Hey Everybody –
Covered this one last Halloween, but thought it would serve as a timely reminder. Also, I’ve included an update to my last post at the bottom of this one. Just scroll on down….
Here are a few quick tips to ensure that your companion animals remain as safe and stress-free as possible for Halloween.
1. If you expect trick-or-treaters, consider keeping your companion animals in a different room during the busy hours. All of the commotion (to say nothing of the bizarre costumes) can be stressful for many dogs and cats.
2. If they seem okay with the parade of visitors, keep a special eye out for the “darters.” Some animals can get extra amped up with all the activity and might try to do some trick-or-treating of their own as they make a break for the open door!
3. I would not leave a dog or cat outdoors (even in the backyard) on Halloween night. All kinds of stupid, even tragic, shit has happened to companion animals through the years, as certain emotionally and socially retarded individuals have elected to involve animals in their various “tricks.”
4. Keep an eye out for all forms of candy and wrappers, especially chocolate. All is off-limits for cats and dogs.
5. Watch out for lit pumpkins and other decorative candles. Make sure your dog or cat can’t knock any of these things over or burn themselves on them.
6. Finally, I would resist the urge to dress your companion animal in one of these ridiculous fucking costumes. If you insist on doing this – and you are 100% positive that they don’t mind – make sure that the ridiculous fucking costume is in no way inhibitive to their movement, irritating to their skin or fur, or restrictive to their vision in any way. If a doggie (especially) can’t see what’s going on, they might be more inclined to bite or nip.
That should about cover it. Have a safe one, everybody….
Follow-up To My Last Post About the Lost Dogs
Yes, I still have the dogs. We’ve had several inquiries, but no matches at this point. So, it will be neuter time tomorrow morning (on Halloween day, no less!), then we’ll start the process of finding either a fantastic forever home for these guys or, at the very least, an excellent foster situation while we continue to seek out the forever home. If anyone knows anybody who may be suitable for either scenario – or if you’re in the LA area and have an interest in them yourself – drop us an e at firstname.lastname@example.org with a message about the pups in the subject line.
Again, these are GREAT dogs. Very easy to care for and, as an added bonus, they don’t do the small dog, prison-bitch barking thing; they don’t piss everywhere; and they’re very attentive to commands. (Of course, they would not be any less “great” if these things were not the case, but you get the idea…) They are also really bonded to each other, so they MUST stay together.
As mentioned, I had assigned “Holmes” and “Puto” as their temporary names. However, several pendejos have suggested that Puto might not be the best choice as I take these two into the adoption marketplace. So Puto will now take the temporary name of “Sherlock,” as in Holmes and Sherlock. (Is that marketable enough?)
Don’t worry Sherlock… you will always be “Puto” to your Uncle Bobby!