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October 26, 2010

What are you going to be for Halloween?…..a dog.

Crate-Escape! You’re up! New stuff?

Construction continues in our fabulous facility- working towards more space, new grooming ‘suite’ and a stunning facelift! 

We have welcomed many new dogs this fall, creating fabulous packs every day who just want to have FUN! Fall is busy, busy so please make every effort to call us 24 hours ahead when your dog is coming to daycare!

 Raining Cats and Dogs (Crate-Escape Too) 

Lots of new puppies! Sooo cute! We remember Pudge, our boston terrier boy, who was the smallest dog we had in daycare when he was a puppy; 3 years ago. He was about 3.5 lbs. Now we have lil’ malteses, poo mixes, yorkies, totally adorable ? mixes, all under 5 lbs, PLUS our resident rock star, Teddy, who is a MiKi, 4 lbs. This is an explanation of one segment of our population, we welcome dogs up to 35 lbs.  

 And, now! On to our favorite topic-  FOOD

Our customers know and appreciate the high standards we uphold when adding a new line of food or discontinuing a brand.  Recently we decided to drop the Natura line, which includes, Evo, Innova and California Natural – all great sellers – but the company was sold to Proctor and Gamble. Every time a large corporation has become involved in the production of one of our food lines things have quickly gone downhill. 

We would like to emphasize the criteria we uphold when choosing a new food line.  We require that all food be made in North America. The production facility must only make one line of food. There cannot be any fillers, bi-products, preservatives, or artificial flavorings contained in the food.  Often, the less ingredients the better, and they must be of high quality. 

This is all interesting and informative, but it is also a drum roll for a new line of food which will appear at Crate and Raining within the week. dadada!


Addiction dog food offers the widest range of low allergy and low inflammatory premium proteins in nutritionally balanced holistic diets with no by-products, fillers, artificial flavoring and preservatives. Featuring only the finest premium proteins balanced with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, our dogs can receive their well-deserved optimum health level and overall well-being for a happy and fulfilling life. Addiction now has a complete and rapidly-growing range of hypoallergenic pet foods.

Between excellent food and run-around-fun-daycare, we have the happiest dogs around!

October 14, 2010

In all seriousness-

Crate-Escape What’s up?

Crate is well into her renovations and will soon share the expansion with our fabulous customers.  Stay tuned! You will be the first to know!

Raining Cats and Dogs (Crate-Escape Too)

Is busy ordering those new treats, collars, jackets and sweaters to properly welcome the fall season!

Back to our blog title,  In all seriousness-

who is easier to talk with than a fellow animal lover? There is an immediate bond and an endless repertoire of subjects to cover.  This week we have a couple of dog-themed stories to share with you:

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Looking for a new dog? Don’t shop, adopt! Join the American Humane Association this October in celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Participate by finding your new best friend at an animal shelter or a breed-rescue group. American Humane works year-round to support animal welfare organizations, promote adoptions and enhance the bond that people share with their companion animals. During Adopt-A-Dog Month, American Humane provides shelters with the tools and resources needed to foster connections between people and pets. For more information, visit Pass this on to a friend!

In all honesty, this is the situation-

The best of intentions too often collide with harsh reality. Such is the case for a no-kill animal sanctuary in Roseland, LA that is bursting at the seams with homeless dogs.

Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary describes itself as a no-kill shelter for homeless, abandoned or abused dogs. Dogs are admitted without regard to age, breed, or adoptability and given a loving place to live for as long as it takes to find a forever home. This mission statement is no longer possible in light of a harsh ultimatum issued by the local animal control.

Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary has been given grim orders by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control – rehome 15 dogs each month, or animal control will confiscate 15 dogs each month, until the sanctuary is down to 100 dogs. The dogs that are confiscated will most likely be put down by animal control.

Right now, the sanctuary is housing 220 dogs. According to owner, John Thornton, only 7 dogs per year are typically adopted out. Obviously, reaching animal control’s target is going to be difficult, if not impossible, unless other rescues step in to help.

But the reality is that there are too many un-wanted dogs (and cats). There are too many unwanted puppies born and there are too many dogs surrendered by owners who aren’t committed to them.

While changes can (and should) be made at shelters to help with animal placements, the underlying problem of too many unwanted puppies, combined with the tremendous number of un-commmitted owners, must be addressed.

The crisis at Raven Woods is not new or far away. It is closer than you think.

Interested individuals can reach out to Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary by visiting their facebook page or phoning them at: 985-474-4900.

Dogs at this sanctuary need to find foster homes or adoptive families soon. If you can help, please contact the rescue as soon as possible. If you are not able to help directly, please take a moment to post this article to your Facebook profile, email to friends and family and give it a Tweet. The more it is circulated, the better the odds are for the dogs to be saved.

Thanks for reading.

Daycare Reminders:

Topical flea/tick products

Crate and RCD rules: Apply only on weekends!  It is important to remember that this liquid is toxic to dogs and humans. For the treatment to work, you must follow the directions that come with the product.  These include, not touching the area for several hours so that it can dry on the dog, and letting it set for 48 hours without being disturbed,  This above treatment is not possible to follow during the week if your dog is coming to daycare.  It is important for your dog, the other dogs at d/c and our employees that this rule is adhered to. In the best interest of us all!


