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Black Cats and Halloween

Anyone who has a black cat knows they are just as sweet and lovable as any other cat, but they have long been associated with bad luck and witchery. So how did black cats get such a bad rap?

It started with the Celts…According to Celtic mythology, a fairy named Cat Sith (or Cat Sidhe) changed it’s shape into a black cat and began haunting the Scottish Highlands. While the ‘Fairy Cat’ was feared, the Celts also believed the black cat could bring blessings.

The Middle Ages….Historians believe black cats were often companions to those practicing witchcraft and were therefore guilty by association. Because of this, black cats were all but obliterated. Unfortunately, doing so contributed to half of Europe being wiped out by the Black Plague as there were less cats to kill the rats that were spreading the disease.

Pilgrims at Plymouth…The Puritans took Celtic folklore to heart and associated them with sorcery and witchcraft. Unfortunately, black cats were included in their anti-witch crusades.  

Not all bad…In countries like Japan and the British Islands, black cats were believed to bring good luck and prestige to their households. Ancient Chinese history tells a story of Li Shou, a cat god that protected farmers by eating the rodents that threatened their crops. Black cats were considered sacred and worshiped by ancient Egyptians. 

Black cats are still associated with Halloween today, but we welcome them into our homes with open arms anyway. Just to be on the safe side, please keep your feline friends indoors during this year’s Halloween festivities!

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Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats

Tis the season for everything pumpkin! Let your pet join in on the fun with this easy and tasty pumpkin treat recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Canned Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 1/2 Cups Oats

Combine all ingredients until well mixed. Using your hands, roll the mixture into doggie bite-sized balls. Coat the outside with oats so that the snacks don’t stick to each other and store in the fridge until consumed. 

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Halloween Safety

It’s a spooky time of year, and our pets want to join in the fun, too! While we get excited about disguising our pet in fun costumes, here are some things to keep in mind as Halloween festivities approach.

Candy is not to share with your furry friends. 
This one likely seems very obvious to you. And while we don’t plan to feed candy to our pets, if it’s left out, they can get into it. Just remember to keep candy out of reach.

Trick or Treaters mean extra traffic at your door.
It’s exciting to see what cute costumes kids are going to wear this year, and though we want to show off the costumes our furry ‘kids’ are wearing, extra knocking, door-bell ringing, and people at your house can be stressful for your pets. To keep everyone extra happy, try to find a safe, quiet place to keep your pet for the evening.

Keep your pets indoors. 
Halloween can be a time for pranks, stealing and other potentially harmful activities. If you are planning to be away from home that night, keep your pets indoors if at all possible, especially cats.

Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.
Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

If your pet isn’t loving the costume – ditch it.
Let’s be honest, some pets aren’t in to the costume thing. If you get the sense that they really aren’t digging the pirate hat or princess dress, you should probably take it off.

Make sure your pet is wearing a form of ID!
Whether you are bringing your dog out with you, or leaving your cat or dog at home, ensuring they have a proper form of identification is crucial. Providing your pet with a collar tagged with their name and your contact information is the first step, and we highly recommend ensuring your pet has a microchip, or permanent form of identification.

You can get a microchip for your pet at any The Corner Vet clinic for only $40! That’s a small price to pay to get you beloved furry kid home safe.

Have a happy and safe Halloween

Best Pet Bakeries in Texas

Our pets love delicious home-baked treats just as much as we do and several entrepreneurs in Texas have stepped up to the plate to meet the demand. Here are a few of our favorites!

Lucky Dog Barkery

Catering specifically to dogs, Lucky Dog Barkery features delicious-looking treats along with an impressive toy selection, cozy beds, and very fashionable collars and apparel. The ‘barkery’ is located in Dallas, Texas. Check out their video for a taste of what they offer. Per their website, humans are welcome to tag along.

Doggie Express

Treat your furry pal without having to leave the house! Along with their goods being sold in several retail locations, Doggie Express sends drool-worthy treats such as Bacon Woofins right to your front door. Is Fido’s birthday? Doggie Express has you covered with “Bones Day” birthday cakes. Your pet will have a new appreciation for the mail man.

Three Dog Bakery

Baking goodies since 1989,  Three Dog Bakery is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and offers an amazing selection of all kinds of creative dog treats. When they first rescued their pup, Gracie, they found that her tummy was too sensitive for the available store-bought treats. So they did the logical thing and started making homemade yummies. They have been baking ever since. Despite their name, they also make delicious tidbits for feline friends.

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Bicycling with Pets

Bike rides can be amazingly fun for your pet as well as a great way for the whole family to get exercise! As with any activity, taking safety precautions ensures that both you and your pet have a great time.

Before heading out, it’s important to assess what option is going to be best for your pet. Are they a bulldog with short legs and a short nose? Do they trouble breathing? Are elderly or overweight? Be sure to take your pet’s frame and overall health into consideration when deciding on what type of bike ride would be best for them.

Jogger Kits

Once you’ve confirmed your dog is good to go for a trot-along bike ride, here are a few products that will ensure their safety. A jogger kit allows your dog to trot beside you while remaining safely leashed. If your dog has the tendency to bolt, you may want to practice in your yard or in a closed-in park to get your pet used to the activity.

Baskets

Bike carriers/baskets are a great option for small, lightweight dogs. There are basic baskets that attach to the front or rear of your bicycle. Some come equipped with lead attachments to safely secure your pet. Others feature a cover that prevents your pet from falling or jumping out of the basket during your adventures.

Trailers

If jogger kits aren’t suitable for your pet and they’re too heavy for a basket, trailers are a perfect option. Trailers are a comfortable option for elderly dogs or breeds that have short legs and noses. Some trailers can accommodate dogs up to 110 lbs.  

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