Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween & Your Pets Plus the Chuckit Toy Winner!


Photo by Claire Clayton 

With Halloween only a few days away it's time to give some extra thought to your dogs and cats. While children find this holiday fun and many adults enjoy it, most dogs and cats are less than thrilled.

Some dogs enjoy getting dressed up and going out with the kids. If you have one of those dogs, be sure the dog's costume allows him to see and breath and allows his legs to move easily. 

Photo by Jim Stagg

If your dog is shy, not good around loud noises (like kids screaming), costumes, lots of people milling about, then do your dog a favor and don't make him participate in Halloween activities.

Your dog will be happier and safer indoors, in a room of his own with the door closed, toys to play with, a comfy place to nap if he can do that with the doorbell ringing and children shouting. Keep a radio on in the room. He should have a dish of water and, perhaps a puzzle toy with treats inside.

Your kitty, too, will be much happier and safer in a room of her own with a litterbox just in case, water and food, scratching post (or horizontal cardboard scratcher), a safe place to nap even if it's just a cardboard box with a towel on the bottom for an impromptu nap. Kitty, too, will appreciate a radio.

Cat with a Wig - Not a good idea to
cover the cat's ears!
Don't allow your cat or dog to have any of the candy that you're giving out or that your kids bring home. It's not good for them and you don't want to have to make a trip to the veterinarian! 

If you're having a party in your home, a separate room of their own is going to be the safest place under those circumstances, too. Being underfoot, or being fed something they shouldn't eat (or drink!) but a guest who thinks it's "funny," is not going to make you or your companion happy.

Having your companions closed off in another room will also save you the worry of your dog or cat escaping through the door and getting lost, or possibly hit by a car. Safety is an important issue.

Photo by Linda Aronson
Have fun on Halloween but don't let it be a disaster for your pet.

Now for the moment you've been waiting for - the winner of last week's giveaway - a Chuckit LIGHTPLAY Toy by Petmate Products that will provide lots of fun for our winner and their dog.  

And the Winner is:


Please send me your name and mailing address via my website: so I can pass it along and the toy will be on its way to you!

Thank you to everyone who entered.  


Daniel Scott said...

Congratulations to the winner. Happy Halloween

Darlene said...

Thank you, Daniel! I'm looking forward to hearing from the winner.

I have giveaways from time to time. You never know when another one will pop up. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Darlene! My Rottweilers will be delighted!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Daniel! Happy Halloween to you too :)

Darlene said...

Thank you for entering, lchaimcanine! :-) Congratulations on winning such a neat toy for your Rotties!