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Charles, the Mugwump, here. I need to talk to you about the trouble I am having with my humans. Being so adorable, as I am, and only 15 lbs., everyone wants to dress me up. Case in point, this little devil costume that Peanut bought me for Halloween. Now, I am not complaining (too much) because I get tons of attention that the other dogs don’t (because I look so darn cute)…. but REALLY… the Devil?
Shouldn’t she have made me “Conan the Barbarian” or some other superhero? Mom says she had to talk Peanut out of turning me into ‘sushi’ for Halloween. Oh well. I guess the Devil isn’t that bad after all.
What kind of mischief did you get into today?
We are ready to suck your blood! (No animals were hurt in the making of this picture.)
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Mom has started her Halloween decorating. She is debating whether she needs to buy more skeleton dogs because there are 3 of us. What do you think?
We think she has enough scary stuff already. Do you know the name of the plant that Sofie is chewing on? It’s called ‘BLOOD GRASS.’ Ha Ha Ha Ha. It is invasive and will soon take over everything if we let it. Sort of like us. We animals at the DogDaz Zoo sure take over everything. And that’s the way we like it.
More decor to come as the month rolls on.
What kind of mischief did you get into today?
The weather in the Mid-Atlantic was like summer, until this week. Finally, some rain and the temperatures are normalizing. Mommy got a jump on her Halloween decorations in the warm weeks. She loves fall and she loves Halloween. (Some people say she is a witch and this is her New Year holiday – Hee Hee Hee) Of course, she loves Halloween because it is my birthday. What more of a reason do you need to celebrate. She made her usual graveyard and filled it with lots of spooky stuff. She says we live in an Asylum all year long, but now she gets to put out a sign telling everyone. Come back tomorrow to see more pictures of us with the decorations.
Oh no! She’s going into the attic to get the inside decorations!!!! Save us! – Louise, the Fearful
BOO! Don’t Be Scared – When all Hallow’s Eve is upon us, protecting our pets is just as important as keeping our kids safe on this night full of pranks, tricks and treats. Similar to holidays like the Fourth of July, or any other event full of loud noises, bright lights and unusual, out–of-the-ordinary colors, Halloween can be frightening for some pets.
A constant stream of strangers showing up at our doorstep, knocking, banging and ringing the doorbell, combined with the unfamiliar sights and sounds coming from outside our front door, can be alarming for some animals. On the other hand, my dog is overjoyed to see people constantly coming to the door since my slightly spoiled canine believes these trick-or-treaters have arrived for no other reason that to play and be petted, not receive candy.
Out and About – Many families dress up as a group for Halloween and this includes putting their canine in costume and taking them out for all of the festivities. When you’re considering an outdoor outfit for your pet, look for those with reflective tape, like skeleton costumes with glow-in-the-dark bones. Even if your pet’s couture isn’t illuminating, consider including bright colors, battery-powered lights or reflective items to make them easier to be spotted in the dark.
Think about different dogs and cats filmed for TV shows, commercials and movies. You may not have noticed, but they’re almost always lighter-colored animals. That’s because they’re more easily visible and don’t blend in with darker backgrounds. Consider yourself the director and costume designer on your Halloween set and make sure your animal doesn’t fade away from being spotted, especially outdoors during evening hours.
Deceptive Decorations – While trolling around on Halloween, it’s not uncommon to see some pretty realistic, convincing decorations that can resemble anything from rotting corpses to headless horsemen. But for anyone who has seen a crime or mystery drama on TV, sometimes these props look remarkably realistic, and in some rare cases, they are exactly as they appear despite the hype and holiday.
For example, if your dog were to come across a dead moles on Halloween, we might just laugh it off as a decorative part of a pet cemetery. But deceased animals carry a number of different dangerous diseases and significant health problems that could be easily transferred to your pet through their decaying carcasses. Keep an eye on your canine when they pay too much attention to a Halloween display.
Scary Candyland – Another part of this sweet holiday comes with the mounds of candy that can be found practically everywhere, even discarded in the streets. Pay particular attention to wrappers that could contain remains of chocolate and other dangerous threats to our pets. We all know that cocoa can be deadly for dogs and cats, but there’s another ingredient that can be even more dangerous, XYLITOL!
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in some candies, gum, baked goods and even toothpaste, can cause consequences for our critters in smaller doses when compared to chocolate. Just like cocoa, it will take a fair amount of the particular ingredient to prove deadly, but Xylitol and chocolate can still cause significant health problems if accidentally ingested.
Don’t be overly frightened this Halloween that your pet will have problems when you can be there to help protect them from harm. With a little bit of planning and preparation, some supervision and awareness will ensure we all have a great time during all Hallow’s Eve.
Hope You Had A Happy Halloween Everyone!
Guest post by: Amanda Kingsley exclusively for DogDaz.com