The iconic Wizard of Oz movie was produced in 1939. It started out in black and white, then became Technicolor! The first colour movie produced in Hollywood. Everyone loved it; the movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards that year. However, it took 10 years for to earn back the cost of production, an astounding $3.1 million in 1939. (That’s ike over $54 million today.)
Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers were stolen from an exhibit at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the night of August 27–28, 2005. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information about the stolen slippers.They were finally recovered just last month (September 2018).
Did you know more people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks? Worldwide about 30 people die each year from shark attacks, which means a person has a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark.
About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep. As long as a shark’s back is mostly under water, it can swim easily. A nine-foot-long bull shark can swim in just two feet of water.
Who knew! The history of the pinata goes waaaay back, to the 1500s in Mexico. Priests used a star-shaped pinata with 7 points, to represent the 7 Deadly Sins (you remember them, right – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride ).
The candies and other goodies inside the piñata are the riches of the kingdom of heaven, that the virtuous who are able to overcome sin will receive. It’s a lot to teach your Morkie, but….
It’s that time of year – are you and your Morkie ready?? Once again, the lowly PUMPKIN is the most popular pet costume this year – come on people, can’t we be more creative 🙂 Also on the list, the devil, a hotdog, bee, cat, witch bow tie and pirate.
By the way, here’s how costumes rank for Halloween for people. (This is adults and kids). The favourites are —
If your Morkie is like most dogs, he doesn’t really like wearing a costume, unless you’ve accustomized him to clothes from puppyhood.
When dogs are dressed up and not liking it, they simply freeze. They won’t take a step, won’t look up, won’t do a thing. Here are the signs your dog is hating his halloween look.
Signs your dog is stressed:
Whale eyes (open wide, can see the whites)
Single paw raised
Freezing / refusing to move
Flattening to the ground
In that case, better to go with a festive collar, or ummm, a festive collar.
Big runaway night
Even if he’s not afraid of his costume, your Morkie might choose October 31st to run off in the night. (The biggest runway night of the year is July 4th thanks to fireworks), so keep doors closed or better still, keep your Morkie in a quiet, closed off room or in his kennel cage.
There are lots of great costumes for small dogs, and if yours is game, it can be fun to dress him or her up.
Maybe a little bit of neighbourhood “trick or biscuit” or an afternoon get-together. Website BuzzFeed features the 57 Greatest Pet Costumes, from an Rob-Bun the rabbit Robin Hood to an actual Chia Pet.
But when it comes to costumes for dogs, it seems you just can’t beat the old standby: the hotdog – #1 in retail sales for the past 8 years.
A close second to hotdogs… the pumpkin!
But Halloween can also be a stressful time for pets
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful 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. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate—and even seizures.
Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.
Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
Here’s a really fun costume: make a big TY tag and attach it to your Morkie’s collar.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed.
3. Keep wires and cords away from pets; these wires from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme 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 can cause undue stress.
Halloween can be great fun – we really get into the spirit here in North American, where millions of us adults dress up, and dress up our pets too. But here are some tips to keep it safe for your pets.
Some of the top dangers specific to Halloween are:
toxic Halloween candy – chocolate especially is deadly for small dogs like Morkies, and tinfoil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to keep your children’s haul out of the dog’s way.
don’t forget raisins – just a few can cause serious health problems for your Morkie including kidney failure, so keep these treats securely out of the way too.
lit candles – your Morkie could accidentally knock over a lit candle – consider using a no flame, no mess alternative to light up your jack-o-lantern.
wires and cords could harm your dog – dogs love to chew and Morkies are no exception. Make sure all wires and cords from temporary displays and decorations are properly secured and out of reach.
constant door bells and strangers – can be very stressful for your Morkie. Sometimes accidents happen and your Morkie might make a run for it when you’re opening the door. Be sure to keep his I.D. on, and ideally keep him quiet and comfortable in another room during the peak of activity. Like the 4th of July, Halloween is a peak time for runaways according to the ASPCA.
Should dogs wear costumes?
Everyone loves to see dogs in costumes – in fact, most people have dressed up their pooches at some point in their lives.
However, if your Morkie is really resistant to the idea, this much stress might be a bad idea.
Start small – a little hat or a bandana, to get your Morkie used to the idea. Then try a T-shirt. Don’t rush — make it fun.
If your Morkie is anxious or upset in her costume, take it off right away and try later.
Should I take my Morkie trick or treating with us?
If you’re taking both children and a dog on your own that can be a real handful. As small dogs, Morkies can become frightened, and aren’t always as well socialized as large dogs. My advice – if your kids are older and don’t need constant supervision, or if another adult can come with you, then give it a try. But be prepared to take your Morkie home when he’s tired or overwrought.
Keeping your Morkie safe
Stick to your dog’s routine
So how do you protect your dog, short of canceling Halloween altogether? First, try your best to stick to the dog’s routine, especially regular walks. An exercised dog is a better behaved dog all round, so grab a walk whenever you can. The bonus – it will help reduce your own stress levels too.
Give your dog some time outs
You may want to remove your dog from the party central action if things get too hectic. A quiet room or his crate, is a far better solution than a stressed-out dog. Don’t assume your partner or someone else is watching the dog; be explicit about who’s in charge and plan ahead for the dog’s needs (a walk in the middle of trick or treating time? Better reschedule that one).
For an ounce or two of prevention, make sure your dog has his tag on at all times, with your current phone number on it. Check out which emergency vets will be open in your area that nigiht and stick that number up on the fridge.
One more tip – pumpkin!
Pure, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great thing to keep on hand for your Morkie. Believe it or not, it’s great for both diarrhea AND constipation. Plus it’s loaded with betacarotene which your Morkie’s system converts to Vitamin A. One or two teaspoons a day (no more!) can be very helpful to your little Morkie’s digestion.
Just look at these numbers: this year’s poll from the National Retail Federation showed that 68 million Americans will dress up this Halloween — and another 20 million pet owners will dress up their pet!
After Christmas, it’s the single biggest retail spending holiday of the year and that’s not counting the dental bills after!
Really popular this year for pets?
Pumpkins are always a sure bet, along with Superheroes and bumblebees. Norwalk Store Manager Walter Randall says that this year, the best selling new style is what he calls “Pop Riders.”
“You put it on your dog, it can be a princess or cat, or even a horse rider. It makes it look like the little man is on top of your dog riding it like a horse.” OMG Picture one of these on your Morkie!
“Pop rider” for a bigger dog…. it’s a little person on top of the pet, dressed as a cowboy, Star Wars character or whatever else strikes you. They’re all the rage this year according to retailers.
More “pop riders” – this year’s hot trend in pet costumes
Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story, rides a pug on the way to the parade.
Top costumes for dogs, kids and adults
For the 11th year in a row, WITCH is the #1 costume for adults –
about 4.3 million of us dress up in that old standby!
Pumpkin is once again, the #1 costume for both dogs AND cats
Kids #1 costume – princess! This will be the choice for about 3.2 million Americans
Minions and Star Wars characters are on the top 10 for everyone – child or adult, four-legged or two
National Retail Foundation’s 2015 Top Costumes Survey