The following was forwarded to me and I'm passing it on.
From: Ginger Goodrich <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [K9Alert] 4th of July! Don't loose your pet *Busiest time of the year for Shelters! Firecrackers, fireworks coming Get tags on those Pets!
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 12:28 PM
[K9Alert] 4th of July! Don't loose your pet *Busiest time of the year for Shelters! Firecrackers, fireworks coming Get tags on those Pets!
Thank you for sending out this warning about 4th of July! It is the absolute truth! My childhood dog, Boomer, was a truly wonderful, 90-pound purebred black Labrador who was the mellowest, best behaved dog I had ever known...he was my best friend when I was growing up.
I had never in my life seen Boomer afraid of anything...and he NEVER left our back yard without a member of our family, even if the gardener accidentally left the gate open. Well, on the 4th of July when he was 8 years old, our neighbors set off some fireworks near our home, while Boomer was in the back yard. Although he was neither a jumper nor a digger, on this night he apparently became so frightened by the noise that he managed to jump over the 6-foot cinder-block wall around our property, and he went on the run. Because he was black, he was almost invisible when he ran across the freeway, and he was struck and immediately killed by a motorist who was going 70 miles per hour.
Thank goodness the motorist was kind enough to stop, read the tag, and bring poor Boomer back to our home, wrap him in a blanket, and write us a 2-page letter apologizing sincerely for the tragic accident and explaining what happened to our beloved dog...but he was afraid to ring the doorbell because he felt certain there would be children in our family and he could not face having killed a child's best friend. Boomer, the dog that never left our property unless accompanied by a family member, was hit and killed on a freeway EIGHT MILES away from my home, all because he was terrified by fireworks on the 4th of July--and we never even knew he was missing until I found his body on our doorstep the next morning. If we had just kept him inside that night, it would have all be avoided. It's been over 20 years, and I still miss him.
I still think of Boomer every single 4th of July (and on New Year's Eve, too)...and when I finally felt ready to open my heart to another dog, well, I make sure that my new best friend spends each of those holidays snuggled safely by my side in the house, with the windows tightly closed and the radio on. And if I choose to go out and enjoy the festivities, I make sure my dog is *indoors*, and feels safe and secure before I leave. At least the loss of Boomer's taught me an important lesson, and my new dog will live a longer, safer life for it.
This is also very important for cat owners, too, by the way--even "outdoor cats" with tons of street smarts can become terrified of fireworks... or can become the victim of malicious mischief. :^(
Thanks for the reminder, Dawn.
--- On Sun, 6/14/09, Dawn K ForTheAnimals <ForTheAnimals@ Verizon.net> wrote:
From: Dawn K ForTheAnimals <ForTheAnimals@ Verizon.net>
Subject: [K9Alert] 4th of July! Don't loose your pet *Busiest time of the year for Shelters! Firecrackers, fireworks coming Get tags on those Pets!
To: Undisclosed- Recipient@ yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 10:01 AM
Fourth of July is the busiest time for shelters!
I have a list of lost and found resources that I have compiled to share.
I posted them on a blog http://dawnkforthea nimals.wordpress .com/
(if link does not work remove any spaces yahoo groups add)
Sign up for Pet amber alerts ~Register to receive lost pet alerts from your area www.LostAndPound. com
Lost and pound will send out an alert within a 60 mile radius from where your pet was lost.
Spread the word to all local organizations, police, shelters, vets, even your neighbors!
Let's stay connected & bring the lost ones home.
Please check out lost or found pets to see if you recognize any: http://www.lostandp ound.com/ search.php
(if the pic area is marked with an X click on it, then click on contact pet owner and you will see the pic)
Also, Keep those kitties indoors!
From: Judy Byrd
Subject: Firecrackers, fireworks coming...get tags on those dogs!
Reminder for rescuers (and tell all your non-rescue friends with dogs) Make sure they're collared and tagged!
Supposed to be the time of the year when most dogs escape their homes and are 'on the loose'.
Don't trust tie-outs or just collars for dogs between now and whenever your neighbors run out of fireworks...
like probably not until the middle of July...IF THEY SLIP THEIR COLLARS, they can't tell anyone where they belong.
The noise frightens some dogs terribly (and cats can suffer, too). They will jump over fences you thought they couldn't, go right through screens or windows. Be ready to pull blinds, turn on lights and turn up TV or radio to cover the noise.
If you know your dog(s) is frightened, ask your vet what you can use to ease their anxiety.
Pass it on!
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