Do Dogs Really Hate Halloween?

by Diane Blankenburg

At this time of year, there are lots of emails flying around between animal lovers with the subject line Why Dogs Hate Halloween. The email body is a series of very funny photos with dogs (and sometimes cats) in a variety of Halloween costumes. There is a dog gator, fish, lion, and lobster. There is a dog skeleton, angel, and devil. It includes a canine Elvis, Darth Vader, and Little Red Riding Hood. There are bananas, hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries. There is even a dog policeman with a cat prisoner.

Halloween costumes were originally worn to “scare off ghosts and demons” but now people simply choose to wear them because it makes the holiday more fun. There is also a deeper significance for many of us—it’s a chance to dress up as something we are not and play pretend for one day.

I grew up in the 1960’s when the Peanuts TV shows were new. One popular character, Lucy Van Pelt, always had pearls of wisdom to share. In It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, she said “A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.”

The holiday gives people and animals alike an opportunity to be something they are not—whether it’s the little girl being the princess she dreams about, the little boy being a super hero so he can save the world, the shy adult coming out of her shell, or the straight-laced person being a little crazy for one day. Many of us are also guilty of dressing up pets; and though some are not pleased, many seem to truly enjoy the attention they get in costume and strut their stuff.

Nevada Humane Society is the perfect place to bring your family on Halloween where children in costume may participate in safe trick-or-treating. In addition, willing shelter pets will don clever costumes in hopes of showing you a different side and hopefully finding that perfect connection with a new family.

Events that Help Homeless Pets

Empty the Shelter: This month you can adopt a dog or cat at Nevada Humane Society for the price you choose. Open for adoptions 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, 11 am to 6:30 pm, 10 am on Saturdays. For more info, call 775-856-2000.

Empty the Shelter special festivities onOctober 13 at Nevada Humane Society. Shelter open for extended hours: 8am to 8pm. Dog wash, refreshments, music and raffle contest for Raiders tickets.

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