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July 27, 2011

Crate Escape too Renovation Update

“To Err is Human, To Forgive Canine”
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Not that we erred. We did our best to estimate a realistic reopening date. We even doubled the time given to us by the contractors so we could give you a time frame.

We just learned yesterday-

we are unable to open Crate Escape too on August 1st.

The good news is that it is we are getting there….. it is one of those situations; each step needs to be completed to move on to the next; so one delay pushes it all back. We promise it will not be long before Raining Cats and Dogs will reopen it’s doors as ‘Crate Escape too. We will keep you informed of our progress.

The second good news is that we want to thank and celebrate our wonderful customers and our new store with a party in September. Details will follow. We sincerely thank you for taking your dogs to Crate Escape for daycare during the construction time.

What Your Dog Needs to go on Vacation

Taking your dog on a road trip? Whether you are headed down the coast or to the beach, it is best to take your cue from the Girl Scouts and always be prepared with a custom First Aid Kit for your dog. The kit can be packed in any durable, preferably waterproof, case.

The following are the basics for a standard doggie kit. Keep in mind not everything that works on humans is suitable for your dog and never administer human drugs or prescriptions to your dog without first checking with your vet.

Dog First Aid Kit

1. A dog first aid book. We like The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats (Amy D. Shojai, Rodale, 2001). It’s a little hefty but it covers everything from allergic reactions to removing wax from fur.

2. Latex gloves

3. Emergency contact numbers. The digits for your vet, the closest animal emergency hospital, and the poison control hotline.

4. Tweezers (flat slant tip) and Scissors (dull ended). Avoid pointed ends lest you do more damage than good.

5. Special tweezers for tick removal. These are designed to remove the imbedded head, which, if left in, can lead to infection.

6. Cotton balls

7. Gauze Pads, Squares and Roll. For wounds—sticky bandages don’t work so well on fur.

8. Disinfectant, such as Hibitane.

9. Wound cream. To speed healing and minimize scarring try a product such as CanineAid, a soothing cream that eases discomfort and can be used on cuts, wounds, and irritations. (epicareltd.com)

10. Saline solution. Can be used to clean wounds or flush sand out of eyes. Contact solution will work in a pinch.

11. Antihistamine. May be used to calm itchiness, swelling, and hives caused by bee stings or insect bites but, as with any medication, please consult a vet first as dosage will vary depending on your pup’s size.

12. Hydrogen Peroxide. While this is not recommended to clean wounds, it can be used to induce vomiting in case of accidental ingestion. Check with your vet before administering; in some circumstances vomiting may not be encouraged.

13. Bulb Syringe or Small Turkey Baster. Use to flush wounds or eyes or for administering medicine.

14. Antibacterial Wipes or skin soap.

15. Skin & Paw Cream. I love Bag Balm—it works on my feet as well as Rover’s! (bagbalm.com)

16. Rectal Thermometer. A dog’s average temperature is 38°C or 101°F.

17. Petroleum Jelly. For use with the above. Just trying to be considerate.

It’s also useful to have an old blanket and some towels with you when traveling, as well as a second lead, some extra dog food, a flashlight, and matches. I’m the kind of girl who knows where all the exits are, as well as the lifejacket-to-passenger ratio, so this list could go on, but the above basics should have you covered until you can seek professional medical assistance. Safe travels!

Overseeing the Marshes!

Happy Sunshine,
Ernestine

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