl-o-Ween Festival & Open House - Sun., Oct 29!

You and your pooch are invited to our annual Howl-o-Ween Festival and Open House next Sunday, Oct. 29 from 12-4.

Join us for a free afternoon of fun for you and your dog! There'll be lots of chances for you to try agility, rally, flyball, and obedience, plus join in on some fun doggie games, playgroups, and mini-clicker classes where you'll get a quick lesson on clicker-training and learn a new trick!

We will also have a pet photographer, caricature artist, and canine massage therapist. Wow! Plus free goodies for all dogs and a special Ask the Trainer booth.

Other events include a pet Halloween costume contest, a charity raffle, and tours of our facility. But the highlight of the afternoon will be our Kissing Booth! Come get a smooch from one of our extra lovey Gemini Dogs! xoxox

We have a few spots available for vendors. Contact us if you are interested. See you on Oct. 29!

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Central MA Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART).

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

What's With the Pile of Rocks in the Parking Lot?

No, it's not some new modern art. It's 50 tons of replacement river rock for our outdoor playarea! The landscapers are scheduled to install the rock starting Thursday morning, so please be alert as you drop off your dog or come in for a class.

There's bound to be extra noise, machinery, and workers moving around, so please be extra careful out there. Thanks!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nice shirt!

If you've dropped off your dog in daycare this week, did you notice the daycare staff wearing their snazzy new Gemini Dogs shirts? Here's Michelle and Tyler modeling the new shirt in case you missed it!

If you'd like one of your very own, email us. They're available in dark purple, dark red, and navy in both long and short sleeve ($20/$15). Supplies are limited.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Merlin, It's Time To Brag!

Gemini Dog Merlin (owner Barb Burri) completed his RN title on Sept. 21, 2006 at the Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club Specialty. A day later, he took 1st place in Novice B rally! Not bad for a 10-month old pup!

Congratulations and woof!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Get it, get it, get it!

Eight curious owners and their dogs stopped by Gemini Dogs this afternoon for a seminar on flyball taught by members of the Boston Stragglers Flyball Club. They learned the basics of flyball, the art of teaching your dog the sport, and the different types of flyball clubs they can join.

NEW! We are happy to announce that starting in November, we will be offering an Intro to Flyball class on Sundays at 12:30. Everyone is welcome so sign up soon! Who knows, you could be a founding member of the Gemini Dogs Flyball Team!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Steiff, It's Time To Brag!

Gemini Dog Steiff (MACH CH. Honey Hill Steiff Hunter JE, CGC, ADCH; owner Carolyn Barney) completed his requirements for and was awarded his Master Agility Champion Title (MACH) in Kimberton, PA at the Terrier Agility trials recently! Congratulations and woof!

Carolyn is one of the best agility instructors there is, and she's at Gemini Dogs! Yay!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"Every Dog Is Different" Seminar Held at Gemini Dogs

This past Saturday, 85 people attended a Dogs of Course seminar held at Gemini Dogs, titled "Every Dog Is Different." Guest speakers Ray Coppinger, Bruce Blumberg, and Carolyn Barney discussed the evolution of dogs and wolves, differences among breeds of dogs, how our dogs' perception of the environment differs from our view of the same, and how we can apply these differences to life with our dogs.

For example, if your terrier likes to chase chipmunks, why not use that natural tendency to your advantage? You can use the chasing of the chipmunks as a reward for holding that sit stay when you open the door! What better motivator for your pooch than something she naturally perceives as wonderful?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Intro to Flyball Workshop this Sunday!

There's still time to sign up for the Intro to Flyball Workshop to be held this Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 in our indoor training center. Come and learn one of the most exciting dog team sports around! Presented by the Boston Stragglers Flyball Club.