Hi Kids! Are you thinking up a great costume to wear on Halloween? I bet you are going to look awesome! Lots of grown-ups like to dress their dogs and cats in costumes for Halloween. You should probably talk to your pet about this and find out if he or she likes the idea. Some pets love to be dressed up in funny outfits and some would rather hide and then try to share the candy you brought home after trick-or-treating!
One way to find out how your pet feels about wearing a costume is to do a little experiment first. Many days before Halloween, put a little shirt or hat on your buddy while you are in your home all safe and sound. Watch and see if your pet agrees or disagrees with this idea. They will let you know pretty quickly by how they act. Does your cat scramble away and hide under the couch? Did your doggy walk around and do a little happy-dance?
If your pet loves the idea of wearing a Halloween costume, here are some important rules to help you plan the amazing costume for this year:
- Make sure the pet costume fits well and is not dragging on the ground.
- Do not attach anything that will cover the eyes or slip down and make it hard for your pet to see.
- Do not use any small parts that your pet may swallow or cause him to choke.
- If you will be out after dark, add some reflection safety strips to your pet’s costume.
- Make sure your dog has an Identification Tag on the collar. That way if she gets scared and runs away from you, someone will find her and bring her home.
- You could just decorate the dog’s collar instead of creating a whole costume. Add a fancy bow-tie!
- Adding a short cape to a dog collar could make any dog into a super hero!
If your pet is staying home while the neighborhood kids are trick-or-treating, make sure he is somewhere safe and secure so the noisy activities do not scare him or make him nervous. You will also want to hide your candy up high and out of a pet’s reach. Candy is not good for dogs or kitties, but they don’t know that and will gobble it all up as quick as a wink.
Your pet is part of your family and wants to do whatever you are doing. But remember that some of them do not like being dressed up in funny outfits, so go find your buddy and find out how he or she feels about Halloween. Have fun and be safe!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in San Jose, Calif., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.