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June 28, 2011

One Paw Closer to Crate Escape too!! WOOF!

Just to make sure you hear us loud and clear: Raining Cats and Dogs will be starting a renovation on July 1, 2011 to give our beautiful store a facelift and officially become ‘Crate Escape too. The retail store and daycare will be closed from Friday, July 1st until August 1,2011 (at the latest). Our daycare pups are invited and encouraged to go to our sister store, Crate Escape, located a little over a mile from RCD (Crate Escape too) on the Cambridge/ Belmont line. We have a special pen set aside for your smaller dogs AND everyone’s favorite RCD (Crate Escape too) personalities will be there (of course)! We are here to help with any questions you have and we will do our best to accommodate!

Important Details
Please remember!
1. Call 24 hours in advance to make your daycare reservations. For RCD customers, Crate Escape’s phone number is 617-489-9003. Nikki is the General Manager, Vanessa is at the front desk and will answer many of your calls, and Jenny will usually be not too far away.

2. Be sure to make van reservations and/or changes 24 hours in advance (preferably before 3pm the day prior). It is essential for our scheduling and your dog’s timely pickup and dropoff that we have your van requests in advance!

3. Crate Escape is open until 6:30pm. They are open on Saturdays, by reservation only!

4. OVERNIGHTS AND DAYCARE are SOLD OUT from Saturday, July 2nd through Monday, July 4th.


BARK!… as corny as Belmont in August, high as the flag on the Fourth of July….. if you’ll excuse an expression I use, please don’t take me, don’t take me, don’t take me, don’t take me, don’t take me to look at the sky!

Dogs and firecrackers do not get along! Even if your dogs are usually even-tempered, the sudden loud noises often spook and upset them. When you are planning your holiday festivities be sure to make plans for your dogs too, preferably far away from firecrackers!

Ernie requested this post, 2011 will be her 10th Fourth of July holiday!

(for all of you youngsters, the heading of this post is a dogged revision of a song from the musical Oklahoma)

BrokenTail Rescue Meet and Greet
Big thanks to the gang from BrokenTail Rescue, Nikki, and our customers who created, hosted and attended the event at Crate Escape last Sunday. The adorable adoptables included 5 sheltie puppies, 3 border collie puppies, 2 beagle mix puppies (10-14 weeks old) and an 8 year old mixed breed (designer dogs of the 21st century!) who had high hopes of finding their furever homes! Lots of applications were taken and we wish the pooches and wonderful BrokenTail the best! We hope to schedule another Meet and Greet again soon!

A Happy, Happy and Safe Fourth of July Weekend to All Dogs and People (lucky enough to share this blog!)

June 19, 2011

Extra, Extra, Paw All About It!

Raining Cats and Dogs will be starting a renovation on July 1, 2011 to give our beautiful store a facelift and officially become Crate Escape too. The retail store and daycare will be closed until August 1,2011 (at the latest.) Our daycare pups are invited and encouraged to go to our sister store, Crate Escape, located a little over a mile from RCD on the Cambridge/ Belmont line. We have a special pen set aside for your smaller dogs and your favorite RCD personalities will be there too (of course!) We are here to help you with any questions you have and we will do our best to accommodate!

Crate Escape carries all of the same food lines as Crate Escape too. In addition, they have most of the same treats, many toys and some leashes and collars. As you probably know, we just completed a renovation at Crate last winter; we are excited to show everyone our modern, sleek, warehouse decor!

We are thrilled to host our first ‘Meet and Greet’ at Crate Escape this Sunday. BrokenTail Rescue will be bringing puppies and adult dogs who are available for adoption to introduce to everyone who is (even close to) interested in rescuing/ adopting a dog.

Broken Tail Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foster-based rescue organization dedicated to the rescue of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats in urgent need. They work closely with local animal controls, animal shelters and rescue groups to ensure the placement of these animals in need. They do not discriminate on the basis of health, age, or breed.

Their animals are vet examined, vaccinated, spayed or neutered as needed and receive any and all medical treatment necessary prior to being placed into carefully screened permanent homes.

On Sunday they will have adult dogs and puppies at Crate, who are hoping to find their forever home.

Join us and bring your friends!

