Halloween Archives - Theo's Dog Blog - The Misadventures of a big ginger dog


Halloween is upon us, and provides an excellent opportunity to share a silly photo of Theo wearing a pirate hat. Aar! Unlike some dogs, Theo isn’t that keen on wearing any form of costume although he does wag when we put his harness on before his walks. I did laugh when I saw this dog “gnome” costume (via “Newly Crunchy Mama” and Petsmart):

So, the tale of the Frankenfinger… Are you sitting comfortably? Well, sometime in late September, Kim was walking Theo. Due to an entanglement, and a large slice of misfortune, her hand was caught in the dog lead, and her right index finger was badly broken. In fact, we now think that it was broken in several places and fractured the knuckle. She also received bruising over her arms. Since the incident Kim has visited the hospital several times for check ups. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do much apart from tell us that it will take at least 3 months to heal, and that it will have to heal naturally (no splint, no pins, just love and fresh air). This has caused us significant disruption as she couldn’t butter bread, let alone drive! As her finger has healed, it has caused a lot of pain and Kim has also worried that once the bruising goes down the finger may not be entirely straight. We hope that it will sort itself out and Kim is becoming adept at making her own splints and strapping. Much to her chagrin, I named the damaged digit “Frankenfinger” in an effort to lighten the mood. (Will I ever learn?) I would like to dedicate this sketch to Kim’s Halloween Tale:

Halloween can be a fun time of year for the whole family – even your dog. However, there are also many potential dangers and sources of stress for your dog. Just remember to keep your dog safe and think about the following:

  • Walk your dog early, and before trick-or-treaters start their visits. People in costumes or simply behaving strangely can cause stress to your dog and they may react by wanting to run away, or even bark and bite (the dog, not the revellers!).
  • No tricks, no treats – remember, chocolate in all its forms (as well as many other sweets) are poisonous to dogs.
  • Only dress up your dogs if they enjoy it, and make sure that they are safe and can’t get tangled up. We certainly wouldn’t put a costume on Theo as it is likely that all the noise and activity will stress him out. Halloween costumes can annoy animals and pose safety and health hazards…so think twice before dressing up the dog. Make sure the dog can breathe, see and hear, and that the costume is flame retardant. Remove any small or dangling accessories that could be chewed and swallowed. Avoid rubber bands, which can cut off the animal’s circulation or, if accidentally left on, can cut into the animal’s skin.
  • Halloween decorations can be eaten or broken, causing serious harm to your dog. Have fun and decorate – just think about your dog first!

Happy Howl-o-ween!