ASK HUMPY - ANSWERS FOR K9's
FROM JUST HAPPY HOUND RESIDENT MANAGER, J. HUMPHREY HOUND
DEAR HUMPY – Do you have space for me New Year’s Week? I get frantic when the fireworks begin and, last year, I got sick from all of that holiday food that I nibbled on behind my pet parent's back! Fondly, Frantic Fred.
Dear Frantic Fred -Don’t sweat the loud noises from our human party animals. Most of us have better hearing than our humans. We still have some space available, and staff will be caring for the dogs, but pick-up/drop-off times are limited. Also, daycare days are limited this week and reservations are necessary to make sure we have plenty of staff and love to go around!
Pick up/drop-off hours for boarders:
Mon-Tues, 12-28-29 - regular hours for boarders (daycare by appointment only)
Wed, 12-30 - regular hours for boarders (daycare closed for holidays)
Thurs, 12-31 – 6AM- noon for boarders (daycare closed for holidays)
Friday, New Year’s Day – Lobby closed
Saturday, 01-02 – Lobby open 8AM-12N
Sunday, 01-03 – 12N-4PM
Your pal, HUMPY.
DEAR HUMPY - My Family is bringing me to JUST HAPPY HOUNDS for the 4Th of July week-end because the fireworks from THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN make me so nervous! What does your staff do to help your guests deal with all of that boom-boom? Scaredy Pup
Dear SCAREDY - I will be there and wearing my Thunder-Shirt. When Thunder on the Mountain begins, we will have eaten dinner and be ready for bed. Staff will be on hand all night to comfort we scaredy-pups and soothing music will be playing to mask any fireworks noise that we might fear.
Your pal, HUMPY.
PS - Please thank a Veteran (both human and canine) for sacrificing so much to preserve our Independence!
DEAR HUMPY - What is your foul weather plan for snow and icey road conditions? Chilly Pup.
DEAR CHILLY - We send staff home when we anticipate dangerous driving conditions due to bad weather, but THE OLD DOG (my boss) stays with me and we play cards, feed and check the water for the guests, and watch the PET CHANNEL all night. We will be here to feed breakfast tomorrow morning. I hope that you will stay warm and dry tonight. We will.
Your Pal, HUMPY
Dear Mr. Humpy-Santa dropped me off to my new family on Christmas Day and they have enrolled me in the next group puppy class. Can you describe the groups? I only weigh 4 pounds and am a little nervous about being in a class with bigger dogs! Your pal, Brand New Yorkster
Dear Yorkster-Have no fear. All pups are temperament tested and their inoculations verified before being placed in a training group. You will be training with a family member and be in a group determined by your size. The groups will be no larger than 8-10 K-9s. MAKE SURE TO TELL THEM TO BRING YOU TO JUST HAPPY HOUNDS AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE THE TRAINING BEGINS FOR REGISTRATION AND TEMPERAMENT TEST. The classes are only $10 each. (Minimum of 4 sessions)
Your Pal, HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Do you have space for me New Year’s Eve? The fireworks scare me and, last year, I got sick from drinking glasses of eggnog left by our guests! Fondly, Sensitive Sally.
Dear Sensitive Sally -Don’t be embarrassed by the noise sensitivity. Most of us have better hearing than our humans. We still have some space available, and staff will be caring for the dogs, but pick-up/drop-off times are limited.
Pick up/drop-off hours for boarders-
Wed, 12-31 - 6AM- noon
Thursday, New Year's Day - Lobby closed
Friday, 01-02 - 6AM-7PM
Saturday, 01-03 - Lobby open 9AM-4PM
Sunday, 01-04 - 4PM-6PM
Happy New Year !! HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Every year, my family travels back to our home town for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Last year I boarded at a facility there that my Mom said "did not pass the "SMELL TEST". Can Just Happy Hounds pass this test? Don't Want no Stinkin' Holiday!
