Keep Your Dogs safe this Halloween!

Keep your pets safe this Halloween by following these tips...

Safe Pet Costumes. Of you dress your pet, check for choking hazards or potential problems if a pet chews on their costume and make sure their masks don't obstruct their vision.

Watch Out for Scary Decorations. Be aware of burning candles, strings of lights and electrical cords and keep your pets away these decorations.

Keep Pets Inside. Black cats, especially, may be at risk to abuse from strangers on Halloween. Dogs may be scared by noises and costumes. It’s best to keep pets in a safe room deep inside the house and away from the front door to prevent them from running out.

Chocolate is Dangerous for Pets! Do not give candy, especially chocolate, to any pet. Chocolate can be poisonous for dogs. Additional dangerous foods items are: raw bread dough and yeast, onions, garlic, salt, nuts, milk, bones, grapes, raisins, Xylitol and alcohol. Let your children know that it's not okay to share their Halloween treats with their pets.

Have a Safe and Happy Howl-O-Ween from Bowsie Wowsie!

Remembering Sergeant Stubby, the Most Decorated War Dog of World War I

Sergeant Stubby
e are remembering those brave military dogs, like Sergeant Stubby who served along side our service men and women. Stubby was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months and was in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there until American Soldiers found him). Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper.

Stubby was a stray of unknown breed that appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut while a group of soldiers were training. The dog hung around as the men drilled and one soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the mutt. When it came time for the outfit to ship out, Conroy hid Stubby on board the troop ship.

Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and 17 battles. He entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.

After being gassed himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in no man's land, and — since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could — became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. Following the retaking of Château-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. He also helped free a French town from the Germans. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home.

After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas' team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.

In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy's arms. His remains are featured in The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Stubby was honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice Day, November 11, 2006.

This article uses material from this Wikipedia article.