And so it begins.
Sunday afternoon someone in this neighborhood shot off firecrackers. One. At. A. Time. All. After. Noon. Long. It was VERY annoying, but it was hot so I stayed inside and cranked up the radio.
July 4th should be interesting this year. There are lots of dogs in this neighborhood living outside in cages and on chains, so I expect to see wandering lost dogs around here this weekend.
My stance on fireworks is this: they are unsafe, serve no purpose other than to make money for the seller and manufacturer and are mostly used by adults to impress kids, or are used by kids to impress each other. But they are legal and in an age of people who are more concerned about MY RIGHTS than in the well-being of others, they are sure to be a hit.
People can set off fireworks with no safety training whatsoever. If all that could happen is you hurt yourself, I’d say sorry for your luck, but you could set the neighbor’s house on fire, or burn someone else or even start a forest fire. It’s often reported as a tragic accident, but it was completely avoidable if only some fool hadn’t been setting off fireworks.
There are plenty of reasons to NOT set off fireworks. In addition to scaring the bejesus out of animals, they also frighten many humans, including war vets, victims of violent crime, small children and the elderly.
If you like them, practically every town puts on a fireworks show. Go watch it. But don’t put on your own.
For you pet owners out there, keep your pets inside, but don’t assume they won’t become lost just because they are indoors. Dogs have been known to break and jump out of windows in fear of fireworks. Or you could be outside in broad daylight walking your dog when an idiot neighbor decides it would be a good time to set some off. So have recent photos of your pet, and have updated tags on your companion with your name and phone number. Even if your pet is microchipped you still need the tag so if your neighbor down the street finds your dog or cat she can call you.
Otherwise just hold on for a week or two, then all should be back to normal….. until New Years’, that is. *cue eye roll*