I grew up with fireworks on the Fourth of July and you’d have to be completely dead to beauty to not appreciate a good fireworks show.
But since adopting our dog five years ago, I’ve become increasingly wary of fireworks. Dogs in general are terrified of the noise and dogs traumatized by abuse are especially susceptible.
Our dog survived abuse before his rescue. But all it takes is the week before (and sometimes after) Halloween, New Years Day or some other holiday and he’s reduced to trembling in a corner. It takes days to get him over the terror.
Short of drugging him every time these occasions roll around, we don’t have many options.
I call on parents and guardians to consider what the fireworks your children are letting off are doing to disrupt the peace for more than just my dog. If you love a dog, you know how much these things frighten them.
Please give consideration to the animals. They don’t understand what fireworks are. There are other ways to celebrate than exploding gunpowder.
Grant Hayter-Menzies, Sidney