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The Urban Hound + Best Buddies

The Urban Hound made a resolution this New Year to be more socially involved and civically engaged. We have been fortunate enough to be introduced to the amazing Best Buddies organization, and the M Team, one of its fundraising crews. We are so excited to be involved with some great events over the next few months, all of which benefit the Best Buddies organization. Read on for more information about how you can join the cause.

To donate to our team, please use this link. Thank you!

Donor Thanks & Raffle Drawing
April 26 at the Urban Hound, 6-8pm
From now until April 26th, anyone who donates to our Best Buddies fundraising cause will be entered into the Urban Hound Super Raffle! Simply by making a donation, you will be entered into an amazing raffle full of Urban Hound services and goodies. There are a bunch of items up for grabs, including:

  • One month of daycare (2 winners)
  • One week of boarding (2 winners)
  • One 1-week Resident Board & Train/Day School with Nick
  • One 2-week Resident Board & Train/Day School with Nick
  • One full groom with Pupgrade (2 winners)
  • One week of walks
  • A full year’s worth of spa pupgrades (2 winners)
  • A birthday party for your pup & 20 friends
  • Urban Hound swag basket for you and your Hound (2 winners)

On April 26, we will host a “thank you” event for all of our donors, and we will announce the winners of the raffle. This event will be held at the Urban Hound and will feature beer, wine and snacks. We’ll also have some of the wonderful advocates of Best Buddies and the M Team on hand to answer any and all questions about the organization and the Urban Hound’s partnership with the M Team.

Best Buddies Challenge Hyannisport
June 2 at Craigville Beach in Hyannisport, MA
The organization’s flagship event, the Best Buddies Challenge, offers a variety of ways for individuals and families to contribute to an amazing cause. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can sign up for the 100-mile bike ride along with our fearless leader, Rebecca. If you’re into biking – just not that far! – you can sign up for a 50-miler or a 20-miler. If “it’s just like riding a bike” isn’t a phrase that makes sense to you, join me (Olivia, along with trainers Nick and Nicole) for the 5k run/walk. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be rewarded with a 5-star lobster and clambake, massages, an open bar, and great live music. Oh, and did we mention Tom Brady will be there…?

If you can’t join us for any of these events, please consider making a donation. Any amount means the world.

At Some Point, The Behavior Was Allowed

At some point the behavior was allowed. At some point the behavior was encouraged. Whatever the behavior is that we want to change in our dog, the first step is realizing that at some point our dog heard us say “Yes!”

True, we might not have actually said it, but in our inaction that’s what we communicated.
Because we let the puppy wander into another room and go potty, and it was another five minutes before we figured out what happened: the puppy heard “yes.”
Because we let the young dog jump up on us for a moment (I know, I know, it was only for a SECOND!) and we gave them affection for it: our dog heard “yes.”
I can’t tell you how many dogs I’ve met that can hold the worlds longest sit stay in their house right before dinner. Any other time, it’s a hopeless cause. Why is that? Because we rehearsed it, we practiced it and the dog has a very clear idea of what the “yes” looks like.
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes a behavior has been going on for a long time and we will have to tell our dog “no.” But after that, once we move closer to the behavior that we want, let us always remember to tell our dog “yes.”

Employee Spotlight: Emily

A little bit about Emily…

Emily is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Taunton. Ever since she was a little girl, she has loved dogs. However, she was not allowed to get a dog until she was older, so Emily grew up with cats and still has an affinity for them, as well. Emily and her boyfriend have a cat, Khloe Katdashian, who was rescued after she was found living beneath a porch with her siblings. Khloe is very feisty and is best friends with the dogs in Emily’s household.

Where you’ll see her…

As one of our Daycare Supervisors, Emily’s job is to make sure that our play parks are as safe and happy a place as possible for our doggy guests and our staff. When she is not overseeing a play group, Emily can be found zipping around the building, bringing dogs out to their owners in the evenings, and making sure things are running smoothly.

What does Emily do for fun?

In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to concerts, adventuring with her dog, hanging out with her friends and boyfriend, or just laying low. Emily loves pop-rock and pop-punk. She has seen many of her favorite bands live, including All Time Low and Fall Out Boy.

Does Emily have a dog?

Yes! Emily has a beautiful rescue dog named Fenway. Fenway is half german shepherd, and half pitbull. Fenway is sweet and snuggly, and she loves treats. Emily and Fenway go on many adventures together, especially in the nicer weather. Fenway was adopted through Last Hope K9 Rescue and is almost a year old.

Employee Spotlight: Keri

A little about Keri…
Keri was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a lifelong Bostonian. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her dog, Otis. More on him in a minute! Keri has been with the Urban Hound for 5 years now, and is one of the most valuable members of our team.

Where have you seen her?
Clients will recognize Keri as our Daycare Manager. She brings their dogs out to them at the end of the day and chats with clients as needed when they have questions. Prospective clients will recognize Keri as their tour group leader on Saturdays. Behind the scenes, Keri is always working hard to make sure that our play parks are the safest, happiest environment they can be for all of our pups.

Does Keri have a dog?
She sure does! Keri has a Schnauzer/Westie mix named Otis, affectionately known also as “Chicken” or “Chicken Wing.” Keri and Otis do almost everything together, and Otis’s favorite days are the days he gets to come to work with his mom.

What does Keri do for fun?
In her free time, Keri loves taking Otis for long walks and hikes. Keri does yoga to relax, sometimes Otis does, too. Keri’s favorite human is her nephew, Ryan. They have a lot of fun together watching old movies. She also enjoys traveling (most recently to New Mexico), and is on a constant mission to find the best tacos in Greater Boston.

#ThankDog

We’ve got all kinds of things to be thankful for here at the Urban Hound. First of all, we get to spend our days with dogs. What’s better than that? Whether it’s another day of craziness in the news, your immune system finally succumbing to flu season, or just a week of waking up on the wrong side of the bed, not much can’t be cured by slobbery dog kisses.

Other things we’re thankful for include:

  • A staff who work hard everyday to create a happy, safe environment for our pups
  • Blackbird Donuts being right up the street
  • Clients who start our days with smiles
  • The essential oils diffuser that keeps our lobby smelling fresh
  • Totally 80s radio on Pandora
  • …and so much more!!!

We’ll be sharing everything else we’re thankful for on Instagram throughout the month of November using the hashtag #ThankDog. We’d love for you to join us! Using Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #ThankDog to share the dog-related things that make your world go ’round, and we’ll share yours with our followers. We’re looking forward to seeing what you share!