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What’s Happening at Petropolis December 2018

Ever wonder what’s happening behind the scenes at Petropolis Pet Resort? With all our extra holiday clients and the new year coming up, we’ve had a lot on our plates. Here’s a little update on what we’ve been up to this December.

Cat Jungle Renovations

For the past several months, we’ve been working on a major overhaul of our Cat Jungle. We’ve torn down several old rooms and built four brand new luxury suites complete with water fountains for drinking and television screens playing “cat tv.” Plus, we got several much-needed updates like a new kitchen area and new floors. So far, the cats are loving it, and we can’t wait to show you the finished product. As soon as the renovations are finished, we’ll be posting a video tour of the luxury rooms.

Employees of the Month

Our October and November Employees of the Month are Bailey Reynolds and Beth Appel!

Bailey is a lead hotel supervisor, and he makes sure all of our hotel clients are happy and comfortable from the moment they walk in the door to the moment they go back home. She is incredibly observant and always quick to step in when a pet needs her. Thanks, Bailey!

Beth is a trainer, and she’s been with us since the beginning of October. If your pup has attended training in the past couple of months, they’ve most likely been trained by Beth. She does an amazing job with all her students. Thanks, Beth!

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Gateway Pet Guardians: Petropolis Shelter of the Month

Although Gateway Pet Guardians opened in 2004, the concept came to life years before. In 1995, founder P.J. Hightower started feeding the stray dogs in East St. Louis with money from her own pockets. She did this almost every day for nine years. In 2001, four other women joined her, and the five pet-lovers formed an organization to raise money for these strays. Three years later, they officially founded Gateway Pet Guardians.

Now, the organization is far larger than its humble origin. Gateway Pet Guardians is currently preparing for the grand opening of their new location in East St. Louis. Upon opening, they will be the city’s first and only animal shelter. They have pets in foster programs, their TNR Program (Trap Neuter Release) for feral cats, and several community outreach programs that help owners with affordable spays and neuters, emergency vet expenses, microchipping, and vaccinations. Plus, they are still feeding the stray population – and going through 1,000 pounds of dog food a month to do so.

We are so excited to have partnered with Gateway Pet Guardians and even more excited to help find homes for their adoptable pets. To adopt, visit Gateway Pet Guardians.

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What’s Happening at Petropolis January 2019

At Petropolis, we’ve started the new year on a strong note! Here are just a few of the exciting things we’ve been up to for the past month.

Training Department Updates

This month, our training department got a total revamp and is now under the leadership of our career school, The Academy of Pet Careers. The new head trainer, Jody Epstein, is the training instructor of the academy. Not only will our training pups work with her, but they’ll also get to work with her students! This means your pup will get even more individualized attention and be able to learn in different environments.

Jody has a master’s in animal behavior and over 12 years of training experience. We can’t wait to see our department grow under her leadership!

Cat Jungle Renovations

Our Cat Jungle just keeps getting better! This month, we added four new Presidential Aquarium Suites and completely renovated our Window Suites. Plus, our Accessible Suites (which are horizontal and perfect for older cats) got fixed up as well. We still have a ways to go, but we’re very happy with the progress and can’t wait to give you all a grand tour.

Our Presidential Aquarium Suites include televisions playing 24/7 footage of an aquarium for your cat to enjoy. Mochi (left) is loving hers!

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Nemo Nibbles: Brick House Tavern & Tap

Just down the road from Petropolis is Brick House Tavern + Tap, the perfect place for a drink and a snack with your pooch. If you like the beer choices of a brewery, the menu choices of a classy American restaurant and the convenience of having your pup by your side, this is the place for you. The impressive glass door patio with outside and covered seating makes for an easy upscale evening.

Nemo’s Favorite Features

  • Over the Top Attention – Nemo was the center of attention as soon as we walked in the door. He was escorted to the table with a small fan club waiting to pet him. Other guests also got to share in the Nemo love during the lunch. Nemo never felt like a nuisance and was welcomed to come back anytime.
  • Classic Meatball Appetizer – While the appetizers are a little pricey for sharing with your pup, Nemo ordered the classic meatballs. As soon as we arrived, Nemo was provided a bowl with ice cubes to ensure his water stayed cold through out the meal. He was also checked on by the Brick House team multiple times, making sure he was comfortable.

