Why did Bone Adventure Close?

As many of you know, Bubbly Paws is a locally owned small and we are also very supportive of other Minnesota small businesses.  Recently we have received many calls from customers asking:

"What happened to Bone Adventure"

"Did Bone Adventure go out of business?"

We always hate to see any small business close, much less one that we personally liked and felt like it was a great part of the community. We would often run into the owner of Bone Adventure at events and fundraisers and had a great business relationship with them.  We have heard some rumors of why they closed all 3 locations (Edina, North Loop and 48th and Chicago in Minneapolis), but without anything that is verified, we don't want to spread rumors and that is not our style to gossip. There are very few small, locally owned pet stores and it saddens us when we see one go out of business or get taken over by one of the large companies. 

We often sent our own customers to the 50th and France Bone Adventure when we did not have a leash, collar, sweater or something that they were looking for.  We also sent our grooming customers there if we were booked out too far.  

Just know that we personally miss them as much as you do!  

Flexi Leash Dangers

Flexi Leash law in Minneapolis
Flexi Leash law in Minneapolis

Every now and then we have a customer ask "Why don't you carry Flexi or retractable leashes at Bubbly Paws?".  We don't carry these types of leashes for many reasons; one of which is that I have seen too many injuries and incidents related to these types of leashes.

If you do use a Flexi Leash, please make sure to lock the leash at about 3 feet long when stopping into Bubbly Paws or other businesses to make sure your dog is easily controlled.  Most cities including Minneapolis, Edina, Saint Paul, and Bloomington all have regulations saying the leash can't be longer than 6 feet.  Just because your dog is friendly to other dogs and loves to run up and greet them, does not all dogs enjoy dogs running up to them.  Always ask dog owners first before the dog runs up.  Also, be very careful of getting burned by the Flexi Leash, I have a leash burn on my leg from a dog that was running into our doggy daycare on an unlocked leash.  If you are looking for some great alternatives to flexi leashes, we have some great selections at Bubbly Paws.  Do a quick image search on Google for "Flexi Leash Injury" and you will see the possible harm that can come to humans and dogs from these leashes.  Below is a great article from the Dogginton Post about the Dangers of Flexi Leashes and how to use them responsibly.


Flexi Leash Dangers
Flexi Leash Dangers

One of the most popular devices used to restrain dogs when taking them out for a walk is the retractable leash. Many owners, however, wonder if such a leash is appropriate or even safe to use. Well, the answer generally depends on a person’s reason for using the device. While there are several ways to utilize the retractable leash properly, it is important to remember that they also pose some danger to you and your dog if not used correctly.

Before using a retractable leash, make certain you’ve got one that’s strong enough to handle your dog. Dogs that have a tendency to bolt or take off running after perceived prey should never be restrained with a retractable leash. Aside from those dangers, there are other things to keep in mind when using one of these popular leashes.

What You Need to Watch Out For

· Prickling leash burns. Retractable leashes, especially the thin string variety, can very easily cause leash burns. This could happen when you let your pooch race past you with the retractable line zipped up across your bare skin. Unwarranted injuries, however, can be prevented if you try the flat, tape style retractable leash. · Entanglement or strangulation. Not only can retractable leashes burn us, they can also get twisted around a dog’s neck or legs. Worse, if your pooch panics and jerks the moment they get hog-tied; it could cause the leash to pull even tighter. Although you can loosen the cords that have wrapped around his neck, the situation could quickly become life-threatening. · Fatal accidents. There are times when our dogs dart away all of a sudden, and with a retractable leash on him, your dog might dart even farther, faster. Nevertheless, it’s the reeling that’s a serious issue here. It is possible that Fido may spot a squirrel or anything interesting across the street, and suddenly take off after it. If you’re not alert enough, his abrupt behavior and an un-sturdy retractable leash could put him smack on the road, right in front of a speeding car.

Other Things You Would Never Want to Happen

· The leash drops. Because these leashes rarely have a wrist strap and are sometimes heavy and bulky, dropping them is a regular occurrence. What’s worse, if you drop the handle, the lack of tension can send the heavy handle hurdling toward your dog. Not only could the heavy leash handle smack your dog in the head, if your dog is spooked by the leash handle zipping deafeningly toward him, he may take off running. · The cord is grabbed. If you grab the cord/tape while it is being pulled from the handle, you might suffer from immediate injury like cuts and burns. · The cord wraps around you. Poor handling can also cause the cord/tape to twist around you or someone else’s fingers resulting in deep wounds, or worse, amputation. · The collar breaks or comes off your dog. The moment this occurs, the leash could retract at top speed while the other end of the line whips around at the same full momentum leading to serious injuries to face, teeth, and eyes.

