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Dear Labby: My Dog Is A Halloween Scaredy Cat

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Dear Labby,

I adopted a really skittish Scottie just a few months in the past, and this will likely be her first Halloween in my dwelling. We have good relationships with all of our neighbors and normally obtain fairly just a few trick-or-treaters. Since our canine continues to be adjusting to her new digs, and I imagine that countless doorbell ringing and a stream of children would set her again considerably, I’m questioning whether it is socially acceptable to let the porch go darkish this 12 months? If so, what do I inform my neighbors once they ask the place we have been?

Signed:

Holidays Are Uneasy for Nervous Terrier and Edgy Dog-parents

Labby’s Advice

Thank you, reader, for giving me the chance to placed on my city crier costume and proclaim this:

Halloween, like 4th of July, is a horrible time for animals. If you may have canines or cats, hold them indoors that night time. At finest, the sugar-induced screeches from the little ones will drive your pup insane. At worst, your pet may face intentional taunting and even bodily provocation by older youngsters.

Remember, H.A.U.N.T.E.D.: Your first precedence Halloween night time is to not see that mini Lady Gaga will get her fun-size Butterfinger (or is it fun-size Lady Gaga and mini Butterfinger?). Rather, it’s to make sure your animals are secure and comfy. There is nothing mistaken with — no apology wanted! — sitting this one out. Nellie Nosypants wants a proof? Tell her you have been observing the annual fright fest with true gusto — by “resting in peace.”

If, come November, you’re nonetheless feeling responsible about your lack of Halloween spirit, you possibly can all the time make a sizeable donation to the dental well being program on the native elementary college.

You can take it a step additional by leaving a notice in your door letting folks know to not knock or ring the doorbell. My good friend left a notice one 12 months saying that she was very sick and contagious and to not knock. You may even put a canopy over your doorbell to maintain folks from ringing it. You may put warning tape (which you will get at Home Depot) throughout your entrance porch as effectively to maintain folks from even stepping onto your porch.

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