Over the years we’ve learned that the Fourth of July celebration begins and ends several days before and after Independence Day.
The loud rumbles, cracks, pops, and booms may thrill us, but they can be terrifying for dogs.
When I was a kid, my dog Bootsie would burrow as deep as she could go under anything, beds, tables, chairs whatever she could hide under trying to find safety.
Although I’m lucky and my dog, Mi Sun seems alert but unafraid of loud noises. Still, there are so many of you who need to find a way to protect your pet to help get him or her through this noisy holiday.
Make sure to create a safe zone in your home where your pet can feel comfortable. If you have a quiet inside room, set it up with familiar items for him before you head out to the fairgrounds. Give him access to water and leave a radio playing at normal volume to keep him company.
Don’t bring your pet to fireworks displays, and never leave him unattended in the car.
Don’t leave your dog outside alone. He could get lost or hurt if he panics and tries to escape from your yard — or worse run into traffic as he flees.
Keep dog doors and fence gates locked this week (end).
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag with up to date information. An ID tag will help get you reunited even if your pet isn’t microchipped.
This is one holiday that your pet’s feelings should be your top priority.
Orange Live has had a very good record of helping to find lost dogs. If your pet runs away, immediately send us a text at 203-506-1747, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive/ along with the time your pet went missing, what area of town you are in (street, crossroads, etc), description, contact information and a photo if you have one — even if it’s not a great picture. and we’ll get the word out. Orange residents are excellent at helping their neighbors and often share missing pet news and get out and start looking immediately.