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October 27, 2012

Charlestown, Halloween and Our Facebook Page

It’s not like opening a third Crate Escape in Charlestown or Belmont Crate moving across the street is a secret. Especially with our beautiful glass garage doors in Belmont disappearing! (they’re in Charlestown.) Look closely and you’ll notice the signs of transition… Nikki throwing out EVERYTHING (not the dogs) and Jenny with resumes spread out in front of her. All is going well at both projects– we just don’t have definite details YET to share. Coming soon!!

Halloween and Dogs
On Halloween, candy is everywhere. While not all candy is specifically poisonous to dogs, it contains large amounts of sugar and fat. The ingestion of large amounts of either can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

Chocolate is highly poisonous to dogs even in small amounts and should never be shared with your pet. Even candy wrappers can look like a delightful snack. Empty wrappers can actually be dangerous; even more dangerous than the candy itself. Foil and cellophane can cause life-threatening bowel obstructions, which may require surgery.

Raisins are highly toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.

Human Halloween Costumes
Halloween costumes, especially children’s costumes, often include small parts and unusual materials that may resemble your dog’s toys or chew toys. Be careful not to leave the costume unattended and beware of any loose pieces that may become a doggie disaster.
Glow sticks and glow jewelry are a good way to keep your child visible, but could look like a toy/stick to your dog. If your child is carrying a glow stick, remind them that they should not wave it around in front of the dog. Chewing on glow sticks can cause your dog mouth pain, irritation and drooling and ingesting a glow stick can cause intestinal blockage.

Dog Halloween Costumes
While some dogs might like being dressed up, it’s wise to experiment first to see if a pet likes to be in clothing. When choosing your dog’s Halloween costume, remember these tips:
Make sure that the costume fits well. If it is too restrictive or too loose it could cause harm to your dog. Take time to acclimate your dog to the costume prior to the big day.
Make sure pet costumes do not limit an animal’s movement, hearing, sight or ability to breathe or bark. Also check the costume for choking hazards.
For dogs that don’t like costumes, a Halloween collar, leash or bandana can be just as festive.

Halloween Decorations
Decorations can pose a safety hazard to your dog and your home. Fake cobwebs may adversely affect pets and wildlife. Don’t let pets chew or eat items like crepe paper streamers or tinsel – these can discolor your pet’s mouth, cause upset stomach, choking and intestinal blockage.

Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns
There is a big difference between cooked and pureed “food-friendly” pumpkin, and decorative, raw pumpkins.
Dogs should never eat the shell of a pumpkin or gourd. In the fall many decorative pumpkins and gourds are coated with materials, such as glue, glitter or shellac that can be toxic to your pet.
Once Halloween is over, ditch the carved pumpkins. They can become dangerous as they may deteriorate and grow mold over time.
Candles placed in Jack-O-Lanterns can easily be knocked over and start fires. There are many great battery-operated alternatives to light up your pumpkin that last longer and are safer for everyone!

Stress Free Halloween
Think twice about including your dog in the festivities, sometimes the best option for everyone is to keep the dog away from the holiday celebrations all together. Halloween can be a scary and stressful time for your dog. Being synonymous with spooky music, strange noises, creepy decorations and holiday pranks. the yells and screams of trick-or-treaters, doorbells ringing and a parade of costumed strangers at the door might all be in good fun, but your dog probably doesn’t know that.

Keep your dog inside. The late night commotion might cause your dog to spook and flee.
Take your dog on a long walk before Halloween night. This will help with anxiety and get them ready for an early bed time.
Create a quiet and comfortable room for your dog that will not have people going in and out of it. Consider playing music to drown out strange noises.
If you aren’t going to be home for trick-or-treaters, turn off the lights in the house so people will be less likely to knock.

(don’t these caution lists seem to get longer every year?? guess it’s a good thing!)

Bark!! Post your Dog in Halloween Costume on our Facebook Page; Crate- Escape
and check out our amazing profile photo!! (Thanks Paws New England!)
And! Tell any of your dog lover friends about Crate Escape opening in Charlestown!! Boston is a new market for us and (believe it or not) they might not know what Crate Escape is! Boston, here we come!

Wisdom Words from Ernestine
I don’t understand why anyone other than me has his tail in a knot over the Belmont move and Charlestown opening. I am doing all the work! Rumor has it that there is a ‘Holiday Stroll’ in Charlestown over the weekend of 12/1 and 2. Santa will be at 200 Terminal St. ready to have his picture taken with his doggy friends! Join us! More details to follow! Santa will also visit Crate Escape too!

Later, Ernestine

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