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November 28, 2010

Deck the Halls with Demolition!


Great news!

Oh, yes, OF COURSE we extend ongoing Holiday Greetings and hope you and your pooch(s) had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

In addition to taking care of all of our canine holiday guests, who stayed comfortably in the new overnight room, we have been hard at work breaking through old walls, creating new walls and moving towards the new Crate-Escape! No worries, daycare, van pick-up and delivery and our charming employees all stay the same;  but the decor and ambiance (really?) will change. More to be revealed, customers and pups will actually watch the new Crate develop!

Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate-Escape Too)

Huron Village is buzzing. There is a new face in the neighborhood! It is Jenny Sunkle our new manager at Raining Cats and Dogs. Jenny comes to us dying to learn all the dogs’ and owners’ names yesterday! Plus she’s nice and funny. What more could we ask? Barb will still be ‘around’ doing marketing for Crate and Raining, much of which will be improving communication with you and making sure our customers are well cared for!

Also, there is a Huron Village Holiday Street Fair on December 3rd, 4th and 5th. Many stores will be open until 9pm and we are all offering a discount. On Friday, 12/4, there is a tree lighting and Raining will be open late.

Missing on the postcard below is the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday. Also, RCD is offering 10% off everything except dog food.

Huron Holiday Post Card

To People and Dogs

Big wishes for a happy and safe week! Please make an extra effort to keep all of our wonderful, rich, people food out of our dogs’ mouths!

November 21, 2010

Deck the Crates with Kongs and Flossies!

You are barkingly invited

To Crate-Escape’s Third Annual

Dog Photos with Santa!

DATE:  DECEMBER 10, 2010

TIME:   4:00 – 7:30PM


20 Flanders Rd.

Belmont, MA 02478


REFRESHMENTS: Lite fare for canines and people.



* Sign up for times between 4 and 7:30pm at Crate or Raining to schedule your dog’s photo with Santa.
* The photo will be taken and printed by December 14th.
* It will come in 4X6″ size.
* Cost is $10 / photo.


All proceeds will be matched and donated to the  MSPCA!  Our donation last year was $1,200.

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Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 26th – RCD closed

         Crate open 8-5pm for daycare, no van service, reservation required!       

*Friday, November 27th – 8am – 5pm. van service

*Friday, December 24th – 8am – 5pm, van service

 Christmas: Saturday, December 25th -RCD closed,

Crate open 8-5pm for daycare, no van service, reservation required!

*Friday December 31st – 8am – 5pm, van service
            New Years Day: Saturday, January 1st – RCD closed
            Crate open 8-5pm for daycare, no van service, reservation required!

* Both RCD and Crate



$40 for daycare on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

$75 for overnights on the holiday nights.

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Extra groomer will be on staff during the holidays! Book your appointments now!

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Sending out warm Holiday Wishes

From Woof, LLC, 

 aka Raining Cats and Dogs and


November 10, 2010

Please get me a dog for the holidays!

subtitle, ‘But it’s only a dog’

Outright, in plain English, with no hesitation, as loud as possible DO NOT SURPRISE ANYONE WITH A DOG AS A PRESENT!   In theory, it sounds like such a wonderful, thoughtful gift. But more often than not, it does not work; the recipient was not really serious about wanting a dog, doesn’t really have time to train the dog, cannot really give the dog enough exercise, was really kidding saying she wanted a dog.

As dog owners’ know, there is a ton involved in giving your dog an adaptive, healthy life. We are a long way from the 1960’s when dogs were allowed off leash, running around town and were largely perceived as ‘just dogs’. There has been a lot of research on how dog’s brains really work; they are much more than many people give them credit for. And like people, their lives can be lengthened with the proper care.  It is impossible to know anyone, even your bestest friends, well enough to make that kind of a commitment.  The best thing you can do is pass this on to your friends. NO DOG PRESENTS!

At Crate and RCD we have daily experiences with all kinds of dogs.  Rescue dogs whose lives have been unhappy, thus far, for any number of reasons, shelter dogs who have been surrendered by families because of the economy, pet store dogs from puppy mills, pure breeds from breeders, to name a few.  The truth is that today there are more dogs available to adopt and rescue than ever before. Pure breeds and puppies are just part of the mix. If an actual dog-owner-to-be is looking for a new dog; suggest a rescue. In most cases a rescue adoption actually saves a dog life, because the shelters get many of their dogs from kill shelters. By adopting a dog you create an open space.

Crate-Escape Update

Grooming has moved into it’s new location at Crate on 20 Flanders Road, which offers 3 times the space, much better lighting and happy groomers! Plus we have some wonderful, new Woof, LLC (official company name) employees who we are very excited about!  All in preparation to better serve you.

Raining Cats and Dogs

Busy! Wonderfully busy! We jumped right in to fall mode with lots of new dogs/ puppies and old timers (Harrison, Dublin, Hermes, Skippy A. to name a few) frolicing around our pen and yard. We are psyched for all the newcomers, because they are wonderful and they mix it up so everyone gets to play more. Come in for your holiday shopping at your convenience Monday – Saturday.  There is a also a Holiday Celebration (that’s not the official name) on December 2nd, 3rd and fourth when RCD will offer warming surprises for you and your pups! More  info to follow!

Thanks for reading and come back next week for more scoops (which rhymes with… oh never mind!)

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