NJ fireworks and NJ dogs, imperfect together
When it comes to dogs and fireworks, New Jersey certainly isn’t and you’re perfect together, as longtime Governor Kean liked to say. This weekend’s fireworks at my house were the biggest in the four years I’ve lived there, and in the two years I’ve had my dog Finn, it was his worst reaction.
They started around 9 p.m., local stuff from both neighbors’ backyards as well as an official exhibit. Because of those in the backyard, the sounds lasted two hours. The poor dog must have been out one last time before bed and there was no choice but to walk him in the middle as there was no way of knowing when it would end.
For a mixed breed dog who is part pit bull, he certainly wasn’t showing a harsh side. This little guy was shaking all the time. When his leash was pulled inside, you could feel his heart pounding.
Then it happened.
Stop reading if you get easily disgusted.
Another antenna went off so close and so low to the house that it literally hit the ground in fear and the anxiety was too great. He started to vomit. All over. Nothing but nervousness. I had never seen a dog do that. Imagine the canine version of the famous Exorcist scene.
Now I have had dogs before. They don’t like fireworks. But this reaction was beyond pallor. And I can’t blame anyone for wanting to celebrate and have fun. It was July 4th. This is what the Americans are doing. This is clearly my problem, not theirs.
But do I really want to remedy this by putting the dog on the Xanax puppy during the holidays? The first step is to determine the problem. I found an article on why dogs are so scared of fireworks on a Purina website. One interesting thing I learned apparently was that if the fireworks came in a predictable pattern like music, it would be less scary for the animals. Instead, they’ll come in bursts of 7, then 1, then nothing, then 4 or 5. So random that unpredictability is part of what scares them, not just the loud noise itself.
Like I said, interesting, but not exactly something I can do anything about, so that doesn’t make a difference. Will there be a visit to the vet? Support groups? Pressure vests? Canine advisers? Prozac puppy? A 12-step program with meetings?
“My name is Finn, and it’s been four months since I threw up under the fireworks and curled up in the laundry room.”
Or maybe I could just drive it to Canada every 4th of July.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.
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