Did you survive last year’s July 4th, with all the loud noises and pops in the air that you could feel all the way through your tail?
My ears are ringing just thinking about it!
Maybe you are a new puppy and don’t know what that is? Boy, have you come to the right place to get ready.
Reilly here! What is July 4th all about?
Well…let’s see. According to Wikipedia:
“Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.”
Dogs & Independence Day
What does that mean for us? Well it means that our pets will get together with other pets and use that grill thing in the backyard making yummy food (and sometimes lots of smoke). Stay near that and you might get something! Yum! Just make sure you stay away from the flames of that grill. Why? Well, because you’ll get burned and then you’ll have to go to the vet. And that wouldn’t be fun for you or your pet!
This holiday also means that they will be wearing red, white and blue. And you should be too! This year my pet is participating in a running race that occurs every year on the morning on July 4th. She’s going to be dressed up and I’ll be supporting her by dressing up as well! I might consider getting that Uncle Sam costume …. yeah, right. NOT! I think I’ll wear my bow tie and maybe a flag shirt instead. There are dresses for all you girls out there and other outfits that you can pick as well.
If you don’t want to wear anything special, you can decorate your collar. Something I’ve never seen before, collar covers! Ties and bows that go OVER your collar! You can look pretty or handsome without changing anything but your collar! How cool is that!
You can wear a collar that is decorated if you want a new one! But please, make sure that the one thing you should definitely wear is on your collar: an ID tag!
Loud Fireworks & Dogs Don’t Mix
You can also get an electronic ID tag with a QR code so that you don’t have that information displayed all the time, if your pets don’t want it displayed to everyone!
Dogs get lost from their pets the most on July 4th! Please make sure you stay with your pet!
What makes dogs run away from their pets? Fireworks! They are loud and scary and can cause anxiety in dogs.
I mean, they don’t scare me, but you should see Chip trying to hide.
You want me to tell them what I saw YOU doing, Reilly??
Hey, can’t take a little joke, Chip? Everybody knows I was just kidding. Anyway…
I’ve found some calming aids that might help you keep your calm! These are yummy treats that are better to eat than those yucky pills the vet gives you to keep you calm.
You can also get a shirt that wraps around you like a hug to help keep you calm! They are made by several people nowadays. The one you’ve probably heard the most about is a Thundershirt.
They make them in several colors and sizes! I haven’t tried one, but there are some dogs who swear by them, especially on days when fireworks are shooting off!
Holiday BBQ Fun
While you’re at these BBQs, make sure you have something to play with! You can get a red, white, and blue Frisbee rope toy that pets would LOVE to throw for you. Just FYI they want you to return it to them so that they can throw it again! Don’t make the same mistake I do!
Stay safe, have fun and EAT (and I don’t mean the toys)! I know why they started July 4, but now it’s about fun, friends and food. Yummm food. Check out some great patriotic dog treats.
Have a great July 4th everyone!