Downtown Business Association: Pets are top priority at Great Crate Escape

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:09
Written by Erica Schmitt


NEWINGTON - Have a dog that could use a lunchtime walk while you’re away at work?

Planning a vacation and stressing about who will care for the family pet while you’re away?

Pets are the Number One priority at The Great Crate Escape, a Newington-based pet-sitting, dog-walking and pet taxi service.

Owner Christina Bengston has welcomed lots and lots of furry and feathered friends into the Great Crate Escape family since founding the company six years ago. She and her staff love seeing regular clients and having the opportunity to meet new families in their journeys.

Several years back when a local competitor closed up his own pet-sitting business, he recommended Bengston to clients.

“It was a nice pat on the back,” she recalls. “It felt good that a colleague thought well enough of us to make recommendations.”

Word of mouth is key in this business and remains one of the company’s most valued drivers.

In fact, that’s actually how it all began.

A neighbor asked Bengston if she would walk and feed their dog midday. Soon word spread that a local animal lover was available for pet-sitting and the business took off from there.

Trust and reliability are priorities for Bengston, who can vouch for each and every one of her staff.

“People are allowing us to come into their homes and take care of their pets, so trust is huge with us,” she says.

Service costs range from $30-$50 per day for pet-sitting, $18-$20 per half-hour walk and $20-$25 for taxi service to veterinary visits, etc.

Although most clients live in Newington, staff members do travel out of town as well.

Discounts are available to neighboring families who utilize services on corresponding schedules.

Bengston and her husband are Newington natives who are raising their own young family in their hometown. She cautions people to check into any pet sitters they hire, because the industry is changing and expanding.

“I just want people to be aware that there’s a difference between professionals and hobbyists,” Bengston explained. “They really need to make sure people are insured and bonded to protect themselves and their pets.”

The Great Crate Escape is fully insured and a member of Pet Sitters International.

For more information, visit or contact Christina at 860-306-7607 or

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:09. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:12.