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Welcome: Huey!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Boston Terrier rescue

Did you know Dogtopia of Cary fosters? We do! At no cost to the rescue we’re happy to allow dogs seeking their forever homes to bunk with us at night and play during the day.

Our newest foster is Huey! He’s an adorable Boston Terrier from Boston Terrier Rescue of North Carolina

Boston’s have a special place in our hearts as the Dogtopia founder and Cary owner, Amy, owns a Boston name Griffin who was the inspiration for the daycare. I own a beautiful 6 year old Boston named Kennedy. We’re experts! :)

To honor one of our favorite Boston qualities…

The Winner of the 1st Annual Mutt Madness!!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

What a matchup! Cooper took a commanding lead early in the match but by the halfway mark, Jake was starting to show his strength. Both dogs rallied and a clear winner was not decided until the last couple hours of the matchup.

With 68% of the votes, our winner is…


Our winner -- JAKE

Our winner -- JAKE

 Congratulation to Jake — Our 1st Annual Mutt Madness Winner!!

Let the tallying begin!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

What a wonderful voter turnout we had for the 1st annual Mutt Madness. We are currently tallying the votes and we will announce the winner tomorrow!

Make sure and sign up below for the RSS feed to get the latest results!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest and to everyone who voted!

Final Four — Let the voting begin

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Here are our Final Four!

We tallied up the votes and it was very close in all 4 match ups. Please vote using the comment section at the bottom of this entry. You will have until 11:59 pm, Thursday, March 26th to vote. Voting will close at midnight and any votes after the polls have closed will not be counted.

You may vote for one or both match ups. Duplicate votes (same name or e-mail addresses) will only be counted once.

Match up #1:  Cooper VS. Teddy

Cooper showing his Carolina pride

Cooper shows his Carolina pride

Teddy loves that Carolina blue

Teddy loves that Carolina blue


Match up #2: Jake VS. Quigley

Jake cheers for Carolina every chance he gets!

Jake cheers for Carolina every chance he gets!

Quigley is proud to be a Carolina fan

Quigley is proud to be a Carolina fan

It is a Tar Heel sweep! Who will be in the championship match up? Who will be the first Mutt Madness winner??

Cast your vote NOW!

Mutt Madness

Friday, March 6th, 2009


Is your pooch the biggest hoops fan on four legs? Enter Dogtopia\’s 1st Annual Mutt Madness and prove it!

Submit a picture of your dog sporting the colors of your favorite college by Sunday, March 22nd and they’ll be entered in our bracket-style competition! Submissions can be emailed to or dropped off at the front desk.

We will have the blow-by-blow details and voting will be done by the “crowds” via the comments section of this blog. You’ll be able to share the link with family, friends, co-workers and anyone else you can to really get out the vote for your pooch! Make sure to sign up for the RSS feed below to get the latest news.

The First Round opens Monday, March 23rd and will continue every other day through-out the week until we reach our final 2!

Join us Sunday, March 22nd for the official kick-off at our Meet-up event! Bring your spirited dog to the party and will take a photo. You can enter the contest right then! You must RSVP by phone by March 18th in order to attend.

We may not have a big trophy or a net for our winner to cut down, but the biggest fan will receive a basket of goodies, including gift certificates, toys, and unique gifts.

Oh – and the most important thing of all… bragging rights!

That time of year: Resolutions

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Can you believe it is 2009? Where did 2008 go? I’m sure many are happy that the year is over and a fresh new year is here. Well, with the new year comes resolutions. Have you made yours?

We’ve been working hard and here is our list:

1) Lose weight: We’ve discovered a new diet and exercise regimen that we’re calling the Dogtopia diet. Want to know how it works? Spend every day playing, chasing, and cuddling dogs, cleaning up the doggie messes, mopping the playroom floors entirely twice a day, cleaning the rest of the facility, and then take about 1/2 hour to catch something to eat and drink. Do this day in and day out and you’ll lose at least a pant size, maybe two.

