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Halloween is almost here. At our house, Halloween is my boyfriend’s birthday. In the rest of the community, it’s when kids of all sizes dress up and hit up the neighbors for candy with the threat of a “trick” if they don’t hand over a good “treat.”
Halloween is also the day when women sex up their wardrobe without the worry of being called a slut. I’m going to be a soldier. I’d like to think I’ll be a sexy soldier, but I wouldn’t dare defile my brother’s uniform, so I’ll sex it up in the make up and hair.
Back to our dogs! Here are 8 Halloween hazards your dogs should avoid…
- Chocolate – if you don’t know this already, chocolate is bad for our dogs, as in dangerous, as in death. They don’t get this. If you find that your dog has indulged in some yummy chocolate, make a call to the emergency vet NOW! Your veterinarian can help you with what you need to do (including bringing your fur kid in) next.
- Candy Wrappers – the crinkle of candy wrappers brings our dogs running from the different parts of the house. The love toys that have that crinkle sound. Although they don’t eat their toys, we still monitor their play time, because they have been known to swallow something. If it has candy residue on it, your dog may think it’s a treat.
- Halloween Costumes – I would love to dress our dogs up, but they won’t stand for it. Halloween costumes for pets seem like they’d be perfectly safe and most times they probably are, but the costume could get caught on something and something fun could turn into something tragic if we’re not paying attention. So don’t leave your dog alone in a Halloween costume.
- Stress – the constant visitors could stress your dog out; the knocking, the door bells, the shouts of “TRICK OR TREAT” by small strangers in masks is a horror story in the making. Keep your dog in a safe place with a properly stuff Kong to keep him occupied during this fun night.
- Where’s Fido? – speaking of visitors, a door left standing open may tempt your dog to head outside (for a bathroom break or out of curiosity) and the sidewalk traffic may be disorienting to your pooch, causing him to get turned around and lost. When you’re greeting your guests, be sure you know where the dog is so that you don’t accidentally lock him outside.
- Raisins – did you know that grapes are toxic for dogs? Raisins are dried grapes. You say “no duhhhh,” but some kids may not realize this, so be sure to spread the word. Some people (myself included) think grapes/raisins are healthy so give them to the dog. Bad idea! Very very bad!
- Jack-o-Lanterns – the pumpkin will be tempting (our dogs love pumpkin) but the candle is dangerous. Keep the Jack-o-Lanterns out of reach of the pets.
- Trick or Treators – not all Trick or Treators are sweet kids. Some are little jerks who love to cause havoc. Bring your pets inside so that they don’t have to deal with the trouble makers of the evening.
Have fun, be safe, and don’t fool yourself into thinking that being a Slutty Mutant Ninja Turtle is great for feminism. If you want to slut it up, don’t make excuses. Own in and get that candy, Diva.
With Mommy Bloggers being all the rage, Kimberly Gauthier writes about dogs and being a Fur Mom. She don't have kids, so she's been on the receiving end of the "it'll happen" statements and looks of pity when people realize that she's made it to the big FOUR OH without conceiving. Fur Mommy Bloggers have a voice too and Gauthier intends to profile her journey with "The Fur Mom" feature on the Girl Power Hour blog. She says, we spoil our kids, we worry about nutrition and we schedule play dates...just as fur mom's do. And let's face it, puppy classes are a lot less spendy than private school. Follow Kimberly on Twitter at @TheFurMom
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