Fido and Fireworks
from Somdog’s June Newsletter
The fourth of July may mean picnics, potato salad and burgers to you, but chances are for your dog, once the sun goes down and the fireworks go up, the fourth of July can turn into and evening filled with anxiety and fear.
The fear of fireworks is a fairly common phobia for dogs. They often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening. Even a seemingly confident dog can tremble and drool at the unfamiliar sounds.
If there’s a chance your dog has severe phobia to fireworks, talk to your veterinarian.
Try not to react to the fireworks yourself. If you jump or tense up when you hear fireworks because you are anticipating your dog’s fear, you may make his fear worse. Your body language can tell a dog that there is a reason to be afraid.
Drown out the sound of the fireworks. Try to turn up the radio or television and keep your windows closed during the fireworks. If the weather permits, a fan or air conditioner (if your dog isn’t afraid of those sounds) can help, too.
Don’t push your dog past his comfort zone. Allow him to hide if he feels more comfortable in his crate or under a bed. Don’t pull him out or try to force him closer to the fireworks in an attempt to get him used to the sounds. This may result in an increase in fear, and a frightened dog may become aggressive if pushed past his comfort level.
Ernestine; Business and Pleasure
I have to start with MY life before business. As followers, you know I look forward to the BEACH all year long. This week I see the towels and the wet suits appear, and it can only mean one thing! BEACH! Wonder if the baby plovers that I chased last summer have grown up.
And, Hilda on the beach?!? Hope I am not in charge of her!
In case you are concerned you won’t hear from me, I will still be writing the blog. I will have my first summer report next week. Oh, and did I tell you my cousins are on the way to join us? That means 6 dogs and 3 people. Our pack rules!
Many of my people friends share photos and profiles of homeless dogs, posted by rescue organizations on facebook. Facebook has changed the dog world for rescue organizations and shelters. The thousands of photos of posted every day, have a huge impact on the ‘No More Homeless Pets’ effort (a nationwide program sponsored by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah).
How can we help? The obvious response is fostering and adopting, instead of buying a dog. If you can’t currently do either, a crucial step is educating people about the huge strides that have been made in the dog rescue world. Today, you can find any size, any age and any breed through websites online. One of the most popular and successful is petfinder.com. They are very candid about dogs’ temperaments, likes and dislikes. Most profiles include a photo, a description of the dog, whether s/he gets along with other dogs, young kids, older kids, and cats. The rescues are committed to doing everything they can to find the most compatible homes for their dogs.
People sometimes complain that adopting a dog is more complicated than buying a dog from a breeder. There are questionnaires and home visits prior to approval. That is because often, the dog has been through difficult times before arriving at the shelter, and the rescuers are committed to doing their best to assure the dog will be a good fit and not returned because of incompatibility.
Put simply, it is easy to make a difference. Anytime you hear of someone interested in adding a dog to their family, whether temporary (foster) or forever (adopt) tell them what you know. Refer them to Petfinder or a breed specific rescue organization. It helps reduce the homeless dog population.
‘This, fans is Bentley. Bentley is a Great Pyrenees. Currently, he is a ticked off Great Pyrenees who wants a lawyer to represent him in his case against us and the groomer who made him look like a lion crossed with a poodle. We tried to explain to him that it was necessary to deal with the mats and the ticks, but he’s not having it. I told him he’ll have to get outside counsel due to the conflict, but we don’t have the budget to support his cause. Currently, he is looking for ways to raise funds on Kickstarter. Anyone who supports his legal defense fund will get a free dust bunny composed solely of his fur. As soon as it grows back.
Bentley is a four year old boy. He has really good manners when he isn’t plotting our demise. He is great with other dogs, but he thinks cats are part of the conspiracy to get him (they are). He is gentle and friendly to all but small woodland creatures and cats and he is currently doing his best impression of a white lion.’
Bentley has two postures: upright and leaning on you or passed out on the floor. His natural habitat includes the sofa and a hole he dug under the tree with nice soft dirt to lay in. Bentley is a Great Pyrenees, which means he heard what you want and he does what he pleases, exactly like my husband. If you can successfully manage a spouse, you can manage a Great Pyrenees. He is looking for a home in New England and is adoptable now.
(Interested parties should email email@example.com)
Crate Escape regularly fosters dogs; they stay with us in the overnight suite at Belmont, and play all day with our/your dogs in daycare. If you hear of anyone looking for a dog, let us know and we will point them in a good direction!