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From an email:

“After what has been the most intense eight months of my life, I’m super excited to tell you guys that Crumbs & Whiskers is opening in June. Yep, that’s next month.

We do have an exact opening date in mind, and if all goes according to plan, we will be announcing it very soon. We can tell you that it will ABSOLUTELY open next month, and that we are ABSOLUTELY STOKED (to put it lightly).

Thank you for going on this adventure with me. Thank you for being so giving and inspiring. Thank you for signing petitions in support of the cat cafe. Thank you for backing the Kickstarter. Thank you for telling your friends about us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I wouldn’t be here without you. Crumbs & Whiskers wouldn’t be here without you.”

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3211 O Street, NW

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“Our cat, Bernardo O’Higgins, is a small little dude, and he is yellow/ginger-colored with yellow/green eyes, a white chest, white patch on his belly, white tips on his front paws, and white back paws. He also has some light striping on his whole body. He is also a little cross-eyed, which just makes him more endearing. He is fast and could probably survive just fine outdoors, but we love him very much and want him back home (inside!).

We live Riggs Park along the border with Maryland, so we are hoping that O’Higgins is still somewhere in the neighborhood. If anyone spots him, they can call us at 248-345-7563 and ask for Eben. O’Higgins is a friendly guy, but he might run if anyone tries to chase him…so they shouldn’t do that.”

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“Could you post this photo of a dog on the unit block of R st NW. Collar but no tags. Male, about 35 lbs. Seems skittish but like he’s a pet. Won’t let me catch him. Maybe just escaped from the yard? Seen at 7:15 am.”

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A reader writes:

“Our cat, Maggie, usually an indoor-outdoor cat has been missing for the past couple of days and we are really worried that she’s lost. We adopted her with her sister- the foster mom wouldn’t let them be separated and her sister is definitely worried as well.
Maggie is a small (about 9 lbs) dark grey domestic short hair cat. When we last saw her (sometime Friday night) she was wearing a green belled collar – though she is prone to losing them so she might not be wearing it still. We’ve hunted around around the alleys nearby (at Upshur and 13th) with no luck.

Please let us know if you have seen any cats around that meet that description. We appreciate any info you may have- it is really important that we find her.

(Contact info: phone #: Jake at 617-429-7302 or email: Alison at this email: alisonshell@gmail.com)”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rob

“Dear PoPville,

I live on T and 15th and while walking my dog I saw a dog locked in a car near 14th and T with only one window slightly cracked. Although it was overcast, It was 77 degrees outside. The dog was still in the car 15 minutes later when I came back that way. Thankfully we walked by again and the car was gone.

Now that its getting hotter, I’m hoping you can put something on the blog about this! It takes only a very short time for a dog (or child for that matter) to pass out from heat exhaustion or die. Even with the window cracked, it’s gets very very hot inside the car.

People are encouraged to try and find the owner and if they cannot to call the police. Here’s more info about dogs in hot cars from the humane society.”

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A reader sends in this serious allegation from a facebook post by Greg Fuller:

“BEWARE of Wagtime daycare in Washington, DC. Their pit bull rescue named Blu (owned by Wagtime’s owners) attacked my 12.5 year old yellow lab, without provocation, while he was recently in daycare at Wagtime. My dog also lost a tooth & his ACL was injured. The owners did not think it needed medical attention, knowingly chose NOT to report the bite to DC Animal Control, and illegally dispensed unprescribed and unlabeled antibiotics.”

You can read the full allegations and discussion here.

Thanks to a commenter for noting Wagtime’s response:

“While we respect everyone’s right to express their opinion freely, we feel it is important to give an accurate account of this situation. Wagtime prides itself on being a cage free facility and also taking care of many rescue and client dogs in our daycare. Our daycare has been open and trusted by countless clients for over 15 years due to our experience and high standards of care and expertese. We carefully assess EVERY dogs behaviour, separate the dogs by size and temperment and the safety and wellbeing each and every dog is our number one priority. However, the nature of a cage free facility, that allows the dogs to play and have eachothers company, is that play can occassionally escalate into altercations. This is a rare, but normal canine behaviour that can occure between dogs socialising in a pack environment. All of our daycare staff are highly trained to deal with these situations as quickly and safely as possible. As with young children at school, cuts, scapes and the occasional injury can occur. We treat any dog who sustains an injury quickly and approapriately to ensure the best care and health of the dog.This particular situation was just that, a group play that escalated into an altercation. It is of course regrettable that Tucker was injured, however, the here named adoption dog Blu was involved but certainly not to blame and to harm a dog-in-need’s chances of being re-homed through inacurate information, from a source that did not witness the incident, is not within the spirit of rescue that Wagtime is so dedicated to. We thank all of our wonderful clients who support the important work of Wagtime in animal care and urge you all to keep on rescuing.”