I’m taking a poll people. How many of you out there have dogs? And how many of them completely freak the heck out when they hear fireworks? All hands?
As you all know I have three little muffins: Charlie, Gracie, and Lulu. All three of them absolutely lose it when they hear fireworks. It would be one thing if it was only for one night. Unfortunately, everyone within a 10 mile radius feels the need to set them off for an entire week — which sends my pups into hysterics.
As I sit here writing to you, Gracie has her head under a pillow, Lulu is hiding under the couch, and Charlie has been MIA for two hours. I have a sneaking suspicion he is hiding in the unnamed child’s old Barbie Dream House in the basement (yes, he is that small).
I have never been big into buying fireworks, for the same reason I am not much of a gambler. If I’m going to spend money, I want to be able to walk away with something I can wear, eat, or decorate with.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sitting outside on Independence Day, with an adult beverage in my hand, watching the beautiful show as much as the next fella. Too bad my night is always cut short having to go inside and tend to three shaking dogs on the verge of a nervous breakdown, clinging to me while everyone else is enjoying the show.
Don’t feel too sorry for me, the earlier part of the day is what I enjoy the most anyway. Hanging out with friends and family, and eating good food makes me a happy girl.
Speaking of not spending money, here is a project that will cost you little to nothing.
If you look in your cabinets (or under my sink in my case), you will likely find a bunch of clear or white vases that flowers have arrived in over the years — and for some reason, we hate throwing them away. If you can’t locate any, you can easily find them at almost any yard sale for under 50 cents.
I cut some flowers the other day and wanted to display them, but I didn’t have any pretty vases. I decided to take them out back and paint them a couple colors of spray paint that I happened to have on hand (red, white and blue would be perfect for the Fourth).
Two coats of paint later and Ta Da! The biggest no brainer project I have done to date, and the combination of the colors and the flowers just make me happy!
So tell me, do your pets freak out this week too? If so, any tips for helping them cope?