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Meet Dayzee – Our February Dog of the Month

Hi! My name’s Dayzee and I am a 12 year old jet black Whipador from the great mountains of Colorado. I love sun rays and hikes with my mom and dad. We love to travel all over the U.S. with our heads out the windows, tongues flapping in the fresh air (well at least my tongue is flapping). One of my favorite activities is chasing any and all tennis balls that come into my life.

One of my hidden talents is diving for sticks under the river and lake water.  My parents taught me some cool stuff like how to play dead, roll over, shake and jump! My dream date would be getting my nails done by my mom and going out to Pub Dog on a sunny afternoon, enjoying biscuits and pupsicles on the grass with my friends. You can meet me on most Saturday afternoons at Pub Dog! I hope to see you all there!

Give Your Pup the “Love Drug” They Deserve!

 

How is it that dogs seem to take on almost witch doctor personas with their ability to magically make us feel like everything is going to be ok, even in the most chaotic and stressful of times. Scientific studies, in recent years, have uncovered a more biological explanation for this trait.  The reason behind this mysterious dog intuition can be more accurately attributed to the chemicals in dogs’ brains that spike when they have a close bond with us. This well known ‘love drug ’ or rather hormone, oxytocin, has been studied for years in regards to human interactions.  However, it hasn’t been until very recently where we’ve really seen how much chemistry plays into this complex connection dogs have with humans. 

 

As I write this, I am thinking back on how many of these moments I have had with the dogs in my life. When I was little, I was convinced our family dog, Terra, a bouncy, always in the water, copper Chesapeake Bay Retriever, could read my mind. She would intuitively lick my face when I was sad or make me laugh when I was mad. I remember believing she could read me, maybe not my mind in some sorcerous kind of way, but she was paying very close attention. I read that the same psychophysiological markers show up between humans and dogs as with two emotionally involved humans. The difference in my mind, however, is that to dogs, we are their entire universe. Humans can have many complex, emotionally charged relationships and interactions all throughout their life. In a dog’s lifetime, however, they will hopefully (unless sadly passed around or abandoned) forge this intense bond with just one or maybe a couple of humans. In a time when people are inundated with some form of media or technology at every moment, of every day, sometimes warm or loving feelings can get lost in the noise. Dogs don’t experience this information overload in the same way. And so, they fixate on us. A deeply rooted and utterly unconditional demonstration of loyalty becomes the result.

 

This demonstration can take on many forms. We now know that dogs have evolved to mimic and interpret even our most specific facial expressions. A recent study, conducted at Azabu University in Japan, found a direct relationship between the time a dog and their owner stared into eachothers’ eyes and the amount of oxytocin present in their brains.  Essentially, the longer the gaze, the more intense the feelings of love are that exist. To any devout dog owner, this is met with nothing short of, ‘well, duh.’ I am one of these dog owners. However, I have a slightly unique situation with one of my dogs that leads me to believe this love connection can last well beyond a single gaze.  I have a 5 year old blind Siberian Husky named Malakai. He was born with a rare eye condition called Retinal Atrophy. While he was born with the ability to see my face and read my body mannerisms, this genetic condition almost systematically began eroding this ability. From the ages of 1-3, Malakai’s world slowly but surely turned dark. As sad as the start of this anecdote may be,  I promise this was only the beginning.  As I struggled with processing this sad realization,  I started to notice,  Malakai never skipped a beat. He may not be able to make eye contact with me anymore, but he is undeniably the most emotionally in tune and perceptive dog I’ve ever had. He laid his head on my chest for hours and hours as I fought the flu last month. And Malakai always knows when I’m anxious or upset as he stubbornly insists on showering me with with slobber and trying to make me laugh (with his husky talk). This is only one example of how we may be able to measure their brain chemicals,  but there will always be something about this powerful bond dogs have with humans that will remain a beautiful, sweet mystery.  On this hallmark of a holiday, where genuine connection often takes a back seat to socially obligated acts of love; reserve the authenticity for your sweet pooch who we all know,  more than deserves it.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

