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January 25, 2015

In Memorium: Ernestine Hastings, 4/21/2002 – 1/22/2015

The email below appeared in the mailboxes of Ernestine Hasting’s family and friends in the afternoon of Thursday, January 22nd.  For some it was not a surprise, some were not aware of her terminal cancer diagnosis in September 2014. The responses from everyone display overthetop love, appreciation, and deep caring for this truly amazing 12.5 year old, ‘Puddin’ Jack Russell Terrier.

From Bradley:

Our hearts are heavy as we escort Ernestine to her final vet appointment this morning.  She transformed our lives in ways I couldn’t imagine when she entered my life in 2002.   She inspired us to take a leap of faith following our dream to start our own business.  Many friends, acquaintances and employees have come into our lives since April 2002 as a result of Ernestine.   She has brought us so much joy and happiness throughout her life and today we feel great sadness at the loss of her companionship.   She has taught us many lessons in her short 12 1/2 year life and we were fortunate to have spent so much time with her while she was here.   Saying good bye is never easy when it is your best fur friend.   Please light a candle tonight for our precious angel and remember the joy and laughter she brought to our lives.   RIP Ernestine you will be missed.

With profound sadness-
Bradley and Stephanie”

On January 23rd, we heard from Stephanie:

‘Dear family and friends-
It goes without saying that yesterday was one of the saddest of my life. Our beautiful Ernestine lost her battle with cancer. It is a nasty aggressive disease that saps every bit of good out of something-usually! Ernie, true to her nature, was a champ to the end. Even barking and wagging her tail for food just a few days ago. But, she was not able to win the fight.
She was the most incredible dog. Spirited like her breed dictated, but sweet and true. We were blessed to have had such an amazing creature be part of our lives. She was our friend, our confidant, our love. She was everything. She brought us our dearest friends, inspired our business and changed our hearts forever.
Our loss is profound. As W. B. Auden wrote in his poem Funeral Blues and I take a small liberty with this verse, changing he to she.  “She was my north, my south, my east, my west. My working week, my Sunday rest. My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song. I thought this love would last forever, I was wrong.” Rest my sweet girl you will be missed.

With the heaviest heart-



Later, Ernestine

January 13, 2015

Dogs Like Sports TV, Ernie Thanks Last Hope and Gov. Patrick and New Way to Do a Job & Rescue Dogs at the Same Time!

Ernestine – Rover Reporter

OK, the holidays are over, but no time to relax!! It’s Superbowl time! We are not quite there yet, but be sure to make room for us canines on the couch!

(we like American football too!)


And – Thanks to Governer Patrick, our advocate!

Gov Pat Dog Successes1

And – Our Friend at Last Hope K9 Shared 2014 Rescue Results

Last Hope 2014 Successes1
to all the Crate Escape people (customers too, of course!) who contributed!!



With lots of love, warm wishes and THANKS for supporting our business!

Later, Ernestine

Hotel Hopes Guests Head Home With a Rescue Dog

LOS ANGELES — Dec 31, 2014, 10:41 AM ET
By SUE MANNING Associated Press

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an “Adopt Me” vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, believed to be the only hotel in the U.S. where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in.

But the hotel doesn’t overwhelm road-weary travelers to this mountain tourist mecca, where people come to tour the nation’s largest home, the Biltmore estate; cast a fly-fishing rod; or hoist a beer in what has been dubbed “Beer City USA.” There’s only one adoptable dog at a time, and it’s always on a leash.

The pooches at the Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel are part of an adoption program run by the hotel and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. The rescue saves the pets from possible euthanasia at area shelters.

“We feel like we are saving lives,” said Christine Kavanagh, Aloft’s director of sales.

Hotel and rescue workers hope the program not only becomes permanent but spreads to some of the chain’s other locations, too. The Asheville hotel, which also allows guests’ pets to stay for free, opened in 2012 and has not received one complaint about allergies, messes or dueling dogs, Kavanagh said.

The adoptable dogs have space set aside at the registration desk, on the roof, third floor and in certain employee areas. They can’t stay in guest rooms at night but can go with visitors to the restaurant, bar and other spots if they’re on a leash.

“The guests love it. It shows up on guest reviews and consumer surveys,” Kavanagh said.

Caren Ferris of Amherst, Massachusetts, and her husband certainly did. The couple were staying nearby when they met a 4-year-old terrier mix named Ginger in the hotel bar and cozied up to the pooch sporting an “Adopt Me” vest.

After a visit, “I got up to leave and told her goodbye. She sat up, looked me in the eye and kissed me on the lips. So I called the shelter, thinking maybe we should adopt the dog,” Ferris said.

She and her husband filled out the adoption papers, paid $175 in fees and waited to be approved before they were able to take Ginger home to meet their other dogs.

Charlie’s Angels has tough adoption standards, including a home visit. If a potential owner is from another state, the rescue will ask a shelter there to do the check.

The restrictions haven’t stopped 14 dogs from finding homes since the program started in July, said Kim Smith, president of Charlie’s Angels. The rescue’s placements have doubled since the hotel started stationing the dogs.

Jan Trantham and her husband, from Atlanta, adopted a 2-year-old Shih Tzu named Jackson. They fell in love with him when they checked in, she said.

“Every time we went somewhere, one of us would say, ‘Let’s go back to the hotel and see Jackson.’ l couldn’t stop thinking about this dog,” Trantham said.

It’s also a wonderful way for the dogs ? and the guests ? to socialize, Kavanagh said.

“We have a little playpen by the front desk. At times, there’s a crowd around the pen because the dog is a conversation starter,” Kavanagh said. “Our hotel draws people together so they can mix and mingle and maybe adopt a dog.”

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