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Pet Friendly Newsletter - October, 2005

Thought you might enjoy a light-hearted look at dogs (thanks to the reader who sent in this joke!):

"How many dogs does it take to put in a light bulb?"

  • Australian Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

  • Border Collie: Just one. And I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

  • Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

  • Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

  • Dachshund: I can't reach the stupid lamp!

  • Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

  • Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?

  • Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

  • Hound Dog: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

  • Lab: Oh, me, me!! Pleeeaase let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

  • Malamute: Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

  • Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!

  • Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . . .

  • Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Ask a CAT the same question and you'll get: "Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light and some dinner?"

Have a great month. See you in November.
Angela, Editor
+ Rundle, Tonka, Kimo, and Jasper (the furry support staff)


"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." (Hippolyte Taine)

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish." (James Gorman)


"Our Havanese dog Max is a friendly dog who likes other dogs as well as people. He has added so much joy to our lives and is a great pet, especially since he's non-allergenic and until recently, I was allergic to all dogs. Hope you enjoy his photo." - Sincerely, Monique M.

"Jazz (light cream) is a Eurasier (2.5 years old) and Kogi (Ko-gee) (2 years old) is a Chow Husky X. We saved Kogi from the local humane society when he was 6 months old and they have been "brothers" ever since! This a photo of them relaxing at home but what they love to do is play fetch and go for walks." - Michelle and Steven E., Oakville, Ontario

"We were at a friend's cottage where Nitro loves to jump into the water from the rock or the dock..." - Debbie K., Amherstview, Ontario

"These photos were taken at Hicks Lake in British Columbia, Canada. All five of our dogs are safety conscious when boating."
- Lorne and Sherry K.


Hallowe'en is the time when the ghosties and gremlims come creeping out to scare up a few treats. During this busy time, you can help keep your pet safe with these tips:

  1. Consider keeping your pet safely in a separate and closed room for the few hours that the trick-or- treaters are out. Put down a nice warm bed, water, and a toy or two. This will help to protect your pet from the noise and turmoil, and prevent him from dashing out the door unexpectedly.

  2. Re-consider before you take your dog trick-or-treating. Hallowe'en is full of excited kids running about - and even a normally friendly and calm pet may nip someone. Better to keep pooch at home where he can spend the time snoozing on his favorite blanket.

    If you do take your dog out, be sure to keep him on a very short leash. This will allow you to retain maximum control and will help you to prevent potential conflicts between your dog and other pets or people.

  3. Beware of feeding your pets Hallowe'en treats. Candy is not suitable for your pet - and chocolate, in particular, is toxic. Chocolate can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Keep candy out of your pet's reach and tell children not to share with the pet.

  4. Check over your pet's costume. If you like to dress up your pet for Hallowe'en, be sure to carefully remove all elastics and other fasteners when removing his costume. These little objects can injure your pet by lodging in his skin, piercing a paw, or sticking in a curious pet's throat if he attempts to swallow the object.

Hallowe'en is a great time for families to get out and enjoy themselves. Pets, however, enjoy routine and can become stressed when faced with unfamiliar noises, sights, or surroundings. A few precautions now can save you heartache later.

Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!

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