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January 7, 2016

Happy 2016


Bradley & Stephanie Hastings

Owners, Crate Escape

Happy 2016!

On this New Year, we are also celebrating 11 years and 8 months of Crate Escape. We are grateful to say that things just keep getting better!

Better, that is, for the dogs, their people, the staff and us! Our Managers have longevity and a strong protocol of working together.  They make great decisions and continue to raise the bar, resulting in better service (and services!) for everyone.


In January of 2015, Ernestine – the founder and true reason for Crate Escape- lost her battle with cancer. She was an incredible, puddin’ jack russell terrier, who lived an amazing, wonderful life. She played an active part in many of the Crate Escape decisions, in addition to being the shining star of the Hastings household. She was honored last year with a page on our website –  ERNIE.  She is dearly missed every day, and is honored by our staff uniforms, and fundraisers supporting canine cancer research.                                                                                                                                                                                                          nikkihdshot

Nikkilee Condon, General Manager

Happy New Year’s wishes to everyone! We had a great 2015, achieving new goals and streamlining our operations, which equals happier pups and satisfied people.

Stephanie and I visited the 3 locations weekly, providing great opportunities to communicate in person with the Managers and Staff, visit the dogs and meet the new ones!  We have always done this, but last year was incredibly productive and beneficial.

It is going to be a wonderful year at Crate Escape!



Our Favorite Dogster Heroes of 2015

There are many dog heroes worthy of praise, but these 9 amazing dogs, people, and groups deserve extra attention as we look back on 2015.

Heather Marcoux  |  Dogster

1. BOOTS – A hurricane survivor and Kitten Nanny

This year marked the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and we recognized hurricane survivor Boots as a Dogster Hero for the work he’s done since. The 13-year-old golden retriever/ chow chow mix suffered severe injuries to his paws in the aftermath of the storm, but thanks to the rescuers with the Arizona Humane Society, Boots made it through and found a new home in Phoenix. A gentle cat-lover, Boots now gives back to the organization that saved him, socializing little kittens to make them more adoptable.

2.  The ‘Blue Boys’ – 2 Adorable Pit bulls in PJ’s


Bully breeds often get an undeserving bad rep, but The Blueboys, Darren and Phillip of Brisbane, Australia, are helping people see the softer side of pit bull -type dogs thanks to their pajama-filled Instagram account. The duo of English Staffies are lending a paw to rescue efforts Down Under and changing perceptions of bully breeds all over the world.


3.  Monika Biernacki – A Savior of Australia’s Death- Row Dogs

Another dog hero hailing from Australia, Monika Biernacki is the founder and CEO of Monika’s Doggie Rescue. She was working as a pet sitter when a trip to the pound changed her life — she simply couldn’t turn her back on dogs who would otherwise be euthanized. Since 2001, Biernacki has saved more than 11,427 dogs in Sydney, and her organization is the city’s largest private dog rescue.


4.  The Mr. Mo Project – A Home to Homeless Senior Dogs

An amazing Dogster Hero, the Mr. Mo Project places senior dogs in foster families, saving them from shelter euthanization. The organization’s great work for seniors doesn’t end there, though — it also helps financially when a family who already has a senior dog is having trouble paying their furry friend’s medical bills.

5.  Figo – A Guide Dog who Saved his Blind Human

Recognized as the ASPA’s Dog of the Year for 2015, Figo has been through a lot this year. He saved his handler from an oncoming mini-bus back in June, quickly putting himself between her and the vehicle. He then spent months in recovery before the pair could be reunited. The amazing golden retriever finally got to go home to his human in November and is once again helping her cross streets.

6.  Lulu – A Therapy Dog who Comforts Mourners at a New York Funeral Home

A special kind of therapy dog, this Goldendoodle with a heart of gold works as a “comfort companion” at a funeral home, helping mourning families get through one of the darkest days of their lives. Because any little bit of comfort is appreciated after the death of a loved one, Lulu is definitely a Dogster Hero worth celebrating.

7.  Angel – Houston’s Official Therapy Dog

This Dogster Hero was born with just three legs and one eye, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming the official therapy dog of Houston, Texas. Angel the golden retriever proves that puppies born with differences don’t need to be euthanized, they just need to find the right human to help them reach their potential.

8.  Isabella Masso – A 10 Year Old who uses her Design Skills to get Dogs Adopted

The young proprietor of Isabella’s Pet Shop, Masso creates high fashion clip-on flowers and bow ties for dogs and is as socially conscious as she is creative. The innovative tween donates a portion of each sale to rescue groups and also offers her product for use in dog adoption photos. The dapper collar clips help the pups stand out and attract the attention of potential adopters.

9.  The Bacons –  A Family who turned the Sandy Hook Tragedy into a Therapy Dog Mission

The Bacon family suffered an incomprehensible loss when their 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After experiencing the impact therapy dogs can make on kids during tough times, this incredible family created Charlotte’s Litter, a program dedicated to putting therapy dogs into schools. Through Charlotte’s Litter, therapy dogs are providing kids with emotional support and helping them with literacy skills. It’s been three years since the Bacon family lost Charlotte, but her legacy has just begun thanks to these amazing Dogster Heroes.

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