Get ready for our 2018 Halloween costume contest. This contest is open to all current doggy daycare and hotel guests. If you plan to have your dog at daycare on Halloween, please make sure they have a reservation. If you are unable to attend daycare on the 31st, you can tag us on social media with a picture of your pooch is costume.
This past Trycia and I went to see cavalia with our good friends Chris and Lori. What an amazing show. The entire time we were watching the horses perform, I kept thinking to myself, "is there a way to get the dogs to do this"? It really is an amazing story and lots and lots of training and practice goes into the entire show. The show is here until the end of October, and if you have a chance, I highly suggest going to see it! Our good friends at Sidewalk Dog just did a blog post on the show! On a side note, Lori (from Lori Harder Fitness) is also one of the judges at our halloween party. During the intermission, we talked about how to judge dog halloween costumes :)
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
5. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.
6. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
7. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
8. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
9. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you
Our 3rd annual Woof-n-Treat halloween party was a HUGE success! The Pet Project was able to raise over $1449.00 which will go directly to vet care and food for those pet owners in need! There were so many awesome costumes and everyone had a great time in the costume contest. Sarah Beth Photography was walking around snapping pictures of the event and we will have them up very soon. Each of the businesses at the event had to have a game for everyone to play, and my personal favorite was the one that Bone Adventure did. I don't even know how to describe their game other than random and fun!
I don't normally watch this show, but the one this week had the contestants on the show working at a doggie daycare in NYC. It is always funny to me when you see "business men" trying to run a service business and what they think sells and people want. The guys were so "business like" that I just had to laugh the entire show. I think it really helps when a doggy daycare is run by dog people, not business people. ;)
We had a meeting on Thursday to discuss our 3rd annual Woof-n-Treat doggy halloween party and it will be the best yet! I can't wait to see all the cool costumes!
Have a great weekend, make sure to check out some of the local apple orchards, many are dog friendly! I know that Minnetonka Orchards loves dogs!
Trycia and I both LOVE Target and when they reached out to us for help we said YES!! They are working on ordering Halloween costumes and wanted to work on sizing. They wanted to come in and see how the costumes fit on some of our dogs. We are not able to tell you some of the really cool new costumes they will have for Halloween, but they are SWEET!! Yes, they are finally going to have big dog costumes that are actually for big dogs! We brought out about 15 of our most behaved daycare dogs, so they could try the costumes on to see how they fit. Roxy, was a big fan of the pumpkin costume from last year! Have a great night!
Louie is one of the boxers that comes to doggy daycare a few times each week. This weekend Louie stopped over to our warm water dog wash at Woofstock that we ran and he got all nice and clean. I think the fact that he was clean made him more energetic to play today :). Louie likes to play with just about every dog that comes to daycare. The dogs enjoyed a great afternoon playing inside and outside. Oh, get your red marker out, and circle Saturday, October 31st (Halloween). This years Woof-n-Treat party is going to be even bigger and better than last year. Details soon!
Have a good night.