Because Pub Dog is such a unique concept, we receive a lot of questions on a daily basis as to how we made this dream a reality.  We have compiled answers to some of the more commonly asked questions here, in case you’ve ever wondered…

  1. Can I have my dog inside? YES! While of course we allow dogs on our patio and in our off-leash fenced in area, you can also bring your pooch indoors!! Your dog can be anywhere inside the building (except the kitchen of course) as long as he or she is kept on a leash. This detail is what sets us apart from other dog friendly establishments.
  2. Why does my dog need to be on a leash when inside or on the patio? This rule is in place to ensure the safety and comfortability of all of our guests and their dogs. Because we are an inclusive environment absent of breed or size restrictions, we want to make sure that all dogs are well behaved and not bothering other patrons while they dining at Pub Dog.  For this reason, we require dogs to be leashed anytime you are not in the off leash area.
  3. Do you have somewhere my dog can play off leash? YES! We have a 3000 square foot, fenced in, off leash area for your dogs to play.  We just ask that you clean up after your dog and make sure they play well with others. This area essentially functions like a dog park where you assume all responsibility for your dog and its behavior. If your dog doesn’t like being approached by other dogs, we recommend staying on the patio with your dog leashed.
  4. Can I take my food or drinks into the off leash area? YES! We currently don’t have restrictions about where you can have food or beverage…however…we make no promises about having puppy noses sniffing around your food or even trying to take a bite.  Those nachos smell good to all the fur babies out there!!
  5. Why don’t you allow children under 16 in the off leash area? Again, this is for everyone’s safety.  Dogs who are off leash can, at times, become unpredictable and it is an insurance liability. Simply put, our insurance company would not cover us unless we had this rule in place. You are however, welcome to have children with you on the patio and inside the building.  
  6. Does Pub Dog have breed restrictions? NO! We understand that dog’s behavior is often dictated by their owners, which means that there are many exceptions to every breed stereotype out there. We strive to facilitate a very inclusive environment here at Pub Dog.  As long as your dog is well behaved and plays well with other dogs, we welcome them.  We do however, reserve the right to ask any patron to leave that has a dog that is acting aggressively or who won’t follow the rules.
  7. Why don’t I have a server? This was one of the many rules set forth by the Health Department of El Paso County in order for us to open a dog friendly establishment that also served food and drinks. Their worry was that the staff would pet the dogs and then deliver food to patrons. For this reason, we operate like a cafe or counter service style restaurant instead. You order food and beverages from our bar and when your food is ready, we call your name over a loudspeaker for you to pick it up. You can either pay as you go or start a tab and add to your order  at any time.
  8. Are you expanding onto the lot next door with the condemned house? We are currently under contract to purchase the lot next door, however, the house that stands now has asbestos so the current owner has to go through a complete abatement to be able to sell us the lot.  This takes a lot of time so we are waiting for this process. At this point, we are still undecided on what we want to do with it once we own it.
  9. Why don’t you put heaters outside? Simply put, our insurance policy won’t allow us because it is a fire hazard with the presence of dogs on premise.  With dogs, big and small, they are worried that heaters would be at risk for being knocked over and would potentially start a fire. Needless to say, this would be bad for all of us!
  10. What happens if my dog gets injured or another dog hurts my dog? When you enter the premise, you are agreeing to all of the rules set by Pub Dog Colorado. One of these rules is that members are liable for damage, injury or illness inflicted by their dogs. This means owners are financially and legally responsible for their dog’s behavior.  If there is an injury to any dog, Pub Dog employees must be notified. We will fill out an incident report and facilitate the exchange of information between both parties.  From here, it is up to both doggie parents to work together on medical treatments for either or both dogs.
  11. What if there is an aggressive dog? Please let any Pub Dog staff member know immediately if you feel like there is a dog that is being aggressive and we will handle the situation. Members who cannot control their dogs will be asked to leave immediately.
  12. How do you keep everything so clean? We spend a lot of time each week making sure our facilities are as clean as possible!  Every night, the entire indoor area is sanitized and cleaned with enzyme treatments and industrial strength odor reducing products.  We deep clean and sanitize the off leash area, including the toys and surrounding cement multiple times per week. Every day, the off leash area is sprayed down to eliminate any food or ‘doggie residue’.  Let’s just say, we like to hire clean freaks! Our motto around Pub Dog is “If you have time to lean, then you have time to clean!”
  13. What is the membership fee for? The membership fee acts like a maintenance tax you pay on every item you purchase when you are here and not like a fee to belong to an exclusive dog friendly club. This fee is in place for several reasons.  First of all, when you pay it, you are agreeing to our rules. You actually agree to our rules by walking in the front door, but this is an added safety measure for us as well. It costs about $60,000 – $70,000 more a year to run Pub Dog than a typical restaurant.  We have costs more closely associated with an animal care facility. Cleaning up after both humans and dogs is something most restaurants don’t have to think about. This membership fee helps us to offset these costs.
  14. How do I become a member? The membership fee is added to your bill when you purchase anything here. It is a 3% fee. This means you pay 3 cents on every dollar you spend at Pub Dog every time you come in.
  15. Can I use the off leash area and not purchase anything? No. The patio and off leash area are for paying members only.
  16. Should I tip my bartenders even though there is no table service? Yes. Our front of house staff is made up of all tip based employees. They are working just as hard, if not harder, than most servers do.  Our bartenders are not only taking your orders and making your drinks, they are making sure your fur babies are safe and they making sure that you have a beautiful and clean environment to enjoy. They also have fur babies of their own to feed!
  17. Do you take reservations? No. Everything is first come first serve. The only exception to this is when someone books a private event or a dog birthday party. If you have any questions about this or would like to book a party here please contact us at info@pubdogcolorado.com
  18. Do you have dog birthday parties? Yes! We love celebrating birthdays with our guests! Please ask a staff member for more information.
  19. Do you have gift cards? Yes. They are available for any amount you choose.
  20. Can I hand out fliers for my business or hand out samples of my product to your patrons? No. We try very hard to make sure everyone enjoys their experience at Pub Dog. If we allowed solicitation from other businesses on premise, it would greatly diminish that experience. If this is something your business is interested in, please contact us and we will talk with you more about different opportunities.
  21. How do you work around dogs all day and not touch them? IT’S SO HARD!  Pub Dog staff is only allowed to touch dogs in emergency situations. If any staff member touches a dog for any reason, the first thing they do is wash their hands.
  22. Can employees bring their dogs to work? No. Dogs need to be under the control of their owners at all times.  This would be incredibly difficult to do while working.