2) Lose weight part II: The doggie version of the Dogtopia diet. Come to doggie daycare, play with some friends, take a short breather, play some more with some friends, chase a girlfriend (or boyfriend) and try and kiss them, have a light snack, play with the staff members, collapse and take a nap.  Our boy Murphy has been on this diet for about 3 months and he’s lost about 10 pounds. He looks and feels great and our vet was very happy at his last check-up. Do you know of any dogs that might need to get fit in 2009? Let them know about doggie daycare and how it has benefited your dog.

3) Spread the word: We want to get the word out even more about Dogtopia. We would like to thank all of you for helping us out with this goal. This year we plan to get out more in the community and let people know all about the Dogtopia experience. If you see us at events, please stop by and say “hi”. If you know of any upcoming events, let us know and we will check them out.

4) Search out the perfect doggie toy: We like to use the classic Kong toys and although the dogs have lost a little interest in them, they are holding up pretty well. But in order to keep providing new, exciting, and durable things for the doggies to play with, we’ve been on a quest. Find a durable toy that also squeaks. We’ve found that the dogs go apes over the squeaky toys that are chewable (rubber). Over the past month, we’ve been trying out various dog toys in the playroom. Unfortunately, most have not worked out (lasted) as well as we’d like. Our first tester is Muppet. He has a power jaw when it comes to the squeaky ball. He can sit for hours squeaking away. When he comes to daycare, the first thing he does is bark at the cabinet or table where the toys are. Our second tester is Sherlock. He wastes no time getting right into the toy and really puts them to the test. Usually Muppet eliminates a toy pretty quickly before Sherlock can get a hold of it. But, there have been a few toys that have been deemed Muppet proof and then subsequently get demolished by Sherlock. So, it is back to the drawing board as we continue our quest for a toy that will make it past the rigors of the Muppet and Sherlock test program. If you have any suggestions, let us know!

5) Continue to provide premier and consistent quality: Chris and I opened a Dogtopia because we believe most dog owners, like us, want to take their dogs to a place that treats them as if they were their own. We wanted a place that provided: quality care, a clean and safe environment, all inclusive pricing, the ability for owners to see their dogs online, and a caring staff. We work hard everyday to insure that we continue delivering on those principles. But we also want to work on improving our facility and we welcome your ideas, comments, or thoughts. Please let us know how we are doing and what we could do to make our facility an even better place to bring your dogs.

2009 will definitely be a challenging year but we look forward to the prospect of meeting many new dogs and their owners, and of continuing the relationships that we’ve already made. Chris and I again want to thank everyone that helped us launch our business in 2008 and offer thanks in advance for your continued support in 2009. Good luck to everyone with their resolutions and we will keep you updated on the progression of ours.

Full of Thanks!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Wow! What a Thanksgiving! We had a very nice group of dogs staying with us over the holiday. Chris put together a nice video montage of Thanksgiving Day. For small/medium dogs check out The Romper Room on YouTube and for the big dogs, check out the Gym on YouTube .

We would like to say thank you to all the dogs that stayed with us. You made our Thanksgiving fun!



Falling in love over and over and over again!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I guess you could call it the hazards of the job (not sure hazard is really the right word), but everyday the playroom supervisors and I fall in love with a dog. There is no denying the look in our eyes and the sound of our voice when we’ve found ourselves falling for a dog. It’s like puppy love everyday!

I didn’t really realize what was happening until Chris pointed it out. Every night when I come home he asks me about my day. I go into a 5 minute monologue about the dogs and usually the story centers around one dog. After going on and on, I usually end with “I just love this dog!”

I’ve mentioned this “phenomena” to the supervisors and they’ve all said that they’ve had similar experiences. It comes down to “I love this dog and when I get another (or for some their first) dog, I’m going to get one just like so and so”. It really isn’t that we are set on a certain breed of dog, it’s really that we want a dog just like so and so. Then the next day rolls around and we’ve fallen in love all over again with another dog.

The nice thing about our jobs is that we can be in love with all the dogs: no jealousy, no fighting, no broken hearts. So, as of right now, the supervisors and I are in love with over 50 dogs and counting!

live. love. play.
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