Friday, July 4, 2014

God Bless America...And My Dogs

We hope you all are enjoying your holiday as much as we are: good food, good friends, and an appreciation for our wonderful country.  This is a post from last year with a good reminder to keep your pooches safe and sane.


It is often said that the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for shelter workers.  This is because the noise and hubbub that we call a "celebration" often terrifies our pooches, causing them to panic and flee - especially if you're not home, as it could cause them to go out looking for you.

Make sure your pal is securely inside, especially as the night grows long and the firework shows begin.  Have secure identification on your pet and have them microchipped, if possible.  The procedure takes about 10 minutes and costs under $50 bucks - so make sure to ask your vet the next time you're in!

We keep all the pooches information handy and in one place, allowing us to quickly access the pooches microchip number.  We also have pre-made "LOST" posters in their binders created, just in case, with recent photos of them - so we don't have to rush around looking for a "good" photo. 

A few other good tips for helping your pooch enjoy the holiday as much as you:

     - Keep alcoholic beverages out of your pooches reach (Ed LOVES beer!)
     - Take your pooch for an extra walk (but be careful of the heat!) or do some mind games for stress and energy relief
     - Be aware of the temperature of the air and the pavement during your barbecue
     - Keep your pet at home if you go out to a fireworks display
     - If your furry pal is extra noise-sensitive, consider having a friend stay with them

Does the 4th of July stress your pet out?  What are your tips?

1 comment:

  1. Our only tip is to make sure your dog is comfortable, for us that means staying home and enjoying time together which is OK, we don't need the fireworks to have a good time, we grill, have ice cream and relax!

    Happy 4th!