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                                  October 2011   

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Fiesta Island Dog Owners

Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m.-- 

FIDO's Oktoberfest Fundraiser "Beer, Bratwurst, and Bow-Wows

to support the fenced off-leash section of Fiesta Island, with raffle, at the La Jolla Brewhouse Restaurant (7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla).  Cost is $40, and reservations are required: or 858-456-6279


Dog Yoga Yappy Hour Class

Fri., October 7, 2011, 6 to 7 p.m.-- Dog Yoga Yappy Hour Class, with Kym Detwiler-O'Reilly of Leash Your Fitness, at the Dog Beach Dog Wash training room (4933 Voltaire St.), followed by an optional Yappy Hour at dog-friendly O'Bistro across the street.  Bring a yoga mat, and water for you and your leashed dog.  First class is $10.



FriendsofDogBeachlogo.jpg Sat., Oct. 8, 2011, 9 to 11 a.m.--Dog Beach Cleanup with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs.




Sat. & Sun., October 15 & 16, 2011--10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Pet Expo, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, to benefit San Diego shelters and animal care groups.  Sunday's special guest is Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's "It's Me or the Dog."  Admission $9 for adults, children 15 & under free 




Sun., Oct. 30, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.--6th Annual Kiwanis Club's Ocean Beach Canine Carnival & Doggie Costume Parade (1:30-2:30 p.m.), Dusty Rhodes Park at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd.  




Sun., Oct. 30, 2011, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.--4th Annual Bowl-a-Thon to benefit FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters), Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (between 805 & 163 near Convoy  St.)

FOCAS Bowl-a-Thon 


Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Bulldog in witch costume

Halloween is a fun time for kids and many adults, but it can be a stressful and frightening time for your pets.


Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this holiday:


If your dog wears a costume, make sure it doesn't obstruct his/her vision, hearing, mobility or elimination.  Don't leave your dog in costume unsupervised (or s/he might knock things over trying to get it off, or choke while chewing it off).  Avoid rubber bands; Velcro is a safer fastener 


Keep treats out of your dog's reach.  Chocolate (especially baking and dark chocolate) contains theobromine which can cause nerve damage & death in dogs.  Sugarless candy/gum containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Other eating hazards are raisins, pennies, candy wrappers, and chunks of pumpkin & decorative corn

Jack O'Lanterns and candles are an obvious fire hazard.  Keep them out of your pet's range.  Wagging tails, and cats & birds zooming through the house can easily tip over a lighted pumpkin or get stuck inside.  Electrical lights with cords that can be chewed can also cause burns

Keep your pets indoors on Halloween night, away from Halloween pranksters.  If you are hosting a Halloween party, or handing out treats at your door, it is safer to keep your pets in a quiet, safe and separate room away from noisy visitors in scary costumes (often with threatening props, such as witch's broom, or devil's pitchfork).  Some irresponsible adults mistakenly think giving dogs candy, junk food or alcohol is funny; it's not and quite dangerous

If you greet Trick & Treaters at the door, and don't have a separate room for your dog and cat, make sure your pets are wearing a collar/harness with current ID tag, as well as a leash, to keep them from bolting out the door.  Have your pet get used to people in costumes (masks, funny hats, elaborate clothes & props) before Halloween
Come to the 6th Annual Howl-o-Ween Carnival
Sponsored by the OB Kiwanis Club
Bee costumes

Dog Beach Dog Wash is again supporting the Canine Carnival and Pet Costume Parade for Dogs at Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunday, October 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration for the costume contest is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with awards about 3 p.m.  The Carnival is free to attend, but the fee for the Costume Contest is $5 for one dog, $8 for 2 or more dogs, and $8 for a float.

Common themes are insects, pirates, marine life Pirate Float(sharks, lobsters), cowboys, and period pieces (flappers, hippies).  Store-bought costumes are plentiful, but children's outfits can be altered to fit dogs (enlarging the arm-holes, and using velcro to fasten under the tummy). 

OriginaHeadless Horsemanl costumes that include the "handlers" are the most engaging, but everyone loves the Chihuahua Princess, and the Pug Elvis.  Last year's entries include these photos of bees and bee-keeper, pirate ship, and the headless horseman.

What will your dog be dressed as?

Halloween Costume Poll

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

We're having our special Halloween Trick and Treat Special between Sunday, October 23rd and Monday, October 31st:  Have your dog perform a trick -- and win a free large dog biscuit (you receive a sweet treat, too!).  Every dog is a winner.  No costume required.

Mindy & Jane (and Juno, Chipper & Zydeco  

Dog Beach Dog Wash