Saturday, October 8th from 5:30 – 7:30, we will be showing off the new Crate Escape too! Refreshments and wonderful neighborhood cuisine will be served! Join us. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations for the Holidays
We already have quite a few holiday reservations, so if you would like to board your pooch at some point over the November 15th – January 3rd time period, let us know! We filled up last year and had to say ‘no’ to some requests.
Our pets can be hard on the environment. Especially since there are about 175 million dogs and cats in the U.S. (from Katherine Miller, Animal Behaviorist for the ASPCA) Here are a few ways to help your pet be kinder to the planet.
ADOPT A PET
Take in a pet from a shelter and you’ll save him/her from being one of the more than 3 million cats and dogs euthanized each year. If you long for a particular type of dog or cat, check out ‘petfinder.com’ or breed-specific rescue organizations.
KEEP THE NUMBERS DOWN
When you spay or neuter your pet, you conserve future food, money and energy. You’re also heading off the trauma and neglect that most unwanted animals experience before landing in a safe place. (says Melinda Miller, hospital director of Smith Ridge Veterinary Center in NY)
OPT FOR A HEALTHY DIET
The best pet foods are meat based and meat production takes up precious agricultural land. Try to compensate for this by using minimally processed foods that contain meat from locally raised animals and organic vegetables. Making simple fresh food for your pet is the best way. Be sure to feed your pet the right balance of nutrients. (ask your vet)
MANAGE YOUR PET’S WASTE
Pet poop is a problem. Fecal bacteria can sicken other animals and contaminate ponds and lakes (Melinda Miller). US landfills overflow with nonbiodegradable bags containing dog waste. Use biodegradable bags (available at both the Crates).
Green pet gear is becoming increasingly popular; you can easily find appealing products made from organic to recycled materials. Avoid plastics and products containing bisphenol-A or phthalates.
DONATE TO A LOCAL SHELTER
Don’t discard gently used pat gear. It is in demand at many shelters. We have ‘Chews A Cause’ at both Crates; a a program where we collect your gently used dog and cat supplies and food (Wish List on front desks) and deliver them to local shelters. For September, October and November, we are donating to ‘Paw Safe’.
Every day our pets are exposed to objects and surfaces containing chemicals. In the house, use green or homemade cleansers, such as diluted vinegar or baking soda. For pet stains and odors, exzyme- based products, such as Petastic and Nature’s Miracle (sold at Crate Escape too) work well. Outside, opt for pet friendly sprays and oils instead of harsh pesticides.
I know how busy you guys are, but I want to make sure you pay attention to all of the Crates’ recent info on fostering and adopting/ rescuing dogs. (and cats, too, I guess. I don’t really care about them but I know some of you do.) My 3 step-brothers were all rescued, and they are the best family I could wish for. Partly because they respect I am alpha; but especially, Sundance the chihuahua, who was so scared when he came to live with us– we all love each other now, and Sunny snuggles with dogs and people! Who wudda thunk? And, I am graciously showing you photos of my brother this week and giving up my usual, well deserved spotlight. (oops, I snuck in to Emmitt’s picture.)