It's that horrible time of year again - greedy noisy kids, overpriced candy (has anyone else noticed how the mini chocolate bars are approximately half the size they were two years ago, yet the price has increased?), firecrackers, lost dogs and cats who bolted when their careless owners gave them accesss to the scary outside, vandalism, UGH! Halloween is my least favourite time of year. I hate it even more than I hate a month of nonstop rain, three feet of snow, or anglers who leave all their trash behind at the river.
What??? You mean I got all dressed up for nuthin'????
I haven't quite figured out the logistics of handling tonight. The brats...er...kids will start showing up around 5 PM ,and the last will trickle through about 8 PM. Three dogs in the house, two of which are reactive to anybody daring to walk down the street, let alone up the driveway to the door (Sadie and Lucy, are you listening to me??) will add to the excitement. And while I customarily put my own dogs in the gated mudroom so they can't storm the door each time someone comes, Lucy can leap over anything. I may have to try crating her with a stuffed kong or a sweet potato chew tonight - though she is not a fan of crates unless the crate door is wide open.
My plan was to sit in my carport with the goodies. But over the last two days I have finally got the puppies on some semblance of a workable schedule, feeding at 6 AM, noon, 6PM, and midnight. Each feed takes approximately one hour as it requires supervision to make sure all pups eat AND there is considerable clean up of poops and pees both before and after the feed. (I go to bed around 9:30, pups wake me up for the midnight feed, and then I get to sleep for another five hours before the pup alarm tells me it is morning. Works for me.)
So....how do I feed pups at the same time as hand out goodies and/or prevent kids from ringing the doorbell/knocking at the door?
Hmmm....I might have a solution to all my problems. Pop a puppy into the first ten treat bags, and eat the chocolate myself.
Foster mama, you wouldn't!!!!