ROCKY ADVENTURE – All Hallows’ Eve, Part 2

Though we enjoyed our treat without interruption, the night would not end there. For the two of us, that sugary apple pie has actually given us a second wind. And now, the youngsters, still dressed in their monster disguises, have begun to arrive even more consistently. The old man has his bucket of treats (which he has done a good job of keeping out of my sneaky reach) and offers them each a handful. Guess he’s just that nice of a guy. I would have kept the treats to myself, especially after those rascals scared me earlier.

After a while, the old man decides to spice things up for us. He dresses up in an old lab coat, pulls on some of his rubber cleaning gloves, and finds some wild goggles and adds them to his persona. He looks in the mirror for a moment before ruffling his hair into a tangle. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he looked quite mad. Then it’s my turn. I don’t like getting too dressed up, but the antennae with the little bobbly eyes doesn’t bother me much. A cape made from an old t-shirt adds to my charisma and I become…Super Alien Rocky.

I race around wildly, chasing the bobbly eyes on my head and enjoying the fluttering of my cape. No matter how fast I go, those bobbly eyes still evade my grasp, bouncing around and taunting me. It’s fun though, and I bark an approval to the old man, who also seems to like my costume.

We take a seat at the piano, and the old man begins to play a creepy tune. It starts with some deep, rumbling notes, offset by the occasional high pitched ones. After a few chords, I find myself howling to accompany the eerie music and tapping my paw upon a few of the keys to add some melody. Though this would often disturb the old man, he too joins in and howls into the night.

The doorbell rings again, so we pause for the moment and I rush to the door. I beat the old man there, eager to say hello to the disguised youngsters. When I look back, I notice the old man is coming, but only on two legs. In all the excitement he must’ve forgotten about his extra one. I run back to the piano and fetch it for him. The wood is heavy in my grasp, but I manage to handle it.

By the time I get back, he’s already handed out the goodies and closed the door. He looks at me, and I look at him, and he tells me what a super dog I am. I know this, but it’s always good to hear it once in a while. I tell him the same, and his eyes confirm that he understood.

We continue to greet the oncoming swarm of youngsters, and when they see us, they are quite frightened themselves. I guess that’s what makes this day so fun though. I realize that it isn’t about being frightened or even scaring each other- it’s about everyone- pups included- having a good time.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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Skimp on the Spooky

The season of Halloween is full of fun and spooky activities. Some of the things we may not be considering is whether or not our pup is going to be okay with the festivities. Along with treats, there are tricks and dangers for our beloved canine companions.

The pumpkins

photoCutting and carving pumpkins is an age-old Halloween pastime. For pups, pumpkins can be sweet and tasty, and rather safe to nibble on, but can sometimes end up in an upset tummy, especially for those rascals that are food sensitive. While the pumpkin itself may not always pose a problem, the candle inside might. Make sure you keep a lit pumpkin away from the pup, or the pup away from the pumpkin. They can knock them over, causing a fire, or burn themselves with curiosity.

Power cords

Decorations are fun, especially the spiders and jack-o’-lanterns that light up. But be cautious as power cords can be dangerous, especially in the jaws of a curious pup. They may find that them make a great chew toy- especially young ones that are teething.

Costume or birthday suit

Dress up is fun for both parents and kids alike, but what about our pups? They can join in on the fun too, of course. But, not every dog is going to be okay with wearing an out of this world outfit. Each dog has a different appreciation for costumes, so keep their wants in mind. Make sure it’s not going to be too hot for them and that they’re okay with wearing it. Double check that there are no low hanging or dangerous aspects, such as strings or attachments that can get caught or chewed and eaten.

The door and the dog

A pup partaking in the fun should still be watched carefully. A leash should be kept handy or attatched at all times, especially when trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell. The open door can be attractive and exciting, so be careful the rascal doesn’t make a quick getaway. You’ll end up chasing him around or he may end up in a busy street. Most importantly, don’t forget that having their ID on is crucial. Don’t take it off just because it doesn’t go with their costume.

Okay with the activities

Keep your pup’s interests in mind. A lot of excitement is about to go down as new and unfamiliar people are going to be at your door quite often. If your pup doesn’t care for all the activity, it may be best to seclude them in a quiet, safe area such as their crate or a room. Offer them a treat and some toys to keep them happy though. Just because they can’t partake in the festivities doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun of their own.

Safety always

If you decide your pup isn’t going to enjoy the activities, be sure and put them in a safe area. While the backyard may seem like a nice, secluded spot, there are some folks out there looking for mischief. Don’t leave your pup unattended where they might become a target for a nasty trick such as an egging or having other items thrown or fed to them.

No candy for them

Candy is not really good for us- but it’s even worse for pups. Chocolate and other sweets can be toxic for pups, so keep it away from their curious paws. That means the wrappers, too. They still smell good, but can get lodged in their throat or intestines. The last thing you want to do is end up at the vet on Halloween night.

Be sure and consider your pup’s thoughts on Halloween. Don’t make them do things they don’t want to, and keep the evening a fun and safe one for the whole family.

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Keep the Frights Away

photoHalloween is nearing, and with it will arrive haunts and treats alike. But, for those that have pups, it may be a little too spooky for our friendly canine companions. Not all pups are ready for all the excitement that one spooky night brings, as masked strangers roam the streets.

Preparing your pup for Halloween night takes a little bit of insight on your part. You’ll need to have an idea of how your pup will act, and if you don’t know or are unsure, it is best to keep them away from the excitement in general. Some dogs can be sensitive, especially when it comes to noises, and strange smells. If you feel that your pup is a little protective, arriving trick-or-treaters will likely turn their protective instincts up. Don’t be afraid to seclude your pup in their crate or a room where they will be away from the front door. But remember that Halloween is a time of fun and enjoyment, so don’t leave your pup locked up without their own fun. Get them a rawhide bone and toys to play with to keep their mind busy. You may even leave a television or radio on to distract them.

Don’t leave your pup alone in the backyard! You’d be surprised at how many children still play tricks even when you give them treats. Animals are a target for mischief on Halloween, often victims of harassment or thrown objects such as eggs, fruit, or unwanted treats. Though these objects might not always hurt your pup directly, they may enjoy eating them- which can hurt your pup.

If you decide that your pup would be okay to enjoy some of the fun, it is still wise to supervise them at all times. Use a leash, especially if you’re out and about with the kids. Watch for any signs of stress, such as barking, whining, or growling (and hair on their neck standing up). Don’t let other children give your pup treats, too. In large quantities, chocolate is toxic for pups, and they don’t have fingers to open wrappers, so they eat the whole thing. They aren’t picky either, so they’ll eat leftover wrappers, too.

Not all pups like to play dress up, so don’t force your doggy to look like a pumpkin if they don’t want to. Though it may look cute, they can get hot fast, and with all the excitement they may get a little anxious or stressed.

It’s important to prevent children from harassing, teasing, or worse- scaring your pup. Dogs are naturally territorial, and when spooked, they will often attack in self-defense. Whether your pup is friendly or protective, it is still best to keep your pup away from the front door in general, as a curious pup will make a break for the excitement. Then, you’ll end up chasing that rascal around.

At the end of the night, make sure you toss out any pumpkins, candles, candy wrappers or anything else that your pup may get into and eat. Remember that just about everything looks tasty to a pup, especially the curious ones.

Be cautious for your pup on this spooky night, and make sure that it’s enjoyable for them, rather than stressful. No one should have to miss out on a good time, so do your best to ensure that your pup can enjoy the night too.

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