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Happy Halloween: BOO!

BOO! Gary says, “Happy Halloween!” Photo by Lois Bogue, Benicia, CA
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BOO!

Happy Halloween, everyone! /Gary

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011
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BOO! Happy Halloween!

BOO! Photo by Hannelore Harwood, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:

BOO! Happy Halloween!

Hannelore Harwood, Walnut Creek, California

Hannelore:

YIPES!

/Gary

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Under: Cats, Halloween | 2 Comments »

Halloween: Concord Mayor’s Mongrel Mash Pooch Parade costume contest is Oct. 30

Bugsy and Sherman are all dressed up for the Concord Mayor’s Mongrel Mash Pooch Parade costume contest for Halloween. (City of Concord)
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Once again this year, as I have for more years than I can remember, I will be a judge at the Concord Mayor’s Mongrel Mash Pooch Parade costume contest for Halloween on Oct. 30. Checkout the information below on this and other neat Halloween activities being put on by the City of Concord this year. I hope to see you and your dog there! It’s a LOT of fun! /Gary
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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Halloween: How to keep your pets safe on this spooky holiday

Jack-O-Lantern with bird design face by John (road kill) Osborn, Martinez, CA. More great Osborn designs at http://www.ozbird.net
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**NOTE: The Point Isabel Dog Owners group is sponsoring its free Barktoberfest Halloween event tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 30) at the west end of Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA, from 1-3 p.m. People are invited to bring their costumed dogs for a short parade along S.F. Bay, followed by a costume contest with prizes donated by local dog-loving businesses. If it rains, the event’s tentative new date is Sunday (Oct. 31). You can check http://www.pido.org for details.

Spare Your Pet the Spooks this Halloween

Tips from The Humane Society of the United States for a Safe Holiday

While Halloween can be a good time for children and adults alike, The HSUS is reminding pet owners that this haunting holiday may be too scary for your pet. Companion animals aren’t used to all the doorbell-ringing, costumed creatures and general hustle-and-bustle that come into our homes at this time of year.

“For your pet’s comfort and safety, the best thing that you can do is to make sure that they have a stress-free holiday,” according to Adam Goldfarb, director of the Pets at Risk program for The Humane Society of the United States. “The noises, smells and people can be overwhelming for many pets on Halloween, so create a safe haven in one room of your home where he or she can quietly relax.”
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Posted on Friday, October 29th, 2010
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Happy Halloween: BOO!

BOO! Happy Halloween! Photo by Lois Bogue, Benicia, CA
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BOO!

Happy Halloween, everyone! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, October 28th, 2010
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Happy Halloween: How to keep your pets safe on this scary day

Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:

Keep your pets safe on Halloween:
** Keep pets safely inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.

** Make certain that all pets are wearing collars with ID tags, especially indoor pets. Frequently opened doors tonight provide perfect opportunities for escape, despite our best efforts.

** Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets.

** If you’re going trick-or-treating, leave the family dog at home. Dogs can be difficult to control with all those crazy ghosts and goblins running around them. A lost pet or a dog bite will quickly end your Halloween fun.

** Keep decorations away from pets. Candle flames might set fire to a pet’s fur. Dangling decorations should be kept in high places to avoid pet entanglement, choking and other potentially life-threatening hazards.

** Use fake cobwebs sparingly, if at all. Pets can choke on them.

** The only costume most pets want to wear is their own furry birthday suit. If your pet wears a costume, make sure it doesn’t restrict movement and supervise your pet carefully.

Have fun when you’re out trick-or-treating Saturday night! Stay on the sidewalk and watch out for cars. /Gary

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009
Under: Halloween, Pets | 1 Comment »

Halloween: Check out Wally’s Jack-O-Lantern Spider!

Jack-O-Lantern Spider photo by Wally Wood, Livermore, CA
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Gary:
I’d like to share with your readers my special garden lady, “Ms. Spinneret.” She is a beautiful pumpkin orange and if you look closely at her back you will see she has a Jack-O-Lantern face, ready for Halloween.

Trick-or-treat, anyone?
Wally Wood, Livermore, CA

Wally:
Beautiful! A Jack-O-Lantern Spider!

What will Mother Nature think of next?! /Gary

Ms. Spinneret, sitting on her web, comes with a built-in fly swatter
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Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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Halloween: Tut the pumpkin killer

Newman (left), me (middle), and Tut (right)
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Whenever it gets close to Halloween, I start thinking about my dear old Abyssinian cat, Tut, bless his long departed soul. He died of old age about a year-and-a-half ago, but I’ll always think about him every Halloween and here’s why:

(I wrote this column on Oct. 18, 1996)
TUT THE PUMPKIN KILLER
You can always tell when it’s getting close to Halloween at my house. (Last weekend we finished harvesting pumpkins from our garden.)

Several weeks ago, son Karl and I wrestled with the biggest squash in our garden, a monstrous 100-lb. “thing” we called Jabba-the-pumpkin, and shoved it to the patio just outside the sliding glass doors to my office.
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Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Under: Halloween, Tut the cat | 1 Comment »

Pumpkin Carving Contest: Carve up yourself a winner!

BOO!!
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San Francisco Bay Area readers: Get out your carving knife and stretch your imagination.

It’s time to create a Jack-O’-Lantern masterpiece for our Bay Area News Group-East Bay newspapers’ Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Here’s how it works:
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Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2009
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Happy Halloween! How to keep your pets safe tonight

BOO!

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Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:
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Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008
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