In this week’s Scoop dog news pupdate, we take a look at some of the best Halloween dogs out there and wrap up the news.
New Yorkers take Halloween to dizzying new levels
It’s fair to say that New Yorkers love dogs, and dressing up. And parades, apparently! Here are some of the stand out doggy costumes from the NYC Halloween parade.
Okay, so admittedly this dog is only wearing a t-shirt, nothing special. We still think this family is pretty incredible, though.
Have a fun fright night, and while you’re getting all dressed up, why not enjoy these horror movies we think everyone should see…
Adopted dog loves the LA foodie life
This is Popeye, a #dogsofinstagram doge with 108,000 followers. He looks super cute now (have you seen his outfits?), but when Ivy – his new mum – found him on the streets he was skinny, matted and dirty.
Now Ivy and Popeye can be spotted grabbing lunch in trendy dog-friendly Los Angeles eateries. Apparently, Popeye has very good table manners – only taking small morsels of dog-safe food that Ivy gives him. What’s more, he seems to simply enjoy the company! We don’t blame him as he’s making up for lost time after being alone on streets. Bless his furry little face.
Say no to Teacup pups
We’ve written before about the horrible facts of the puppy trade. And here’s another upsetting example of irresponsible breeding that’s made the news this week. Teacup puppies, selectively bred to produce tiny dogs, often end up with very brittle bones and other health risks but fetch thousands of pounds when sold.
This week, Lisa Richards from the RSPCA spoke out against such breeding methods, saying “Selectively breeding to exaggerate certain physical features, such as creating really tiny dogs, can cause serious health and welfare problems. They are vulnerable to stress fractures because the bones of their front limbs are so fine. Even minimal trauma, such as jumping, can cause painful breaks. Dislocated kneecaps are also common in toy breeds and some pups get so badly injured they have to be put down.”
especially considering how many puppies are bought and sold in the months before Christmas. Remember: the simplest way to avoid these irresponsible breeders is to adopt don’t shop, (why not find an RSPCA Rescue centre near you?) or if you really must buy a puppy, check for Kennel Club Assured Breeders.