Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
I love the meaning of the holiday, the social gatherings, and the fireworks.
Usually we celebrate the fourth with a party, because well, that’s what we do.
We usually cook out and have a pretty nice display of our own fireworks.
Yes, we are those people that a lot of you can’t stand, blowing off fireworks illegally in your neighborhood.
We always take special precautions and of course no one is ever put in harm’s way.
This year things are going to be different.
While we fully intend on having a party this Saturday, there will be no fireworks.
There are 2 reasons for this:
1. Due to the drought, it just isn’t a safe or smart to blow off fireworks when we have a lot of brittle brush in front and behind our house.
2. Sherman has suddenly become very uncomfortable with fireworks. For 5 years he has been fine with fireworks. Now, not so much.
I use to always feel sorry for people who had to worry about their dogs around this time of the year, but I was glad that I wasn’t one of them.
Now I join the ranks of millions who have a pet that fears fireworks.
I noticed it this weekend when a surrounding city was shooting off their fireworks and we were sitting out on the back patio. Sherman was out there with us and then the next thing I knew he wasn’t.
Which is very odd because Sherman is always where we are.
I called him and nothin.
I went and searched the house only to find him in the bathroom panting and drooling heavily. I immediately could tell that he was stressed.
I sat down next to him and we had a talk………….and a belly rub.
We went back outside.
Sherman went back to the bathroom.
I went back in for a talk and some more belly rubbing, then I remembered that I had some Rescue Remedy.
I gave him a few drops on his tongue and we talked some more.
He seemed to calm down a bit.
I’m not sure if it was the Rescue Remedy or the belly rubs, or a combination of both.
Seeing Sherman all upset made me all upset.
I don’t like to see my dogs get stressed.
Which makes me a little nervous for the fireworks tonight.
The city where I live blows off there fireworks basically in our backyard. (less than a mile from us)
If it wasn’t for the trees we would have the best spot in the city.
I don’t know what I am going to do with Sherman.
We are going to see the fireworks.
Sherman will be home by himself.
I have read some great articles on how to deal with a pet that is nervous with the sounds of fireworks this week.
My husband is either going to stay home with Sherman and skip going to the fireworks or I am going to leave him in the basement, where I usually leave him when we go out, and turn on the T.V. in hopes that this might drowned out some of the noise.
I might give him some Benadryl, but this will be a last minute decision.
So tell me, what do you do with your dog if they fear fireworks?
Happy 4th of July to everyone! We hope you have a safe and fun holiday!