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Merchant House Meets… Escape the Crate

Hi Tracy! Lovely to meet you, we can’t wait to hear all about Escape the Crate!

What made you start up the business?

Following an illness in the family I was unable to continue to work full-time outside the home. This gave me the perfect opportunity to start my own business working with dogs. I have always had friends dogs come to stay when they have been on holiday and starting the business felt like a natural progression from this. We now offer occasional daycare sessions, home from home boarding, dog walking, canine massage and have our own little online shop.

Do you have dogs of your own?

Yes, we have one dog, Indie. She is now 18 months old and is a Springer Spaniel Cross – although we have no idea what with! She was adopted from Spain through a UK based charity – PAWS Dogs as a 4 month old puppy. She is a real character and certainly keeps us all entertained with her antics.


We hear you offer Doggy Massages, we would love to hear a bit more about this!

Yes we do! I am a Member of the Association of Merishia Therapists, and the massage used is a hands on technique designed to release tension in muscles and other soft tissues. The massage is tailored to aid sports performance, support rehabilitation or simply to improve general well-being. 

What are your top tips for guests bringing their dogs to Cornwall for a holiday?

I’ve found Cornwall to be very dog-friendly but would recommend that visitors do their research. Not all beaches allow dogs all year, some have seasonal restrictions, so its worth knowing where you can take your dog and where to avoid. Similarly, some attractions only allow service and guide dogs access.

Plan your travel routes giving plenty of time for walk stops to allow your dog to stretch their legs and remember to pack carefully! You will not be forgiven if their favourite toy is left at home. Some dogs also get travel sick, in cases like this we recommend organic valerian compound to our clients. 

Dogs can also take time to settle into a new routine and new surroundings. Its a good idea to take your dog for a long walk when you arrive so they can familiarise themselves with their new environment. If your dog seems particularly anxious cuddles and treats often work well – although don’t overfeed!


If you could recommend one dog friendly day out in Cornwall during their visit, where would it be!

Now that’s a hard question as there are so many fabulous places to choose from! At the moment we are enjoying exploring the South West Coast Path with the dogs. My favourite route so far has been a circular walk from Nare Head to Portloe. There are plenty of places on the route for the dogs to run and swim safely and the Ship Inn in Portloe is very dog friendly with fabulous food.  Thank you Tracy, lovely to meet you and we know Murphy can’t wait for his massage!