TIPS 'n' TALES; Halloween Pet Safety Tips
- HOWL-o-een Pet -
Tricks 'R' Treats
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Photo by Mary Ellen "Angel Scribe" 
Happy HOWL-o-een from Holly, Matt and Riley, 5 years old,
who are ready for Halloween with Matsu, their BOO-tiful 9 year old long haired Akita.

When Holly and Matt adopted a female Japanese Akita dog, they wanted to honor her with a Japanese name.

They studied the dog's AKC paperwork where ancestral names were listed for 25 years. They chose Matsu, which means Pine, from one of her relatives.
Three years ago they moved to Cottage Grove, and the move absorbed their life savings. Then the worst happened!
Matsu developed a life threatening uterine infection. The veterinarian said that she probably would not have developed the infection if she had been spayed, and her surgery was expensive...$1,000.
The vet wanted the money up front. The veterinarian refused a payment plan, and at the same time offered another solution. She could euthanize Matsu for a mere $200.
Holly explains what happened next, "In Matt's grief and worry, he posted Matsu's story on an artist on-line forum. He lamented how Matsu is a big part of our family and the cost of the surgery was beyond our means.  He was not asking for money, just venting his pain.
Then the miraculous took place.  Six hours later, that evening, a fellow artist phoned our veterinarian and paid for her surgery on his credit card.
The next day, Matsu had the emergency surgery. As a full-time artist himself, Matt and 13 other people on the forum organized an on-line art auction on his website,  to pay the gentleman back."
Matsu's survival story becomes a mantra for human kindness! Within 24 hours the artists' donated art raised over $1000 dollars!"
Holly continues, "We are thankful for the community of artist friends that came together to save her life. Most of the people on the forum, we have never met in person...including the artist who paid for the surgery. They came together because of their understanding of Matsu's importance in our life and their love of animals."
Life is back to normal and Matsu, a guard dog by nature, is happy and healthy. Holly says, "Matsu is very protective of our family, but she's a teddy bear underneath.
Riley loves Matsu and he especially loves taking her for walks. Matsu weighs 90 pounds and Riley is 40 pounds, so it looks more like Matsu is walking Riley."
Riley has conversations with Matsu. He sits down with her and says, "What girl?" Then he turns and tells his mother what Matsu just said. Then Riley lets Matsu outside or informs his mother that Matsu is requesting to go for a walk.
When asked if Riley really knows what the dog is saying, he simply answers, "Yes. I understand dog questions."  A boy and his dog are the foundation for a childhood remembered.


Are you telepathic with your pet?  Scientists, authors and animal communicators Dr. Agnes Thomas, "Pets Tell The Truth," biologist Marta Williams, "Ask Your Animal" share information and  stories on how animals see visual pictures in your mind, and respond to them.
Save money, the Neuter Scooter is coming to town, only $40 for this spay and neuter clinic. Cats and rabbits only, no dogs. Surgeries by appointment Saturday, November 8, 2008.  Register today at or 1-866-662-5835. During the Neuter Scooter's last visit to town, 74 cats and one rabbit were altered.

Pet Safety Treats
- Fake sinewy cobwebs stretched across windows and doors can clog pets intestines and kill them.

- It is best not to walk pets in costumes.  Most pets think costumes are annoying. Costumes are unsafe when pets run, and should not constrict their natural movement or hearing, or impede their ability to breathe or bark.  Be alert to small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces of the costume that pets could choke on.

- Pet costumes should not obstruct their vision.  Even the friendliest of pets will bite when they can't see.

- Never leave a costumed pet unattended. They may eat the costume, or get hurt trying to take them off, or trip while running in them.

- If you create your pet's costume, use safe non-toxic paints

- Reflector strips are a good precaution for leashes/costumes.

- Some people set off fireworks on Halloween causing pets in yards jump fences and those on leads to run and become lost.  Keep your pets protected inside on Halloween.

- Frightened animals can run away, while opening doors for Trick or Treaters, keep them in the back of the house, behind a closed door away from all the activities, and a radio or TV on to soothe them.

- Have pets ID'd with a collar and tag, or microchiped so they can be returned to you.

- Chocolate and raisins in all forms are dangerous for dogs and cats. Also, tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers are hazardous when swallowed. Keep family pets out of the room while children inspect their collected Halloween candy.

- Halloween pumpkins and decorative corn are relatively nontoxic, but they can produce gastrointestinal problems or intestinal blockage if large pieces are ingested.

-  If you suspect that your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, call your veterinarian, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435.

- Keep electric lights, wires and cords out of reach of pets. If chewed, pets can damage their mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a life-threatening electrical shock.

- Keep pets in the day before Halloween and on Halloween to protect them from pranksters.

- Pets may be fearful of Trick or Treaters in costumes. Keep pets indoors, or bring them inside before children come calling. This also protects Trick or Treaters from pets that become aggressive when frightened.

- Protect your pets from running outside on Halloween by placing them behind a baby gate, or in their crate or carrying cage, during Trick 'r' Treat hours.
- Turn on music or a TV helps pets stay calm, while youngsters are ringing door bells. Strangers are often scary and stressful for pets.  For Halloween, some utilize the homeopathic pet remedy Pet Calm, or TFLN to help their pets stay calm.

- Place candles up high, so pets wont knock them over and burn their noses, whiskers, paws or tails as they leave the scene. (Instead, use glow sticks or battery operated tea lights.)
- Keep pets away from jack-o-lanterns candles. Instead of candles, use a small penlight or Christmas lights in them to protect active dogs from bumping them and curious cats from putting their paws or themselves in them.

- When walking a pet on Halloween, keep them on a leash, so they wont run in front of vehicles, or in fright, attack a strange looking costumed child.

- When walking a pet, be courteous, use a sandwich bag to pick up after them.

- Keep livestock and outside pets safe in their barns and stables.  Horses, sheep, llamas, alpacas, pigs, any animal that would be fearful or a target of Halloween cruelty.

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