Have a howling good time with your dog

Halloween is just around the corner and with it tempting bags of goodies full of treats and potential chew toys. Children may want to share their trick or treating booty with their 4-legged pal.  Parents should step in and curtail this. Both chocolate and raisins have serious effects on dogs, from mild to severe, and potentially fatal.

In addition to the treat hazards, not every dog will enjoy this holiday.  To dogs Halloween can be a real fright with all the ghouls and goblins running around and ringing doorbells.  Wandering noses and frisky feet can get into trouble when the fun starts.  Children in costumes can frighten dogs.  The trick is not to treat Halloween as just another day for a dog.  Taking precautions on Halloween will prevent dogs from running out, getting hurt or frightening their Halloween visitors.

On Sunday, October 12 from 1 to 3 pm the Acme Canine staff will host their 8TH ANNUAL HOWLOWEEN party at their facility in Lewis Center.   This is one celebration when it’s okay for you and your dog to dress up and have a howling good time.

Bring your dog in costume.  Wear one yourself!  And plan to enjoy an afternoon of safe dog activities.

Each year Acme Canine Resource Center solicits nominations for a charity to sponsor through our fundraising events. This year’s selected group is 4 Paws for Ability. Located in Dayton, OH, and founded by Karen Shirk, 4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

HOWLOWEEN is one of several Acme Canine charitable events open to the public;  refreshments (for dogs and humans), a costume contest, dog games, silent auction and raffle occur throughout the event. Each dog receives a “trick or treat” bag filled with dog related materials and treats.   This year, attendees can meet Chewbacca, a service dog in training with 4 Paws for Ability.

Thanks to great sponsors such as Dr. R. Mann Veterinary Hospital, Durfey’s Dog, Antonio’s Pizza, all R friends, Top Priority Band, SnapPet Photo, PetEdge, Coastal Pet products, Pawsitive Kneads and more, this should be the best party ever.

Schedule of Events

1:00pm  pawprint painting & costume photographing

1:15pm  costume parade and dog games following

2:30pm  awarding of prizes, raffle items and silent auction


Giving back to the community is part of Acme Canine Resource Center’s purpose, and this event is just one of many charitable activities in which Acme participates. Acme volunteers Reading Dogs to schools and libraries, sponsors an Olentangy Little League team, and gives demo dog presentations to local schools and organizations.

Founded in 2004 by owner Laura Pakis, Acme Canine Resource Center is a boarding, daycare, and training facility located in Lewis Center, Ohio. Laura’s (and the entire staff’s) mission has always been, and remains, “building better lifelong bonds through behavior training and coaching.”

Acme Canine’s facility offers a spacious, 1200-square-foot, indoor space and 3 outdoor multipurpose areas for use in specialized training, year-round classes, and monthly activities and workshops. The facility’s kennels are welcoming, clean, and provide a home-like atmosphere for dogs boarding at Acme. The staff is well-trained in canine behavior and accredited in dog training and pet boarding, so you can be assured your dog is in great hands. Doggie daycare in a structured, dogcentric environment is also a service offered Mondays through Fridays.


4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children and assistance to their families. This year, Acme Canine is sponsoring a dog in training, Chewbacca, a 5-month old Golden doodle who is set to graduate in December. Proceeds from Acme’s events such as Woofie’s Retirement Party and Spike’s Pool Party will go toward the cost of training, housing, feeding, and caring for this lovely boy! If you’d like to learn more about 4 Paws for Ability and the services they provide, you can find them on their website, www.4pawsforability.org, or by mail, e-mail, or phone at: 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385 E-mail: karen4paws@aol.com Phone: (937) 768-9098


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