From spooky ghosts to lumbering vampires, Halloween is just around the corner and thousands of kids are preparing their costumes for a night of trick-or-treating. But sometimes, it's man's best friend who steals the spotlight from everyone.
New Jersey On-Line reported that residents of Essex County involved their dogs in some of the last-minute Halloween preparations. Brookdale Dog Park in Bloomfield and South Mountain Dog Park in Maplewood recently hosted the county's annual "Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume and Parade Contest.
" Families' furry friends donned their best costumes and competed for a range of awards, from Best in Show, to Most Creative, to Best Couple.For Brookdale, three owners won Best in Show for their "NASCAR race cars" costume that had pooches post as the vehicles with their parents dressed as the drivers. The scariest award went to Jai Lee Wexler from Harrison, New Jersey, who dressed as Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" with her pooch Chenel dolled up as one of the titular pups.At South Mountain, Harold Burk from Cedar Grove and his dog Gekka won Best in Show for their turn as a sunflower and a butterfly, respectively. The award for Most Creative went to Nila Schomfield, who dressed up as an acrobat with her pet Georgia.Keeping your dog safe on Halloween
The holiday brings lots of fun and excitement to everyone's doorsteps, as adults host parties for friends and families and kids walk in groups from house to house in search of candy. Parents focus on keeping their children safe throughout the night, but what about Fido?The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered several safety tips for pet parents to review as Halloween approaches
. Many of the organization's suggestions are common-sense precautions, but many dog owners overlook these guidelines in the mayhem of getting ready for the night.It's important to keep the candy bowl for trick-or-treaters out of the canine's reach. Chocolate can be very dangerous for all pets, and some of these sweets contain artificial sweeteners that could cause digestive problems. If you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian right away.If pet parents decide to put a costume on their dogs, they have to make sure there are no small parts or dangling pieces that could be chewed off. These can cause pooches to choke or become tangled, resulting in injury.
Before Halloween kicks off, use your PetPlus membership to order some fun, healthy treats for your dog to enjoy.