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January 2, 2014

Happy New Year from Ernestine, Top 10 Most Popular Dogs, 2013, January, National Walk Your Dog Month!

2014; Bring it On!  by Ernestine

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A big Happy New Year to my followers and their dogs.  2013 was a wonderful year for Crate Escape and we are excited to enter the new year.  With great clients, a strong staff, our consistent focus on safety, cleanliness and doggone fun! we will stay on top (!) of our game, which can only mean good stuff coming in 2014. I mean, like, the recent addition of the GoPet Treadwheels at each location! (see Dec. 10th blog) Who woulda guessed?
The article below on the ‘Top 10 most popular dogs of 2013’ is interesting and fun. They refer to ‘mixed breeds’ as the hybrids, most of which have been approved by Westminster. Since I have 3 rescued brothers and sisters, they, sometimes, get a little ‘mixed breed snobby’, only wanting to hear about rescued dogs. I told them, once again, that purebreds can be adopted from almost any shelter, and how doggone cute they are!  Win/win.
Later,  Ernestine


Top 10 most popular dogs of 2013

from: Dogtime


Poodle hybrids are gaining in popularity: In addition to the Labradoodle (above), is the Maltipoo, Cockapoo, and other “-poo” mixes.
Dog breeds are among the top searches done by dog people. Here are the top pure- and mixed-dog breeds readers looked for in 2013. Almost half of the dogs from the 2012 top list were replaced this year, so the number-one choice may surprise you. Here they are — in ascending order:
10. Maltese:  One of the most ancient toy breeds, this  pooch is well suited to apartment or condo living; he can also suffer from separtation anxiety if kept away from his owner. (2012 rank: 26)
9. Labradoodle:  Part Poodle, part Labrador Retriever, this hybrid is a versatile therapy and family dog, who was bred for his hypoal lergenic characteristics. (2012 rank: 29)
8. Chihuahua:  The world’s smallest dog, these pint-sized pooches love nothing more than being close to their owners; although they have big personalities, they’re small dogs who can injure easily. (2012 rank: 24)
7. Boxer:  Originally bred to be a guard dog, this working pooch is renowned for his undying love and loyalty to his family…in addition to possessing a playful, clownish side. (2012 rank: 28)
6. Maltese Shih-Tzu:  A cross of a maltese and a shih-tsu , this pooch is one of the few “designer dogs” without Poodle heritage; his social nature makes him an excellent family pet. (2012 rank: 6)
5. Bichon Frise:  Often mistaken for a Poodle, the Bichon is almost always white, with black eyes and a black nose, and he’s ready to play — with a gentle and affectionate demeanor. (2012 rank: 4)
4. Shih- Tzu: Bred to be a companion, the pint-sized ST is good-natured and friendly; the distinctive way his facial hair grows in all directions has been described as a flower with the dog’s nose as the center. (2012 rank: 5)
3. Labrador Retriever:  Called America’s favorite dog, the Lab does it all: hunter’s companion, field retriever, show dog, working dog…but overall, he’s a loyal friend and companion. (2012 rank: 9)
2. Maltipoo:  An excellent therapy dog, this Maltese-Poodle hybrid is an excellent choice for timid or first-time owners, as he’s easy to train and does well in homes with children and the elderly. (2012 rank: 1)
1. Cockapoo:  The original “designer dog,” this Cocker Spaniel- Poodle mix is an affectionate, utterly adorable pint-sized pooch with a face that could melt a heart of stone. (2012 rank: 2)


January is National Dog Walking Month!

And, what a way to start!  Predicted weather is up to a foot of snow and cold temperatures for the first few days of the new year.  But as New Englanders (importees included!) we can do this and hopefully get past the cold and enjoy being outdoors with our best friends!


  • Dress your dog appropriately; jackets or sweaters if they get cold, rubber booties or mushers if the salt on the roads bothers their paws.
  • Especially with narrow sidewalksyo and limited plowing – No Cell Phones!
  • Even if you are cold and wish you were in the Bahamas, make it all about your dog(s). It is their excitement, exercise and exploration. Focusing on them takes our minds off the conditions. Let’s hope the interesting smells are frozen.
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