#dogtag – HOWL-o-ween Engineering

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lila   a dog blog by Lila
Cannon & Cannon’s “Consulting Canine”

 

 

Hello again!

 

Didn’t think you’d see me again so soon, did you?  Last week I brought you some information I researched on dogs in need.  This week, I couldn’t resist NOT writing a post with a HOWL-o-ween theme!

By now, you may have noticed that I am not an ordinary dog (it’s alright if you haven’t).  I LOVE Halloween, but many of my furry counterparts could live without it.  Also, what dog looks for engineering themes in holidays?

Yes, you heard me right.  Engineering.  Halloween.  As Consulting Canine for Cannon & Cannon, I spent a lot of my time around Civil Engineers and people who just love engineering in general.  This mindset made it pretty easy for me to sniff out a great example of Halloween engineering for dogs:  COSTUMES

(Costumes are not for every dog—some of us like to show off our coats—so check below for some important tips to remember, as well as some general dog safety tips)

As you all know, dogs come in all shapes and sizes:

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So it takes some pretty smart Canine Costume Engineers to come up with these really creative costume ideas:

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These are pretty cool, right?  It’s pretty awesome how these engineers want to show off their furry friends.  However, it’s important to know that sometimes dogs aren’t so happy to be in costume:

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The creators of more elaborate costumes for canines have a lot to consider.  The costume itself shouldn’t be too tight (pups have to breathe, you know) or too loose (four paws means twice the chance to trip compared to humans!).  Also, have I mentioned that I enjoy chewing things?  No canine wants to find out the hard way that strings and buttons are not as chewy and tasty as bones and kibble.  Canine Costume Engineers also have to think ahead:  usually trick-or-treating happens at night, so costumes would be even SAFER for dogs if reflective fabric and tape were used.

That’s a LOT of forethought engineers have to put into a costume!  Luckily, engineers have devised ways to dress up their favorite pooches even if an elaborate costume is not an option:

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Like I wrote before, not ALL dogs get excited for Howl-o-ween festivities.  According to our friends at the ASPCA:

Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets.  Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!).  For pets who prefer their ‘birthday suits,’ however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

However, advice is given for those who do wish to dress up their four-legged companions:

If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe.  It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow.

ASPCA also goes on to state that two-leggers should check and make sure their friend is not allergic to the material the costume is made of.

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AHEM!  How did that get there?  I’ll have to remember to delete that before publishing…

Who would have thought that you could enjoy something educational about HOWL-o-ween that doesn’t involve candy (don’t give that to your furry friend, by the way)?  What about you:  are you a Canine Costumer Engineer this year?  How have you dressed up your furry friend?

Until next time,
Lila #dogtag