Woofdah has a new location!

by nc on May 15, 2010 · 4 comments

Thumbnail-sized image of Woofdah's new building

Our pups (Chimo and Oakley) have been going to Woofdah for a couple years now.. we tried a few different doggy daycares in the Minneapolis area, and this is by far the best one we have found (which is also conveniently located near us in Burnsville.) The staff actually gets to know our dogs, and is able to tell us if they are ever acting abnormal at daycare, and genuinely cares about us and the pups.

They have been renting space in a warehouse up until now, and needed a larger location, so they just finished up their new building. It’s located right across the street from Burnsville High School, so it’s a few blocks closer to us – although my choice of routes to get there will be limited a bit. ;) They had an open house at it today (May 15 2010) for the two-legged customers to explore the new place.. normally customers are unable to go into the dog areas because of insurance reasons, but today there were no puppies present, so we got to check it out. (By the time this goes up, though, the pups will probably be there!) I decided to bring my camera along and snap a few photos.. hope you enjoy a peek into the new building! Make our dogs jealous and tell them how great it is – they won’t get to see it until Wednesday..

Note: you can click any image for a larger view.

Woofdah's Open House: The truck points towards more parking
The owners’ truck guides the way to extra parking, since the Woofdah lot filled up fast!

Woofdah's new building
The outside of Woofdah’s new building, customer entrance side.

Woofdah's new lobby Woofdah has more of a "real" lobby now - a large front desk, tons of windows to look in at the dogs, and much more room!
The new lobby – *way* bigger than the old, with a huge desk, and tons of other perks.

They actually have a room hanging off the lobby now – not positive what it’ll be used for, but I’d imagine that it’s a place where people could actually sit down and chat about their dogs with staff or whatever – something that was kind of missing at the old place, although the lobby had lots of conversations in it!

Woofdah's employees
Staff photos and biographies

Onyx - Woofdah's four-pawed employee
The only four-pawed employee of Woofdah – Onyx.. a HUSKY. The best kind of dog.

The lobby also has something new - *restrooms*
One thing that was sorely lacking at the old location – *nice* restrooms for both employees and customers. Note the hydrant.. I guess people can use them to figure out where to pee too.

Windows overlooking the large play rooms
There are *tons* of windows in the new lobby – you can see pretty much every area the dogs can be.

Gorgeous new pool Woofdah has always had a pool.. but this pool is amazing. Waterfalls, lots of shallow areas, rocks to play on.. Kai wanted to try it out!
The new pool is unbelievable. Absolutely gorgeous, tons of room, rocks for the dogs to play on, and no chemicals or chlorine (which does mean that they have to empty and scrub it all the time.)

Closer view of the new pool
Closer view of the pool.

Play area
The play room.

Pirates Cove
The “Pirates Cove” side of the play room.

The 'S.S. Black Paw'
Many puppies favorite part – a pirate ship to play in!

Kai hanging on the 'S.S. Black Paw' The puppies aren't allowed to use the upper deck of the pirate ship.. but Kai is!
Kai got to sit on the upper deck of the ship – no puppies allowed up there.

Kai in the 'S.S. Black Paw'
Kai also got to play where the puppies play.

Kai playing in the S.S. Black Paw
..and so did momma!

Lots of room to play in the Black Paw..
There is lots of room in the ‘S.S. Black Paw’ for the puppies.

Never-ending water bowl The puppies will always have plenty of water without the staff having to worry about it..
These automatic water bowls are scattered throughout the play area.. plenty of water available at all times.

Door to go pee
If you are a four-legged furbaby playing hard in the Pirate’s Cove and realize you need to pee, there’s a handy door heading outside.

Kai wanted to try out the puppy bed The puppy beds use crib mattresses.. so Kai figured he'd try one on for size.
The puppy beds are now crib mattresses.. so Kai figured he would make sure they were acceptably soft for his dogs. They passed.

Lots of new cameras The new building has webcams over pretty much every area.. these are in the playrooms.
There are new webcams to cover every corner of the doggy areas.

Close-up of the playroom cameras
A close-up of the webcams in the play zone

Tiff and Kai trying out the feeding kennel
The only kennels at Woofdah are for feeding.. Tiff and Kai figured they would try one out.

Kitchen side of the feeding kennels.. lots of room!
Kitchen side of the feeding kennels.

The new Slumber Zone There are beds at every height for all sizes of puppies.. I'm sure some dogs will still decide to share beds though.
The new slumber zone – waay bigger, with tons of comfy beds.

Beds at all heights
The beds come at all heights – gotta make sure all the dogs can get up after all!

TV in the Slumber Zone The puppies need their late-night movie!
The doggies get night-time movies every night. If only we could have this..

The outdoor play area There's now a large outdoor play areas with two potty areas and a FOUNTAIN in the middle.
The new outdoor play area! Two potty areas, fountains.. Chimo and Oakley can’t wait.

Camera overlooking the play yard
One of the cameras in the outdoor play area.

Potty area
The potty area off the Pirates Cove area. Note the fire hydrant. Critical.

Potty area
The potty area off the Slumber Zone.

Chimo waiting in the car Chimo and Oakley came with us, but this was a people-only event (which we knew coming into it).. they were content to wait in the car. They will get to try out the new location on Wednesday!
Chimo and Oakley did get to come along, but had to wait in the car.. Chimo didn’t mind though.

I do think that I will miss the old location.. it’s been fun seeing Woofdah grow there. However, this is better in pretty much every way, and will be a great place for our pups!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

jimmyjam June 8, 2010 at 7:22 am

actually not the best dog daycare. The best if you want it run by owners that don’t have a clue


nc June 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Sorry to hear you’ve had a poor experience there, would be interested in hearing what happened. The owners have always seemed quite clueful to me. ;)


Tim Lucas April 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I was wondering where you got the waterers from?



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