Archive for the ‘Halloween’ Category
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
Heading to the North Fork with your furkid to go pumpkin picking or hitting the wineries this weekend? The east end of Long Island is very pet friendly and I have yet to be at a farm stand, pumpkin patch or winery that a well behaved pet was not allowed. If you are staying the entire weekend and are looking for a place to board or walk your pet while out there, you are in luck as there a few places to choose from: A1 Critter Sitters, C-Dogs Unlimited LLC, These Dreams Pet Services, Inc. (631-764-9571), some also offer grooming.
If you are bringing your pet with you, be sure to stop at The Country Pet on Love Lane in Mattituck – this quaint pet store carries beautiful pet products as well as top quality pet food and treats. Want to capture the weekend or maybe have Fluffy’s photo taken by a pro, you will want to schedule an appointment with ThePuparazzi, that’s right (you don’t have to be in the Hamptons to have flash blubs going!).
Or maybe you need some training techniques and tips from an expert dog trainer? Like how to handle your dog when he sees all those different farm animals at a vineyard or pumpkin patch? Give the North Fork School of Dogs a call and they can help you. After a long day of pumpkins and new scents your dog may be wiped out so what about a canine massage or reiki session? You are in luck as Patty’s Pet Services offers just that.
Autumn on the North Fork is a treasure for LI and a wonderful place to visit with your pet. Just remember to keep your pet leashed, clean up after him, have fresh water available and respect the areas you visit with him. Your dog will experience the excitement of a new location, new scents, may see animals he has never seen before – so be sure you know your dog can handle it. Enjoy the harvest!
(Recently while apple picking on the North Fork a family had their two dogs with them a large golden doodle and a poodle, the dogs were perfectly mannered and sweet, even took the ‘hay’ ride out to pick apples. The dogs were so well behaved the entire time with very good owners, I cannot say that for the out of control kids that were throwing mud and apples and screaming the entire time – and their parents didn’t care! Even the dogs were looking at those kids like ‘what the bleep?’ is going on.)
Halloween Safety Tips for your Pets!
Halloween is only a few days away and with pet costume parades, parties and trick-or-treating happening across Long Island many people want to include their pets in the fun. People often take their dogs along when trick or treating with their children, and those doggie costumes sure are cute! Here are some things that can help keep your pets safe when October 31 rolls around.
Halloween can be a wonderful time spent with our pets, many people will adorn their dog, cat, goat or horse in costumes – but keep in mind not all pets like to wear clothes. If you decide to dress up your pet please make sure it’s not too stressful for them. Some animals are fine with costumes, but it can be a great source of anxiety for others. Just like their human counterparts, pet costumes should be properly sized, and non-constricting. Check for vision obstructions, and buttons, strings or ties that could create a choking or strangulation hazard. Remove the costume if your pet is unattended. A tip to help your pet get accustomed to wearing a costume is have them wear it in the house for a little while each day while supervised, to get used to it. If your pet absolutely refuses, fights you, tries to “rub off” the clothing – then a costume is not for your pet. Never force your pet to wear a costume!
Since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, there are more likely to be more trick-or-treaters ringing your door bell and a lot more activity in your neighborhoods. Some pets do great and don’t seem to mind, but others can be very nervous or frightened with the constant knocking, door bells going off, strangers in costume, etc. It’s probably best to keep your dog and cat away from your front door when the neighborhood children come to call. Dogs and cats are often frightened by all the commotion. A more adventurous pet might see the open door as an opportunity to bolt. Just in case, make sure your pet has proper identification on at all times. There’s always the possibility that a dog could view costumed visitors as a threat, (even someone they know) so don’t take any chances. Never leave your pet outside on Halloween. They could easily be harmed or stolen. Black cats are particularly at risk this time of year. Also if you don’t normally you’re your pet, don’t make Halloween a day to do so, costumes and screaming kids could definitely make it an unpleasant experience. Finally, make sure you pet doesn’t eat any of the trick-or-treat candies – many ingredients are toxic to dogs and cats.
Candles create a spooky ambiance, but they are easily knocked over by pets (and kids!). Consider using battery operated candles, which flicker realistically and are worry free. Always keep spider webbing, balloons, and other decorations out of your pets reach.
With a little planning, you can have a safe and fun day that includes the four-legged members of your family. Happy Halloween!