The best off-leash dog park

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 7, 2009 | Posted in Uncategorized

Results from the last blog poll are in. Your pick for the best Seattle off-leash dog park is…tied! Both Magnuson Park (at Sandpoint) and Westcrest Park (in West Seattle) were voted as the best off-leash dog parks. For those of you who use, or those of you who are thinking about using off-leash dog parks, the City of Seattle posts the common-sense rules and regulations for your viewing pleasure at

Here’s a little-known tip that will make your off-leash outings safer and more enjoyable. Don’t be tempted to keep your dog on a leash in an off-leash park. This invites strange dynamics between dogs and can lead to aggressive behavior – both from the leashed dog and the unleashed dog. If you aren’t sure your dog will behave off-leash, consider some additional training or socializing before you venture to an off-leash park.

If you haven’t already voted for your favorite doggie daycare (and you know who that is!) in the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington, here’s another chance to do so before voting ends. Just click here. It only takes a minute, and we really need your vote!

By the way, here’s a link to a great web page I found from the ASPCA: Ten ways to help animals in your community.

The best doggie daycare and upcoming events

Posted by: Pack Leader | September 1, 2009 | Posted in Uncategorized

Did you know? Central Bark has been nominated as the Best – for King 5 Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington. The category is pets / doggie daycare. If you click here, right now, you can quickly cast your vote for us. You’re allowed only one vote in each category, so we’re encouraging you to do it right now while you’re thinking about it. We’d really appreciate it!

Summer’s not over – not yet! I wanted to make sure you knew about some fun outings you and your dog can attend together.

We’re very excited that Central Bark will have a booth at the PAWSwalk this year. We’ll be at Seattle’s Magnuson Park on Saturday, September 12, 2009 getting the word out about your favorite doggie daycare and groomers. Join the 5k walk, and shop for animal-friendly products. There’s a canine agility course, a kids’ zone, and more. All proceeds benefit the animals at PAWS. Learn more at We’ll be there that Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We’re also going to be at the very first Doggie Fest in Loyal Heights on Saturday, September 19, 2009. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take part in a fun-filled dog day while you meet new dogs and walking partners. The event includes dog games, doggie treats, vendors and more.

A special note for October: If you’ve never been to Dog-O-Ween, it’s not to be missed. Held each year at Genesee off-leash dog park, many dogs and owners dress up in costumes. There are prizes and freebies, and Central Bark is hosting a booth there, too. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009. We’ll keep you posted as the event draws closer.

Hope to see you at one of these events; stop by and say “hi.”

Great news! Central Bark now offers tooth-brushing for your dog. The cost is nominal – $10 – and it saves you from having to do it. Vets recommend regular tooth brushing for canines to eliminate expensive tooth cleaning under anesthesia. It’s also a great way of preventing infections that can keep your best friend down. If you’re interested, stop by the reception area and ask about having our expert groomers brush your dog’s teeth. You’ll both feel better for it.

Posted by: Pack Leader | August 4, 2009 | Posted in Uncategorized

Greetings from Central Bark! This is our first-ever blog, “The Central Barker.” We want to provide you with relevant and useful information about the wonderful dogs in your life.

What could be more appropriate than a discussion about the summer temperatures and the importance of caring for your furry friends in warmer weather? Your friends and neighbors at Central Bark would like to remind you about some ways to stay cool and safe. These simple precautions may save your animals’ lives.

  • Every summer, hundreds of animals die needlessly due to hot and humid weather. Please, never leave a pet alone in a car. Even if the windows are open and it doesn’t seem that hot to you, the temperature inside a car can soar to over a hundred degrees in just a few minutes.

  • Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water and cool shade.

  • If your dog loves water, get a kiddie pool. Don’t get the inflatable kind (for the obvious puncture hazard), but get the hard-sided plastic pools. They have an extra benefit: you can climb in yourself!

  • Ice cream! Many pet stores are selling some sweet treats for dogs in the form of frozen treats. One brand is called SweetSpots, by Nature’s Variety. They’re (mostly) non-dairy, non-soy, non-corn. I know they are available at both All the Best and Mud Bay. You can also try making your own treats by freezing chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays.

  • Bring your dog to Central Bark for a fun day of play in air-conditioned heaven! We have supervised play time, a wading pool, and off-leash park adventures. For an extra-special treat, schedule your pup for grooming. Our professional groomers will clip, brush, bathe, and pamper your dog. We even clip toenails – something a lot of pet owners dread.

  • Remember to stay cool yourself. Drink plenty of fluids, and plan on fewer activities than usual during these extremely hot days.

From LaVonne