January 2021 Pupdate
- by Taylor Wallace
Ruff 2020…BUT 2021 is going to be Fur-Tastic
Well PNR Pack, we shih tzu not…2020 is OVER! We know it was a bit ruff, but we’re ready to bring on the New Year. With 2021 comes plenty of awesome Pupdates from Paws ‘n’ Rec. But before we get there, we can’t thank you enough for your support last year, and we’re excited to announce lots of new goodies for your pups this year.
Solo Adventures and New Pack Treats
In our work with previous facilities, we’ve seen the benefit of offering members 1-1 sessions that stimulate their minds, get some extra energy out, improve their mental health, and help them learn new skills! Starting today, we’re now offering Solo Adventures for all members. Solo Adventures are available daily and can be added on to any adventure (daycare or boarding) for $10/adventure. See our adventures below and inquire at checking if you’d like to book one:
- Cuddles: You bring the fur, the ears, the paws – we’ll bring the love, the hugs, and the treats!
- Let your Adventurer feel the love with some extra TLC from our Adventure Guides! One-on-one cuddling time has been proven to deepen bonds, improve moods, and relieve stress.
- Tail Time: Clifford the Big Red Dog didn’t get where he is today by watching Netflix.
- Your Adventurer will enjoy a story read by their favorite Adventure Guide!
- Fetch Session: Even Tom Brady needs to practice.
- Everyone loves a good fetch sesh! Get your Adventurer extra tired with an add-on one-on-one fetch session.
- Puppy Puzzles: The best way to improve SAT scores is by getting them started early.
- Stimulate your pup’s brain with puzzles! Our team hides treats inside for a sweet reward!
- Adventure Park: Like Crossfit, minus the weights + the fur, and way safer 🙂
- Your Adventurer will enjoy our new agility course all to themselves!
In addition to offering these new 1-1 adventures, we wanted to celebrate the new year with a gift for the entire PNR pack, so we’ve ordered some awesome play yard bridges.
These bridges will provide extra mental and physical stimulation for all our pups when they’re out in the yard. They are great for cardiovascular and muscular development, add extra fun to games of chase or hide-and-seek, and are perfect for dogs who love to climb and jump! Plus, they’re going to make for some pawesome action-shots! Keep your eyes on our social for pics once they arrive in the coming weeks.
Operational Changes for a Stronger Pack
Since taking over Paws ‘n’ Rec, our primary goal has been to provide the highest level of safety and fun to all the dogs in our care. We’ve invested thousands of dollars to upgrade the safety of the facility, rolled out new training programs for all staff, and improved nearly every protocol. As of February 1st, 2021, we’ll also be rolling out new customer-facing software. Over the last few months, we’ve gone through a careful process of looking at the ways that both customers and staff interact with our existing system, and we believe changing to a new system will make the experience of becoming a new customer, making both boarding and daycare reservations, and staying in touch with us about your pups far easier. We’ll keep you posted as we get closer to that date on how you can start using the new system once it’s live.
Along with those changes, we made the decision with our management team to move to a group play facility as of January 2021. We’re happy to announce that as of today, all of our Adventurers are now playing with the pack.
The positives of moving to all group play include the ability to drastically increase the amount of daily playtime for pups in our care, provide them with substantially more space to play in, and maintain smaller playgroups with the lowest dog-to-person ratio in Tampa. While we’ll miss our Individual Adventurers, we’re happy to evaluate all pups to give them a shot at group play!
Finally, we’re now implementing set feeding times every day: 7:30 AM (breakfast), 11 AM (lunch), and 4 PM (dinner). Feeding time will be 30 minutes followed by 1 hour of rest before playtime to avoid bloat (a major safety issue!). If you’d like your fur-baby to be fed outside of these time frames, we’re happy to do so, but due to the increase in playtime, custom feeding times may result in missing a play cycle.
We’ve sent out a few emails over the last several weeks and spoken to many of you as we’ve worked to standardize all pricing.
Effective immediately, Hotel Members will also have access to Drop-and-Dash daycare passes for $42/each.
