From the Dog Division
As a kid growing up, I had my favorite holidays. In my opinion, Christmas always had the top spot and Halloween came in a close second! As we approach Halloween, I am noticing a growing number of pet dog owners are not looking at this time of year with the same sentimental nostalgia that I have. Actually, some owners refer to Halloween as “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
Here’s the good news: More and more people are asking for advice to help them understand why their dog exhibits unusual behaviors on Halloween and what they can do to make this evening a safe and less stressful time for everyone. Let’s begin by taking a look at Halloween from a canines perspective:
From the Horse Division
This last post in the series will cover what I like to refer to as the third of those three ‘F’s’ –freedom. I hope to introduce the idea that these three needs are actually hard to isolate individually, and could instead be looked at as one very important, intertwined need of the horse.
From the Cat Division
So do you touch the belly or not?? The answer to this can be variable. Other body language needs to be observed to help make this decision as does the surrounding circumstances. It could be an indicator that your cat is feeling relaxed and in a loving mood. Perhaps your cat enjoys belly rubs and you are ready know how and when to interpret their wishes based on previous experience. If their ears are pointed forward and erect and their pupils are not dilated, the tail is calm and not flicking, then the coast is likely to be clear.
From the Parrot Division
I came through my door this afternoon to that familiar voice that often calls out to me when I walk in. “Mommy here!,” it says. Yes, I admit I am a sucker for cute voices and especially when the voice is attached to my sweet, playful teddy bear of a bird – Barnaby – who came to live with me 13 years ago. But Barnaby’s vocalizations were not always among my favorite sounds. He is a typical Timneh African Grey after all who finds great fulfillment in repeating what has value to him. Unfortunately, when he was the new kid in the household, he figured it was pretty cool to mimic the occasional screams he heard from my other two birds. And he liked projecting his voice to ear piercing decibels.