Halloween Pet Parades in St Louis & Long Beach!

It’s not too late to enter your dog in a Halloween costume parade! Bevo MIll Pet ParadeJoin the Inaugural Bevo Mill Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday, October 31 at 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis. Missouri!  Dress your dog(s) up in his or her favorite Halloween costume. Register your pet(s) on the Bevo Mill patio starting at 10:00 a.m.  The actual parade steps off from the Bevo Mill patio at 1:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per pet will be collected at the time of registration. All proceeds will be donated to Gateway Pet Guardians. Pet treats for four-legged participants provided by Nature’s Variety.

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More than 500 dogs are expected when the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade returns to Long Beach, California for the 15th year.  The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31, at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. An adoption and vendor fair kicks off at 12:30 p.m.  Register your dog online by midnight October 30 for $15 per dog or at the event Saturday for $20.  Humans are encouraged to wear costumes, too!

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PetravelR™ wishes you and all your pets a safe and fun-filled Halloween!

Halloween Bunnies!

Just in case you thought pet costumes were just for dogs (and the occasional unfelinelike cat), PetravelR™ wants to share this adorable Halloween photo of Grover and Gertrude.

Karen Hamrick- Grover Gertrude

And you thought bunnies couldn’t get any cuter, right?

Photo courtesy of Karen Hamrick.  Adorableness courtesy of Grover and Gertrude.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Whether you’re traveling with your pets this Halloween, taking your dog trick or treating, hosting a spooky party, or just staying at home and handing out candy, be sure to keep your pet safe.


PetravelR™ has some important Halloween safety tips from the ASPCA -

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.


For more advice on keeping your pet safe this Halloween, please watch this Animal Tracks podcast from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):

PetravelR™ wishes you a scary, but safe Halloween!

SPCA of Wake County NC on Adopt a Friend!

This week the SPCA of Wake County is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend!

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The SPCA of Wake County is a limited-admission, no-kill animal welfare organization doing extraordinary things for homeless pets.  Since 1967, the SPCA has served the local community by providing innovative programming, compassionate care and workable solutions for people and pets in need.

Wake SPCA with cat

As the largest privately-funded animal welfare organization in Wake and surrounding counties, they are on the front lines of advancing the humane treatment of all companion animals. The SPCA of Wake County has a proud legacy of leadership in setting the standard for how pets are treated in the community. It all starts here – with your investment, with their passion, and with a combined vision for a better future.

Visit Adopt a Friend to learn more about how you can help the homeless animals at the SPCA of Wake County by adopting or fostering a pet, volunteering at the shelter, or making a donation.

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California Canine Costume Contests!

Haunted Howl-o-ween returns to northern California’s Wag Hotels on Thursday October 29, 2015!  Take your costumed California canine to one of these fun events and help homeless animals in the community!

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Join Wag Hotels, a one-stop boarding and daycare resort for dogs and cats, for their 2nd annual spooky Haunted Howl-o-ween benefiting local animal shelters and rescue, October 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at one of four locations:

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Wag Hotels West Sacramento, 1759 Enterprise Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691 to benefit the Yolo County SPCA

Wag Hotels San Francisco25 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 to benefit the San Francisco SPCA

Wag Hotels Oakland, 39 4th St, Oakland, California 94607 to benefit Berkeley Humane

Wag Hotels Redwood City, 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City, CA 94063 to benefit Pets in Need

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They’re turning Wag into a haunted house for the evening and inviting some mummies and zombies to join the pawty.  Canine and human guests will enjoy a frighteningly good time while trick-or-treating in the Wag suites and mingling with other witches, ghouls and goblins. Some other treats will include:

Costume contest with fun prizes
Trick-or-treating goodies
Local vendors
Adoptable dogs
Photos with Cruella de Vil
Wag swag and prizes
…and more! Don’t dare miss out on this terrifically terrifying evening!

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5:30 pm – Check in, trick-or-treat and take pics with Cruella
6:30 pm – Costume Contest, with prizes for the

  • Most Original
  • Cutest Costume
  • Best Owner/Dog Combo Costume

7:00 pm – Raffle
7:30 pm – Gather those last minute trick-or-treating goodies!

Ticket Prices: General Admission (ends 10/28) $10 per family; Door Price $15 per family

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PetravelR™ hopes that you and your dogs have a super spooky time at this Halloween fundraiser!

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Halloween Pet Parades!

New York City and Boston will host two of the country’s best Halloween pet costume parades on Saturday, October 24th, 2015, and PetravelR™ knows you don’t want to miss them!

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The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade features hundreds of dogs in costumes and thousands of spectators, and has been called “the largest dog costume parade in the world” by CNN.

