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April 26, 2011

“Barking in the rain, We’re barking in…” “…brings May..hmmm..treats?…ok, flowers.”

Ernestine barks ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone who attended her 9th birthday party. She was thrilled to see all of her people together celebrating her! If you didn’t make the party, call us and set up a tour!

Chews A Cause
Help homeless pets by donating all dog stuff that you are not using to our new program, designed to help no-kill animal rescues and shelters. Look for the bins at Crate Escape and Raining Cats and Dogs which will be up by May 1st. We will select a shelter quarterly and give them the items collected within those three months. Our first shelter is Buddy Dog Humane Society, located in Sudbury. This local shelter has been helping homeless dogs find forever homes since 1976. It’s original purpose was to save stray dogs from destruction and laboratory experiments. (just an interesting fact..) Buddy Dog expanded it’s services to include cats in 1984.

Van Customers, Bark, Bark!
As of May 1st our van prices will be $10 one way and $15 round trip. We have special packages for dogs who come to daycare for a half or full day and use the van 3 days a week or more. You will find the rates under the ‘Rates’ category. Please make sure to let us know about any schedule changes 24 hours in advance. Questions? Nikki is glad to answer!

Crate Escape
I know, we can’t stop talking about Ernie’s birthday party! We were just so excited to show you our beautified facility and to give you the opportunity to talk to some of our fabulous pen attendants. They are the ones who watch your best friends all day, keeping them happy and safe.

Raining Cats and Dogs
Have you noticed your pooch is a little more tired coming home from daycare? New, energetic puppies (and some not-so-young) have joined our pack, keeping the dogs playing and pen attendants on their toes! To make sure the dogs keep up their feist (?), be sure to check out new treats we will soon add to our healthy assortment.

Back to our Holistic Food Discussion – What to look for in a holistic diet:
*First, quality animal based protein sources that are steroid, antibiotic and hormone free. Ingredients are listed by weight. Fresh chicken includes the moisture (approximately 70% of it’s weight); chicken MEAL does not contain moisture and is cooked prior to being added into the kibble mix, (good to know! didn’t we all think meal meant junk? not in dog food!) dehydrated chicken is fresh chicken with the moisture removed that has not been exposed to heat.
*Second, look for quality fat sources and a good Omega Fatty Acid Ratio. Chicken fat, fish oil and coconut oil are all good sources of fat.
*Natural preservatives surch as Vitamin E. Avoid foods that contain chemical preservatives such as BHT,BHA or Ethoxyquin.
*Beware of diets that heavily market inclusion of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables cooked at high temperatures (such as those used in kibble) provide nothing in the end, except for fiber and sugar. (SoJo’s is fine – freeze dried!)
*Grain free doesn’t mean carbohydrate free. Watch the ingredients on grain free diets that use large amounts of simple carbohydrates such as potatoes. In a basic nutritional comparison, grains such as oatmeal or brown rice offer more nutrition and less insulin production than a white potato.

The best advice when looking for your pet’s diet is to rely on common sense nutrition rather than what you have ‘learned’ from marketing and what packaging tells you.

Thanks for keeping up with us. Comments and suggestions welcome, to We’ll be back next week!

April 13, 2011

Chews A Cause

Woof! Woof! We are SO excited about “Chews A Cause”, a new program we are launching to help Massachusetts rescue organizations and shelters. Donation bins will be set up at both Crate and Raining Cats and Dogs to gather any dog items that you don’t need or use anymore. We are switching shelters quarterly, so each will benefit from 3 months of our customer, employee and friends’ donations. The program will officially start at Ernestine’s 9th birthday party, next Thursday, April 21st. The first shelter will be Buddy Dog Humane Society, located in Sudbury, MA. They are a wonderful no kill shelter who will benefit greatly from our stuff! More info to follow!

Crate Escape

Even the dogs are confused! When they enter Crate, the treats, toys and dog food have moved around enough to surprise even the smartest canine! Design specialist, Stephanie and her talented side kick, Nikki have created an attractive and friendly ambience in the front desk area, as you enter the building. The beautiful white wall was selected for it’s design, to fancy up our warehouse facility and as part of the renovation which increased the size of 2 dog pens. Plus you don’t have to walk as far to drop off your pooch. And, while we are at the front desk, we must sincerely apologize for running out of our ‘doorway’ treats! They are on the way! If you ever want a tour of Crate, let us know and most of the time a staff person can escort you to see the pens.

Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate Escapetoo)

Ever since RCD opened it’s doors, the dog food we sell has been particularly carefully chosen. Brad and Stephanie’s criteria are basically organic or human grade ingredients, generally, the less the ingredients the better, the processing plant must make only one brand of dog food, and that facility must be in the USA. Dog caretakers are definitely becoming more savvy about what they feed their dogs; and the term ‘holistic’ is usually connected to nutritional food. Although there are no accepted standard definitions for holisitic, the holisitic approach is basically one that treats the whole animal, using nutrition to stimulate the body’s ability to heal and maintain itself. One of our most popular food lines is ‘Holistic Select’.

The principles of holistic health state that health is more than just not being sick. A common explanation is to view wellness along a line. The line represents all possible degrees of health. The far left end of the line represents premature death. On the far right end is the highest possible level of wellness. The center point of the line represents a lack of apparent disease. This places all levels of illness on the left half of the wellness line. The right half shows that even when no illness seems present, there is still room for improvement. Ruff, so much more to say! We will talk about what you should look for in a holistic diet next week!

If you are interested in hearing more about the Holistic Select line of dog food, check with our Staff; they are happy to assist!

AND – Join us in Celebration of Ernie’s 9th Birthday and Our Wonderful Customers! April 19th from 7-9 at Crate.

Happy Patriot’s Day weekend! Give your pups a big hug from us!

April 4, 2011

April Muddy Makes Us Nutty!

‘No more precip please!’ said Dog Caretakers across the greater Belmont/Cambridge area. We want dry, sunny walks! The smells of spring saturate the air and many of our pups are crazily excited, certainly prone to end up in the next puddle. Don’t forget, Crate has groomers. (this post didn’t start with that intention, but it is a logical conclusion, right?)

Crate Escape

Bradley was busy at work this weekend! Anyone who can tell us what is different in the Crate reception area gets a free treat from the display across from the front desk! And the party. Don’t forget the party! April 21st, 7-9pm. Our staff is looking forward to seeing you.

Raining Cats and Dogs

Raining is a very special daycare with very special people taking care of very special dogs and selling very special dog food. We want to make sure you know how important it is to select a dog food that not only satisfies your dogs’ appetite, but also provides nutrition to stimulate your dogs’ body, giving it the ability to heal and maintain itself. We invite you to talk to us about your dog’s nutrition; let us know what s/he is eating and if there are any issues you would like to address. Even if there are no visible symptoms that your dog is not doing well on a particular food (itching, loose stool, eating poop) it is definitely worth it to determine if s/he could do better on a more nutritious food, or one with less or healthier ingredients. We will continue this discussion in future blogs; or talk to us anytime!

Flea and Tick Prevention
Medications for flea and tick prevention are readily available for pets, but these products can be costly and contain harmful ingredients. The ingredients are often not only damaging to fleas and ticks, but also harmful to our pets. Instead, consider organic flea and tick treatments. Crate and Raining are currently carrying ‘Buggone’ made by Equinature, a company well known for their safe, preventative animal treatments. Buggone is a spray that protects your pets against disease spreading ticks and mosquitoes. We have Ark Naturals at Raining, which has been very popular with our customers. There is also a recipe on line for a simple preventative. Let’s stay away from those nasty chemicals!

Thanks for keeping up with us!

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