Crate-Escape and RCD require your dog is current on 3 vaccinations, rabies, distemper and bordatella. We must have written proof that all dogs’ vaccinations are up to date. The easiest way to do this is to ask your vet to fax a copy to Crate (617-489-9002) or RCD (617-354-9003) while you are still at the office. Or you may ask them to make a copy and drop it off with your dog the next time you are at daycare. PLEASE remember to get us a copy of the new expiration dates! It is vital to our business and your dog’s safey.

Weekend Daycare and Overnight Dog Pick-Up and Drop-Off

As always, in the interest of best accommodating your pooch, the following will apply going forward.

1. Raining is open every Saturday for retail and daycare. Crate dogs are welcome to come for the day. Raining is never open on Sundays.

2. Crate will be open to for daycare on some Saturdays, definitely holiday weekends. Please call Crate on Thursday or Friday if you want to bring your dog to daycare on Saturday and Crate will tell you if they are open.

3. Saturday Overnight dog drop-offs and pick-ups: Please call us before you arrive to confirm your arrangements.  Sunday drop-offs and pick-ups will always be at Crate.

Thank you

for checking in with us.  Questions and comments always welcome!

October 4, 2010

Grooming, A New Look for RCD (Crate-Escape Too), and, sorry to say, Kennel Cough

What’s Happening at Crate-Escape?

 A HUGE advantage of the new 5,000 square feet of space into which we are expanding at Crate, is our upgraded grooming department. You will never need to consider taking your dog elsewhere for a bath and haircut.  There will be more room, a second groomer and new tubs all adding up to fabulous looking dogs!  Our list of services includes, baths, haircuts, cleaning ears, expressing anal glands and nail clippings.  We offer special shampoos for skin conditions, allergies, uninvited parasites and larger, black and white, nocturnal animals who may have dropped by your yard.  We will be up and running soon and will keep you informed of our progress.

What’s Up at Raining Cats and Dogs?

You HAVE to visit our store!  With the magic hands of our owner/designer, Stephanie, our new look is a perfect segue into Raining (Crate-Escape Too)’s new look, coming next spring.  Starting right away we will tempt you with new treats, new toys and new collars and leashes so you and your dog will not be able to live without us! Then the renovation will be the yogurt icing on the dog bone! Come see us soon! We have reopened on Saturdays from 10-5 to make your shopping easier.

Featured Food of the Week
Nature Variety’s “Instinct” foods are grain-free and gluten-free – perfect for satisfying your pet’s carnivorous cravings and nutritional needs.  Instinct is also highly digestible and nutritionally dense.  Feed instinctively to give your pet the nourishment and energy to enjoy life every day.
Our customers choose Instinct grain-free foods when they are seeking:

 – Allergy relief
  – Weight management
  – Improved skin and coat
  – Smaller stools

We have had great luck with this food. We currently carry the rabbit,  duck and salmon in small, medium and large bags. We also have the corresponding wet food.

*Some notes about our foods:

The owners of Crate and Raining (Crate-Escape Too) have always been very selective when it come to the foods we sell.  Our criteria list is as follows: the food must come from a small manufacturer and be made in the USA, factories that produce many lines of dog food are ruled out.  There cannot be any ‘fillers’ in the ingredient list;  we demand high quality ingredients,  and we select foods to help allergies and several food lines with minimal ingredients.

Pet Safety

With their choking clouds of smoke, fires pose a serious threat to pets just as they do to humans. Now, the animals can breathe a little easier.

Every Boston Fire Department engine, ladder and rescue truck will now carry oxygen masks specifically made for pets, the department announced today. The department received the 60 pet oxygen masks as a donation from WellPet, a natural pet food company based in Tewksbury, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities.

“Smoke doesn’t discriminate,” said Stephen MacDonald, a department spokesman. “It affects everyone that relies on oxygen to breathe. Having a specific mask geared toward pets will go a long way to helping pets survive smoky conditions.”

Before, firefighters would make do with oxygen masks made for humans, but the masks were not a good fit for most pets and much of the oxygen blew away, MacDonald said. Fires involving pets, though not common, happen often enough that it was a problem, he said.

Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser began pursuing the masks after a department administrative employee, concerned about her own German shepherd, told him how other departments around the country use special oxygen masks to help pets affected by fire, MacDonald said.

It wasn’t long before the commissioner found organizations willing to donate them, he said.

“We’re proud to donate these pet oxygen masks to the Boston Fire Department,” WellPet spokeswoman Chanda Leary-Coutu said in a statement, “so that the city’s firefighting heroes have the tools they need to save the lives of every member of our families, including our pets.”

Daycare Reminders

In the last 10 days or so there has been a bout of kennel cough (bordetella) going around. People forget how significant things can be to a population of dogs.  Here is a description of the symptoms and recommended treatments

Kennel cough is a highly contagious canine illness characterized by inflammation of the upper respiratory system. It can be caused by viral infections or bacterial infections.  It is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs.  Both viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and through direct contact. Symptoms begin usually 3 to 5 days after exposure.

Contact with other dogs must be avoided and the infected animal must be kept within your own home.

Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking/coughing, retching, sneezing, snorting, in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise. The presence of a fever varies from case to case.

Antibiotics are given to treat any bacterial infection present. Cough suppressants are used if the cough is not productive (nothing is being coughed up).

The prognosis is good. 

If your dog exhibits any of the above symptoms, you cannot take him/her to daycare until there is a clean bill of health. You must go to your vet for a diagnosis. All for the good of our packs!

 We will have more pet news and information on 10/11/2010.

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