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Woof Wednesday: Howl-oween Spook-tacular

Spooky Beckett

What does he see? Do you REALLY want to know?

Early people honored animals with cave paintings, worshipped them as gods, and felt awed by their mysterious ways. Even though dogs have become our partners and beloved companions, a mournful howl or puzzling behavior still can shiver your spine, especially around Halloween.

These 10 blood-chilling legends of demon dogs and ghostly saviors, creation fables and ancient gods have both reviled and celebrated man’s best friend. But is there any truth to these tales? Don’t ask the dog, he’s keeping his secrets safe!

Speaking of trick or treats, PLEASE be aware that chocolate can POISON your pet! It’s scary how something that tastes so good can be so dangerous, but puppies and chocolate are a deadly combination. With Halloween just two weeks away, many families will have lots of trick-or-treat candy in the house. Be sure to keep all of it out of reach, and refer to this article on warning signs and first aid tips for chocolate poisoning.

On the fun side of Halloween, maybe your dog wants to play dress up for the howl-iday? Does he want to channel his inner were-wolf? Does she enjoy “glamming” up for Halloween? Teach him to accept wearing that wild-and-crazy outfit (and overcome the embarrassment!) with these 7 pet costume training tips. But if he’s reluctant and you still want the dog to be festive, check out these 7 easy Halloween costumes for pups.

Does your dog howwwwwwllllll like the Hound of the Baskervilles? Magical-Dawg howls…when I sing. Check out the Ask Amy on the prowl about howls.

Have you ever seen a ghost dog? I have! My first dog–the reason I became a pet writer–died on Halloween night and a strange black cat came and stood over his body and yowled–and over that weekend I saw him and felt him jump on the bed. And no, it didn’t shiver my soul, it gave me a strange comfort he’d said goodbye. My colleague Dusty Rainbolt interviewed me about this on her very first Paranormal Pets radio podcast.  Since that time Dusty has posted 50 ghostly, ghoulish, uplifting, awesome shows about paranormal pets–be sure to check them out!

What are your Halloween favorites? How do your pets react? Will they be involved in the festivities this year? Please share!

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