Fireworks: Don’t let furry friends freak out

dreamstime_xxl_106224814 (1)Bet it’s already started in your neighborhood.

The BOOM of freedom. Or at least of the traditional day of permission to MAKE LOUD SOUNDS and to PLAY WITH FIRE AND EXPLOSIVES.

Apparently this is a blockbuster — or -boomer — year for fireworks. With COVID nixing so many public  fireworks displays, more private citizens have been taking  up the cause; sales of fireworks have hit record highs.

It’s July 4th, and coming up on the darkness, and the time of fireworks displays. Which — not “by the way” — your companion animals pretty much hate. Not only does it physically hurt their ears, but it’s a nonsequitor, a complete out-of-the-blue occurrence for them.

Our animals — you know, the ones we have grown to love and appreciate even more in these times of isolation and quarantine — pretty much hate  our Fourth of July celebration sounds.  If ever they6 were going to do their own canine, feline — maybe even avian or reptilian or piscine — form of WTF, it would be during 4th of July fireworks.

Simply put: a lot of them freak.

They may just hide under the bed. My dog Benji, a chihuahua and  — okay, a sort of crazy-fierce 4-pound spectacular creature who often tried to bite me — would actually jump in my lap, tongue unfurling like Dead Sea scrolls, Ren and Stimpy-esque —  in reaction to the noise.  Verlaine and Hilbert, my companions in Tucson, jumped right through  our bay windows, dragging the curtains out onto the lawn, among the shards of glass, just to  try to get away from the sound.

Belle, my current pup, is now nearly stone deaf, and this is the one time  of year I can say thank goodness for that.

As we hopefully know, better than ever, from COVID, we owe our buddies our respect and concern.

Here are some steps you need to take for your critters to be safe tonight, tomorrow — throughout this holiday weekend and beyond:

  •  Think sonic distancing. Keep them somewhere in your houses far from the real world BOOM-ing. Note that it’s not a good idea to  lock them up, either, in an unfamiliar room. Distance them further from the noise by turning on a TV  or radio to soften the scary noises from outside. 
  •  Even if your companion animal  is usually kept outside — an outdoor cat, say — bring them in tonight and maybe for the duration (this weekend?), according to advice from the Humane Society of the United States.
  •  If you are going out and have to bring your buddy with you, leash him or her. You know your pet’s proclivity for darting. …
  • In case of worst-case-scenario — make sure your companion animal is wearing her or his collar with ID tag.Remember, you can’t have a happy holiday if your best friend is miserable.  Remember to keep them safe — and enjoy!



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I have two passions: animals and words. And I have managed to spend most of my life combining those two lvoes, using words to create awareness, to touch hearts, to help alleviate suffering, and to just make the world a kinder kind of place fdor all living things. I spent more than 30 years as a jo0urnalist at The Bergen Record newspaper, and have t a lifetime een using the power of words to XXX

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