If you’ve ever lived with a dog, or know someone with a dog, then you’re probably familiar with the woes about dogs and the 4th of July.
Every year when the sky lights up with dancing flares bursting in dozens of colors and shapes, Harley looks at me as if to ask “why?”
Over the course of his life, I’ve had to become creative every year with helping my dog survive the 4th of July.
Harley finds the mere mention of Independence Day celebrations offensive. #dogit…
For Jax – this will be his first experience with the 4th of July. Since he generally feeds off of Harley’s body language, I wanted to de-stress them both.
SO… HERE’S MY PLAN –
After our last (early evening) walk, I’ll grab a few toys and let them “splish-splash” in a nice tepid tub. #holdthebubbles
This should “kick-start” their fur covered bodies into relaxation mode…
Afterwards, I think a nice hot cup of tea will melt the rest of their anxieties away…
Finishing up with a little Dog TV #giftcard and a few treats with your sibling has got to be the best way to end any day…
Keep your paws crossed that this plan works!
BUT ON A SERIOUS NOTE –
July 5th is historically one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters across the United States!
the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy estimates that fewer than 2% of cats and only 15-20% of dogs entering shelters are ever reunited with their families!
Please be diligent this holiday weekend. Cats and dogs show anxiety and stress in a variety of different ways. Pay attention and recognize these signs:
- Decreased appetite
- Abnormal urinations or poops
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive grooming
- Keep your pets indoors and secure your home and yard
- Have legible and up-to-date identification
For more information regarding Pet Safety this weekend, visit the ASPCA for more safety tips.
Make the most of your holiday weekend, be safe and be kind to others!