This year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will be sponsored by Purina Beggin’ with contestants competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. Runway competition begins at Noon. There is no need to pre-register, just come and have fun. Suggested Donations is $5 at the door. A parade of all contestants and spectators will follow after Best In Show is announced. Contestant and Raffle winners must be present at the end of the competition to receive their prize or it will be donated to charity.

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Tompkins Sq Halloween


Where:  Tompkins Square Park, East 7th Street and Avenue A, Manhattan
When:  Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.



Boston is gearing up for the Annual Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest at Faneuil Hall Marketplace!

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Dress up your pet, parade around the Marketplace, and compete in front of a panel of judges for one of six top prizes! Prizes are awarded for: Top 3 Best of Show, Best Owner & Pet Combo, Best Local Representation and Most Creative.

Where:  West End, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 5 Broad Street, Boston
When:  Saturday, October 24, 2015 from Noon to to 2:00 p.m.
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Star Wars Costumes for Your Pets!

This week’s travel gear is for taking your pet to a Halloween party, parade, or costume contest – or just staying at home to greet your neighborhood trick or treaters.

PetravelR™ likes this year’s selection of classic Star Wars characters  . . . timed to coincide with the new Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer!

Darth Vader costumePrincess Leia costume



Bantha costumeImperial Walker costumeEwok costume





Yoda cat



And don’t forget your cat -


You can find these and other Star Wars pet costumes at a variety of retailers, including Target, Party City, PetSmart, and BuyCostumes.com.

Hiking Gear for Your Dog

In last week’s Tuesday tips, we offered some advice for determining if your dog is physically fit and suited to hiking and for selecting an appropriate trail.  This week, PetravelR™ has some tips on hiking gear for your dog and what to pack.

Food and Water

Most dogs that are fit enough for hiking should be able to carry their own food and water. According to The Backpacker by Angele Sionna and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, a good rule of thumb is one cup of food per 20 pounds of dog per day, with a small serving of food about an hour before your hike for extra energy. In Backpacking with Your Dog, Erica May of REI recommends that you consult your veterinarian to ensure that your dog will get the right amount of calories for the estimated energy her or she will be expending, as well as the appropriate level of exercise and exertion for your dog. Be sure to bring nutritionally balanced dog food and/or biscuits. (See the PetravelR™ blog on portable TurboPUP canine meal bars.)


Adequate hydration is essential for both you and your dog. The Backpacker recommends that you use your own thirst as a guide and offer water to your dog whenever you stop to drink, i.e., every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on trail difficulty and temperature. You need to do your research in advance so that you know whether there will be ample water available to filter along your route. If there won’t be sufficient water sources, Lisa Densmore, longtime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and author of five hiking guidebooks, suggests carrying a minimum of one quart of water for your dog for every 3 miles you plan to hike. (Some dog packs feature a built-in hydration system.) Erica May of REI warns you to watch what your dog drinks, because dogs (like humans) are susceptible to giardia protozoa, and lake and river water may contain algae or parasites that can cause illness or even death. Carry a collapsible water bowl and train your dog to drink out of it.

Collars & Leashes

Lisa Densmore advises a snug collar with your dog’s name, rabies tag, and dog license, as well as your contact information. Angele Sionna and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan recommend putting LED lights or glowstick bracelets on collars to help you keep track of your dog after dark, and Erica May likes to use GPS beacons. (At the very least, put reflective tape on your dog’s collar and pack.)

Some national and state parks set a limit on the leash length (6 or 10 feet, depending on the park), so a short “heeling leash” or a 10-foot leash that can be quickly shortened is better choice than a long leash. Erica May prefers a leash that fastens to her pack with carabiners when backpacking, and a dog harness for more technical trails or climbing. Densmore also finds a spare rope to be helpful in case you need to tie your dog to a tree or another fixed object.

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Dog Clothing

A dog coat can help preserve body heat in cold, wet conditions, especially for thin-coated or indoor breeds. If you will be hiking through the snow, look for a coat that covers your dog’s underside. In very cold conditions, Erica May thinks a fleece bodysuit that covers your dog’s entire body and legs is worth considering; it might be too warm when your dog is exerting himself hiking, but it’s still a wonderful extra layer of insulation at night. And for hiking in a very hot environment, she suggests a dog vest or cooling collar that you can soak with water to dissipate heat as the water evaporates.

Dog boots can protect sensitive dog pads from snow and from de-icing salt used on sidewalks, as well as sharp, jagged rocks on the trail. (Lisa Densmore also recommends creams that help breeds that don’t need boots stay comfortable in the snow.) Dog boots are also very useful to have on hand if your dog cuts a pad or tears a claw. Erica May notes that you may have to try a few different pairs before finding ones that don’t fall off your dog’s feet when tromping through snow, and recommends testing the boots on short walks and hikes before trying them on a longer trips. And if you are interested in a DIY project, The Backpacker has instructions for making your own dog booties out of nylon, fleece, or denim fabric and 1-inch-wide velcro strips.

