Giving the fireworks a piece of your mind.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Happy 4th of July, fellow rainers.  

Hope you have a wonderful day, and your pets survive all the fireworks without releasing their bowels all over your home, or quaking in fear beneath the bed, whimpering all night.

Fireworks are anything but fun for many of our furry family members.  Remember that their sense of hearing is far superior to ours, so the sounds are loud... and they have no understanding of what's going on. 

Be understanding, and comforting.  If your dog gets freaked out by the sounds of the 4th, don't leave them home alone, and don't lock them in a small room. 

I will be staying home tonight.  I'll have all the windows closed, the air conditioning on and the television on to mask the noise.  My Gus doesn't cower at the sounds of the fireworks... but he does like to make sure that those random noises in the sky know whose boss so he barks at them nonstop... he particularly likes to give the firework finale a serious piece of his mind.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Oh, Alan. You certainly have a way with words. Poor Gus. By yourself some earplugs for all that barking. 

Seriously, it's a terrifying night for pets and a restless night for small children. My advice is the same as yours. Lights and TV on, comfort your pets, and assure them everything is ok.

Happy 4th!

Jul 04, 2017 07:09 AM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Alan - We'll be staying home with the dogs as well. Our rat terrier Mario gets seriously freaked out. This year, we're trying hemp oil, sold by our favorite feed store - it's supposed to be very calming. I might try some myself.

Jul 04, 2017 07:19 AM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

My dog goes under the bed.  And the same during thunderstorms.  Some things just can't be masked with the TV!

Jul 04, 2017 07:22 AM #3
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We will be staying home as well. Roy has gotten used to them over the years, in part because we live out of town and they aren't as loud, and he is old and losing hearing. But we know how it is. Our neighbors horses aren't fans either and run around and neigh. We have seen fireworks shot off the last several nights already. Hope you still have a fabulous day. -Kasey

Jul 04, 2017 07:44 AM #4
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

GOod for you for thinking about your fur baby and putting them first!!!  Me too!

Jul 04, 2017 07:45 AM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Alan I am going to take out my 357 and shoot her straight up at the sky. Not thinking about Newton's law.

Jul 04, 2017 12:23 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- my late Brittany Lucky was like a weather alarm...I knew a storm was on its way because she would pace back and forth then climb into whatever chair I was in. I've never tried that Thunder shirt (or whatever it's called) for dogs. We took her on the boat for the Boat Parade one year and when the lead KaBoom when off, she went down to the cabin and we never saw her again until we docked. 

Jul 04, 2017 01:14 PM #7
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
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Many years ago, we took one of our dogs to the fireworks show.  We were new dog owners and did not know fireworks could freak them out.  She managed to get wriggle out of her collar.  We were a bit frantic trying to find her.  Fortunately, it was a small mountain town and a co-worker corraled her for us. Since then, all of our dogs stay home on the 4th; we also use some of the same tactics to make it more bearable for them.  Anther dog always ended up in the bathtub during thunderstorms, we put a heavy throw rug in the tub to make it easier for her to get in/out as well as make her comfortable. This was in the Rocky Mountains and thunderstorms were very common most afternoons during the summer.

Jul 04, 2017 03:55 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Alan.  The vet gave us some pills for him to take.  Not bad, not bad at all

Jul 05, 2017 03:18 AM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Interesting title for all of this. Everybody should be giving fireworks a piece of their mind more often

Jul 08, 2017 11:37 PM #11
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