Dear Don't - Our goal is to always pass the " SMELL TEST". That's why we had an Engineer design a very special HVAC and ENHANCED VENTILATION SYSTEM to remove odors and airborne germs. Have your Mom bring you for A FREE DAY of DAYCARE And to conduct a a SMELL TEST on JUST HAPPY HOUNDS herself. I'm looking forward to spending the Holidays with you.
Your Pal - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - The little people in our neighborhood are excited about The Mountain Brook Holiday Parade. Will you be there to welcome Santa, and have your picture with some of the children? Hope to see you there! Skippy
Dear Skippy - Not only will I be there, I will be in the parade dressed as Santa myself. The JUST HAPPY HOUNDS staff will be handing out candy canes and coupons for a free day of daycare to everyone we meet! I will pose for pictures too! Just look for a Santa with big funny ears! The fun starts Sunday afternoon at 3 PM in Mountain Brook Village.
HO…Ho…Howl - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Can my human leave me at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS over Thanksgiving? Your pal - SKIPPY SCHNAUZER
Skip - We have a few slots open, but they are going fast. Tell your humans to get in touch with us right away. You can check in any day but Thanksgiving and Sundays. Staff will be here caring for our guests every day, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New year’s Eve and New Years Day, even if our office is officially closed for a holiday. Weekday hours Are 6AM until 7PM, Saturdays 9 AM until 4 PM and Sundays, 4 PM until 6 PM. Give us a call at (205) 419-3300.
DEAR HUMPY - I saw the pictures taken at DOGTOBERFEST last week at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. There were many great costumes on both hounds and humans. How in the world did you pick a winner, and when is your next event. Your friend- WANTS TO BE THERE
Dear Wants - We had 45 dogs in costume at DOGTOBERFEST! Photos of the participants were posted on the internet, and we let the public vote. Next week, we will start taking photos of our members with Santa. Watch for the schedule on face-book and our website.
Your Pal - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - My parents are going out of town to a football game this week-end and they will drop me off Friday at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. What should I bring and what will we do? See you Friday, Your new friend, LOOKIN FOR SOME FUN
Dear Lookin - For Friday, you need to bring energy and a good attitude. You will get a temperament test and then play with a group almost all-day. At night you will sleep in a private cozy space.
The big news is that Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 is THE JUST HAPPY HOUNDS DOGTOBERFEST SO YOU WILL NEED A COSTUME!!
9AM - Doors open for visitors and members
11 AM - WE BEGIN OUR FIRST ANNUAL DOGGIE PET COSTUME CONTEST. Photos of all entrants will be placed on Face Book for all to see and vote for their favorite “DOGSTUME”
12 ‘til - 1 is rest and snack time. While the visitors rest, we will hold our first annual PUPPY CLASS GRADUATION CELEBRATION.
1’til 2 PM - will be an employee/customer PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST. Photos will also posted on Face book for voting
2’til 4 PM - ASK THE TRAINER while you enjoy cupcakes, fresh and natural treats, and soft drinks on me!
Sunday, we will play some more, and if you want a bath, we will do it for half-price. Pick –up is 4’til 6 PM. Tell your friends!
Your Pal - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - My humans were talking about Just Happy Hounds tonight. They said that your Radio and TV ads say that the first day of daycare, and the TEMPERAMENT TEST that I must take are given at NO CHARGE! Why would you let me come the first day for free? CURIOUS IN CRESTLINE
Dear Curious - That’s a great question. We are the new folks in town, so we want to get the word out about our facility and staff. We figure that the best way to do that is to invite your entire family to tour our facility, and to let the rest of the family watch you take your temperament test ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE. We are confident that you, and yours, will love Just Happy Hounds!!
Looking forward to seeing the entire family - Your Pal - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Can you tell me when you will make your next public appearance? We want to get a picture of you with our entire family! HOOVER AUTOGRAPH HOUND
Dear Hoov. Just Happy Hounds Staff, including YOURS TRULY, will be at Veterans Park in Alabaster this Saturday, October 4, for The Shelby County Humane Society ANNUAL BARK IN THE PARK and MUTT STRUT! Come by the JHH tent for water and fresh snacks on ME! I will be happy to spend time with you for a photo or two.
