The Weekly Walk: Are You Wagging at Me?

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week: Tails are for More than Sweeping

A study suggests that a dog wagging its tail can indicate to other dogs if it’s friendly or not. NPR, Slate, The Washington Post, and other publications recently ran articles about the study. Dogs were shown videos of dogs wagging their tails to the left or the right. When the pooches saw another canine swinging its tail to the right side, they were more relaxed and their heart rates remained about the same. However, when the pooches saw another canine swinging its tails to the left, they became anxious, which you can see on the video the in The Washington Post article. Researchers hope these studies will give humans a better idea of how to calm dogs at the vet or in other high-stress situations.

Joke of the Week

Q: Why do dogs wag their tails?

A: Because no one else will do it for them.

Treat of the Week

Is your dog an oatmeal lover? Bake her a dish of these oatmeal dog treats. Click here for the recipe.

Puzzle of the Week

Solve the anagram “Dome We.”

Hint: one word, cat.

Highlight the space after the colon to see the answer: Meowed 

Photo of the Week

The way we imagine our pets waiting for us to come home.

Video of the Week

Tigers take a swim test and make faces. It’s an important and adorable step in their lives. You can view the video and article by clicking the photo below.

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So ends another Weekly Walk. Share your favorite weekly articles and videos below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

The Weekly Walk: Is Halloween Really Over?

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week

How did you celebrate Halloween? Did you trick-or-treat with your pet? Watch movies with your cats? Host a small party at your home and bake dog treats? Teach your dog to play dead in the front yard and frighten passerby by rising from the dead? We would love if you shared your photos and stories with us. To see what else went on around the country, below are a few of the parades that celebrated Halloween and pets.

NYC Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Vanity Fair has a slideshow of all the wonderful dog costumes, and they captioned photos with each dog’s inner monologue. One of our favorites: “What costume?

Canine Promenade 2013

This year in Boston, owners and their pets dressed up and walked the Charles River Esplanade. You can view photos of everyone dressed up, as well as the winners of the costume contest. We would have definitely voted for the small Where’s Waldo group that you can see at the bottom of the article.

Tails in the City Halloween Pet Parade

Chicago had its 10th annual Tails in the City Halloween Pet Parade. See a Dorothy dog, a furry prescription pill bottle, barking pirates, even Underdog!

Joke of the Week

Q: What are skeletons afraid of?

A: Dogs.

Treat of the Week

Trust us, your pets still like the treat part of Halloween. Try these two recipes with them.

Puzzle of the Week

Solve the anagram “Coached Prosy.”

Hint: two words, last week’s post, singular.

Highlight the space after the colon to see the answer: Scaredy Pooch 

Photo of the Week

“These are for gnawing, right?”

Video of the Week

Halloween doesn’t make spiders scary. Spiders make spiders scary. Thankfully we have cats to deal/play with them. Simon’s Cat handles this creepy-crawly.

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We hope you enjoyed Halloween this year! Share pictures and tales (or tails) below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

The Weekly Walk: Scaredy Pooches

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week: Lock Your Doors!

You can also spend the night online looking at pets wearing costumes.

Halloween is about scaring people. Boo! Rah! Gah! Bark! Some dogs love to participate in the spookiness and join packs of other costume-wearing pooches, but not every fido enjoys crowds of strangely dressed animals and humans. If your pooch would rather close the curtains and wait for the faux-monsters to skedaddle, here are a few ideas for spending the night with them.

Create your own event: Invite over a few friends with familiar dogs for an even of socializing. Wearing costumes can be optional but should be discussed before the party.

Bake treats: Your dog may not enjoy the trick part of Halloween, but we are certain she enjoys the treat part. Rather than getting candy or dog biscuits from strangers, consider making your own. You can even decorate them and cut them into festive shapes. This might be a fun activity for the small party you host.

Watch Halloween movies: A comfy night on the couch with your dog and holiday movies with dogs in them. A night well spent. We shared a list of Halloween movies last year, which you can view here.

Forget Halloween ever happened: Does the entire idea of Halloween just sound exhausting? Are you and your dog unamused by the idea of ghosts and goblins? Then you might want to ignore the holiday by decorating for Thanksgiving or putting on Christmas music or both! Scary nights are not for everyone, so if you feel the need to sing or bark “Jingle Bells” this Halloween, we won’t judge you.

Joke of the Week

Q: What type of dog does Dracula own?

A: A bloodhound.

Treat of the Week

To help with your intimate Halloween party, here is a recipe for homemade Halloween dog biscuits.

Puzzle of the Week

Solve the anagram “Cascade Try.”

Hint: two words, fearful feline.

Highlight the space after the colon to see the answer: Scaredy Cat  

Photo of the Week

Pugs just lend themselves to costumes. Click the photo to see more from BuzzFeed.

Video of the Week

Hurry! Time’s almost up to win $25,000 by entering Petco’s Pet Costume Photo Contest!

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Have a safe and happy Halloween! Share photos or stories from the holiday below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!