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Petpourri !"#$%& '#$%& !(" )*&S Keeping Them Safe at Halloween By Cathy Brooks T HIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN F ACEBOOK , T WITTER AND I NSTAGRAM FEEDS are saturated with an array of amazing and amusing images of pups in costumes for Halloween. The pictures are awesome. The holiday, howev- er, is not–at least when it comes to pet safety. Halloween sits at the top of the list of most dangerous holidays for our furry family members (a close second to July 4th) with an array of serious dangers lurking around every corner. If you want to keep your canine kid safe this Halloween, here are five great tips to follow. Howl-o-Ween Can Be a PAWTY Yes. You went to considerable effort and perhaps cost to create or purchase a costume for your dog. That’s great. Just don’t use it on the evening of Halloween. Instead, plan to attend a dog- centric event at which your pup could parade and win prizes. In fact, pretty much every urban and suburban area has some pet boutique, mall or even dog facility that hosts bashes of one sort or another. These events are often staffed by folks to monitor dog behavior and provide great opportunities to try out new products, meet other dog owners and even win some prizes for your pup’s fabulous outfits. In Las Vegas, amazing events are hosted at Tivoli Village, Town Square and many other spots. For a list of fun events, check out the Facebook page of local business Hydrant Club. They’ll be posting spooky events that are safe and sane for your furry friend. Treat and No Tricks September/October 2017 It's time to get your dog into the only costume that matters: its collar, with well- affixed tags and identification. Your dog should also be microchipped with cur- rent information on file. I know. You have this vision of your dog with you as you answer the door. You, dressed as Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker and your dog as Chewbacca, Yoda or some other accessorizing character. Bad idea. Very bad. On Halloween, make sure to keep your dog far away from the door when trick or treaters arrive. You never know what kids may be afraid of dogs and, just as importantly, which kids' costumes might trigger a response in even the most mild-tempered of pups. 47