Thanks to all of our customers who visited Crate to have their pooch’s photo taken with Santa! The pups wiggled and waggled, but we got great shots! The proceeds of both photo shoots were doubled by Brad and Stephanie, resulting in a $1660 gift to the MSPCA. This is our 4th year donating and we are excited to be able to help.
Crate Escape Adoption/ Foster Program
Our track record thus far has been great, working with SCBR rescue organization in Maine, to find foster and adoptive homes for strays and surrendered dogs. Each time a dog is adopted, we get stronger in our conviction and dedication to help the homeless. TO DO THIS WE NEED FOSTER HOMES! Please, please, please consider taking in a dog. Most fosters are only for a month or two. Foster parents make an enormous difference in the number of animals euthanized each year, because shelters don’t have space for them. It is important, valuable work and, best of all it saves lives! Check in with Nikki or Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info and to sign up! Here are the rescue dogs we have placed in homes:
Tips for Outside Walks and Romps this Winter
IN ADDITION TO DAYCARE!! Short winter walks or trips to a dog park can be a great way to let your dog burn off some of that pent-up energy from being inside (when he’s not at daycare!) during the cold months. But the temperature and snow, among other things, can pose hazards to your pup.
Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe.
1. Consider the following: Senior dogs, dogs with arthritis, dogs with short fur and puppies can be especially sensitive to the cold weather.
2. Bundle up. Dress your dog in a warm coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck (check out Crate Escape too for some great selections! We have ‘Chilly Dog’ sweaters, beautifully knit and Fair Trade! And, Teckelclub trench coats, lined with fleece; a best seller over the years!) The jacket or sweater should cover her back from the base of her tail and also protect her belly. Dog booties can protect paws from ice and salt — get your dog used to them indoors first.
3. Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. The risk of these conditions is especially high when the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Frostbite typically affects poorly insulated body parts such as the tips of the ears and is evidenced by skin that is pale or red, swollen and painful or numb. Signs of hypothermia include slow pulse, shallow breathing, disorientation, collapse and unconsciousness. If you think your dog has either, call your vet immediately!
4. Keep your dog on leash, or stick to fenced in areas. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, possibly because dogs can lose your scent in snow or ice and become lost if they can’t see you.
5. Avoid salt. Stick to dry or snow-covered areas where road salt has not been used to melt ice. Not only can it hurt your dog’s paws, many varieties contain harmful chemicals that can cause stomach upset and even death if ingested when your dog licks his paws.
6. Trim your dog’s paws. If your dog has furry feet, ask your groomer to “scoop” the pads — trim the hair that grows between your dog’s toes and under his feet — during the winter to prevent ice buildup between the paw pads.
7. Play fetch with toys, not sticks. Sticks — so plentiful in winter — can cause choking and severe injuries. So if your dog likes to chew and chase, pack a Frisbee, tennis ball or other toy.
8. Watch out for bad play. Pay attention as your dog plays with other dogs to make sure that play has not turned aggressive. Trust your instincts and leave if the play gets too hard.
9. Wipe your dog off as you get home. Balls of ice can form between your dog’s toes, and antifreeze, salt and other chemicals can stick to his paws and upset his stomach — or worse — when he licks them. Thoroughly wipe down your dog’s belly, legs and feet as soon you come home — and while you’re at it, check for issues such as dry and cracked paw pads.
Please join us…
in wishing Ursa,
Rest in Peace. She died on December 10th after a long fight with Cushings/ Addison disease, and ultimate kidney failure. Our hearts and well wishes go to her family and everyone at Crate who loved her.
Hohoho, It’s Ernestine
I know, I know, I haven’t been the best ‘Roving Reporter’ this fall. But this weekend I have a REAL excuse! My cousins, Issy and Ella, and my Aunt Heidi are visiting us! Too bad the girls are old enough, so they don’t drop as many crumbs… but they are the most committed, rescuey, dedicated dog lovers. Needless to say that they LOVE me! There is nothing more important!!
Copy Me and be Cozy with Your Family (you’ll get better presents!), Ernestine