The Weekly Walk: Woof Means “Happy Halloween”

You might want to bring a flashlight on our Weekly Walk today. It will be a dark stroll with furry things lurking in the shadows, things that may sniff you, things that may lick your hands. The horror! The woof!

Article of the Week: It’s Safer Indoors

Halloween parties with your pets can be a great way to socialize with other pets and their owners, but crowded spaces are not for every animal. If your pets get anxious around others, consider relaxing in front of a festive movie with them. Below is a short list of holiday films. Click each title to view trailers.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy) Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts celebrate Halloween (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy), while Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy).

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: This inseparable owner and pet duo are determined to learn who is ravaging gardens in their town.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: What do you get when you combine Halloween and Christmas? An awesome movie that involves memorable characters, like a ghost dog named Zero.

Frankenweenie: Tim Burton’s original and touching 1984 conception of a boy resurrecting his four-legged friend.

Corpse Bride: A third Burton film, this one with a man marrying a deceased woman. And there’s a skeleton dog!

Obie Weight-loss Update

There’s been some troubling news in the world of Obie. His caretaker Nora posted that the shelter he came from wants him back, and she has been ordered to meet them in court. You can read her message on Facebook. We wish only the best for the inspirational canine.

Quote of the Week

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.” -Arthur Conan Doyle

Command of the Week

It’s Alive!: If you can teach your dog to howl when you say this, he’s ready for a Frankenstein’s-monster costume.

Animal Sound of the Week

“Rip” goes the pet costume if it’s uncomfortable for your pet.

Photo of the Week

Are you participating in Halloween activities with your pet this year? Click the photo to see pictures of costumed dogs from the New York Halloween parade in Tompkins Square Park.

Brandy “Frankenweenie-fied” has become the Gobbler!

Friday Fun: Frankenweenie

We posted this two weeks ago, but it’s too appropriate for the season not to share again. If you want to dress up your pets without actually putting them in costumes, head over to the Frankenweenie Facebook page to “Frankenweenie-fy” your pet. You’ll need to upload a photo of your friend from your desktop or Facebook, or you’ll need to take a photo with your computer camera. Click this link and follow the onscreen prompts to start “Frankenweenie-fying” your pooch.

Thank you for braving the dark with us on this Weekly Walk. Let us know if you do anything festive for the spooky holiday here, on Facebook, or Twitter. Woof!


The Weekly Walk: Doggone Good Month for Dogs

♫We’re off to see our Twitter and Facebook posts, the wonderful Twitter and Facebook posts from the week.♫ Ruby slippers and basket for Toto ready? Good. Let’s begin our walk toward some Friday Fun.

Article of the Week: Happy National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

Search online for “reasons to adopt a shelter dog” and you will get loads of informative results. Chiefly among them being that adopting shelter animals saves lives; it’s been estimated that a combined three million cats and dogs are euthanized yearly, and adoption is the best way to end this plight.

But rather than reiterate all of the usual reasons for adoption, we have five quotes to help convince you.

1. If you both do something weird, it’s no longer odd but cute: “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” -Samuel Butler

Click this photo to learn about Nevada Humane Society’s “Empty the Shelter” effort.

2. Dogs will be there to show you everything’s okay: “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” -Ben Williams (We would extend this quote to any dog licking your face.)

3. They are good for an economy with sluggish job growth: “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” -Franklin P. Jones

4. They make sure their owners never feel ignored or neglected: “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” -Christopher Morley

5. Dogs are great motivation to get off the couch: “A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” -O.A. Battista (And it’s National Walk-Your-Dog Week through Sunday!)

Obie Weight-loss Update

Obie lost another pound. From Facebook: “Morning weigh-in and we’re at 66 lbs today!!!” Send him some more cheers and woofs!

Quote of the Week

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Command of the Week

Read: Use this to teach your dog to relax beside you while you read. Feel free to read aloud to your pooch.

Animal Sound of the Week

Tickle Me Terrier

Photo of the Week

And here’s an article about George and his family.

Brandy “Frankenweenie-fied” has become the Gobbler!

Friday Fun: Frankenweenie 

It’s alive! Have you been wanting to “Frankenweenie-fy” your pooch to celebrate Frankenweenie opening in theaters today? There’s a Facebook app for that. You’ll need to upload a photo of your pet from your desktop or Facebook, or you’ll need to take a photo with your computer camera. Music plays while you “Frankenweenie-fy” your pet, but you can mute it by clicking the speaker in the lower right corner. Click this link and follow the onscreen prompts.

Thanks for joining us on another Weekly Walk. For more posts and tweets from the week, see our Twitter and Facebook profiles. And, as always, share stories with us in the comments below. Woof!