It’s almost the Fourth of July. Even though the actual date falls on Monday, I’ll bet there will be lots of celebrating all weekend. I’ve got my flag to wave, and I’m all in the spirit, so I’m ready for an Independence Day party.
This holiday symbolizes a very important date for our great country and recognizing this special holiday is a wonderful occasion for everyone. I’m always the first one to want to celebrate because I’m really a party animal.
May I take a minute during this festive time to ask a favor of you, please? There are certain times of the year, like New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July, where we can count on fireworks for sure.
And now with the fairly new fireworks law, we can potentially have them any night of the week. It also seems like when it’s an official holiday, fireworks may be set off on the days preceding and following the actual holiday. So unless this year is different, we may have fireworks all weekend.
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Unfortunately, we’ve had to deal with the fallout the sound of explosions causes among animals. It is not uncommon for animals, especially pets, to be terrified of the sound of the detonation. In fact, many pets will do anything, including jumping fences or digging out of them, to try to escape the scary noise. And many of them are successful in their quest to escape. In the animal world, fireworks equals lost pets.
Before each holiday that possibly involves fireworks I plead with everyone to make sure their furbabies are inside the house in advance of the fireworks. And it seems like every day following the holiday we’re out looking for animals that were spooked and ran away during the fireworks.
I’m hoping this Fourth of July will be different. In fact, I’m hoping this will be the first holiday we won’t get heartbreaking, frantic messages from distraught families searching for a lost pet. Unless you’ve experienced the intense emotions associated with a missing beloved pet it’s difficult to even describe the level of grief the families feel.
I am blessed to have a ton of Facebook friends and whenever I hear of a lost baby we call out the troops for help. Many of my Facebook friends actually search the areas where animals have been reported lost so we can all join forces to help reunite a pet with his or her family.
It’s an incredible sense of unity when my Facebook friends know a beloved pet is missing and we all get on a mission to find him. And it’s quite a relief for a family who was heartbroken over the disappearance of a treasured family pet when we can connect the pet with the family. But we don’t always find the runaways.
So the favor I would like to ask is to help me make this the holiday we don’t lose a single pet from fireworks. Help me get the word out to everyone who has a dog or cat to keep them safely inside the house this weekend before fireworks ever begin, if at all possible. If bringing them inside is not an option, please stay outside with them while they are being set off in your area.
And please remind folks that during loud fireworks, or even an active thunderstorm for that matter, a scared dog will escape most any fence to get away. That’s why I think inside the house may just be the safest place.
I wish you a joyous Fourth of July weekend. And I’m wishing all pets will still be safely at their own homes on the fifth of July, and this will be the first holiday we don’t lose a single one.
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