Written by Michelle Kretzer
Every Fourth of July, I end up with an
80-pound lap dog. From the moment the first firecracker pops, my German
shepherd mix, Hannah, tries to convince me that she's not that heavy and that
the best way for us to mark the holiday is with her squashed up against my
legs. Fortunately, there are some ways for both of us to survive Independence Day fireworks without my losing my independence to a
canine-inflicted leg injury:
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Also, although Hannah isn't the type to
bolt if she gets startled, many dogs do dig under fences, tear through screen
doors and windows, and even chew
their way out of crates (another reason why crates are a bad idea) when they’re afraid, so I've got her
microchipped and I keep her collar and tags on her during the fireworks, just in case. If
you know anyone who makes their dog stay outside, please urge them to keep the
dog indoors at least on the Fourth of
July in order to prevent him or her from escaping or getting injured.
Here's to a safe and stress-free Independence
Day for you and your pooch!
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