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January 3, 2013

Done Deal! Belmont Crate Escape New Address; 30 Brighton St.

The new Crate Escape Belmont opened it’s doors on Monday, December 31st. It was a wonderful day; as dogs left cars in the parking lot and walked around to the front, they smelled their friends markings in the snow.. so although the backdrop is new, they knew friends were inside. Stephanie, Bradley and Nikki were in the front, retail section of daycare as the dogs entered, so tails rose and wiggles started! We will have photos with dogs soon!

‘Tis the Season’
… to foster a dog. Think about it one more time. It is not permanent, probably for a month to six weeks. I have a Holiday Foster Story to share.
My yellow lab Calvin was the love of my life. When he died in October, 2010, I wanted another dog, but it couldn’t be a lab. A year later, I was aching for a lab. Crate Escape has been helping homeless dogs in every way that has been possible. (lots more to come!!) One of the rescue organizations we have been in touch with is Paws New England. They have partnered with a shelter in rural Tennessee, The Tipton County Animal Shelter, who takes in strays and surrendered dogs. Paws NE is in close touch with Tipton, they post Tipton dogs on facebook, get them into local volunteer homes whenever possible, vet them and usually transport them to New England to be fostered and adopted. Around the middle of December a senior black lab appeared on facebook who was at Tipton. He was a stray; the owner had 5 days to claim him or his fate was undetermined. He touched my heart.

I called Tipton a couple of times to check up on him- the second call they told me he had been sent to a family in Tennessee (a caring shelter employee called Paws and asked to get him out of there!) The volunteer family in TN posted this photo on fb the next day:

Then, I started thinking practical. Like how much extra work? how would I walk 3 dogs? vet bills? on and on. It suddenly occurred to me that I had been advocating fostering for a couple of years; it wasn’t about my inconveniences, it was about supporting homeless dogs and finding them homes.
I wrote Paws and told them I was definitely interested. They told me he (they named him Dave 🙁 )was being transported to New England that weekend, (this was on Friday)and they would get back to me with details.
That afternoon I received another email from Paws New England. Dave’s owners had appeared at the shelter and claimed him!! They are a family, they have kids and another 10 yr. old black lab at home. They had visited the shelter the week before and been told he (real name Luke!! Yea!) was not there. Desparate, they persevered and were ecstatic to find him!!
Lovely ending! and Lesson learned.

A Note from Ernie
So, whadya think? Brighton St., Belmont, yup I ran that whole construction project. I didn’t play with my blue ball at all in December. Happy New Year, everyone! Going to sleep for a few days and then head for Charlestown!

oh yea, so busy I forgot to take my hat off!


Later, Ernestine

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