Monday, July 4, 2016

Pixel's Top 5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe & Happy on July 4th

Happy U.S. Independence Day friends! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I'm reprising my role as "Patricia Henry" this Independence Day in honor of the occasion.
The July 4th holiday is perhaps one of the top summer holidays in the U.S. and people absolutely LOVE it! But your pets? Not so much.

Dogs Fear Loud Firework Bangs

Dogs especially have a terrible time in most cases dealing with the loud bangs, hisses and pops that fireworks make. And people love to play with fireworks. According to a recent article, it is estimated that people spend an average of over $100 getting various fireworks, with many folks spending a LOT more. That is a great amount of scary noise for dogs. We've had people in the neighborhood and around town popping off fireworks for days and so my sisters and I are constantly looking up at in the air, barking at the bangs (that's what I do), or in little Dixie Mae's case, running around like crazy, trying to dig and hide through the tub, wall or floor on her way to China to get away from the scary sounds. All us pups feel like we are under attack, just like our forefather's did back during the Revolutionary War.
Many dogs and cats end up getting so scared, they run out of the house or yard, leap out of their pet parents' arms or break free from leashes and collars, then get lost forever and end up in homeless animal shelters. What a horrible scary thought!!
This year, let's keep our pets extra safe!

Pixel's Top 5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe:

1. Bring any outside pets indoors during the evening hours and if you hear ANY fireworks going off.
2. Have safe places that your pets can "hide in" such as "blanket/bed caves", special corners made up extra cuddly, or just let them cuddle with you on the couch or chair.
3. Keep the TV on to mute the sound of outside noises, bangs and fireworks.
4. If you open a door, make sure your pet is secure before hand so they do not run outside out of fear.
5.  If you want to play with fireworks, do NOT do so near your pet. Go to a friend's house, or have someone watch your pet at another location where they will not hear it. It's not worth scaring them, just to hear loud bangs. There are quiet fireworks out on the market, and they are actually more colorful I hear. What a cool idea!

One extra note for comforting a scared pet:  

Use of a warming/heating blanket, or putting blankets in the dryer to warm them up can be extra soothing when cuddling your scared pet.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July, and I hope you pets enjoy it too! Just remember to keep their fears in mind, and everyone can have fun. 


  1. Great top tips on keeping us safe. Happy 4th of July to you all. Sorry we have been away so long but we have missed you all. Have a lovely day and great seeing everybody again. Hope to be back soon.
    Best wishes Molly The Wally

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    1. Molly!! It is SO great to hear from you my dear friend! I've missed you too. I hope you and Mom are doing well now. I do hope to see you again soon. Sending you much love and Pixel hugs,
      Love, Pixel & Mommy Jenny

  2. Very good advice Pixel!! Luckily, my girls are concerned, but not terrified....Have a Happy 4th all of you!

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    1. Thank you so much Mitzi! I'm so glad your girls are only concerned but not terrified. It makes a huge difference. I'd rather they just not care about the fireworks at all. I am not nearly as upset as my sister Dixie, so I try to comfort her if I can. Hope you all had a good 4th!
      Love, Pixel & Mommy Jenny

  3. Those are great safety tips, Pixel. We hope you had a very nice -- and safe -- Independence Day!

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    1. Hi MeowMeowmans! Thanks so much. I'm glad you agree my friend. Mommy wanted me to ask...were you at BlogPaws and did she miss getting to meet you? If so, she's sad that she didn't get to give your Mom a big hug!! Love you all so! We did have a nice day, until the night came and neighbors scared all us pups with firework banging right by the house for hours and hours.
      Hope your day was wonderful!
      Love, Pixel & Mommy Jenny

  4. You are Soooo cute Pixel. You wear hats very well. My Patriotic picture got picked to grace the cover of our local Free Press

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  5. Great reminders! Matilda and Cow are both afraid of fireworks, and our neighborhood is full of people who buy them and set them off in their yards. We drove up a mountain and watched the whole town light up that night. We could see all the fireworks but we were far away enough that we could barely hear them. The dogs snuggled up to each other and went to sleep in the car.

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