Yes, they loved the snow. But NOW! the outdoor smells are coming back and who can ignore all the junk frozen in the monstrous snow banks? (pretty scary!) Allergens that cause spring allergies in us–trees, grasses, weeds, dust mites, molds and insects–can cause skin infections, itching, sneezing and other reactions in our canine friends as well.
Constant paw licking, body rubbing and excessive scratching are all signs your dog may have an allergy. Hair loss, odor, rashes, a “flaky” or “greasy” feeling coat are other symptoms.
Simply washing your dog is often a great first line of defense. Washing your dog’s paws after spending time outdoors or frequent bathing of the entire body may provide temporary relief to itching and scratching. So pet parents, make sure you do careful observations and plan a trip to your veterinarian soon! These are the first steps in helping your pooch survive allergy season. Enjoy your springtime!
‘New Look’ Celebration at Crate / Ernie’s 9th Birthday Party
It’s getting closer! Mark those calendars on April 21st from 7:00 – 9:00pm to join us at Crate-Escape for a party to cheer for the renovations done, Ernie’s birthday and definitely to recognize you and thank you for your business. It’s going to be a blast!
Raining Cats and Dogs (soon to be Crate-Escape too)
Yes, the “t” on too is now lower case. My omission previously. You HAVE to check out our facebook page under Crate~Escape to see the March birthday photos of RCD’s dogs! Big thanks to Carly, our on-site dogographer! The photos are also posted on the wall at RCD next to the cash register. And welcome back Jenny! We missed you!
Don’t Shop – Adopt!
A plug for all of the shelters and organizations dedicated to rescuing incredible numbers of dogs to be placed initially in shelters or fostered and then, hopefully finding their forever homes. We are dedicated to helping these places whenever we can. Last year we donated to the MSPCA all of the proceeds from the Santa photos and Brad and Stephanie doubled the amount. We get ongoing donations from customers; food, blankets, beds, bowls, leashes and collars, which are all passed on to shelters in need. In spite of the enormous amount of work being done throughout the United States, 11,000 dogs are euthanized every day.
When you or your friends consider getting a dog, check in to rescuing a dog before you call your favorite breeder. Many of us remember when the gereral consensus was that shelter dogs were all ‘mutts’ and misbehaved. The truth today is that there are individual rescues for almost all breeds and a website like ‘Petfinder’ asks for your criteria in choosing a dog and lets you search the many pets available at many locations, both locally and nationally.
We are happy to help if you have any questions!
Kudos to all canines and their caretakers for getting through (most of?!?) the winter!
We’ll bark back next week!