Meet Dino – Our January Dog of the Month

Dino is our first dog of the month at Pub Dog.  Dino has been coming into Pub Dog since our first week open.  He is so friendly to people and other dogs and loves any attention he can get. He is a Harlequin Great Dane that was born on February 1, 2015. He weighs 137.5 pounds and is 2 feet 10 inches at the withers. Dino is incredibly smart! He knows exactly where we keep the dog bones at Pub Dog and it isn’t unusual to see Dino walk right up to the bar, sit down and wait for a treat! If you ever run into Dino while visiting Pub Dog, make sure to ask his dad Don to show you his tricks!!

Commands Dino Knows: Say hello, sit, stay, come, halt, forward, leave it, it’s ok, good, go to bed, take it nice, good dog.

Welcome to the #pubdogpack Dino!

#pubdogpack: Meet Cooper

Cooper is one of the original members of the #pubdogpack. Cooper came into my life in November of 2007. I knew I wanted to get a dog but  waited until I bought a house and had a yard. I decided one day to just stop by the Humane Society to look. I knew I wanted a springer spaniel so was pretty sure I wouldn’t come home with anyone. I walked through and in the last stall of the aisle was the saddest, mangiest looking springer spaniel I’ve ever seen. The Humane Society said he had been through 4 families and he was only a little over a year old. I called my sister and told her about him and left without visiting with him. I decided I wasn’t ready to get a dog yet.

