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March 24, 2011

Did you get Ernie’s email?

We want to be sure that everyone saves the date, April 21st, from 7-9pm, for a celebration in honor of Ernestine’s 9th birthday, and to thank our customers. Brad and Stephanie know most of you, but want to make sure they meet all of our customers, and that you get a chance to see the wonderful space where your dogs and their friends play and socialize. Please join us!

Crate Escape
We are putting the last touches on the renovation and getting ready to welcome you in April. We extend a big welcome to Vanessa, our new front desk person… new at the desk that is. She has been one of our pen attendants, so she knows (and loves!) all of your dogs. You will definitely know who she is by her positive energy and friendliness (oh, whoops, that’s with the dogs… let’s see how she is with people! kidding…)

Reminders: Daycare attendance has been busy this year, so please call us 24 hours in advance to make a reservation if your dog is not on a regular weekly schedule. The vans have also experienced many schedule changes and last minute requests. Please make sure you let us know the day before you need to make a change on your van schedule. We will do the best we can to accommodate you.

Raining Cats and Dogs
(news on the way!)

National Poison Prevention Week (March 20 – 26)
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, we would like to list particularly toxic items that can cause serious injury to your pet.
alcoholic beverages
onions and onion powder

Potentially toxic items found in back yards:
citronella candles
cocoa mulch
fly baits containing methomyl
slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
swimming pool treatment supplies

If you believe your pet may have been exposed to any of the above toxins, call the Animal Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4235.

Thanks, and check in to our facebook page – Crate~Escape! We would love you to share photos of your dog!

March 14, 2011

Sun & Fun, Reservations & Vacations

Who isn’t ready for some sun and fun outside? Hooray for the warmer days and the almostgonesnow! Now it is time to think about spring and summer with your pooch, what you will be doing, where you will be going and if your canine partner can join you. There are many dog friendly accommodations throughout New England, which can be accessed easily on line. We have some great freeze dried foods which travel more easily than cans (SoJo’s and Dr. Harveys). Raining Cats and Dogs also has non toxic tick and flea repellents, which you dissolve in water and put in a spray bottle to apply.
You have an open invitation for your pup to do his overnights at Crate as long as she is a regular daycare customer. Especially for the long holiday weekends, it is best to make your reservations early. If your dog has not been to daycare regularly in the past 3 or 4 months, it would be great if you could bring him in a day or two a week leading up to your vacation, just to acclimate. We provide wonderful, comfortable space and great staff round the clock, so making sure your dog is comfortable assures a good time is had by all!

Providing fabulous exercise and socialization for your canine companions, Crate is ‘Dogness’ as usual! Because we do have a few new dogs, we sometimes reach a limit in the number of dogs we can take for daycare. Please call 24 hours in advance to assure your reservation!

Raining Cats and Dogs
We LOVE our homey back yard, but this winter was a challenge! Between the snow, over our small dogs’ heads (a path was always shoveled!) to an ice rink when the temperatures were going up and down, we are so glad things are back to good ol’ gravel and railroad ties! And a reminder to all our customers, if you refer someone to daycare who ends up coming for more than a week, you get a free day of daycare! woo hoo!

Van Stuff
One of the wonderful services we have been able to offer is the pick up and drop off of your dogs to and from daycare. Recently we have quite a few additions to our van dogs, and because we have to be able to offer you timely and safe service (no rushes!) we are not offering van service to new customers for awhile. Existing customers, if you could give us a regular schedule for your dog and make a point of calling us as soon as you know of any changes to your dog’s schedule, it will be a big help. Our van lists are done and the routes divided between the drivers early in the morning, so it is hard to add dogs on the actual daycare day. We have been able to accommodate most requests in the past, but we need to ask you to give us 24 hours notice for additions to the van list. Thanks!

Save the Date!
Ernie’s ninth birthday party and celebrating the Crate-Escape renovation! April 21st, 7-9pm at Crate! More to be revealed!

Best wishes and barks to all of you!
Be back next week!

March 6, 2011

A Big Woof! for Spring

Yes, they loved the snow. But NOW! the outdoor smells are coming back and who can ignore all the junk frozen in the monstrous snow banks? (pretty scary!) Allergens that cause spring allergies in us–trees, grasses, weeds, dust mites, molds and insects–can cause skin infections, itching, sneezing and other reactions in our canine friends as well.

Constant paw licking, body rubbing and excessive scratching are all signs your dog may have an allergy. Hair loss, odor, rashes, a “flaky” or “greasy” feeling coat are other symptoms.

Simply washing your dog is often a great first line of defense. Washing your dog’s paws after spending time outdoors or frequent bathing of the entire body may provide temporary relief to itching and scratching. So pet parents, make sure you do careful observations and plan a trip to your veterinarian soon! These are the first steps in helping your pooch survive allergy season. Enjoy your springtime!

‘New Look’ Celebration at Crate / Ernie’s 9th Birthday Party

It’s getting closer! Mark those calendars on April 21st from 7:00 – 9:00pm to join us at Crate-Escape for a party to cheer for the renovations done, Ernie’s birthday and definitely to recognize you and thank you for your business. It’s going to be a blast!

Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate-Escape too)
Yes, the “t” on too is now lower case. My omission previously. You HAVE to check out our facebook page under Crate~Escape to see the March birthday photos of RCD’s dogs! Big thanks to Carly, our on-site dogographer! The photos are also posted on the wall at RCD next to the cash register. And welcome back Jenny! We missed you!

Don’t Shop – Adopt!
A plug for all of the shelters and organizations dedicated to rescuing incredible numbers of dogs to be placed initially in shelters or fostered and then, hopefully finding their forever homes. We are dedicated to helping these places whenever we can. Last year we donated to the MSPCA all of the proceeds from the Santa photos and Brad and Stephanie doubled the amount. We get ongoing donations from customers; food, blankets, beds, bowls, leashes and collars, which are all passed on to shelters in need. In spite of the enormous amount of work being done throughout the United States, 11,000 dogs are euthanized every day.
When you or your friends consider getting a dog, check in to rescuing a dog before you call your favorite breeder. Many of us remember when the gereral consensus was that shelter dogs were all ‘mutts’ and misbehaved. The truth today is that there are individual rescues for almost all breeds and a website like ‘Petfinder’ asks for your criteria in choosing a dog and lets you search the many pets available at many locations, both locally and nationally.
We are happy to help if you have any questions!

Kudos to all canines and their caretakers for getting through (most of?!?) the winter!
We’ll bark back next week!

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