Our Favorite Features

  • Weather Ready Patio – Brick House not only has typical patio seating under the sun, but they also have an ‘indoor’ patio area with glass doors to protect you from the elements. This area of the patio makes it easy to relax with your pup in the shade. The patio also includes fans, heaters and a fire pit for the perfect environment no matter what season.
  • Upscale Option – As one of the more formal choices for our Nemo Nibbles series, the menu can get pricey but Brick House makes up for it with great specials, including their happier hour until 7 PM and brunch with $2 mimosas. The small touches like hand wipes after your meal and a better than average bar food menu options make the restaurant the perfect place for a date night that includes your dog.

About Brick House Tavern + Tap

From their website: Part of the Ignite Restaurant Group portfolio of restaurants, Brick House Tavern + Tap features a unique menu of American classics with a twist, specialty cocktails and more than 80 beers and beer cocktails, served up with its own blend of personalized hospitality. At 20 locations across the U.S., the elevated next-generation tavern atmosphere is complete with 30+ HD flat screen TVs, soft leather recliners with built-in TV trays, live music and outdoor dining.

Address: 2 McBride & Son Center Dr. Chesterfield, MO 63005

Website: http://www.brickhousetavernandtap.com

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Nemo Nibbles: Creve Coeur Lakehouse

Birds chirping, a light breeze and chatter from walkers passing by are the sounds of the Creve Coeur Lakehouse patio. With big umbrellas and a spacious seating, this is the perfect place for a weekend activities and a relaxing meal. Only a 10 minute drive from Chesterfield, the Mallard Lake view is one of our favorite options for patio eating with your pup.

Nemo’s Favorite Features

  • Spacious – As a larger dog, it is important to have space for Nemo to feel comfortable. With their large patio, it was easy to eat and have Nemo there. When we visited, the Lakehouse team did a great job at spacing pups throughout the patio.
  • Side of Bacon – Nemo enjoyed a side of bacon while his humans enjoyed a large menu with lots of choices. The Lakehouse provides a larger cooler of water with bowls for you to fill for your pup.

Our Favorite Features

  • Location – With a name like Lakehouse, you know the view is going to be great. Sitting outside with your pup is always fun but enjoying the lake views and nature sounds allows for a nice break from the city patios and busy streets. With multiple trails at Creve Coeur Lake, the Lakehouse is the perfect spot to stop after a long walk or afternoon outside.
  • Outdoor Bar & Drink Specials – One of the best parts for humans is their outside bar, making it easy to bring your pup and have access to drinks. The Lakehouse has great drink specials for spring, summer and fall as well as a seasonal menu to use seasonal ingredients.

About Creve Coeur Lakehouse

From their website: We are open Tuesday – Sunday at 11 AM. However, we may close due to private events, unfavorable weather conditions or slow business. Please call 314-576-7200, to confirm hours of operation. We’re passionate about delivering an exceptionally relaxing experience. Our food is made to order, with quality and taste our primary goal. Whether you are joining us for the first time or have a regular group that meets here weekly, you can expect excellent service.

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Nemo Nibbles: Joey B’s Food & Drink

Just a short drive from Chesterfield, is a St. Louis staple, a Gianino’s family St. Louis restaurant. Joey B’s is a pet friendly spot with a lot to offer. The large patio is packed with seating, perfect for your pup. They also have umbrellas, TV’s, fans, heaters and much more to keep you and your pup comfortable during your outdoor dining experience.

Nemo’s Favorite Features

  • Attention – Nemo was the center of attention during our lunch at Joey B’s. Waiter and waitresses stopped by to say hi, bringing him water and continually asking if he needed anything. Other guests also asked to pet him and chatted about his breed, size and demeanor. If your pup likes attention, it is the perfect place to get extra love.
  • Fried Cheese Bites – While the menu is a little pricey for sharing with your pooch, Nemo ordered an appetizer to munch on. The fried cheese bites were delicious and Nemo ended up only getting a few because of his humans!