No Father’s Day Celebration for our Daycare Pups!
….unless they are celebrating their caretakers’s father status. Our rule that all males must be neutered by 7 months old has many benefits for both individual dogs and the dog population overall. In the last ten years we have all become aware of the dog over population and how many dogs are euthanized every day. Many of us support many causes with missions to right the injustice. The truth is that the best way to decrease dog populations to ‘manageable’ numbers is to spay and neuter. The simple awareness of that fact and the increasing care (both ways) of dogs has definitely started the ball rolling. (tennis ball? planet dog ball? chuck-it? throw it!)

CRATE ESCAPE AND Crate Escape too
Both daycares are easing in to summer, saying, ‘see you in September’ to their canine friends who take the summer off. We would like to reiterate that if your dog is not on a regular schedule, please call 24 hours in advance to make a daycare reservation. And re: the van, it is hard to change schedules the day of your dog’s attendance, so be sure to let us know of any changes in pick up or drop off the day before. And (#2) don’t forget that anytime you refer a new dog to daycare, and the dog comes for a couple of weeks you get a free day of daycare! Woofwoof!

Enjoy the sun!

June 8, 2011

‘Every doggie’s goin’ surfin’, Surfin USA!’

Let’s start with:

Do you think the dogs are having fun?

General News
Our bulletin boards at Crate and Raining (soon to be Crate Escape Too) have always been ‘interesting’ and ‘eclectic’. At Raining we had notice of a lost turtle posted; he was eventually found in the owners backyard after touring Huron Village for 6 months! We have rearranged and organized the boards to provide you with current, interesting information and lists of some local dog related businesses. (and of course the turtle would still be posted!) Check them out!

Crate Escape and Raining Cats and Dogs, soon to be Crate Escape Too
We HAVE to comment on all the wonderful puppies and dogs who have joined our daycare in the last few months! From a Great Dane puppy who grows before our eyes to lots of terrier and hound mixes (the trend these days!) our regular Crate Escape and RCD dogs love their new friends!

We barkingly request (Ernestine pawed off on this!)
1. With summer on the horizen and everyone’s schedule changing, we have had some days at Crate and Raining when we reached capacity. If you are not on a regular schedule, be sure to call 24 hours in advance to set up a reservation! 2. Starting on June 25th Raining will be closed on Saturdays for the summer. Daycare is available at Crate Escape- by reservation only! Be sure to call and give them a paws up! (617-489-9003)

Chews A Cause
Buddy Dog Humane Society is SOOOOO grateful for all of your donations! The first items we delivered to them were cleaning supplies and they were very excited – coincidentally they had just run out of bleach! Some of our customers have been interested in the dogs available for adoption which are posted on our bulletin boards. Thank you for participating in a great ‘kick off’ for our Chews a Cause program!

Holistic Chapter 5
We have been providing information on dog food over the last few months, the terms and promises can be so confusing!
What you should look for in a holistic diet for your pet:
** quality animal based protein sources that are 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, it is cooked prior to being added into the kibble mix dehydrated chicken is fresh chicken with the moisture removed before being added to the kibble mix.
** whole grains; beware of ingredient panels that list three grain parts together as their total weight could add up to more than the animal protein (e.g. rice, rice bran and rice flour)
** quality fat sources and a good ‘omega fatty acid ratio’. Chicken fat, fish, borage oil, canola oil and coconut oil are all good sources of fat as long as they are cold processed.
** beware of diets that heavily market inclusion of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables should be fed fresh to maintain their vitamin and mineral integrity. Fruits and vegetables cooked at high temperatures (such as those used in kibble) are void of almost all of their vitamins and minerals.
** Pro-biotics & enzymes that are added to kibble diets are genetically modified to remain active. Once digested they replace what the body has already made on its own. Look for diets that use pre-biotics (such as inulin, sometimes derived from chicory or dried beet pulp). Pre-biotics encourage the body’s production of beneficial bacteria in the gut, rather than replacing them.
** grain free doesn’t mean carbohydrate free. Watch the ingredients on grain free diets that use large amounts of simple crbohydrates such as potaoes and tapioca. In a basic nutritional comparison, grains such as pearl millet or brown rice offer more nutrition and less insulin production production than a potato or tapioca.

The best advice when looking for your pet’s diet is to rely on common sense nutrition (what’s good for you is not always good for your pet) rather than what you have “learned” from marketing and packaging.

Happy tails and trails to you. Hooray for June!

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