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KARE 11 - Cabin Tips For Your Pooch

We recently stopped into KARE 11 to share some great cabin tips for your pooch, and we brought an awesome dog up for adoption from SecondHand Hounds.




Summer is cabin time for many Minnesotans, and if you’re taking your dog to the family retreat, safety is important.

Bubbly Paws co-owner Keith Miller shares five great tips to help keep your best friend healthy and happy:

1. Protect dog from bugs with
2. Bring life jacket for your dog
3. Provide water and shade
4. Make sure your pet has an ID tag
5. Bring first aid kit

Bubbly Paws is a self-service dog wash and growing salon with three locations in the Twin Cities.

Friday’s segment featured an American pit bull terrier named Mercedes. He needs a loving forever home.
Mercedes is available for adoption now through Secondhand Hounds.

Patio Tips for your Pooch - KARE 11

One of the many things that makes the Twin Cities so great is that there are so many dog friendly stores, restaurants and breweries.  

Before getting to the tips, let’s start with some basic patio etiquette.  

  • Know your dog - not all dogs enjoy going to the patios and being in large noisy settings.  If you don’t think your pooch will have fun going leave them at home.

  • Make sure the restaurant / brewery is dog friendly.  The easiest way to to look on their website, or a great resource is

  • Ask other guests if they are ok with the dog being around.


1- Feed them first.  When going to public patios there will always be food around and as you know, dogs LOVE food. One way to keep the begging to a minimum is to bring them after they have eaten a meal.  Chances are if you bring your pooch hungry, they will start acting out and creating a scene.

2 - A tired dog is a good patio dog.  Bring them to the dog park or take them on a long walk before hitting up the patio.  If they are tired, they are more likely to lay down and relax.

3- Forget the Flexi - when you are in public it is best not to use the retractable leashes.  These leases make it tough to control the dogs.  One of my favorite leashes is made by Stunt Puppy, which is a Minnesota company, and you can clip the leash to your chair or table.

4- bring water - it might sound like common sense, but not all restaurants and breweries will provide water bowls for the dogs.  It is always best to come prepared. 

5- Bring distractions - If you have a smaller dog, not all of them enjoy laying on concrete, so bring a small bed for them.  You can also bring a few of their favorite toys and snacks to help keep them distracted.  Some restaurants will bring special doggy treats, but don’t always count on it, come prepared! 

Some of our favorite dog friendly patios

Pizzeria Lola in Southwest Minneapolis.

3 Squares in Maple Grove

Sisyphus Brewing -  they are dog friendly inside and outside and often have dog adoption events.


Rescue Dog:


Meet Ivan from Heart of Border Collie Rescue.  He is a super sweet dog.  He first entered the rescue with some chemical burns on his back, head and legs.  After much work his foster family has helped him heal and he is ready for his forever home.  He is good with Kids, Cats and other dogs.  Loves playing fetch and the frisbee is his new passion, but he is also happy sitting in a lap giving kisses.  Click Here for more details on Ivan.

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