Hey, don’t forget about your pets on the Fourth of July this year!
Remember, unlike humans, animals don’t enjoy the frightening booms and scary lights of fireworks. That’s why every year your giant Saint Bernard is squeezing his fat butt underneath your bed the second he hears a bottle rocket explode five miles away. Or why your cat scatters the second you pull out the sparklers. Animals just don’t like July Fourth celebration the way their masters do.
I think we should learn to respect that.
My dogs and birds are NO EXCEPTION when it comes to fireworks. My larger dog is the worst of them all-she actually tries to climb down my shirt (she’s bigger than I am) the moment she sees a flash in the sky or hears the tiniest little pop. Even light a match anywhere near her and she’s shaking and whimpering like I aim to set her ablaze.
God forbid anyone set off one of those damn screamers.
In the weeks leading up to and the days following July Fourth my house is nothing but a huge bundle of nerves. Dogs and birds wandering about wide-eyed and shaking, anticipating the dreaded boom of a bottle rocket and the crackling of sparklers like the end is upon them. They probably really think it is. How do they know that these noises are just for fun? Somewhere in them their instincts are saying these crashes, flashes, and booms are not natural, so fleeing is all that is on their minds. Flee, flee, flee to the sanctuary of the bedroom! Hide quickly under the covers! their precious minds seem to say.
There’s nothing I can do to console them. Comforting makes it worse. Somehow my soothing intentions every fourth of July get misconstrued and my animals believe somehow they are in trouble FOR the noise that is frightening them. So I simply leave the bedroom door open and let them shake themselves to a whimpering slumber.
By the way, DON’T EVER LEAVE YOUR ANIMALS UNATTENDED DURING THIS HOLIDAY! Your pets are not in their right minds and will go crazy! I’ve seem dogs dig their way out of cement enclosures just to run blindly into traffic due to pure fear. A responsible pet owner will protect their pets first and have fun with fireworks later.
This year, I will be home with my pets where we can observe the beautiful fireworks display in my town from the safety of my tiny kitchen window. The TV will be blasting, air conditioners and fans will be whirring in all the rooms, (white noise) and there will be big chewy treats for everyone to provide pure distraction. We will all be very happy fourth of July survivors.
Until someone lets off a screamer at Two AM a week later. Can’t you people just save those for next year?