With the growing trend for UK children to celebrate Halloween, Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) is recommending that dog owners take steps to protect their pets.
Halloween can be frightening for family dogs, as they are not used to seeing people in costumes. Make sure that your dog is walked before the trick or treaters come knocking at your door. Ensure that your dog is kept inside, and in a safe and secure place. If you do open the door, make sure that your dog cannot run out or keep him on a lead. â€œYou would not want him to bolt out of the front door and into a road and get hit by a carâ€ warns LRK trustee Maggie Hinks
As with Easter time do not let your dogs near the sweet bowl.. Not only can chocolate kill, but sweet wrappers can cause choking and intestinal obstruction.
Carved pumpkins can look very pretty but make sure they are out of reach and cannot be knocked over by an agitated animal.
It might be tempting to dress up your dog in costume but they can annoy animals and pose health and safety hazards. If you do put your dog into costume make sure it can breathe, see and hear. If possible avoid masks on your pet. Remove any small or dangly accessories that could be chewed or swallowed.
â€œAll we want to do is to remind owners to be sensible with their pets and to consider what might happen and also for those who are trick or treating with their children to be aware of how an animal might react if scared. At this time of the year vets do see an increase in the number avoidable accidentsâ€ concludes Maggie Hinks.
LABRADOR RESCUE KENT AND BORDERS FUN DAY AT WYE RAISES NEARLY £4K
About seventy dogs of all breeds (but mostly Labradors) attended Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) Summer Fayre at Wye yesterday, Sunday 27 July. Officially opened by the Mayor of Ashford, John Link, the fayre sprang into action with its dog show.
For a few hours dogs and owners were able to enjoy the summer sunshine whilst supporting the fund raising activities of LRK â€“ the raffle, the silent auction, the tombola for kids and adults, over the bale races and hide and seek games for the dogs, as well as the delicious home-made cream teas, and BBQ. Nearly £4K was raised.
Master of ceremonies Matthew Kearsey-Lawson,head chef and managing director of award winning Kent Fine Foods kept the crowds entertained with his witty banter and amusing tales.
Commenting on the fayre, LRK trustee Maggie Hinks says: It was so nice to see so many of our rescue dogs with their new owners and to see that they have found their forever homes. We are so pleased with the money that we have raised and would like to thank all our volunteers and everyone who attended the fayre. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Maggie Hinks on 01580 720408
Over the bales winner
Cookie a chocolate Labrador owned by Kirsty
Dog show winners
Best Veteran Bella owned by Irene Senner
Best Youngster & BIS - Asbo owned by Betty
Best 6 legs Molly owned by Brian
Waggiest Tail Bert a black Labrador owned by Yasmine Marcar (Bert has won this category now for four years and has been runner up for two)
Best Rescue & we think RBIS Luna owned by Gerald
Dog Most Like Its Owner Bailey owned by MaureenAlison
Best Fancy Dress Henry owned by Colin Etherton
Sausage & Spoon Dash owned by Jayne Ralph
Note to editor:
Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders is a Registered Charity (No. 1067495) formed in 1997 which aims to recover, rehabilitate and rehome any Labrador Retriever in the county of Kent and its borders that has been ill treated, neglected or whose owners can no longer keep it.
For further information please contact: Kirsty Botting on 0208 672 9550 or 07970 802745./ Maggie Hinks on 01580 720408 / Caroline Halford on 01732 832200