Enjoy Your Independence

by Houndstooth on

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.

Little Firecrackers -- Tales and Tails

Little Firecrackers

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.

All American -- Tales and Tails #BestDogEver

All American

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.

The Greatest American Hero -- Tales and Tails

The Greatest American Hero

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.

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  • Sue Dyer

    Hope all the pets are ok today and families aren’t faced with trying to find their beloved pet.

    Enjoy your day. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Jessica Jameson

    That poor lab! I hope he’s found safe. Tonight the campground sets off a fireworks show right over the lake. Which happens to be about 50 feet from our trailer. Even if your dogs are sounds reactive it’s going to sound scary. I’m going to start the round of xanax with their dinner and spend the fireworks show snuggled with them in the bedroom.

    I’m sorry your girls and Kuster couldn’t join the guests and demands lovings. I used to love fireworks, now I’m starting to hate them!

    • I think they finally put her in their basement, but they left the other one out there. *sigh* We’re surrounded by idiots!

      • Jessica Jameson

        That makes me sad… So many dogs are owned by idiots.

  • Yep, dogs get scared and will do whatever they can to get away. Keep ’em safe! Happy Fourth of July!

    • I think this year, I’m a lot more aware of it because it’s been so bad. I can overlook a few bottle rockets, but when it’s a sonic boom that shakes the foundation of the house and the ground we’re standing on, I get a little less tolerant.

      I just saw your website! You have some very nice stuff!

  • Emma

    Happy 4th of July. Mom is always home with us just in case. The neighborhood party ends pre fireworks because most want to drive somewhere to see the bigger ones which works out perfectly for us.

    • That sounds like a sweet arrangement for you!

  • jan

    Already this morning I had two dogs with collars and tags run across my front yard. It’s going to be a long day for some dogs I’m afraid. You have a good solution so enjoy your day.

    • I’m sure we’ll have another week of idiocrasy, but so far we have heard nothing today. Maybe they shot their wad last night. :/

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    We went to a family party last night, but were home early and tonight we will stay home. We’ve had dogs in the past that didn’t mind the noise, but not the current crew. We even passed on walks today because there are just random booms here and there even during the day so we stick to playing safely in the yard. It never hurts to go with “better safe than sorry”. Happy 4th of July!

    • We’ve passed on walks all week to be safe, and after last year, will probably pass on evening walks this coming week, too. We can walk in the morning instead.

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello bunny its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy independense day to aaaiiieee firewurks!!!! ok sorry i am bak ennyway happy independ aaaiiiiieeee firewurks!!! ok sorry i am bak ennyway aaaiiiiieeee firewurks!!! if ennywun needs me i wil be hiding under the bed!!! ok bye

    • How are you doing under there? Did you find any dust bunnies? Any tasty treats?

  • Happy 4th of July! Have a great weekend!

  • I love the photos and the American Hero sign is great! Happy 4th of July weekend!