Sleeping Gear

According to Angele Sionna and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, you should pack a a foam pad for sleeping, and a wool or down blanket in cold weather. But Erica May cautions that a sleeping pad may not be enough for short-hair breeds when the temperature falls below 50 degrees. She brings a child’s sleeping bag along for her dog, but notes that some people prefer ultralight 2-person bags “so that they can snuggle with their pooch when the temperature drops very low.” (Not exactly a 3-dog-night, but PetravelR™ gets the idea.) Dog tents are another useful piece of gear, according to May; not all dogs like them for overnights, but they do double duty as sun shelters.

Shenandoah Group Hiking w:Dogs

First Aid Kit

In A Hiker’s Best Friend, Lisa Dunmore provides a list of the “basic components” of a doggy first aid kit for hikers:

  • Bandage scissors
  • Dog toenail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Cleansers and disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide and Betadine
  • Canine eyewash
  • Calamine lotion (for itchy bug bites)
  • Topical antibiotic ointments such as Bacitracin or Neomycin
  • Baking soda (for bee stings)
  • Vaseline
  • Stop bleeding powder
  • Enteric-coated aspirin or Bufferin
  • Imodium A-D
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Dressings and bandages
  • Gauze pads (4 inches square)
  • Gauze roll
  • Non-stick pads
  • Adhesive tape (1- and 2-inch rolls)
  • Muzzle: Even the most passive dog can get snappy when stressed due to injury

Angele Sionna and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan note that tweezers are particularly useful for removing ticks, and caution you to check your dog for ticks each night. They also recommend a liquid bandage (such as 3M Pet Care Spray-On Liquid Bandage) for split or cut paw pads.

On the miscellaneous list of gear, pack a dog brush and/or comb to remove any burrs from your dog’s fur. (Lisa Densmore observes, “On some long-haired breeds, if their fur gets knotted enough, they will refuse to move another inch even if they are 10 miles from the car.”) The brush, along with a camp towel, is also useful for cleaning and drying your dog, especially if he or she will be sharing a your tent for the night. And, of course, plastic bags are essential for picking up your dog’s waste and (if necessary) carrying it out with you.

Sources: A Hiker’s Best Friend by Lisa Densmore, AMC Outdoors; Hiking or Backpacking with Your Dog by Erica May, REI; The Backpacker by Angele Sionna and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan.

Adoptable Dogs at Coming Home Rescue!

It’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and we want to introduce some of the dogs at New Jersey’s Coming Home Rescue, featured this week on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend! Do you have space in your home and in your heart for one of them?



Dugan is a 5-year-old Basset Hound mix.  He is a friendly and energetic guy who happens to be strong, too. Dugan could use a wee bit of work on leash walking as he currently pulls, but he would absolutely love a yard to run around.  Dugan can easily become overwhelmed by too much stimulation and would do best in an adult-only, quiet household where he’s the only dog. He is very fond of sitting on chairs like a person!





Ziggy is a 5-year-old Terrier/Boston Terrier/American Staffordshire mix.  He’s a medium size dog – not too big, not too small, but maybe just the right size for your family.  Who could resist that adorable face!




Peggi is a 7-year-old Spaniel mix. This pretty girl needs someone who is willing to be a loving, gentle guide in her life so she can blossom into the wonderful dog we know she can be. She doesn’t mind taking a bath, walks well on a leash and will happily do her business outside. Peggi prefers the company of adults and would love to be your one and only. She certainly adores her toys and prefers not to share, but with some patience and direction, we know she can learn to trust.






Levi, a Retriever-Lab mix, is only 9 months old.  This youngster needs a foster home.  Even if you aren’t ready to adopt a dog, could you take care of Levi until he finds his forever home?  He’d be so very grateful!



Coming Home Rescue is an all volunteer, 501(c)3 non profit organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey.  Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing the number of dogs that are euthanized every year by rescuing and rehoming as many dogs from shelters as possible. If you’re not ready to adopt, please consider helping these homeless dogs by donating to Coming Home Rescue today!

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

Pups in the Pool

Vacaville, California holds its Pups in the Pool event on Sunday October 18, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Graham Aquatic Center.  This may be your last opportunity this year for your dog to take a dip in the pool!

Vacaville Pup Pool

Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated, and owners must be prepared for clean-up duty. Admission is $5 per dog with one owner; $2 for each additional person. First 20 pre-registered pups per group receive a treat!

PetravelR™ hopes your dog has a splashing good time!