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July 4th and Fido -- be careful for him!

Original post made by dogfather, another community, on Jul 2, 2014

Time for the DF's annual reminder that Independence Day is your pet's WORST Day of the Year. Ask any shelter worker -- sadly, some facilities still pre-kill this week to make room for the inevitable overflow stream of panicked strays who've been spooked by fireworks or other July 4th celebrations.

SO: Please, PLEASE leave Fido home if you are going to the Danville Parade. Not a year goes by without seeing some terrified pooch high-tailing it down Hartz with its people in futile pursuit. They're fast, but no match for a car. That's true even if you think Fifi's not gun-shy -- hell, those old shotgun-totin' gomers scare ME! Further, it'll be hot, Rover's wearing fur, his feet are bare on the hot pavement, and he's a Lot closer to it than you are.

Later, when you go out to see fireworks, leave your pets INside with no escape route -- screens are no barrier for them -- and leave the stereo or tv on -- preferably no 1812 Overture renditions. Garage if necessary, but no tethering -- I once spoke with a woman whose beloved hounds hung themselves over her deck -- and many an owner has come home to a dog draped over the fence. Don't do that to your best friend.


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Posted by Dog Lover
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thank you so much Dog Father! Inside the house with the AC on and some music or TV turned on fairly loud to drown out the outside noise. This has worked for years for our beloved dogs. They generally nap through the noise. We may enjoy the fireworks but they do not and they need to be protected.

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Posted by dogfather
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

/does his best Brando, not very well: "Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider the post a gift on our nation's Independence Day."

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

my dogs will be hanging out indoors and there will be plenty of activities during the day to tire them out so that they works!

i luv my dogs and birds! HOORAY!

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