Roxy's Gelato Trip

Roxy gets gelato at 50th and France in Edian,MNTonight Roxy had a photo shoot with Lucky Mutt Photography for an upcoming project.  After the shoot was over, Trycia wanted to try out the new Pandolfi Gelato shop at 50th and France in Edina.   So we drove over there and their place is really nice.  They saw me standing outside with Roxy trying to see what gelato flavors they had, and they said I could come in with Roxy and see what they had.  They were super nice and the Gelato was awesome.  Next time you are near 50th and France I suggest checking them out! Have a good night!




Many of our regular customers know the "worlds largest" Bernese Mountain Dog.  Kinnick, can often be seen walking around Excelsior and Grand, and he always pulls his owner into Bubbly Paws Dog Wash  for a treat or some doggy ice cream!  Kinnick is such a lover who knows how to get attention.  We keep joking that we should hire Kinnick to be the Bubbly Paws spokes dog!  You will always know it is Kinnick when you see his big 'fro!

Coyotes in the Twin Cities

We were watching the FOX 9 news tonight and saw this story about a coyote in Edina.  I just thought we should pass it along so you can make sure to keep your dog safe and sound.  

Edina to Confront Coyotes after Dog Attacked: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com


From FOX 9 - EDINA, Minn. - Coyote sightings have been reported across the metro, but now an Edina dog is recovering after being attacked in broad daylight on a resident’s patio and the city is talking about cracking down.

On both sides of her body, Becky Bennett’s dog, Smokey, bears the marks of being in the jaws of a coyote.

“They x-rayed her. She didn’t have any broken bones, which is fortunate,” said Bennett.

Bennett’s house backs up to a part of the city that attracts a lot of wildlife, but that’s not where the attack happened. In fact, she said if Smokey had been bitten closer to the pond, it would be a different story.

Instead, her dog was attacked in broad daylight on her patio by a coyote she has seen frequently lately and taken pictures of.

The last time Bennett saw the coyote was on Easter Sunday.

“It was laying out in that marshy area. We were all up on the deck watching it, and itstead of running away, he came up to the house,” she recalled.

The DNR says that coyotes are in every suburb and often go unseen; although, some will grow more bold.

Yet, residents of Edina said they are concerned that the population is growing and Bennett said she hopes the city will thin the pack. If not, she hopes they will at least work to kill the coyote that no longer seems to be intimidated by humans.


Dog Wash Gift Cards

bubbly paws dog wash and dog grooming gift cardLooking for the perfect gift?  We now have Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and Dog Spa gift cards!  You can stop in or call us to purchase a gift card and we will even mail them for you!  Gift cards can be used for any of our services or retail items!  The cards work just like a Target or Best Buy gift card and each purchase will be deducted from the balance. Have a great day!


We're more than just a Dog Wash

dog grooming minneapolisI often forget that we do more than just self service dog washes.... We have a full service dog grooming department with 2 wonderful dog groomers with over 25 years of combined experience!  Crista and Cyndi are both wonderful groomers and always go the extra mile to make every dog look their best.  It is always so hard to find great groomers and we are very happy to have 2 of the best!  Dog Grooming reservations can be made online or by calling 952-657-5300.  

Have a great weekend!


Peaceful Pooches

Peace dog collar and jacketToday we got a new shipment of collars, leaches and sweaters with the "Peace Sign" on them from Fab Dog!  Our dog Roxy can be seen sporting this collar and leash and she really seems to like it!  Check them out in our lobby!  We keep adding new retail items all the time and if you ever have any suggestions please let us know! I just wanted to thank everyone that has stopped out our first 2 weeks that we were open!  It has been great to meet everyone!

Have a great night!



Gracie gets a Bath

Gracie came in for a bath at the self service dog wash today and we decided to make a video of what it was like.  Gracie belongs to our good friend Sarah, who owns Sarah Beth Photography (and some of the artwork at Bubbly Paws is her work).  We had fun putting this together... Enjoy!  

Dog Grooming @ Bubbly Paws

Eloise at the dog groomer Today was another first for Bubbly Paws Dog Wash.... It was the first day of grooming with Christa who is our amazing groomer.  Christa has a real hands on style and has worked for some great dog businesses and we are so excited to have her as part of the Bubbly Paws family!  Grooming reservations can be made online or by calling the god wash (952-657-5300).

Eloise, the westie is one of the doggy daycare dogs from Pampered Pooch Playground who came to get groomed today.  She looked super cute when she went home and her parents were so happy with the cut!

Have a great weekend!


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