Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scrub-a-dub-dub - GROOMING now available!

For those of you that love to keep your pups looking paw-fect all year long, we have some good news for you.  Your favorite doggie daycare and boarding facility has now become your favorite groomer as well!

Our new groomer Bobby has over 6 years of grooming experience and was trained at the Petsmart Grooming Academy.  He has always nurtured a love for animals and works hard to be gentle with his doggie clientele, making grooming as painless of a process as possible.  He is familiar with all breed styles and would love to meet you and your pup to discuss the best options for you.

So why not treat your dog to a spa day? Call to reserve  your grooming appointment today and let your pooch get pampered!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Training Now Available!

Now the place that your dogs love to play can also be the place where they learn everything they need to know to be the best dog in the world! That’s right, At Play with Sparky is now offering training.

Our on-staff trainer is available for all facets of training, from puppy skills to one-on-one intensive bad habit correcting. Two programs we’re excited to announce are train-while-you-play and train-while-you-stay. These private training programs allow your dog to work on specific skills while they are attending daycare or while they are boarding. You will get a private consultation before and after the program, including a helpful take-home packet of information tailored to your dog’s specific needs. These programs are available to any number of daycare sessions and for one- and two-week boarding stays.

Private sessions are also available for on-location training at your home or other problem location (work, dog park, pet store, etc). We will zero in on your dog’s specific issues and approach them in the locations where they have the most trouble. Common in-home training issues are barking, jumping on visits, territoriality, and food guarding. But our trainer can help with most any situation!

Finally, we are excited to offer training classes for all levels right here at Sparky’s! Throughout the year, we will have puppy classes, novice (or beginner) classes, intermediate classes, and even an advanced class for those star pupils who just can’t stop learning. Most classes will be taught in the evenings and will run for seven weeks. The first class will be all about getting to know one another, determining the needs of the students, and fun! And the first class is free (with full payment for the other six classes)!

Our first puppy class starts Monday, Oct 10th at 7:15pm. This class is perfect for all puppies under one year who face basic puppy issues such as mouthing, potty training, basic obedience, and socialization. Starting Tuesday, Oct 11th at 7:15pm, we will offer a combination novice/intermediate class. This class will be a mix of basic obedience and any specific issues the participants need to address. All of our classes are tailored to the needs of our current students.

Please visit our website for more information about our training opportunities or call 254-5772 and ask to speak to Emilly.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Eight years ago today..... At Play with Sparky opened it's doors to the dogs of Asheville. Today, we want to thank each and every paw that has crossed our threshold and clawed their way into our hearts. We are so blessed to spend our days loving on your pups.

Many of you may be hearing murmurings of a possible location change. Please know that as soon as we know something definite, you will know too. It is very likely that we will move within the next 10-12 months, but I promise we will stay close by and our new facility will be bigger and better! We're excited about this new opportunity and our ultimate goal is to provide the best possible experience for you and your dogs!

Thanks for a great 8 years!!
Sparky, Denver, Tara & Russ

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Playmate of the Month

Sparky: Well, folks, we're managing to announce our June Playmate of the Month before the month is half over. Be very proud.

Denver: This month's honoree was chosen especially in this hot summer month because of her intense appreciation of water. And everyone knows we have serious water fun at Sparky's when it's hot outside.

Sparky: So without further ado, our Playmate for June is...


Tela Thingvoll is a 4.5 yr old Labradoodle. Obviously, she gets her affinity for water from both sides of the family. Tela's been playing at Sparky's for over two years, and she always brings the fun. While she loves to play with the water (be it sprayed with the hose, romping in the pool, or dunking her head in the water bucket), she makes her own fun in the wintertime too. Snow is just frozen water, after all!

So, head on over to Sparky's this summer and witness Tela's water aerobics for yourself!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Playmate of the Month for May

Sparky: Sorry for the delay, folks. We've been dealing with some technical difficulties. As in, technically, we're slackers when it comes to blogging.
Denver: But it definitely isn't a reflection on how cool our May Playmate of the Month is. Drumroll, please....


Hudson is a 2 1/2 year old black lab who has been coming to Sparky's for about two years now. This fella is about as much fun as you can get. Just add water. As would be expected, Hudson loves to play in the water, be it a fun spray down with the hose or plowing through a pile of snow. Mucky weather doesn't stop him from having a good time.

Now that summer's here, you'll find Hudson romping in the pool and attacking the hose. So, come join him in the fun!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Playmate of the Month

Scully Ikelheimer is Playmate of the Month for April. And I'm not foolin'!

She'd just like to know why it took us so long to realize how cool she is.

Well Scully, the truth is we've known for a while now. After all, you are queen of the yard.

Here she is surveying her territory... Or maybe just looking for another friend to chase.

Scully is a 2 1/2 year old wolfhound mix. She's scruffy, tall, and always up for fun. At home, she plays with her (human) kids, but at Sparky's she lets loose and it's all about the dogs. Her hobbies include barreling down the ramp at full speed, leaping over other dogs in a single bound, and storing extra water in her beard (yes, she is the bearded lady) to share with the next person she decides to kiss.

All of us here at Sparky's appreciate Scully's boundless energy and easy-going disposition. She's the perfect candidate for our highest honor: Playmate of the Month. Congrats Scully!

Friday, March 25, 2011

April Referral Promo/Sparky's B-day!

Sparky turns eight tomorrow! Strangers who meet him can't believe he's a "senior" dog. I explain that it's because he gets to go play whenever he wants. (There are definite benefits to owning a doggie daycare - lifetime membership!)

Remember, we don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

Well, now Sparky wants to encourage his playmates to share the fun of At Play with Sparky with their friends. Through the end of April, you will receive a free day of playcare for every new client that mentions you referred them. If you refer 30 pups, you could get an entire month of free daycare. So hit the streets with your people and tell all your four-legged friends to come check out the fun at Sparky's!