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December 17, 2014

Santa Photo Donations to MSPCA! Last Hope K9’s Adoption Event in Belmont & A Happy Ending Puppy Mill Story!


Woof! It’s been a great week of holiday celebrations! Friday evening and Saturday, Santa visited Crate Escape tooCambridge, and Charlestown Crate, inviting dogs to sit with him for holiday photos. All proceeds will be matched by Crate Escape and donated to the MSPCA, year 6!

All 3 Crates have great holiday decorations and lots of special Christmas toys. The hedge hogs with hats are adorable and so popular! We also have the real rubber animals, dressed for the season. C’mon 1/ year is ok for your pooch to rip apart!

Here’s a preview Santa photo:

Happy Holidays!

ernie in santa hat

Later, Ernestine

Great Last Hope K9 Adoption Event held at Crate Belmont on Dec. 14th!


On Sunday, 12/14, Crate Escape Belmont hosted an adoption event for Last Hope K9 Rescue. Several Crate Escape people volunteered for the first time. They were amazed at the process, the number and dedication of the volunteers and the organization of Last Hope, pulling the whole thing off.  Our Nikki is on the Board of Directors, and Crate Belmont hosted their first Last Hope adoption event last spring.  This time, 10 dogs were adopted and 8 more had deposits. YEA!

Many of the attendees had expressed interest in particular dogs and were pre-approved for adoption. Several new people started fostering. It is one thing to ‘share’ a dog’s profile on fb, but a whole new experience to visit an adoption event and see first hand how it works.

Most potential foster people say, ‘I would never be able to give the dog up, once adopted!’ Once you have a rescue dog in your home and s/he has settled in – it is often hard to hand over the pup to his new people. Events like yesterday make it way more understandable; actually viewing the number of homeless dogs and realizing they need homes.  Each fostered dog saves a dog’s life, by opening a spot in a shelter.


Harley the Chihuahua Helps Puppy Mill Dogs


After a decade in a cage himself, this former breeder works to spring other puppy mill dogs across the country.

He’s an old dog hoping to teach lawmakers some new tricks. At 14 years old, Harley the puppy mill survivor is winning hearts all over the world through his social media activism.

“I hear stories every day,” says Harley’s human, Rudi Taylor. “Every day I receive an email, a message, or a comment from somebody about how Harley’s story has made a difference to them.”

The story that has impacted so many people is horrific and heartbreaking.

Like so many of the puppies who end up in pet stores, Harley began his life in a puppy mill, but he never ended up in a pet shop window. Instead, he had the misfortune of being chosen as a breeder and was kept in a cage for a decade. He received no exercise, no medical care, no kindness or love. He never saw the sky or felt the comfort of a soft bed.

According to Taylor, the people at Harley’s puppy mill used pressure washers to clean the wire cages while the dogs were still trapped inside. That horrific scenario is how he lost his left eye. Taylor says the puppy-buying public needs to know that the horror Harley lived through really isn’t uncommon.

“Even though this is Harley’s story that we’re sharing, it really is the story of all the puppy mill dogs.”

Thankfully for Harley, the story has a happy ending — but it almost didn’t. After a decade in a tiny cage, Harley was riddled with health problems, from disfigured paws to an arthritic, broken tail. He was in heart failure, and when he developed a cough the puppy mill had no more use for him. Harley was about to be tossed into a bucket when an employee noticed he was still alive, and sought permission from the boss to hand Harley over to a rescue.

“The mill owner apparently agreed,” explains Taylor.

Already an anti-puppy-mill activist and volunteer for National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR), Taylor had an ear to the ground of the rescue world and instantly knew this dog was destined to join her pack. She reached out to the woman running the rescue that saved Harley.

“When I learned of him, I called Barbara and she agreed to give Harley to me, so he could live out his remaining days in a home with a lot of love.”

Taylor and her husband loaded up their car, and along with their two chihuahuas, Zoie and Cricket, drove from Colorado to Kansas to pick up Harley. During the long ride home Harley cuddled with his two new sisters. He was finally safe.

At last Harley had the kind of loving home and life he deserved, but his vet didn’t think he would get to enjoy it for very long. Taylor was told Harley wouldn’t last three months — but that was more than three years ago. Time after time, Harley has beaten the odds as his family has spent thousands of dollars getting him the veterinary care he needs.

“A year ago he was really bad off, and every day we didn’t think he would live another day,” explains Taylor.

She credits an interdisciplinary team of veterinary specialists with helping Harley make a second comeback. “They came up with a treatment plan,” she says. “They got him off all the medications he was on.”

These days, Harley is in good health and good spirits, loving life with his family and being a great brother to Cricket, Olive, Riley, and his foster sister, Charo.

“He wants to take care of everybody,” says Taylor. “If one of the other dogs cries — he’s right there.”

Harley’s empathy doesn’t end with his housemates. He’s also taking care of his fellow puppy mill survivors. In early 2013, Harley lent his name, face, and social media savvy to a campaign for National Mill Dog Rescue called “Harley to the Rescue”.  It started out as a way to fund the rescue of 25 to 30 puppy mill dogs, with each rescue costing about $2,500, but the campaign quickly surpassed the initial goal and even took on a second spokesdog, another puppy mill survivor named Teddy.

Together, Harley and Teddy traveled across the U.S. as NMDR saved the lives of puppy mill dogs with funds raised through the “Harley to the Rescue” social media campaign. The first rescue mission in May 2013 saved 64 dogs. The second rescue mission happened in August of 2013, when 24 dogs were saved from the same puppy mill where Harley had spent the first 10 years of his life. Among the 24 dogs saved that day were Harley’s own son and daughter.

 The campaign continued into this year, and according to the NMDR website has brought in more than $200,000 dollars — enough to fund the rescues of 364 puppy mill dogs.Harley is a hero to all the dogs he’s helping save and to the more than 58,000 Facebook friendswho follow his every adorable move. Taylor is pleased to see so many people connecting with her little survivor. She hopes Harley can help end the cruel practices at puppy mills by bringing attention to the gruesome reality the caged dogs face.”Harley’s mission is just to spread the word. The more people that know, the better the chance of changing the laws,” explains Taylor. “I would love to see it happen in Harley’s lifetime.”



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