See you Saturday- HUMPY!
DEAR HUMPY - My parents are bringing me to see you tomorrow for some kind of test. How should I study for it, and what should I bring. FIRST-TIMER
Dear First - Just eat a good breakfast and bring your best behavior! The test is all about your behavior around humans and other pups. After your paperwork is done, and we have confirmed that you’re up on your shots, one of our handlers will take you back for your TEMPERAMENT TEST. If they like, your humans can stay and watch the test on our 50 inch monitor. When that’s done, we will assign you to the appropriate play group. Come early so that you can take advantage of your FREE DAY OF DAYCARE!
See you then! HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Yesterday, I saw a big man in a JUST HAPPY HOUNDS shirt walking 9 dogs on 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. When I walk my humans with my sister Ginger, we all get tangled up in legs and leashes. How does that man do it? TANGLED IN THE CITY
Dear Tangled - That big man that you saw is our wonderful dog trainer, ANTHONY MOORE. Anthony has an amazing amount of talent and experience when it comes to us Canines. He can train your entire family to walk together in a relaxed and orderly fashion. Have your Peeps call Just happy Hounds to arrange an appointment with Anthony. He will conduct a temperament test for you and Ginger while your Peeps watch on a 50 inch video screen. They can tell Anthony what the family goals are, and can let them know how best to reach them. JHH phone number is (205) 419-3300.
DEAR HUMPY - First of all, I admit that, when it comes to food, I have no self-control whatsoever. I know that my humans love me, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings, so I eat all of the food they put out for me when they leave for work. What can I do to get back in shape? ROLY POLY POODLE
Dear Roly - I think that we are talking about two problems. One is calories, and the other is a lack of exercise. Let them know that we have playgrounds, treadmills and personal trainers for canines at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. We also carry a selection of high quality, reduced calorie dog food. Lead them in and I will give them a tour, and you a free day of daycare!
ALL THE BEST - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY -I overheard my Humans talking about JUST HAPPY HOUNDS today. Dad likes the inside and outside playgrounds where I can run and play with others. Mom was most impressed with something called "ENHANCED BENTOLATION". What in the world is that? JUSAKIN
Dear Jusaskin -The term she used is ADVANCED VENTILATION. When designing the JHH facility, we had an engineer design a special air moving system that is designed to recirculate the inside air at a high volume. This system helps to remove airborne germs and odors. It's just one of many things that makes JUST HAPPY HOUNDS special!
THANKS JUSASKIN! HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY - Last Friday, I saw bright lights and humans with big cameras in the JHH lobby. Are you starring in a movie? See you next week! CURIOUS DAYCARE PLAYPAL
Dear Playpal- I’m not starring in a movie yet, but hope to be a star someday. Actually, the stars were other playpals, and their humans giving testimonials about their experience at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. If you, or other playpals want to get on the waiting list for the next video shoot, have your human sign up the next time they visit JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. Well, I have to go for now.
IT’S SNACK AND NAP-TIME!! - HUMPY
DEAR HUMPY- In the last few months, my neighbors are leaving for work every morning with their humans, and not returning until the end of the workday. It sure makes for long and lonely days for me. What should I do? SAD AND BLUE IN HOMEWOOD
Dear Sad - You do not have to be “HOME ALONE” all day every day. Just tell your humans to drop you off before work every weekday at JUST HAPPY HOUNDS. They are open for pick-up and drop off weekdays from 6AM til 7PM. JUST HAPPY HOUNDS is open 7 days a week and has supervised indoor and outdoor play groups as well as suites with webcams and television. Overnight boarding, grooming and training packages too! TELL YOUR HUMANS THAT HUMPY SAYS “ JUST HAPPY HOUNDS IS THE VERY BEST PLACE FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND”.
SEE YOU THERE, HUMPY
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