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Posted by laurie on July 11, 2011

After being postponed twice due to rain, our town held the Fourth of July fireworks on Saturday night. I, being a party pooper, stayed home while Phillip went with Uncle Bob. I didn’t think that Sherman would be at all bothered by the explosions, but I wasn’t sure about Stanley. (Spenser required acute psychiatric intervention once the fireworks started; Clayton and Scooter were unfazed.) And he did fine at the beginning, but once the finale was underway he went out and barked non-stop. “Encore! Encore!

10 Responses to “Kaboom”

  1. Karen S. said

    Same situation here. It’s the first time in a LONG time (over 20 years) that I haven’t had a gun-shy dog.

  2. Bobbie (Casey, Dexter' and Daisy's mom) said

    Dexter has a lot of issuses with loud noises and movement ( car rides , rocking chairs) he has been on medication ( Valium) for years for thunderstorms, even while taking his medication he would still pant and pace. Then we heard about the thunder shirt, this wraps around him snuggly with Velcro and he does sort of look like a stuffed burrito but it really helps him. He still pants some but like I said he panted with medicine and I don’t like to have to give him medicine if I don’t have to. It was well worth the $36.00.

    • Martha M said

      Thunder Shirt? Ruby’s scared of thunder. On the 4th we had a horrible thunderstorm and some idiot kids (I’m assuming kids)in the neighborhood near us were setting off small fireworks. Poor Ruby had a double whammy.

  3. SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    I have been visiting friends in WA state. What great weather they have, compared to Houston TX anyway. Our friends have two Giant Schnauzers. They were both fine while the fireworks were going off. Shortly afterwards a neighbor shot some kind of noisy thing off and I ended up with a 95lb G.S. in my lap, it was so cute and funny.
    Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th.

  4. Kim said

    We have such a drought that the thought of fireworks sends us all in a tail spin! No problems at our house…just extra July 4th snackies!

  5. Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    Onyx hates the fireworks. Our neighbors shot them off Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It was four nights of comforting and petting her. She is the dog who is normally fearless. Cobalt, who is normally afraid of his shadow, sits in the window watching fireworks with a look of wonder on his face. Go figure!

  6. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    Lily absolutely HATES fireworks, and Gomez isn’t crazy about them either. Every 4th I have a routine: multiple walks during the day to tire them both out, then early dinner and treats. I get them installed in their happy place before the noises start and just try to calm them without making a big deal out of it. This year some of the booms were so loud even I was jumping, which really didn’t help the cause.

    The thing that puzzles me is, fireworks – ANY fireworks – are illegal here, with the exception of two small towns miles away from us. What the hell? The two displays across the road (in the middle of suburban San Jose, CA) were practically professional-quality stuff, and went on for a couple of hours. Not hard to spot, so I can only wonder what else was going on to occupy to police.

    • Eleanore said

      Cathy, I wonder the same thing . . .where are the Police? We are in NJ and our street had many fireworks and
      for a good part of the evening. If you call the Police they tell you they are busy in another part of town with
      something. Then all the towns which are close by had them a couple of nights over the weekend. Heidi and Lucky are also afraid and try to hide if I’m not sitting someplace so they can jump on my lap.

  7. Susan in DE said

    Josie hasn’t ever been bothered by thunderstorms or fireworks, and is even less bothered now that she’s getting hard of hearing. Jordan is okay if it’s minor and of short duration, but he got really worked up a few years ago when two of the neighbors behind us each had a party going on the same night, and made a contest out of it. You know, “You call that fireworks? That’s lame! Check this out …!!” — “Oh yeah? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!!” That was not a fun evening. (And we can’t even really call the cops, because we live on the state line and we’re in Delaware, those people are in Pennsylvania). It’s been better the last few years, just a few cherry bombs and strings of firecrackers down the street, nothing too alarming. If it’s bad in future years, my plan is to load everyone up for a long ride in the car (both dogs loooooove riding in the car).

  8. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    The night before the Fourth we were visiting a friend who has three small dogs. A few fireworks were going off practically in her back yard. Cody and Henry, along with the little Yorkie and the toy fox terrier, were perfectly OK with it. The only nervous one in the group was the chihuahua, who sat on any lap he could find with his tongue out, panting. Now I know I don’t have to worry about my boys’ reaction to fireworks.

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