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January 24, 2014

2014, Proud to Celebrate Crate Escape’s 10th Year! Great Herbal Remedies for your Pup


Sometimes I sit here and pretend I am a fake dog, just to see if anyone notices.

2014 is Crate Escape’s 10th Year!

We have so much to celebrate.
In the living room with my parents last night, I was thinking about them, in their living room 11 years ago,  discussing opening a retail dog and cat store. And, yes, they got into the dog business because of ME.
10 years later look where we are.

Bradley and Stephanie Hastings, the owners of Crate Escape, did not originally plan a dog daycare. Their first store was named Raining Cats and Dogs (now Crate Escape too). Located in Huron Village, Cambridge, the store has primo, great dog stuff and the word spread. Soon after opening, LOTS of customers encouraged adding a dog daycare to the retail services. So they did.

In the beginning Raining Cats and Dogs welcomed all sizes of dogs in daycare. In addition to the inside space, there is a doggie door leading to a fenced in back yard.  Even so, it soon became clear that more space was needed for the dogs over 40 lbs to play.  Fast forward to the creation of Crate Escape  in Belmont.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are profiling the original dogs who attended daycare in Cambridge. They are very special in our hearts. Next week’s blog will be about our first dog, Brady Arnold.

This is going to be FUN!!

Later, Ernestine

p.s.  The articles in this blog are selected by me because I think they are interesting. They do not necessarily represent the opinions or thoughts of Crate Escape. I would like to comment on some of the articles.  My editiorial comments will be prefaced by this illustration:

ernie drawing from website1 .



The Whole Dog Journal
It’s unavoidable – no matter how well you care for your dog, he will still get sick or hurt. But not every ailment requires a trip to the vet. In fact, many holistic remedies have proven successful in treating a wide range of canine illnesses and injuries. The Whole Dog Journal has a list of  natural healing methods and products available that will address common ailments. It is long, so we will print a section each week.  Here is the intro:

Check out these herbal remedies for a few common canine ailments.

Good holistic health care fulfills the needs of the whole animal being, physically, mentally, and emotionally. A sound, well balanced diet (along with fresh, clean water), appropriate exercise, and proper behavioral education just about covers the bases.

Or does it? Health is individual. Many people consider their animals to be healthy as long as they aren’t sick, but to me, a healthy dog is happy and expressive, exuding resilience. Whether our animal companion denotes health with a gleaming eye, a flashing coat, and an athletic leap for a Frisbee, or a half cocked ear, sly grin, and thumping tail from the Barcalounger, we can best ascertain the level of our friends’ health by observing over time what’s normal for each unique individual.

Healthy animals can and do get sick occasionally. Sometimes a “tincture of time” is the best remedy, as the dog’s body fights off an invading bacteria or virus and the “illness” resolves with the passing of time. Occasionally, you’ll need veterinary help for a pet’s acute or severe problem.  But in other times, a minimal treatment provides a sufficient level of care to boost the healing response. That’s where herbal treatments shine.

Why should dogs have herbs? 
Plants provide vital natural sources of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that many of today’s commercial diets just don’t provide, what with poor-quality and over-processed ingredients. And in our increasingly urbanized environment, many dogs don’t have the opportunity to forage and ingest healing plants they instinctively seek out when feeling distressed.

From herbal treatments, animals can derive not only nutritional benefits, but also gentle, non-invasive medicinal therapy. Herbal medicine works by strengthening the body’s physiological systems, rather than treating only individual presenting symptoms. Because our culture is so accustomed to the methods of reactive, allopathic medicine, it’s easy to view herbal remedies as simply replacements for pharmaceutical drugs, but this is a mistake. Herbs aren’t a quick fix in the way drugs often are. Instead, they are usually gentler and slower-acting.

We will describe several common canine health problems that can often be quickly and easily remedied with herbal treatments. Even though herbs often serve as the raw material for refined and standardized prescription drugs, you’ll find some variance in the relative strength of plant materials, as well as products prepared in the same manner from different lots of herbs. For that reason, your approach to using herbs should be flexible. Monitor your dog’s behavior and symptoms, and be prepared to increase or decrease the amount you use accordingly. 

There may not be one right method of herbal administration for your dog (or you!) but with patience, you may find the right combination of herbal treatments that will support growing wellness in your animal companion.  

ernie drawing from website1 In next week’s blog we will talk about herbal remedies for;  Arthritis, Diarrhea/ Gastritis, Ear Infections.




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