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February 1, 2014

Proud to Celebrate 10 Years; Tails of Crate Escape – 2

 Ernestine – Rover Reporter

Throughout 2014 we are honoring Crate Escape’s  10th anniversary; sharing stories and commending our customers, dogs and staff. We started in the last blog, (Jan 24, 2014) describing the opening of the first facility, Raining Cats & Dogs, which changed names to Crate Escape too in 2012. In case you missed it, I copied the first story into this blog – it is below our tribute to Brady Arnold.

The fuzzy photo below is Puppy Ernie, 11.5  years ago.


Later. Ernestine

Brady Arnold, Crate Escape’s First Daycare Dog!

Stephanie Hastings, Owner

Brady Puppy

‘The plans were complete to add doggie daycare to Raining Cats & Dogs We posted a sign on the front door, ‘Coming Soon, Ernestine’s Backyard’.   Little did we know that when Fran Arnold knocked on the door,  and asked if we  had room for her new poodle puppy, how much our lives would change.   We could not believe that someone had inquired so quickly;  the sign had literally been up less than 1 hour!  Brady started coming and we soon got to experience the joys of getting to know a poodle!

Brady is a standard poodle and smallish for the breed. He is  incredibly handsome, full of mischief and had way more energy then I imagined. He is ten now, the same age as our business, and we have enjoyed his company nearly every day. Still irreverent and spirited, he rides “the bus” Monday through Friday with his best buddy Gretchen. He arrives bounding out of the van, and runs into the pen to greet his friends.
It has been a great pleasure to be part of Brady’s life. We thank Fran and Bob for their support and look forward more years with our first dog to join our daycare.’

Copy of Tails of Crate Escape – Intro
(from blog, Jan 24, 2014)

We have so much to celebrate.

In the living room with my parents last night, I was thinking about them, in their living room 11 years ago,  discussing opening a retail dog and cat store. And, yes, they got into the dog business because of ME.
10 years later look where we are.

Bradley and Stephanie Hastings, the owners of Crate Escape, did not originally plan a dog daycare. Their first store was named Raining Cats & Dogs (now Crate Escape too). Located in Huron Village, Cambridge, the store has primo, great dog stuff and the word spread. Soon after opening, LOTS of customers encouraged adding a dog daycare to the retail services. So they did.

In the beginning Raining Cats and Dogs welcomed all sizes of dogs in daycare. In addition to the inside space, there is a doggie door leading to a fenced in back yard.  Even so, it soon became clear that more space was needed for the dogs over 40 lbs to play.  Fast forward to the creation of Crate Escape  in Belmont.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are profiling the original dogs who attended daycare in Cambridge. They are very special in our hearts.


ernie drawing from website1Stay tuned for next week!!  We will be featuring more  Tails from Crate Escape!   Ernie


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