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Happy Howloweeners

Some dogs like to dress up, others do not, please do not force your dog to dress up if they do not want to and be sure to keep them safe for the howladay… and if you do dress them up and / or take them trick or treating this holiday, please send us photos to share.  thanks !

CALIFORNIA STATE:  Halloween Has Gone to the Dogs

What percent of California residents do the following Halloween activities with their dog?

Dress up their dog in costume: 28%
Greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog: 18%
Give their dog extra treats during Halloween: 20%
Take their dog to doggy parades or gatherings: 19%
Bring their dog trick-or-treating: 20%

http://treatingforall.com

About 20 million Americans are expected to spend $350 million this year on Halloween costumes for their pets.

  • Don’t force your pet to wear a costume. “Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!),” recommends the ASPCA.
  • Do not put a mask on your dog or cat, or anything that covers your pet’s eyes or ears.
  • Do carefully examine the costume and remove any small, dangling pieces your pet could chew and choke on. “Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury,” adds the ASPCA.
  • Do try a couple of dress rehearsals and observe your pet in the costume. If your dog or cat seems distressed (look for signs like a tucked-in tail, folded-down ears and eyes looking sideways), forget about a costume. Instead…
  • Do simply have your pet wear a fancy collar or bandana instead of a full costume. “Collar-wearing dogs and cats are already used to the feel of something around their necks, so they aren’t likely to be very bothered by a scarf or other neck accessory,” says Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian and animal advocate.
  • Do consider having your dog or cat’s costume be “nudist” if wearing anything bothers your pet.

• If your super social dog or cat stays with you as you hand out treats, make sure your pet doesn’t bolt outside when you open the door.

  • No matter how social your pet is, keep your dog and cat indoors at home, especially while you’re out trick-or-treating. “Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or a lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun,” notes the HSUS.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with ID on Halloween night, “in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters,” the AVMA advises.
  • It’s important to keep trick-or-treating bounty, especially chocolate and sugarless gum, in a high cabinet away from your pets. “Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats,” warns the ASPCA. “Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.”
  • If your pet does devour the contents of a trick-or-treat bag, immediately call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Although they’re generally safe, don’t let your pet nibble on real pumpkins, because they may cause stomach upset. And if you put a real candle inside that real pumpkin, keep it far away from your pet.
  • If you’re hanging Halloween lights, make sure the cords are out of your pet’s reach to prevent electrical shock if they’re chewed.
  • The ASPCA warns that the following Halloween decorations can be dangerous for pets: glow sticks and fake blood, because they can be poisonous; fake cobwebs, which can choke or entangle pets and wildlife; and potpourri and scented candles, which are both toxic to birds.

Happy “Howloween!”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/tips-for-a-scare-free-halloween-with-your-pet.html#ixzz3nzO7SJmj

Some cuties with a message:

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Some cute costumes:

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Tips on hosting a doggie howl-o-ween party

http://treatingforall.com/#/articles/detail/67poQ3oZ56aw0mE68EEqge

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Victory dogs film: The Champions

If the names Cherry Garcia, Handsome Dan, Little Red, Ginger Girl, Lucas, Georgia, Mel, Ray, Hector (the Inspector), Jhumpa Jones, Audie, Frodo, Leo, Red, Stella, and others (52) are familiar to you, then you know who we are talking about when we discuss the Victory dogs (the formerly abused dogs of Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels) who are now either in loving homes or remain at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah (22 of the most traumatized dogs went to Best Friends originally). Ten of the most adoptable dogs were taken care of, socialized, and trained by Donna and Tim of BadRap in Oakland, CA who helped to find them great loving homes. Some have become therapy dogs. Others are just plain happy in homes with kids, other dogs and cats. And some have passed on (Hector, Leo, Red, Lucas, Georgia and others).

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Now their story is being told in “The Champions,” a new documentary created by Darcy Dennett, which just made its world premier over the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), which for the first time ever featured a “Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights” program for filmmakers who want to share stories that will change the world and, hopefully, our relationship with animals for the better.

From the film’s synopsis:

The documentary The Champions, follows five of the dogs, from the time they are first rescued through their adoption. It is not just about the dogs themselves, but how they change and inspire the people who come into their lives.  It also follows-up with six dogs who remain at Best Friends to this day, some of them for life.  Thanks to the work of Best Friends and BADRAP, dozens of the dogs who would have summarily been killed were given a second chance to prove that even fighting dogs rescued from the most extreme circumstances can be successfully rehabilitated with love, time, and patience.  That in fact, what many of these dogs need to thrive isn’t rehabilitation at all, but time to recover.

Today, a majority of the dogs have successfully been placed into loving, adoptive homes.  Their story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience. It is a story of the bonds of trust and love we have with animals and their importance in our lives, a relationship that has the potential to bring out the best in the human and animal spirit.

The film also touches on something that continues to hurt pit bulls and their families in general: breed discrimination. Hopefully it will help continue to dispel the myths that surround these dogs and open the hearts and minds of more people who will stop fearing and targeting them based on stereotypes.

The film trailer has premiered and is on the web site. Check it out!

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The Champions, which won the annual Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award” at HIFF this year, will be screening at select locations throughout the U.S. over the coming weeks. For more info, check out The Champions.

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California is the ultimate pet friendly state

do you think it is true that you sleep better on a white bed?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/22/best-hotel-beds_n_5881548.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

How many B&B’s, hotels, motels and inns offer you and Fido a white bed to sleep on?  I suspect not many due to paws, dirty paws, muddy paws, wet paws, and noses on the bedding. But there are a few that I can think of that do, LaQuinta Inn, Comfort Inn, and others offer white beds and a little slipcover of a different color to hide the dirt?  It does seem fresh, cleaner and fluffier to sleep in a white bed with white sheets and comforter. Pure as a puppy dog’s love.

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The last time we stayed at LaQuinta though, I rolled off the bed in the morning and onto the floor on my tush.  At least I did not hurt myself. I did have to call fire rescue guys to pick me up and they had to get passed the lock on the door.

Now, what do you think about this survey that LEAVES CALIFORNIA out of the pet friendliest places???

More than 57 percent of Americans have a dog or cat and we’re on track to spend more than $60 billion (!) on our furry family members in 2015.

https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/which-states-love-their-dogs-the-most/?

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how could they possibly leave California off a list with doggie heavenly places such as Carmel, Mendocino, and LA? There are more dog lovers in CA than probably ALL of the states  mentioned. Cici the polka dot princess and I have spoken/woofed about CA pet friendliness for 8+ years.

https://celiasue.com/top-dog-links-woof/

where else but California can dogs: eat in hotel lobbies with their owners, go surfing, ride on trains for free, kayak, tiptoe amongst the tulips and eat ice cream for free, and have Yappy hours, canine menus at restaurants, and amenities such as pooch massage, spas and bed and biscuits (Santa Cruz)? not to mention all of the pet friendly wineries, shops, banks, shopping malls, do it yourself stores (Home Depot, Orchard, Lowe’s, Ace and others), and more.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Dog-friendly-California-destinations-3723227.php

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