Pets and the Fourth

 

Today we have a guest blogger who is a former AMW member, Kaye George.

 

If you’re reading this, you either like to read or to write, right? Or you’re a loyal friend of one of the Austin Mystery Writers. I’ve seen an odd connection between lovers of the written word and the love of animals. Or maybe that’s just a universal thing, or a thing with people who hang around in cyber space. Anyway, I’d like to appeal to those of you who love animals.

running dog

If you have a dog or cat, take care of it tonight! Please don’t leave it outside. Between July 4th and July 6th, animal control services nationwide see a 30% rise in missing pets!* If you live in Texas, among many other places, fireworks will start well before the 4th, so you’ll need to take precautions in the days leading up to Fireworks Day, as well as the days afterward.

 

If you have an animal that is overly anxious, you might want to give him medicine to soothe him during the height of the booming. Hugging or wrapping tightly can help some dogs. If you can distract your pet with other noises, that might help. Also, it’s good to have at least an ID tag, at most a chip, just in case he gets out and runs away, confused and frightened by the unusual noises.

 

If you should see an animal running loose and scared, you can report it here:

https://www.petamberalert.com/report-a-pet-sighting/

 

One more if. If you’re fortunate enough to have a laid-back furry buddy who can ignore fireworks, count yourself lucky and enjoy the holiday. Happy Fourth!

 

*https://www.petamberalert.com/blog/keeping-your-pets-safe-on-the-4th-of-july/

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5 Responses to Pets and the Fourth

  1. Kaye George says:

    Thanks for having me back!

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  2. You will never be able to leave AMW. Like the Mafia, you are in for life.

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  3. Kathy Waller says:

    A belated thanks for your post about pets. I had a sort-of German shepherd who was scared to death of thunder. Once I found him hiding in the bathroom closet. From then on when the weather got bad, I made sure the door was open. There weren’t many fireworks in the neighborhood, though, so thunderstorms were all we had to watch out for.

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    • Kaye George says:

      You’re welcome! It’s always nice to be here. Thunderstorms were awful for our Goldens, too, maybe worse because they were unpredictable.

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