buddydogblogJust over a year ago, we were fortunate to begin a partnership with the Buddy Dog Humane Society in efforts to promote rescue dogs and the importance of obedience training. Located just down the street from our Sudbury location, it was our intent to offer obedience classes to the shelter in hopes that enrollment in class would increase chances of adoption. We are proud to say that since the inception of the partnership, 19 dogs have gone through the Especially for Pets' training program and the vast majority were adopted before they finished a training session! These classes have been such a fun and engaging way for the staff and volunteers at Buddy Dog to learn about obedience training and to spend some necessary one-on-one time with the dogs.

dog summer beachAs a responsible pet owner, you need to be aware of how the warm weather can impact your pet and the extra precautions you can take to keep him safe and happy.

- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for an extended period of time. On a warm day, even in the shade with windows cracked, the temperature in a car can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures.

Fast Furriest2017On the heels of a hugely successful inaugural event last year, the second annual Fast and Furriest 5K: Run. Walk. Wag was held on Sunday, May 21. Once again, we were proud sponsors of this great event! We had a really special morning with old and new friends at Sylvester Baxter Park at Assembly Row in Somerville and truly enjoyed the dog and family-friendly community event. Over 1,500 participants enjoyed a beautiful run and walk route along the Mystic river with over 750 dogs in a festival-like atmosphere. Best of all $185,000 was raised to benefit the animals served by the MSPCA-Angell in their adoption centers, hospitals and programs.

family with dogDid you recently rescue a dog and need help in adjusting him to his new family and home? Rescued dogs often come with certain stresses associated with abandonment, neglect, living in multiple homes and being lost or strayed. Our personalized, in-home service aims to help establish a foundation for a positive relationship and to guide you to help your dog adjust and transition.

HindsMAVestADogOn April 30, Kathy Hinds completed her final term as Massachusetts Vest–A-Dog's President to focus on family needs, especially her 10 month old grandson, Lucas! Hinds started the non-profit in 2000 when her then 11 year old daughter Lisa brought home an “American Girl” magazine featuring an 11 year old who had founded the national Vest-A-Dog program in San Diego. Lisa told her mom “I want to vest a dog!” and so, Hinds founded Massachusetts Vest a Dog.