We are writing this blog post to make you aware of the ongoing construction behind our building. There are two concurrent projects that are slated to continue for quite some time. While the majority of the construction should be relatively quiet and non-intrusive, they are currently in the pile-driving phase, which can be quite noisy.
Between the two projects, the pile-driving will be consistent through the end of August. The workers begin around 7am and are finished for the day by 4pm, Monday through Friday.
As you can imagine, the dogs (and humans!) do not like the loud noises or the occasional vibration of the ground outside. We work hard to make sure that each and every dog is safe and happy in our play parks. This construction has created an obstacle for us as caregivers, but our commitment to our dogs stays the same.
We have taken the following precautions to help our dogs adjust to the noise:
- Calming music in the play parks
- Limited outside time unless the pile-driving is paused
- Quiet, dark rooms for decompression
- Keeping the dogs engaged and distracted at all times
While not every dog will be affected by the construction, we believe some will, and we’d like to make sure that you know we are doing our best to accommodate the changing needs of our dogs during this process.
Please keep an eye out for irregular behavior from your dog and do let us know if you think that there is something else we can do to help your dog specifically. Please also remember that we offer walks in the South End and Back Bay. If you think that this will be a better solution for your pup than daycare until the pile-driving phases are complete, feel free to reach out at any time.
We apologize for the inconvenience that the construction has presented to you and your dogs. As always, we will be paying close attention to each and every dog and will keep you updated if yours begins experiencing anxiety related to the noise.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience with this matter.
Rebecca & the Urban Hound Staff
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While Kim’s achievements at the Urban Hound are important and impressive, we’re here to find out what she does in her spare time!
Once a bonafide cat person, Kim gradually morphed into a dog person after her commute to an old job brought her by the dog park everyday. Of course, one can only see cute dogs playing and having fun so many times before that feeling sets in. You know the one…the I-MUST-HAVE-A-DOG-NOW feeling.
So, Kim found herself a near-perfect little pup, the one and only Moose Pug.
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Kim is also an avid softball player when the weather allows. She is in two separate adult softball leagues and busies herself all summer with practices and games. (Yes, Moose is there to cheer her on.) Kim also loves traveling and is currently packing for a trip to Europe with her best friend. (No, Moose cannot join on this one.)
Kim spends the rest of her time with family and friends, camping throughout New England, and attending concerts and shows in the Boston area.