So, it’s not even noon here in our little town, and I’ve been hearing fireworks for the last few hours. Not the itty bitty firecrackers that one buys from the store… no… big, booming fireworks that fill the air with sound and vibrations. The kind that sends the pets into full blown panic attacks. My Chihuahua is trying to dig a hole into the floor under my couch as we speak. Okay, now he’s up on the couch (picture). And he’s back under the couch. He’s kind of in a state right now. The whole couch is shaking, he’s in such a tither. My cattle dog mix is just wandering around, panting… She’s pretty much in the same state. The middle dog (also pictured) is just sitting here not panicking, but not happy about the whole thing either. I don’t even know where the cat is… I dunno why anyone would be shooting off fireworks in the middle of the day, but they have been, for over two hours. It doesn’t help that my neighbor is doing some kind of construction and making ALL kinds of big, loud noises. Hammers, buzz saws, chain saws, boards falling… You know, the noises one makes when one is building stuff. Loud, and not nice to the ears of dogs.
Unless I’m mistaken about all of these noises being fireworks, and we’re being overrun by some enemy country I don’t know about… but then I’d think the booms would be much closer together and there’d be more screaming involved, and sirens, and you know, mayhem and confusion. So I’m gonna go with the assumption that it’s fireworks (and construction work).
The pets aren’t happy about it. Not at all. I’m not at all keen on this much noise so early in the day either. It’s making me all kinds of cranky, and trying to calm nervous dogs so early in the day when I spent a good portion of last night doing the same thing isn’t my idea of fun. BTW, I found a trick that totally worked last night… I read to them. I was reading a book anyway when the fireworks started, so I figured I’d just read out loud. After about twenty minutes the dogs all calmed down and were sleeping. I had calming music on too, so I think the combination of the two worked pretty well. It probably won’t work right now because I’d have to close all of the windows to shut out the daytime noises and it’s too hot to do that.
Douglas, of course, is blissfully sleeping through the whole affair. Bless his heart.
I used to love the Fourth of July… now I guess I’m just to old for all of the noise and chaos. Ah how times have changed.