Dog’s Day Out Customer Spotlight: Archy & Ellen

As a way to say thank YOU, and in honor of our fourth anniversary, we thought it would be fun to share some customer spotlights with our readers. Here’s an interview with our first featured furry friend.

Meet Archy, a handsome 3 ½- year-old English Springer Spaniel who loves everyone and spreads joy wherever he goes. Here’s his story in the words of his adoring Dog Mom Ellen.

Q: How did your pup enter your life?

A: Archy was a Covid puppy. We had two Corgis before him, and after the last one went over the Rainbow Bridge, we said, “No more dogs.” That was until our daughter and son-in-law got a Springer. My daughter grew up with Corgis, her husband with Springers. When they decided to get a dog my son-in-law won, and they found a wonderful breeder. I fell so in love with their sweet, happy pup that I knew I needed one in my life. Since it was Covid, there were no training classes and no socialization, so I had to train him all on my own. He was so easy to train, eager to please, and just generally an easy going, gentle boy.

Q: How would you describe Archy’s personality?

A: Despite his early lack of socialization, he’s friendly toward everybody, especially children, and I have no hesitation with multiple kids hugging my dog.

Q: How did you initially discover Dog’s Day Out and what was that experience like?

A:I have been bringing Archy to Dogs Day Out for about three years. I wish I could remember how I found Dogs Day Out, but all I know is I am so glad I did! Once we met Andy we were hooked. He, Tyler, and all the staff are so wonderful, they obviously love what they do and are always happy to see us.

Q: What do you like best about coming to Dog’s Day Out?

A: Dog’s Day Out is clean, bright, and totally welcoming of everyone, whether popping in for a nail trim or a full service groom. It’s a commitment to establish and maintain a regular grooming schedule, but I always look forward to bringing Archy in, it’s always a totally positive experience.

Q: What do you think Archy likes best about Dog’s Day Out?

A: Archy is always overjoyed to see his buddy Andy (Dog’s Day Out’s manager and lead groomer). How many wonderful things can I say about Andy? His smile, his warmth, his expertise — they make him the best groomer in town.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

A: Archy is NOT named after the comic book character, but after a beloved literary character named Archy from the book “archy and mehitabel” by Don Marquis, written in 1927. If you can find the book, it is delightful. Archy is a “free verse poet” who was reincarnated as a cockroach. Mehitabel is an alley cat who was Cleopatra in a prior life. Archy tells their stories by jumping on the keys of a typewriter, one at a time.

If you’d like your pup and their Dog’s Day Out experience to be considered for a future Customer Spotlight, feel free to drop us a note here.

“Cleo, the 14-year-old Bengal, cuddles up with Archy every night!”

“We take Archy everywhere, he is always up for adventure. He loves hiking, swimming, patio dining, riding in the car, and we love including him. Everyone he meets falls in love with him.”









“My husband Ron adores Archy and they have a wonderful, loving relationship, but he’s totally a mama’s boy. I am so blessed to have him in my life, he truly is my canine soulmate.”

The advice provided is based on many years of experience as dog parents and operators of one of the largest and longest established dog daycare and boarding facilities in the Twin Cities. Always consult your veterinarian. When not sharing advice, our dog bloggers — Frannie, Lyle, and Helen — share a space with their people, Downtown Dogs owner Ralph Bernstein and his wife, Abbe.