Hi, Sampson here. I’m filling in for mom today, with an important message for you and your pets in preparation for Halloween.
A lot of people get all caught up in the hype and excitement of Halloween and forget about their furry friends.
Personally I love Halloween, I love, love, love when people come to our house. The only problem is mom and dad won’t let us greet everyone at the door. They make us watch from behind a gate. They say it’s for our own safety, to make sure we don’t accidentally get outside in all the excitement.
I consider myself to be a pretty lucky dog, because mom rarely if ever dresses me up, don’t get me wrong, she’s tried a couple of times but I really hate it, so I just put my head down and refuse to pose.
She gets the hint pretty quick and that’s without using the clicker.
Mom says there are lots of people who dress their dogs for Halloween. If you’re one of them, please make sure the costume fits properly. A too tight costume will restrict movement and if the costume is too loose your pet can become tangled, which could have disastrous results.
Make sure your pets are secured when the door is opened for trick or treaters, some pets who aren’t as well-behaved as I am might take advantage of the open door policy.
Keep all candy out of your pet’s reach. I would NEVER think of eating something that mom or dad didn’t give me, but there’s a certain chocolate lab who doesn’t follow the rules.
Be sure to monitor your pets when they go outside, no-one likes to think about it, but there are some people in this world who do bad things to pets, especially on Halloween.
Some people like to take their dogs with their kids while they’re trick or treating. It’s a great idea if you have a well-behaved dog that can handle crowds and walks well on leash. If your dog doesn’t like crowds it’s probably best to leave them home in their crate with a nice stuffed Kong.
If you do take your dogs out walking with you it’s a good idea to have some kind of light reflecting vest. Dad picked these up for us at Cabela’s last year for less than $20 each.
Those are the Halloween rules at our house. What kind of Halloween rules do you have?