Our Favorite Features

  • Good Service – Not only was the Joey B’s team accommodating for Nemo, the staff provided great service for the humans as well. When sitting on a patio, the service can be hit or miss but Joey B’s ensures that you are not forgotten outside.
  • Impressive Patio – As we stated above, the patio provides a lot of options for any size family or dog. While the tables can be a little close together, they were more than willing to accommodate Nemo’s size and did not sit anyone directly near us. This casual dining experience can be dressed up or down and the fans/heaters provide added amenities for any weather we may be having in St. Louis.

About Joey B’s

Joey B’s is part of the famous St. Louis Gianino’s family of restaurants. From their website: The roots of the Gianino’s Family of Restaurants begins in the past century when Frank Gianino established his popular eatery Valencia’s on Delmar. In the process of serving his patrons Old World Italian favorites, Frank began a tradition of good food and good service that is continued today through the Gianino’s Family of Restaurants. Wherever you may find yourself in St. Louis, there is a Gianino’s family restaurant nearby. You are cordially invited to stop by any of our restaurants and meet the Family. We believe it’s the tradition of providing a comfortable, warm atmosphere and a commitment to good food that truly sets us apart and will make your visit one to remember.

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Nemo Nibbles: Wente’s Open Wheel Restaurant and Saloon

Start your engines! Wente’s located in Chesterfield, MO (previous known as Gumbo Flatts) is a racing themed restaurant and the perfect valley staple for you and your pup to visit. Great for an after work dinner or a relaxing weekend meal, Wente’s has a spacious patio. This ‘hole in the wall’ has great ‘hillbilly specials’, service and a small town feel.

Nemo’s Favorite Features

  • Spacious – As we have stated before, for Nemo it is important to have space. The patio is a large concrete pad with a sturdy tent over top and picnic/patio tables for seating. While the décor may be lackluster the large open space is perfect for a large dog.
  • Meaty Menu – There is no dog menu but there Nemo did get to order a hot dog! While he was satisfied with his tasty lunch time treat, remember to bring your own water bowl.

Our Favorite Features

  • Price & Selection – The menu provides a big selection of bar food including pizza, smoked meats and burgers with prices that you can’t complain about. As one of our cheaper options from Nemo Nibbles, this menu gives you (and your pup) the best bang for your buck.
  • Relaxed Atmosphere – Since Wente’s has been around longer than the name Chesterfield, you can imagine the laid back attitude when it comes to dinning out. The atmosphere doesn’t affect service, as your food will come out fast and hot. Even if you don’t enjoy racing, the patio is the perfect place for a simple meal with your pooch.

About Wente’s

Why is Wente’s racing themed? From their website: Mr. Wente was a legend in the United States Auto Club as Midget Car National Champion 1963, after finishing second in the standings for three consecutive seasons. He ranked second to Mel Kenyon in career USAC Midget Auto Racing Association. He progressed up to the U.S. Auto Club ranks and raced in all three championship classes – Midgets, Sprints, and Champ cars. He won the USAC Midwest Championship for Midgets in 1960, but lost the national title by 9.75 points to Jimmy Davies. In 1961, Mr. Wente was the USAC Indoor Midget Champion. He also won the Night Before the 500 Midget Car race in 1969 and again in 1976. He won the prestigious Hut Hundred in 1963. His only appearance in the Indianapolis 500 was in a car prepared by his Midget Championship-winning mechanic, Bob Higman, in 1964. Mr. Wente started 32nd and finished ninth in that Indy 500, and it remained a highlight of his driving career.

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Nemo Nibbles: Rock & Brews Restaurant

Are you ready to rock? Rock & Brews located in Chesterfield not only has a dog friendly patio but a doggie menu! Spoil your pup by bringing them to the heated and cooled patio for a family meal. During Nemo’s lunch he was greeted by everyone and had a water bowl within minutes of sitting down.