The next day I had to work a lunch shift (10 am – 2 pm) and received a call from my sister halfway through my shift that she was dropping a present off for me at my house. I pressed her and she told me all excited that she got me the dog I didn’t want! While I finished my shift, she took him for a bath and then promptly dropped him off at my house. Cooper, whose old name was Luka, walked into my house and peed everywhere. This was the start of a rough 2 months.

I always grew up in a home where dogs roamed while we were gone so I was leaving Cooper out and coming home to trash everywhere. One day he even got into the flour and I cursed his name for 2 hours while I cleaned it up. I almost took him back to the Humane Society. I realized why he had been through 4 families already.

I had a friend recommend trying a kennel while I was gone and it changed my life! As I got to know Cooper, I realized he had terrible separation anxiety. Being in a kennel calmed him enough to where he bloomed into the best dog!

Cooper is so full of life and has the best personality. He is aloof but also charming, so dramatic and knows how to lay it on thick and pout when he needs to. He’s an opportunist and is very talkative. He loves to play tug of war and chew chew chew!! He’s my best friend. He’s the most consistent man I’ve had in my life for the last 10 years. He’s gotten me through the hardest parts of my entire life. He’s always excited to see me and as I’ve gotten older, I find myself wanting to come home and hang out with my dog. I wonder every day how it’s possible to love him more than the day before. He’s getting older and I know I won’t have him with me forever so I really try to enjoy every moment with him. I tell my family that when he dies, they need to put me in a padded room because I will probably lose my mind without him. He’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. He made me grow up and become responsible. He taught me what unconditional love is and my life will forever be better because of him.

 

-Tara

 

Welcome to the Pub Dog Blog!

Welcome to the Pub Dog Colorado Blog! We wanted to create a space where we are able to connect with all of the members of our #pubdogpack so that you can learn more about us and what makes us who we are! We get a lot of questions about how we can do what we do, so I figured, what better way to kick off the blog than with a series of posts letting everyone in on what it took to get Pub Dog open and where it all began.

First I think it is important to introduce myself and my family. My name is Tara and I am a true Colorado native.  I was born and raised in the Colorado Springs area. I went to college in Denver to become an engineer and after graduating and getting a good engineering job, it lasted all of 6 months! I moved back to Colorado Springs where I received my MBA from UCCS.  During this time, I began working at Mackenzie’s Chophouse to pay the bills through school but quickly learned that I loved the restaurant industry. I spent 12 years there learning everything I could in hopes that I would be able to one day open my own restaurant. My best friend is my dog, Cooper, who is between 11 and 12 years old and is a mix of German Shorthaired Pointer and English Springer Spaniel. More on his story to come!My mom, Lynne, was a nurse at Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She has retired and now for fun, and to satisfy her love of travel, is a flight attendant for United Airlines.  My dad, Scott, who many of you will see at Pub Dog doing yard work (I kill plants) or hanging out on the patio getting to know many of our regulars, was a fireman in Colorado Springs for 20 years. He retired in 1997 and now owns a dog friendly boutique motel (shameless promotion coming)  in Woodland Park, Colorado called Eagle Fire Lodge & Cabins.  My parents have an awesome dog named Rudy who is a five year old Welsh Springer Spaniel. He’s probably one of the coolest dogs I’ve ever met and just likes to hang out!My sister, Brenna, is married to my wonderful brother in law, Tyler and they have two kids, Lincoln, who is 4 and Finley, who is 3. Brenna has her own salon and also, in little over a year, has quickly become one of the top consultants within the Rodan + Fields system. After having to put their 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, to sleep this December due to heart failure, they recently got 2, yes I said TWO, new Cavalier Spaniel puppies named Freya and Vaughn.  Now that you know a little bit about our family, I’m excited to start sharing our stories with you all! My hope is that you will see different voices from everyone in our Pub Dog family and get to know us all! Everyone has been so supportive of us and we couldn’t be more grateful! Stay tuned for more stories about Pub Dog, our #pubdogpack and about things we are passionate about! #pubdogpack #pubdogblog

 

-Tara