Today is a big day in the United States where we celebrate our country’s birth and the freedoms that we fought for. If you’ve known us for awhile, you probably know that we have our big party on July 3 because the little town where we live puts on quite a show. There’s a Cruise In where people bring classic or hot rod cars, there’s a live band and at night, there’s an impressive fireworks display for a town our size. It’s a fun little slice of small town Americana that we really enjoy sharing with family and friends. Since our house is on the small side, having a summer party when everyone can be outside is the perfect form of entertaining for us.
Normally, after dinner has been consumed, the dogs make an appearance to greet the guests and enjoy some of the limelight. For the first time ever, none of our dogs came out to greet the guests. As much as we wanted to, and some of them asked to see the dogs, we just couldn’t. We had neighbors setting off fireworks from about 11:00 in the morning and they kept going throughout the town fireworks show. Our neighbors across the street have two Labradors that they keep in a pen in the back yard and I watched one of them scale that fence and run away. I saw terrified dogs all over the neighborhood that clearly were not enjoying being a part of the festivities. I know that the day after July 4 is the busiest day of the year at animal control shelters, and it’s because of situations like this.
We will be going out to enjoy dinner and fireworks tonight in the city and leaving the dogs at home. One of the good things about our little town is that we are too far for the dogs to hear the commotion that Red, White and Boom creates. They will be relaxing in the basement again while we’re out, just in case the neighbors have some rounds left over. The basement is a perfect solution for us because it’s insulated, cool and keeps the sound mostly out with the help of the television. I know that not everyone is as lucky as we are, but I hope that everyone has a solution that keeps their pup safe.
Here’s hoping that you have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Please, go out and enjoy your independence. Just please, leave your pets at home. Even if your dog has been okay during loud noises before, a fireworks show is not the place to find out that your dog can’t take it, and you run a high risk of creating a severe noise phobia in your dog. While we try to include our own dogs in as much of our lives as we can, this is one thing that we stand firm on leaving them out of. I don’t want our dogs to become a July 5 statistic and you don’t want yours to, either. I know that this is a lot of preaching to the choir, but as dog owners, a lot of times we become complacent. We think that everyone knows that you shouldn’t take your dogs to the fireworks, but everybody has to learn that from someone else, and I hope that they don’t learn it the hard way. If you know a new dog owner, share the sobering statistics with them and remind them in a friendly way to keep their dogs safe during the fireworks.
Mr. Taleteller and Küster will be back next weekend with Search and Rescue Saturday.