Archive for October 2015

No Bad Luck, Just Lots of Love!

October 23, 2015

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Most of us have heard that black cats are bad luck and that you don’t want one crossing your path. In the Middle Ages they were persecuted and often killed, along with the women who were thought to be witches. Unfortunately, the superstition still exists in some places today, and, in an effort to protect them, many shelters do not adopt out black cats around Halloween. Others believe it to be an urban legend that black cats are at risk and no longer halt adoptions. More of a concern is that black cats may be adopted just for “decorative” reasons, but reputable shelters and rescue groups today have firm adoption processes in place to prevent this from happening. Of course the truth is black cats have nothing to do with bad luck and everything to do with being your furry best friend. As you can see, Zombie just wants to play hide and seek, or maybe he’s checking out the shopping bag for treats. Whether you believe black cats are more at risk at Halloween or not, if you happen to have one in your family, please be cautious about allowing him to wander. Perhaps it is a leftover from those Dark Ages, but for whatever reason, cats of all colors can fall victim to cruel pranksters at any time of the year. So whether kitty likes it or not, the safest place for him to be is home.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, here are a few reminders for keeping all pets safe during this spooky season.

  • On Halloween night, keep pets inside, and if they tend to become easily frightened by strangers, confining them to a separate room with a special chewie or toy will give them, and you, more peace of mind. They are also less apt to escape when the door opens to trick or treaters.
  • Keep to a normal routine as much as possible. Pets do seem to thrive best and stay calmer when meal and exercise time is the same.
  • If they enjoy getting dressed up and going out with the kids, make sure they have an I.D. tag on their collars and are on leashes. Put reflective tape on them so they are more visible.
  • Have them get used to costumes, their own and the kids’, ahead of time. This can help prevent unexpected behavior that could lead to trouble.
  • Store candy in a safe place to prevent tummy upsets or even serious illness.
  • Never leave pets alone with a lit candle. Even candles in pumpkins can pose a danger.

One way to enjoy the holiday with your dog is to enter him or her in the Howl-O-Ween costume contest on Saturday, October 31, from 1-3 pm at Fuzzybutz in downtown St. Joseph.  There are two categories, children and adult, and registration forms are available at the store. Participants in costume will receive 15% off and a treat bag. It’s always a fun time for entrants and spectators alike.

Happy Halloween from Zombie, Sammie, and Foo Foo!

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