In our last blog, we talked about how to keep your pets calm and safe – distracted, if necessary – while you’re decorating your home for the holidays. But it’s not only the act of decorating that can be a problem for dogs and cats this time of year. The decorations themselves can pose very real dangers, to your pets and to your own safety as well.
One of the most fun aspects to the annual end-of-year holidays is decorating. Some of us get an early start on that by going ghoulish over Hallowe’en, but once Thanksgiving arrives, it’s an all-out decorative assault on our homes, inside and out. What must our pets think of this annual decorating frenzy? For many of them, it doesn’t look pretty.
When we write in our blog about shipping your pets, we usually talk about dogs and cats. They are by far the most common household pets. But a pet can be virtually any animal, from a mouse to a horse, and for a few people, at least, the more exotic the better. While it may seem fun to choose an unusual pet, there are several things to think about before you make that decision.
Trick or treat! Some people just can’t resist dressing up their pets for Halloween. And many pets don’t even mind. Dogs, at least – after all, they’re pleasers by nature, and some doting pet parents dress up their dogs in cute-plus-functional sweaters, coats and boots as a matter of course. Your cat, on the other hand, may be less tolerant, treating you to The Stare instead of accommodating the costume concept.
It’s bad enough when con artists and criminals steal your money, but when they steal your heart, too, that’s truly reprehensible. We’re talking about thieves who use puppies as a lure to get their hands on your money. And who pretend to be legitimate when they are anything but that. Puppy scams are stealing our Starwood Animal Transport name and trading on our goodwill reputation.