Finally, our Weekender Special rate will be increasing slightly to $80. At an over $120 value, this is still the best deal in town! You can always book boarding through the customer portal, by giving us a call or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Ugly Sweater Contest
We had so much fun watching our Adventurers dress up every day during December! We saw so many fur-abulous outfits, it was hard to choose a winner! One Adventurer had a new sweater for each adventure and modeled every outfit like a pro! The winner of our first annual Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Ugly Sweater 2020 Contest is…Selah Dorsett!
FUR-MEMBERS OF THE MONTH:
Small Fur-Member: Reilly Wells
This little lady is such a firecracker out in the yards! Reilly has the sweetest face ever but don’t let that fool you – she runs the paw-ty every time she’s here! She loves riling her Small fur-iends up and starting an epic game of Catch Me If You Can. When she isn’t getting the action started, you can find her cuddling up to her Adventure Guides, using her puppy eyes to get all the rubs. We love having Reilly join us for fun and we look fur-ward to many more adventures with this sweet girl!
Medium Fur-Member: Holly Weinstein
Holly is the definition of always ready! She comes to daycare on 100 and never fails to make a grand entrance into the yards. Her fur-iends know when it’s time for action, she’s the pup to go to! Holly loves all things fur-iends, fun, and treats – don’t fur-get the treats! When Holly isn’t ruling the yards, you can find her sitting pretty in the sun, soaking up the rays and showing off her gorgeous smile. We’ve absolutely loved having Holly in our PNR family and getting to know her over the last year. We can’t wait to make many more memories with you, Miss Holly!
Medium Plus Fur-Member: Turk Generotti
Turk is one of the coolest dudes in town! From his very first adventure with us, Turk has been the paw-fect fit for our PNR squad and brings so much happiness to our staff and other fur-members. His personality is so sweet and goofy, he always knows how to get his fur-iends in on the fun! He loves taking long naps in between his play groups and convincing his Adventure Guides to give him extra pets any time we walk past his suite (he’s so cute, can you blame us?). It’s been such a paw-leasure having this fur-baby join our pack and we look forward to all the adventures to come!
Large Fur-Member: Coby Pakidis
Coby is the biggest love bug there ever was! This big baby loves nothing more than a good belly rub and will do anything to get one! His signature move is to sit between an Adventure Guides legs and slowly inch his way on his back to reach the optimal scratching position. Once he’s on his back, face to the sun, getting his belly rubbed he’s in a trance! Our team loves giving him big bear hugs and letting him love on them – there’s anything better than Coby cuddles! We’re so lucky to have this handsome boy in our PNR family to always lift our spirits with endless hugs, love and kisses!
Pupsicle of the Month: Nutty New Year
This delicious frozen treat is made with bananas, peanut butter, plain Greek yogurt, and honey! Start your pup’s 2021 off on the right paw with an order of 2 for just $1 today – they’re available daily and can be added on to any adventure!
Refur a friend pupdate: Give $50, Get $50:
We made an update to the Refural Program, so any refurals now get you and your friend $50 off each! Here’s how it works:
- Refur a friend to PNR
- Tell them to use the code “$50for$50” on their Registration
- When they become a new Adventure or Hoteling Member, they’ll get $50 off the first month of their membership and you’ll receive a $50 account credit to use on anything from your membership dues, hotel stays, and more!
A PUPS PUB Partnership
We’re still really excited about our partnership with South Tampa’s first full liquor, indoor/outdoor dog park bar: PUPS PUB, located right around the corner from PNR @ 2202 W Kennedy Blvd! They’ve been open for the last few weeks, and we and our members have loved having a place to go after a day at PNR. Be sure to utilize your membership here at Paws ‘n’ Rec to receive an additional 20% discount on your pup’s annual membership at PUPS PUB. You can pre-register your pup on their website: www.pupspubtampa.com or call Alex @ (813) 422-4583.
Sending woofs and wags to you and your furry family members. If you ever have any questions, comments or things that we should know about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Fetch ya later!