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October 11, 2013

Oct- Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, Ticks in Fall, AND A Spooktacular som|dog Halloween Party!


Ernie’s Blog Intro:

Breaking News!  som|dog, based in Somerville, exists to do lots of good around assuring that dogs are manageable and safe in urban and suburban communities. They help/ support rescues, the Somerville Shelter, and much more! Crate Escape is a big fan and is proud to partner in their efforts!

A Spooktacular som|dog Event!

Get out your favorite Halloween costumes and join us at Crate Escape Charlestown for a creepy, crawly evening of doggone fun!

Save the date:  Thursday, October 24th,  6:30 – 9:30pm

Bobbing for tennis balls, tricks and treats for canines and their humans. A costume contest, craft beer and much more! Details and ticket information to follow!

It’s going to be FUUUUUNN!  som|dog is putting last touches on the details; we will share soon!

My chihuahua brother, Sundance, got a deer tick on his eyelid this week! He was just walking through the grass. See some facts about ticks in Massachusetts.

And, many of us seriously want to help the ‘No More Homeless Pets’ efforts, but cannot currently adopt or foster. Check out the ideas from Petfinder.

ernie easter bonnet
(ok, so it’s an Easter bonnet– saving my REAL costume for the party!)

Later, Ernestine

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
How Can I Help?

By Jane Harrell, Associate Producer

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and there are more dogs in need than ever. Check out the articles on for great information on adopting a dog, a dog adoption checklist, tips for the first 30 days of dog adoption and more!

But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help:

  1. Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog!”
  2. Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! #savedogs”
  3. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.
  4. Share an adoptable dog or a Petfinder dog-adoption on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #savedogs) page each day of the month.
  5. Sign up as a foster parent or shelter volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group, or register in our volunteer database.
  6. Add a petfinder widget or banner to your Web site or blog.
  7. Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local paper.
  8. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets and upload the pics to Petfinder.
  9. Donate to your local shelter or rescue group or to the Foundation in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.
  10. Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.


Important to Continue Using Tick Repellent in the Fall

Ticks have become far more prevalent in New England over the last decade. It really takes a frost that lasts a few days to end the danger of ticks for the season.

The most discussed and feared tick is the deer tick. Deer ticks are carriers of two increasingly common diseases: Babesiosis and Lyme Disease. Unfortunately, a new disease associated with ticks has also been discovered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Ehrlichiosis/Anaplamosis. (I googled it- sounds similar to lyme disease, the tick is brown. Instead of attempting to identify tick types, it is better to prevent them all!) Here are some facts:

  • Deer Ticks cling to plants near the ground – especially in wooded, grassy or brushy areas.
  • While the Deer Tick cannot jump or fly, it clings to humans and their clothing when people or pets brush up against it.
  • Ticks can bite both small animals and humans, so tick-borne diseases can betransmitted to humans either directly from the tick or from the bite of an infected animal, including squirrels and chipmunks.
  • single tick bite can result in a human contracting more than one disease – such as Lyme Disease and Babesiosis – at the same time.
  • These diseases can be treated effectively when diagnosed early. However, while doctors are getting better at diagnosing Lyme Disease as it becomes more prevalent, the same is not true of Babesiosis, which is still often misdiagnosed.
  • Ticks are most active in Massachusetts between April and September; but you still need to be cautious through the fall.
  • Ways to avoid tick bites and the diseases they may carry are to control the ticks and to practice smart bite prevention measures

There are many tick prevention products available. We prefer the non toxic and sell topical treatments in Belmont and Cambridge.


Have a beautiful fall weekend!

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