Archive for October, 2019

5 Ways to Have a Dog-Friendly Halloween!


Halloween should be fun for everyone, including your dog! Throw a spooky celebration, and keep it dog-friendly with these helpful hints:

  1. Doggie Costumes! Dressing up your pet can be fun for everyone. Make sure whatever costume you do choose for your pup is comfortable. Your pet’s costume shouldn’t be too tight, or have any accessories that are easy to grab hold of.
  1. Boo’s and Don’ts of Decorating! When decorating your home for Halloween make sure to keep your pet safe. A candle certainly smells nice, although dogs enjoy the warmth and light from them. If not placed in a safe enough place a dog can end up burning themselves, or starting a fire. Try using LED candles around your home and in your jack-o-lanterns. 
  1. Pumpkin Picking! Let’s face it, your dog loves going for walks with you, so why not have him tag along to find that right pumpkin? He will love being outdoors, all the new smells, and getting a little dirty! Plus, you can pick out a small pumpkin for your pup to chew on! Pumpkins are good for dogs, as long as there is no mold on them.

Click here for a more detailed list of vegetables and fruits that are good for your pup!

  1. Trick-or-treating? Is trick-or-treating dog-friendly? Well there are a couple things to ask yourself before determining that. Is your dog able to be around large crowds of children without feeling anxious? Has your pup received adequate training to listen to your commands? How does your dog do on a leash?

If some of these questions leave you feeling unsure, trick-or-treating is probably not dog-friendly for your pet.

Click here to find out more on some basic training classes to get your pup more ready for this social holiday!

  1. Dog-Friendly Parties! If a Halloween fright fest is on your calendar, check with the host before bringing your dog. Or if you are the one throwing the party let your guests know all ghouls allowed!

If you plan to attend a party where there are no dogs allowed, consider boarding your pet for the evening. Click Here for more information on boarding with Shaggy Shack Pet Resort!

There you have it, 5 ways to keep Howl-oween spooktacular for everyone! Stay safe on this witchy holiday.

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month!

Besides October being a spook-tacular month, it is also the national adopt a shelter dog month! This first started in 1981 when there were a growing number of dogs in shelters. This event was founded by the American Humane Society, and is sponsored by the American Society Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA). 

Obviously the best way to celebrate this puptastic event is to head to your closest dog shelter and adopt yourself a best friend! Click here to find some pups in shelters near you! Or if you are close to us here at Shaggy Shack Pet Resort, click here to visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society website.

If you are unable to commit yourself to adopting just yet, don’t worry, you can still help! Volunteer at a dog shelter, donate to local shelters, or just post on your social media to promote awareness!

After Care for Your New Furry Friend

So you’ve picked up a sweet dog from the shelter, now what?

Well make them feel at home of course, and get them plenty of chew toys! Also, make sure your doggy has a place of its’ own, they will need a safe space to go to, especially in a new environment. 

Get Fido set up with a veterinarian for all of their regular visits, and possibly make an appointment soon after bringing them home to make sure your pup is in good health.

One more thing to do- pamper that puppy! Bring your new found friend in for the best experience in dog grooming! Let your dog feel bright, shiny, and really clean by receiving a premium service from our elite team! Click here for more info on dog grooming services Shaggy Shack has to offer.

We hope you enjoy national Adopt-a-Dog month, and we wish you a Happy Howl-oween!