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Rumpy Wishes Companion Animals a Safe Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

day of the dead

I hope you humans enjoy the day, and I hope all of my animal friends stay safe.

Remember, animals become stressed by a change in routine, and having strangers come to the door and beg for food is not a normal evening for many of you.

At our house, the kitties will be on the enclosed porch and I will be with them. Jen will be in the living room and DeDe will be nearby behind a barrier gate. Jen is leaving me with the kitties because they find me a calming influence, and DeDe is near Jen so hopefully she won’t bark if she sees what’s going on. If she does, she can go into the bedroom and relax.

I encourage you to consider not take your dogs with you when you trick-or-treat. Sure, your dog is well-behaved, but do you know the dogs at the homes where you’re visiting? Not all humans realize the stress this night can put on their companion animals. A stressed dog seeing your dog at the door might perceive your dog as a threat.

Here’s a cute video for you that’s in the spirit of the day, courtesy of the Muppets.

Happy haunting!!!!

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I am a malamute that was rescued by her. I live with June Buggie the cat. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

Discussion

38 thoughts on “Rumpy Wishes Companion Animals a Safe Halloween!

  1. Happy halloween Rumpy!! 🙂

    Posted by Bluejellybeans | October 31, 2013, 5:46 AM
  2. Hope you all have a calming Halloween – brilliant video!

    Posted by Basil | October 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
  3. Happy Halloween Rumpy and good advice..any change in routine is a stressor..Hugs Fozziemum btw love your glasses hahahah and the video 🙂

    Posted by fozziemum | October 31, 2013, 6:02 AM
  4. Happy Halloween to you too. Our cat Puck gets a little stressed with strangers but he has a “safe room.” It is under our bed and up and inside our box spring. Chris, on the other hand, loves strangers and enjoys the chance to run out the door to greet the strange looking creatures.

    Posted by Charles Huss | October 31, 2013, 6:33 AM
  5. Happy Halloween Rumpy! Your picture is cool! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | October 31, 2013, 6:33 AM
    • Happy Halloween Kevin! How are you celebrating the holiday?

      Posted by rumpydog | October 31, 2013, 6:48 AM
      • Well…we don’t actually celebrate Halloween here….only display some pumpkin stuff and stickers at home.
        Although it’s getting much more well known event in Japan, still many people don’t know what Halloween is.
        Foreign people who live in Japan wear costumes and walk on the streets on the day, which is very much fun to look at!

        Posted by eripanwkevin | November 1, 2013, 7:35 AM
  6. Happy Halloween to you all. Sending 13 Spooky Pawkisses right back at you 🙂

    Posted by angelswhisper2011 | October 31, 2013, 6:34 AM
  7. What a smart outfit for Halloween.

    Posted by morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer | October 31, 2013, 7:01 AM
  8. Whee are scared of the sound of the doorbell and with the fact it would go off so many times tonight the hoomans have disconnected and put up a sign say please knock. That way whee won’t be frightened ^_^

    Simple things like that can really help

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | October 31, 2013, 7:06 AM
  9. Wishing you all a safe and stress free Halloween! Take care
    x

    Posted by Old Kitty | October 31, 2013, 7:09 AM
  10. Just stopping by to wish mew all a pawesomely spooktacular Halloween!

    Bestest purrs

    Muwahahahahahahahahahaaaaa

    Basil xx

    Posted by Basil | October 31, 2013, 7:17 AM
  11. Happy Halloween to all of you too! Be safe! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    Posted by Dakota/Caren/Cody | October 31, 2013, 7:41 AM
  12. Happy Halloween Rumpy and loved the Muppet video,
    Great advice to keep our four legged friends safe.
    Wishing you a great day and evening
    Hugs Sue xoxox

    Posted by Sue Dreamwalker | October 31, 2013, 7:46 AM
  13. We haven’t seen any trick-or-treaters in YEARS — our road is much too busy for the little ones, and the big kids have parties with their friends — which is okay cuz it cuts down on the destructive mischief. But I do miss seeing the little ones in their costumes.

    Posted by The Golden Life | October 31, 2013, 8:25 AM
  14. Great advice, Rumpy. I shared it on Facebook. I also loved the Muppets video. Have a happy and safe Halloween.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | October 31, 2013, 8:35 AM
  15. Have a happy and safe Howl-o_ween night! Thanks for sharing the video – I love Waldorf&Stadler :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | October 31, 2013, 8:36 AM
  16. My kitties feel safer when I’m near them. Your picture made me smile today!
    Happy Howloween to all of you!

    Posted by Clowie | October 31, 2013, 9:18 AM
  17. I do not give out candy or participate in Trick or Treat. I shut my light off. After two years of kids telling me they did not like what I have and can they have something else, older teenagers coming around dressed like hookers, I decided not to participate anymore. Also, Isaiah becomes very nervous and upset, hides for days and it is just not worth stressing my baby boy out.

    Posted by Isaiah's Mom | October 31, 2013, 11:24 AM
  18. Happy Halloween Friend!

    Posted by wigglebuttryker | October 31, 2013, 12:19 PM
  19. Happy Halloween to you all – we too wish everyone a very safe night.

    Posted by Animalcouriers | October 31, 2013, 1:12 PM
  20. Happy Holler-Ring! We will be all burrowed in and snug for the night ( we’re under flood watch with a side of power outages and fallen trees). A stay at home Halloween – perfect!
    Love the mask!

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | October 31, 2013, 2:29 PM
  21. We hear ya, Rumpy. Halloween may be fun for humans, but it can be pretty darned stressful for companion animals. We’re staying in at our house!

    Happy — and safe — Halloween to you all!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | October 31, 2013, 2:46 PM
  22. Happy Halloween Rumpy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | October 31, 2013, 3:12 PM
  23. That’s nice of you to take care of the kitties, Rumpy!
    Happy Halloween!

    Posted by Texas, a cat in... Austin | October 31, 2013, 3:20 PM
  24. Have a hopefully relaxed Halloween dawg!

    Posted by LifeOfBun | October 31, 2013, 6:15 PM
  25. Phankz Rumpy fer guud tipz! We getz no little Hu’manz here so it iz peecefull n quiet…Mum stayz home wif me too…

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | October 31, 2013, 8:18 PM
  26. Happy Halloween! You give good advise. Halloween is very scary for animals. There are lots of kids, lots of strange costumes and lots of commotion. The best idea is to give the furkids a safe and quiet place to hide out until it is all over. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

    Posted by Judy & C.A.T.S. | October 31, 2013, 9:12 PM
  27. Happy Spooky day x

    Posted by mythreemoggies | November 1, 2013, 6:40 AM

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