Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fallout from the 4th of July.
While families are having barbecues and celebrating by blowing up the neighborhood, we sat in our hot apartment in fear of opening the windows that the booms would be even louder. Zoe huddling in terror in the bathroom and Phoenix either glued to my side of hiding behind the recliner, every 2 seconds the sky sounded like it was falling. Boom after boom until early in the morning. The entire weekend consisted of booms with only a bit of relief during the hottest part of the day. By the end of Monday, I started to feel punished by the fireworks as well. Watching your dogs having a panic attack with no way to comfort them is the worst feeling in the whole world and I started to feel jumpy at the booms, too.
I feel so badly for all of our dogs at this time of year. I wish there was a way to explain to them that it was dumb humans celebrating and that the booms can't hurt them. I can't imagine how our war vets must be feeling with all the booms going off, too. It must be so hard for them! I wish people would be more considerate and keep their celebration to the day instead of extending it for days on end and I worry about all the misplaced pets in shelters. I wonder if they will find their owners again. At least my dogs had the luxury of being tucked safely inside.
Since the celebrations started, Zoe does not want to go outside. When we get outside she mostly refuses to walk. I have to really coax her to go. She gets to grass, goes potty and then attempts to drag me back inside. Phoenix has been pretty much the same way. Neither dog is comfortable going out. Zoe has also been refusing her meals and we have to really beg her to eat or add toppers to her food to get her eating. I am really hoping that people will stop lighting stuff off and that my dogs calm down soon.