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Hot Halloween Pet Products and Safety Tips for Growing Number of Pet Trick-or-Treaters October 12, 2004 1:38 PM

'Howl-O-Ween' Going to the Dogs; The APPMA Releases Hot Halloween Pet Products and Safety Tips for Growing Number of Pet Trick-or-Treaters GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2004--Americans have unmasked a new side of Halloween and it's definitely hairy. The furriest member of American families is making its way into Halloween festivities and the pet industry is responding with a plethora of costumes, treats and safety products to make this scary season fun for pets. "There are so many great products hitting the market that can make Halloween enjoyable for pets," said Bob Vetere, COO and managing director of the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. "As long as pet owners use good judgment and make sure their pet is comfortable in costumes or party situations, pets can really benefit from the added attention and affection they'll get for being so festive." Topping the list of hot Halloween products is APPMA's 2004 New Product Showcase Holiday Category Winner, Halloween Mask Cards by Avanti Press Inc. These unique gift cards are the same size as a standard mailing card but include a detachable mask in a variety of designs for your furry friend. These are great for your pet or to send to your pet-owning friends. When it comes to costumes -- make your dog the king! Fox & Hounds has teamed up with Elvis Presley Enterprises to produce the first-ever Elvis Presley line of pet accessories. The Hound Dog Collection includes "Jailhouse Rock" T-shirts and caps, denim canine jackets, black Elvis tees, army jackets, "Love me tender" collars, white leather Vegas collars, and a glittering gold tuxedo. Rubies Costume Co. also offers a distinct line of pet costumes including such characters as a cowboy and Batman. The company also offers Halloween-themed bandanas featuring sayings such as "does tricks for treats." Make your pet glow with lighted dog products from Tobz Corp. -- they're fun and safe. The collection includes lighted leashes, collars, harnesses, armbands and clip-on markers. The products, which are available in four colors, are visible from more than 1,000 feet and are water resistant, washable and come with a 200-hour replacement battery. PolyBrite International also makes a lighted collar. This nylon collar fitted with a red light and sewn with reflective stitching improves safety by providing users with the best of both worlds -- illumination and reflectivity. Turn some heads while out trick-or-treating with Pet Blinkers from Flipo Group Ltd. The blinkers attach to the collar and emit a multicolor flashing light that will attract attention to your pet and help keep them safe while out at night. For treats -- the HOWL Pack by Planet Dog comes with one Medium Glow-in-the-dark Orbee-Tuff(R) B  [ send green star]
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