Spreading the word to Boston dog people about the opening of Crate Escape in Charlestown has been a great experience for us. Crate Escape staff are obviously all dog people; we all have dogs, meet dogs outside of daycare, and read dog related books and articles. We are against breed specific legislation and believe that a big part of most dog’s temperament is created by their person and the dog’s life experiences.
In spite of all that, it was a ‘wake up call’ to see all types of dogs at the various events we have attended.
In no way is there a stereotype for our daycare dogs. But, they do have lots in common with regard to their lives and owners. Here are some examples;
1. most are at a good weight, and in good shape.
2. not all daycare dogs like to run around and play all day long; but their exposure to other dogs and being part of a pack on a regular basis is extremely healthy, mentally and physically.
3. the owners of daycare dogs are dedicated to their dogs, taking the extra step to make sure they are exercised and socialized.
Not all dogs are daycare dogs. But those who are, enjoy healthy, happy days.
A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words: ASPCA Launches Photo Database of USDA-Licensed Dog Breeders
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
We’ve heard it a million times: “Yes, I bought my puppy at a pet store, but he didn’t come from a puppy mill. The store told me that they only get puppies from USDA-licensed breeders.” That line is used frequently by pet store employees to reassure customers—but what does it really mean?
Sadly, it doesn’t mean much. The USDA’s standards of care are so minimal that most of us would not consider them to be humane. Dogs in commercial breeding facilities can legally be kept in cages only six inches longer than the dog in each direction, stacked on top of one another, for their entire lives. It’s completely legal to house them in cages with wire flooring, and to breed female dogs at every opportunity. These federal standards leave a lot of room for dogs to be severely mistreated.
But seeing is believing. We wanted to make it easy for the public to truly understand where pet store puppies come from. That’s why today we’re launching a new tool on our No Pet Store Puppies website that lets users view more than 10,000 photos of USDA-licensed commercial dog breeding facilities and links some of them to specific pet stores that have sold their puppies within the past year.
You can search the website by pet store name or zip code, USDA license number, the breeder’s name, and specific breed. The photos were taken by USDA inspectors during routine inspections of the facilities.
“Our research reveals a clear disconnect between what many Americans think ‘USDA licensed’ means and what the USDA actually requires of commercial dog breeders nationwide,” explains Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “The federal requirements fall far short of the public’s standards and expectations for the humane treatment of dogs, and we hope that people will use the new tool on the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies website to see for themselves.”
We hope to work with USDA to better enforce and improve the care standards for dogs in commercial breeding facilities, and you can help, too, by decreasing the demand for puppy mill puppies. Take the No Pet Store Puppies Pledge to not purchase anything—including pet food, kitty litter and toys—from a store or website that sells puppies.
Words from Ernestine
I am trying not to get too excited, because I still have work to do, but seriously, it IS almost time for the beach! OK, back to business.
Please pay attention to the ASPCA article above; if you know anyone who is considering buying a dog from a pet store, share the resource. People often think they are saving a poor dog in need; in truth they are supporting deplorable conditions at puppy mills.
Last week SOWA was marvelous, Katie and Vanessa met lots of dogs and let them know how they could have more fuuuunnn!