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December 7, 2015

And the doggies were nestled all snug in their beds…. Dog Lovers’ Holiday Survival Guide & The Pope, Golden Rule and Animals!

Happy Holidays from Crate Escape!

Thank you, thank you to all Crate Escape people and canines! It has been a wonderful year and we are very grateful for your business and support.

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Since there is still time to shop – here are a couple of our tried and true items that have been popular for many years!!

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Bowser Beds

These beds are beautiful, long lasting, versatile (sizes and designs) and super comfy! Crate Escape too has a large selection AND a catalog of additional fabrics from which to choose!












Hedge Hogs!
These squeaky guys are a MUSTHAVE!

To put it simply, most doggies love them!


Dog Lovers’ Holiday Survival Guide

Getting Through the Holiday Season With Your Dog

The holiday season can be both fun and stressful, but proper planning can help prevent the latter. Your dog can tell when you are stressed out, so it can affect her too. As the winter holidays approach, we can become overwhelmed with all the preparations that go into festivities and gift giving. However, your dog and loved ones just want you to be happy and healthy. So, make a list and check it twice, but don’t go overboard. Learn how to make the holiday season go smoothly for you and your dog, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice or anything else.
Photo of Dog Staring at Food - Photo Chris Amaral / Getty Images
Photo Chris Amaral / Getty Images

Holiday Safety for Dogs

The holidays are all about family, friends, fun and food – but sometimes it’s easy to forget about holiday safety for your dog. We all want our dogs to be part of the celebration, but there are some important guidelines to follow. Keep your dog safe this holiday season – no one wants their holiday celebration to end up at the veterinary emergency clinic!

No table scraps! Just because we humans like to indulge in the feast does not mean it is good for our dogs.

Rich, fatty foods can seriously upset your dog’s stomach and even be toxic. It is especially important to keep your dog away from the following dangerous foods:

  • Onions, which can cause anemia (high levels of garlic can, too)
  • Grapes & Raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Bones (especially cooked bones and ANY poultry bones)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any foods high in fat, sodium and/or sugar

There are some human foods that are okay for dogs, so if you want to give your pup a special treat, you have some options. Try a small piece of cooked turkey or chicken without skin or bones (and hold the gravy). Raw carrots and apples in moderate amounts are actually healthy for dogs. Just remember – everything in moderation.

Watch the holiday decorations!

Most dogs are curious by nature, so they will want to check out any additions to the decor. Sniffing can lead to chewing, or even ingestion of foreign objects. Keep electrical cords tucked away and other decorations or holiday plants out of reach. Watch out for dangling objects that can be pulled down and cause injury.

Candles should never be left unattended. Also, if you have a Christmas tree, don’t let your dog drink the tree water – it can make her sick.

Don’t let your dog get lost in the shuffle.

Holiday parties and gatherings can mean lots of commotion. This might be fun for you, but not for your dog. Lots of people in your home can result in injury or stress for your dog.

A large crowd is not the place for most dogs, so consider keeping her in a crate or quiet room – especially if she is the nervous type. If she is comfortable around a smaller group, just make sure you set down the ground rules with your company: don’t feed the dog and keep the doors closed! Many pets get loose and run off during the holiday season. Though your dog should always wear a collar with current identification, this is especially important during the holiday season. Sadly, many dogs run off and become lost during the holiday season. don’t let yours be one of them.

You and your dog can still enjoy the holiday season. Be sure to watch for any signs of illness and keep the vet’s number handy. Stay safe and have fun.

Happy Holidays!


The Pope, the golden rule and the animals.

by, Francis Battista, Best Friends

For Pope Francis watchers, life is like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates: “You never know what you’re gonna get.” Not being a pope watcher myself, I am not on that particular roller coaster ride, but he does say some interesting things.

One of his remarks to an assembly of clergy earlier in the year, which made it into the general commentary surrounding his U.S. visit, reminded me of something from the early days of Best Friends, when co-founder Faith Maloney was the de facto animal control officer for a few counties here in southern Utah.

Encouraging the clergy to be more engaged with parishioners, Pope Francis said, “The shepherd should smell like the sheep.” It was not uncommon back in the day for Faith to be called by the local police to help round up a frightened stray dog trying to avoid capture. Faith would roll up in her old truck, her denim jumper replete with the aromas of Dogtown and dog food. The frightened dog would take one sniff and jump happily into the vehicle. Yes, it is good for the shepherd to smell like the sheep!

And, while Pope Francis’ comments and homilies referencing Catholic doctrine give friend and foe alike something to cheer or sneer at, his basic message of kindness and compassion toward each other, the animals and the earth transcends doctrine. In fact, it is something that all of us in the no-kill movement should embrace, not as papal instruction, but rather as a very traditional affirmation of the basic principle that guides us: Treat others as you would like to be treated (and that includes the animals).

Called the golden rule, that principle is a guidepost for living that is probably as old as the written word. Some say it is based on an inescapable law of balance that pertains equally to sub-atomic particles and the karmic “pinballing” of life. I prefer to think of it as a common-sense survival strategy.

The golden rule requires no moral or doctrinal framework for its underpinning. Rather, it offers an intuitive appreciation of the effects that our actions have upon others and the world around us. For those of us to whom the plight of animals in shelters is a concern, it’s a pretty straightforward Q&A: If you were an animal in a shelter, would you want to be killed or would you want to live?

Our answer to that question is the no-kill movement.

Together, we can Save Them All.



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