Nemo’s Favorite Features

  • Dog Menu – The doggie menu is truly the highlight of taking your pup to Rock and Brews. Reading the dishing, choosing one for your pup and them being able to enjoy a ‘meal’ while you eat is a special experience. Nemo enjoyed the Addie’s Feast (their largest option) and snacking on the meat while leaving the veggies and rice behind.
  • Friendly Staff – Each staff member made sure to say hi to Nemo and did not mind when he accidentally ended up in the walkway. The staff asked multiple times if Nemo needed anything or if they could accommodate him in any way. The Rock and Brews team goes above and beyond for their four-legged guests.

Our Favorite Features

  • Deals and Discounts – On their Facebook, Rock and Brews posts a lot of weekly offers including BOGO burger Tuesday and holiday events like Veterans, Military, and First Responders received a free food on Memorial Day.
  • Atmosphere – Everything from the décor, food and music make for a fun experience. Even if you don’t like rock music, the classics will have you tapping your toes or watching the music videos, located on screens around the restaurant.

About Rock & Brews

From their website: Rock & Brews St. Louis offers rock lovers of all ages signature quality American comfort food and more than 50 craft and international beers (with one bar dedicated exclusively to serving local Missouri craft beers) along with a full bar in an 8,600 square foot environment that pays tribute to everything you love about rock. Indoor and outdoor dining is available, and dogs are welcome too! So rock and roll on over to Rock & Brews St. Louis, where classic rock, great food, and amazing brews will take you on a journey that you won’t forget!

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One-of-a-Kind Doggie Water Park Marks Another First in Nation for Petropolis Pet Resort

St. Louis, MO, January 26, 2016 – February 1 marked the groundbreaking for St. Louis’ only water park for dogs, at Petropolis Pet Resort. Throughout the upcoming months, Canine Cove, a paw shaped splash pad will be constructed for Petropolis lodging and daycare clients. This addition to the state-of-the-art Petropolis facility will provide over 30 water features for endless entertainment, including:

  • Three, 6-foot-tall misting water arches
  • A 10-foot-tall umbrella with a curtain of water
  • A giant, 4-foot-tall fire hydrant that bubbles water
  • A water chaser controlled by staff for dogs to chase
  • 18 foaming, misting and steady flow water jets
  • Unique water features including a crown weave and hitching post

In addition to the Canine Cove project, Petropolis is expanding from four play yards to a total of 14 play yards, including four that will be under a new 3,400 square foot pavilion. The new pavilion will create a more climate controlled environment and year-around fun, for Petropolis dogs.

Petropolis pups will now be able to turn their hot summers into the same water soaked fun their humans get to enjoy.

Dog Etiquette at a Coffee Shop

A Guide to Dog Etiquette at a Coffee Shop

Let’s set the scene: You are out on a casual stroll with your pooch when the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee catches your attention. Upon further inspection, you notice the patio area is full of patrons and their dogs. You order a latte (extra whipped cream) and take a seat. Before your coffee even arrives, your dog spots a fellow patron and tangles himself around the table, barking profusely. The leash trips another patron and you book it out of there sans coffee. Dog-friendly coffee shops are common, but you have to know the rules first. Check out this guide to dog etiquette in a coffee shop for helpful tips.

1. Find dog-friendly coffee shops on DogEtiquette.info.
2. Learn how to fit your pup into his or her new leash properly.
3. Read on for more preparation tips for your next outing.
4. Teach your dog how to greet people politely.
5. Master your dog’s public etiquette from home.
6. Learn how to interpret your dog’s body language.
7. 10 (more) reasons to scoop your dog’s poop.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve already experienced a coffee shop mishap or this will be your first time venturing out with your pooch to a public venue, rest assured that you are prepared. You’ve done your homework and read up on dog etiquette in a coffee shop. Your next assignment? Coffee!

Guest Author, Aurora James of dogetiquette.info