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February 23, 2011

Muddy Paws are Right Around the Corner…

…and usually we would think, YUK! But after this winter we will take anything that goes with sun and warmth. Once again, we commend you little dogs, for making it through. Very soon you will have your periperal vision back. Plus when your caretakers try to make you feel their pain with the ‘we had to walk through 6′ of snow to get to school’ story, you have them beat by at least 10X your body height!

Now, the stars of the website!

School vacation week! Pooches staying overnight and playing all day! Our ‘puppy pen’ as it is called (also for dogs who like to play with puppies and won’t knock them over!) is in full swing, allowing us to further combine compatible canines to give them the best daycare experience. The structural renovations are complete, but you will see a new rug here or there and some of Stephanie and Nikki’s creative selections on the wall.

… or is it Crate-Escape Too? We are officially changing RCD’s name, to emphasize the connection between the two properties, but when? Most probably in spring. Believe it or not our renovation is still happening too (Crate-Escape Too?) perhaps in the summer? That one is our landlord’s call. So when you see Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate-Escape Too) or Crate-Escape Too (formerly Raining Cats and Dogs) hopefully you will know what’s up. Once more, kudos to our pups for making it through this challenging winter- and definitely their caretakers too (Crate-Escape Too?).

You will soon be receiving an email as your first official announcement of our ‘Ernestine’s 9th Birthday Celebration’ and to celebrate the ‘New Look’ at Crate! It is on April 21st from 6:30 – 8:30 (times may shift a little, but definitely evening). We really hope everyone will come- although we will always be growing and changing, this renovation deserves a party. And of course Ernie can’t wait to see you!

This is the last time we will bark at you in February!
Have a great week.

February 12, 2011

Crate Nation Renovation!

Our business has always been based on one primary question, ‘What is best for the dogs?’ We have been following the physical progress of the Crate renovation on this blog; now it is time to talk about the benefits for you and your pooch.

Just a bit of history (explained more fully under ‘About Us’ on the website.) Our dog daycare started off at Raining in Cambridge. When there were too many dogs for the space, Crate-Escape opened. As we move forward, we take full advantage of our daily experiences. Each day our employees work with the dogs; gaining experience and knowledge about dog behaviors and personalities. That information is then discussed, processed and applied to our daycare routines and policies. Now, 6 years later we really shine in the dog daycare business. We have that many years of experience derived from many dogs over the years.

Crate-Escape operates like clock work. If sometimes you have to wait a few minutes to drop your dog off or pick him up, it is because the majority of employees are taking care of the dogs. Throughout the day, as dogs arrive, we keep unwavering eyes on what is going on with each dog and what is best for him. All leading up to the recent renovation which added a new pen, providing more flexibility i.e. more fun for the pooches! The new pen is located where the front desk used to be.

It is part of our policy not to encourage dog caretakers to watch their dogs in the pens. As you know, many of our dogs are excitable and playful; each time a dog enters the pack, the group adjusts to the new dog’s temperment and degree of alpha or submission. As each dog assumes his place , the pack hierarchy reconfigures and settles down and the dogs go back to running or jumping or finishing conversations. If owners were to disturb that process as they dropped off or picked up their dogs, there would be little time left for socialization and exercise. You are always welcome to talk to Nikki or Lauren about visiting the back pens.

Raining Cats and Dogs
Huron Village is up in arms! Plow those towering snow banks. Please know that we feel your pain and we are doing all we can to resolve it! And a big tail wag to our new customers. Lots of new puppies to join the play groups!

Save the date!
We are barkingly excited about announcing the date for the Crate-Escape New Look Celebration! and to thank you for your business. We welcome questions about your dog’s food, health, etc. and our daycare! The magic date is: April 21st ERNESTINES’S 9TH BIRTHDAY! What could be better! Ernie said to tell you she will be there, in all her terrier glory to meet you. And she is supposed to be working, but if you want to play some ball……

Ernie also says she’s tight with Punxsutawney Phil so she can tell him how much we need the spring so she can see in directions other than forward! We’re with you Ernie!

Have a great week!

February 3, 2011

OUCH, Mom, my paw hurts!

Winter Paw Care for Dogs

The products used to clear the ice and snow that accompany cold winter weather can be a real hazard for dogs. Rock salt and most chemical de-icers can irritate a dog’s paws and turn a winter walk into a painful ordeal. Stay away from heavily salted areas as much as possible when walking your dog.

Always wash paws with warm water after outdoor play and winter walks. Even if there’s no trace of cracks, irritation or any damage and no snow and ice to remove, it’s important to wash away all traces of salt and other de-icers so a dog can’t lick it off later. Never let a dog try to chew away any lumps if ice and snow sticking to its paws or hanging from its fur.

Ingesting rock salt or chemical de-icing products can have a toxic effect. There are pet-safe ice melting products available. (editorial comment: We have ‘Safe Paw’, a great dog friendly de-icer at Crate and Raining Cats and Dogs. We looked for information on salt and dogs’ paws because so often in this weather, we see a dog holding one of his paws up while trying to walk. At that point it really hurts! In these situations, gently put fingers between pads and dislodge any salt and ice. That helps as a short term fix!)


The biggest news in the Crate dog world, is that Fly, Nikki’s australian shepard, woke out of a nine day coma late last week! In spite of all of the well-wishers and positive energy sent her way, her condition was critical for the first 5 days. Currently, Fly is home with her family and doing better every day. Thanks for all you support!
Construction continues and rumors are growling around that there will be a celebration party in April! Yoo hoo!

Raining Cats and Dogs

Curbside service? We would love to do it all the time, except we wouldn’t have a chance to catch up with our people(?) our dog’s people? This week was a necessity given the parking situation on Huron Ave. Just to let you know, more of the warm, fleece lined, 3 season, ‘trench’ jackets are on the way! So stop by and check them out! We also have a large, hollow, peanut shape ‘kong’ that smells like peanuts. Yum!

Valentine’s Day Simplified

It creates anxiety every year. What should you get your loved one for Valentine’s Day? How do you make it different from last year?

Why not give something that really celebrates caring? Sponsor a homeless animal for Valentine’s Day! With just $25 you can make a powerful statement about love. The animal of your choosing will love you forever … and you’ll win brownie points with your loved one for being so thoughtful.

This post comes from Best Friends Animal Society, a fabulous sanctuary, with whom many of you are familar. Here is the link to make this wonder gift a reality!″>

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Thanks, best wishes to you and your pup (s) to stay warm and dry!

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