Fireworks may be fun for some humans (not me), but they are surely not fun for the animals. In the United States, 4 July is when we celebrate our Independence as a country. That is done with great fanfare and noise. My Grandmother was born on the 4th of July, so I used to think that when my mother’s brothers and sisters (all 9 of them) got together with all us kids (I have around 78 cousins) and shot off fireworks, it was for Gram’s birthday. I always hated the loud noise. Even today I have trouble with loud bursts (like balloons) or thunder. It is not fear as much as some kind of ‘pain.’ I can’t really explain it but it feels like deep emotional or psychic pain to me. I figure that is how the animals feel when they experience these loud, unexplainable sounds. Ground fireworks are legal to purchase in Maryland, though people have sky ones too. They started shooting them off about 2 weeks ago and won’t stop for another several weeks. Squash E Bear would not leave the house for the whole month of July. I used to have to push this big dog out the door to just go pee. Sofie barks at the pops right now and Lulu and her come running if they are out and the ‘boom-booms’ start. I hate this. Please keep your animals safe and remember that turning on a radio or television in the room with your pet may help drowned out the noise. For me, I like to watch them on TV where they look pretty but I can turn the sound down.
Here is a little article on helping your fearful dog: http://thebark.com/content/reducing-fear-your-dog#.T_JOd3hgggh
And I just wanted to say thank you to all the people and animals that serve my country and continue to keep my world safe as possible. You are appreciated and always remembered.