It’s the 3rd of July and the firework frustrations are already underway.
Over the last couple of days, there’s been a few sporadic whistles, sizzles, crackles, and pops as people “test drive” their firework goodies. Pet parents walking their dogs look up in the sky with utter disgust as their pups try to find cover between the legs of their humans.
When the sun blazes from above, Harley doesn’t seem too concerned. Jaxson however, will pick up his pace, but we’re able to finish our walk.
Our problems begin as the sun starts to set…
WHAT CAN WE DO? –
I cannot change the world. The 4th is coming – and for many, it’s a tradition – so the fireworks will reluctantly be lit.
As pet parents there are three ways we can keep our pets safe –
ASK YOUR VET FOR HELP –
if you believe fireworks from the 4th of July triggers excessive agitation in your pet, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Safe, non-addictive prescription medicine’s are available for extreme cases. Holistic vet’s have effective essential oils, herbal teas, and treats to reduce the anxiety and aid in relaxation. Thunder shirts and vests add constant pressure creating a calming sensation should loud noises startle and upset your four legged pal.
HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION –
I cannot stress this enough. In less than a blink of an eye, your pup can scoot through an open door, wiggle out of a collar, or dart from your arms. It could happen. I remember when Harley was a puppy, he was rattled during the fireworks and like Houdini he escaped out of his collar and fled from me in a matter of seconds. Thank the Doodle, we were in our fenced backyard! Micro chips, collar tags, phone apps – I’ve got it all. Dogs have been known to do extraordinary things (like leap through screen doors) in an attempt to escape the noise.
And last but not least –
KEEP YOUR PET AWAY FROM FIREWORKS –
there are some pets who do not mind the fireworks so many are outdoors with the festivities. Because of the dangers associated with fireworks – make sure to keep them on a leash at all times.. If you’ve left your pup at home unattended that evening, leave the house bright with light to defuse the firework flashes. Turn on the television or radio to mask the jarring noise.
MY STRATEGY –
In addition to what you’ve just read, I try to wear my Boys OUT the entire day. We hit the streets very early that morning…
Then there’s the “super Doodle” extended walk through the famous 60 acre Hampton Park…
After my coffee and a brief break, it’s always fun exploring downtown…
Dinner is served a little earlier, so ballin’ Jax can get a good run in the soccer field…
By the time the fireworks begin, if they’re not completely comatose – I pull out my secret weapons. Some really special treats!
I like these because they come from free range cattle, and they don’t stink up those furry paws. Digestible and a natural source of protein, I don’t worry about consumption. I don’t buy these often (maybe twice a year) because they’re way too expensive. It’s like “me” only eating lobster on occasion. #keepsitexciting
KEEP HOPE ALIVE –
Between a great deal of exercise on Tuesday and super fun treats once the fireworks commence – prayerfully they will sit totally content and oblivious to the outside world as I catch up on a few television shows via Hulu.
We’d love to hear your plans and secret weapons on keeping your pup content during the firework frustrations this year.
Be safe and…
Liberty is the Breath of Life to Nations ❤️