It's Halloween night so you are bound to have kids knocking on your door this evening. But should your dog be front and center for all the action? Maybe not, according to Kim Melanson, behavior counselor at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
She offers these tips for dog owners tonight:
-- Give your dog a place to lay low from trick-or-treaters. A steady stream of people coming to your door can often cause stress, over excitement, and scare dogs. When kids are dressed up in costumes, even kids your dog knows can be scary to them.
-- Watch newly adopted dogs closely. Because you don't know how your new dog will react to trick-or-treaters, keep the dog in a separate room for the night.
-- If your dog is genuinely friendly, relaxed, confident, and calm, you can consider including him or her in tonight's festivities. But it's always better to have your dog on a leash and sitting while saying hello to kids as they come to the door.FULL ENTRY
When Lily was getting ready to go to the Seaport Hotel's Howl-o-ween Costume Party in Boston during the weekend, it was obvious to her owner Katie what she should wear -- a beard, of course!
This is what Katie Cibulka, of Dedham, has to say about dressing up her pet for Halloween this year:
Lily has many costume contest wins under her belt, so we had to come up with something great this year...of course the Red Sox came to mind. She doesn't have a favorite player but she loves the players that hit balls far and away so that she can pretend she's running after them.
Go Red Sox!
Do you have a pet sporting a beard? Share your photos here.
Are you looking for an opportunity to show off your pet's Halloween costume this year? Read on for some pet-friendly Halloween events going on in Boston and beyond this month.
But first, check out Mr. Pork Chops, who dressed up as a bunch of grapes last year. Aww! The French bulldog, owned by Justin Mills from the South End, won the best individual costume prize at last year's Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade.
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Hallowoof, a Halloween festival and pet costume contest, will raise awareness for animal rescues and shelters in Rhode Island. There will be a costume contest, dog trick contest, pet/family photos, treat bags for kids, treats for dogs, pizza, and local vendors. Sun., Oct. 20, noon to 3:00 p.m. Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar, 458 Main St., Warren, R.I. 401-289-234. www.woofwoofboutique.com.
The Canine Promenade on the Charles River Esplanade is expecting to attract more than 100 dogs in costume this year. For the third year, pet owners will parade their costumed dogs around the park. After the parade, a panel of judges will award prizes for best costume and invite guests to provide helpful tips for dog owners. The event hosted by The Esplanade Association. See photos from last year's event. Sat., Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m. $15 per dog. The Charles River Esplanade (in front of the Hatch Shell). 617-227-0365. www.esplanadeassociation.org.FULL ENTRY
Want to conjure up some fun with your pets this Halloween? Hop on your broomstick and fly off to these parades. Humans aren't the only ones who can enjoy the All Hallows' Eve holiday celebration. All over the country, our four-legged friends are joining in on the spooky fun. From Massachusetts to California, these celebrations let pets express their love for Halloween. And many have contests and prizes, too. Some are only open to dogs, and some welcome different species, so find out before you go. Check out this list of pet parades and feel free to share fun ones near you in the comment section below.
And don't be a scaredy cat this holiday when it comes to making a costume for your pet. Read this list of DIY Halloween pet costumes for inspiration and find one that you -- and your pet -- will love. You never know, maybe you and your pet will win the prize for best duo.
The Canine Promenade
Sunday, October 27th
Halloween celebrations in Boston wouldn't be complete without our own pet parade. Drop by the Esplanade to check out Bean Town's best dressed best friends in this half-mile walk along the Charles River. Rover can enjoy tasty treats provided by Pawsh, a local dog boutique, and you can check out a new walking route for him. Find out who'll take home the prize for the most wicked awesome costumes.