Halloween Safety and your Pets

Halloween is upon us! It is a fun holiday to dress up, eat too much candy, and even get your pet involved! (I myself have a chihuahua who has a bat and pumpkin costume, and my dear Lucy Goo is a witchy!)  However, there are some precautions to take when Halloween comes around that will make the holiday a pleasant experience and could even save your pet’s life.
Keep the candy bowls out of reach. It’s that simple. And if you have a cat along with a dog, keep the candy in a container with a lid.  Cats have been known to knock candy bowls off of counters and we all know who is waiting to eat everything off the floor…our canine ‘vacuums’.
There are many reasons for keeping the candy bowl away from your pets. Although cats are usually unlikely to eat the sweets, they are attracted to the wrappers- especially wrappers that are curly and crunchy. These can cause terrible bowel obstructions, and of course your cat can choke on them, too. Keep the temptation of the candy wrapper away and instead give kitty a healthy treat or ‘crunchy’ toy.
Chocolate and dogs don’t mix. You’ve probably heard that before, and it is true. A small amount ingested can cause a bad tummy ache and a large amount can be lethal. But did you know sugarless gum and candy is extremely hazardous to dogs, too? The ingredient ‘xylitol’ is an artificial sweetener used in such things as toothpaste, mouthwash, candy, gum….and more. If you have anything ‘sugar-free’ in the house, check the ingredients. If you see xylitol among them, keep those things especially out of reach. If ingested, your dog can experience vomiting, seizures, possible liver failure, and even death.
My pets love dressing up in costumes, it’s their thing.  I think they think they are little human children, the way they prance around when I put a costume on them! But, not all pets like being dressed up. If your pet is uncomfortable wearing clothes, give them a break and lay off the dressing up. There’s no need to agonize your pet by dressing him or her up- and pets that are unhappy in clothes will try and get them off. This can be dangerous- potential strangling and blockages due to ingestion of clothes.  If you’re aiming for a cute pic, take a regular shot of your dog or cat and photo shop in a cute holiday background or costume. If you really want that picture of Fido and Fluffy dressed as Batman and Robin, though, then be sure the stage is set, put on their costumes, take the pic quickly, then take the costumes off, and treat them up with a healthy pet snack!
Have a plan for how to handle your pets the day of Halloween. If you have cats who try to bolt out the front door, keep them in a separate room while the trick-or-treaters are coming. Keep dogs in another room, or behind a baby gate. You don’t want the chance of your dog escaping, a child feeding her candy, or any nipping due to the excitement.  The sweetest dog can get snappy if she experiences anxiety, fright, and gets scared. The safest thing to do is to keep pets far away from the door. If you have a dog that gets anxious when she hears the doorbell ring, make a plan for your dog to be at a quiet place- with a friend, relative, or pet sitter-somewhere away from your house that is soothing and quiet.
One last note. And I find it a sad thing to even have to mention- but if you have an outdoor black cat, please keep kitty inside during Halloween. Black cats are as sweet as any other kind of cat. In fact, I grew up with one, and she had the coolest purr- she was a little motor box, and my best friend. But, unfortunately, black cats are often the victims of horrific acts of violence during the Halloween holiday.  Keep them safe and keep them inside.
Have a Happy ‘Howlween’!
By Nicole Bruder, owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting
www.lucygoopetsitting,com


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Ground Zero Museum Workshop Makes USA TODAY Travel’s “10 BEST” List of NYC Attractions


New York, New York (PRWEB) September 11, 2013

In the shadow of the giant 9/11 Memorial Pools and future Museum at Ground Zero – up in the Meatpacking District sits a small 9/11 Museum that is starting to turn heads and rack up accolades. Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Stories, Images & Artifacts from the Recovery is a tiny boutique museum created by Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Suson, who served 7 months for the FDNY Fire Unions as the only all-access photographer in the world. Suson, an FDNY Honorary Battalion Chief, was allowed to document anywhere he chose, from the dark and cavernous underground PATH train subway areas to abandoned apartment buildings across the street from the World Trade Center. GZMW, whose image collection was dubbed “Rare Photos” by the New York Times, has become the “first stop” for tourists before they head to the World Trade Center site.

Just recently, Ground Zero Museum Workshop won a 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award from Trip Advisor and was included in their “Top 25 Museums in the USA” list – and now it has nabbed a spot on USA Today Travel’s “10 BEST” list, coming in at #5 Best Attraction & beating out most of NYC’s biggest tourist spots. Not bad for a museum not much larger than the ladie’s room at the Guggenheim. “Big things come in small packages,” says Gary Suson, the museum’s founder. “Every square inch of this museum was carefully designed from Day 1. With 100 stories behind the images & artifacts programmed into self-guided audio units, there is enough data and information to fill a museum ten times the size.”

About 28 guests may attend each of the daily 2-hour tours. The tours begin with a 12-minute introductory video, an oral presentation by the tour guide, a walk-thru of Ground Zero artifacts (some which can be held by guests) and then guests are turned over to the self-guided audio units, programmed in Spanish, French, English and Italian. Some of Mr. Suson’s most poignant images are on display, including the “Genesis 11: Tower of Babylon” Bible Page, Honor Guard Images, K-9 Recovery Dogs and the “Frozen Clock.”

Says Suson, “We don’t do huge numbers here. We prefer small batch groups where all our guests can get individualized attention and aren’t rushed in and out. This is an important part of people’s healing process; coming to terms with 9/11 and we don’t want to rush that process. They are seeing a side to Ground Zero they have never seen.”

The Museum Workshop is kid-friendly, which is a large reason it has become so popular with parents. It is very hard to teach kids about the 9/11 attacks without shocking them; it’s a tough subject to cross into for parents and their children. GZMW is non-graphic and stays away from the morning of September 11 and focuses on the special stories and people that made up the “Recovery Period” at WTC. “We are always pleased and even shocked to see kids as young as age 5 sitting and listening to all the Ground Zero stories.” No videos of the morning of 9/11 are shown.

GZMW has a 5-Star rating on websites all over the world and is open 7 days per week. Tickets are available by calling ZERVE at (212) 209-3370. Online also at http://www.zerve.com/groundzero/workshop. There are approximately two tours per day, handicap accessible. Tours are free to immediate 9/11 family members. Follow on INSTAGRAM @GroundZeroMuseumWorkshop. Facebook: Ground Zero Museum Workshop. GZMW is a 501c3 charity that donates portions of its proceeds to the FDNY Foundation for the Children of Fallen Firefighters as well as to the FDNY Firefighter Ralph Geidel Cancer Fund. Follow GZMW on TWITTER: 911Museum and 911Memorial.







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