How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Pets need to be watched out for on holidays


How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

 How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips makes all the festivities even more fun. 

Halloween can be a fun time to show off our pets, but there are ways to keep them safe, and steps to take.

My daughter-in-law Ashley has great tips to share with you so they are protected and you can enjoy being with them.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

My daughter-in-law Ashley is back after popular demand!  She kindly made us a list of tips to help our pets be safe during the upcoming holiday. We all learn so much from her advice and here is her list:

  • Make sure your pet has a current identification on at all times.
  • There is a high risk that your pet can be frightened and confused, causing it to run off.
    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

  • Give your pet a safe and quiet place to go if they need to.
  • Strangers in costumes and the constant ringing of the doorbell can be stressful to a pet.
  • Keep animals indoors as much as possible so they do not become targets of pranksters who may tease or seriously harm your pet.
  • Black cats tend to fall victim much too often during October.
  • Keep candy and decorations away from your pet.


  • Chocolate can be toxic to animals, as well as many sugar-free candies and gum. *Reportedly anything containing xylitol can be deadly to pets. Watch for this ingredient and check with your veterinarian.
  • If you suspect your pet has eaten xylitol, or any other harmful substance, call your veterinarian immediately.
  • Candy wrappers and party decorations can be hazardous if swallowed. Keep picked up and away from pets. 
    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    If you choose to dress your pet in a costume, there are a few guidelines to follow for their protection and safety:

1. Be sure the costume fits well. It should not restrict movement, visibility, breathing or ability to bark or meow.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

2. If your pet seems uncomfortable, anxious, stressed, over-heated or acting in an unusual way, take the costume off. Not all animals enjoy the costumes or clothing.   3. Carefully check the costume for any loose, dangling pieces or other items that could be chewed off or swallowed.

If you have any pet safety tips you’d like me to add, please email me and I would love to include them!

ENJOY the season and keep your pet safe!

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

Click HERE for Ashley’s Summer pet Safety tips and helps. 

Thank you so much Ashley for such terrific advice for our pets at A Mother’s Shadow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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*Check with your veterinarian about these ideas and any other questions you may have; as this is not to take the place of a trained professional and are all simply opinions.

Life Guard and Pool Safety Tips

23 Life Guard Tips

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Life Guard and Pool Safety Tips

How To Have Fun And Be Safe At The Pool

Summer Water Safety

I do NOT swim well, therefore my kids DO!  It truly paid off.  As an example, one of my sons, when he was about ten years old saved the life of a younger boy because he knew how to swim. 

 Do you and your kids spend much time at the pools?

 Because water safety and cooperating with the lifeguards when you are at the public and private pools are so important, I put together a list to help make swim time more fun for everyone – lifeguards included 🙂

Here is a list of 23 Water Safety Tips.  Please share these with your family so they can be safe, and others will be too! 

A Lifeguard’s Suggestions/Requests/Appeals

1- Lifeguards are not babysitters. Please keep track of your child at the pool.

2- Don’t let your child float around alone in a life jacket, or floaties, thinking they are safe.

3- Do not talk to the life guard while on they are on the stand/chair- and on duty.

4- Do not argue with a lifeguard if one goes in to ‘save’ your child. They must have felt your child was in danger and there is not a charge for this service, so THANK THEM, do not argue about it.

5- Even if you consider your child a strong swimmer, please watch and pay attention to where they are at all times.

6- Make sure your child knows where you will be so if help is needed, or they simply want you, they can find you.

7- Do not hover, tread water or stay under the life guard chair/stand because if they have to go in for a ‘save’ they may accidentally jump onto you, or your head while going to help a swimmer in distress.

8- Do not be a ‘Good Samaritan’. If you are not properly trained and attempt to help a hurt swimmer, you could actually make it worse. For example if the swimmer has a head-neck-or back injury, your attempt to ‘help’ may cause serious physical damage. Call attention of the problem to a lifeguard if they are not aware of the injured swimmer.

9- Read and be aware of the rules of the pool, no matter how old you are, or how good a swimmer you may be. They are there for a reason –protection and safety.

10- Do not splash, flirt with or distract the lifeguards. Their job is serious and they are paid to be attentive to the swimmers in the pool.

11- Please put non-potty trained babies and children in swim diapers.

12- Frequently ask your child if they need to use the bathroom. Often they are too busy playing in the water to get out in time for a potty break.

13- Do NOT eat in the pool – yucky for everyone else.

14- Check pool facility for slide rules. It is generally a rule that a person cannot catch your child as they come off the water slide. If the child cannot swim safety by them self to the side, they are not ready for this activity.

15- It is against all pool rules to catch a child jumping off the diving board.

16- If you have a complaint or concern, find the manager, supervisor or head life guard. The life guard does not generally deal with complaints; and again, they are on duty.

17- All pools have the rule against foul language as it is a family oriented facility. Contact the management, supervisor, or head life guard if issues of this nature occur.

18 – Please, pretty please clean up after yourself – the lifeguards are not a cleaning service.  

 More Safety Tips:

19- Help your child(ren) enjoy the sun by using/providing sufficient sunscreen.

20- Make sure your child(ren) drinks enough water. A child (or adult for that matter) becomes cranky and unpleasant when they are actually dehydrated.  I read that chocolate milk is actually better to hydrate and restore lost nutrients than sports drinks.

21- Use care not to let your child get too hot. Check for flushed face, sweating, complaining of heat, or extremely irritable. If this happens, ask a lifeguard for help. Your child may be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

22- Check to see if your child is too cold, even when it is hot outside. If they are shivering, lips are turning blue, finger tips are turning purple or blue, not moving very much in the water. This could be hypothermia. Again, contact a lifeguard.

23Have FUN and ENJOY the WATER & SUN safely!!!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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2nd Sunday Dinner

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It was another GREAT 2nd Sunday dinner!

DSC_2024This is the time we open our home to friends and neighbors to join us for food and good company. DSC_2025The menu this month included: Sloppy joes, tortilla chips and nacho sauce, my homemade creamy potato salad and my festive baby green salad with amazing homemade cranberry dressing. For dessert, it was apple pie. Recipes follow. DSC_2029Thanks to all who came and visited.  It was a wonderful evening. DSC_2023I know of TWO other families who are now doing a Sunday dinner/open house after seeing how we do it at my house. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today!