Now What?

Well, now what?  All of the celebrations for the 4th are over.  Most of the big fireworks displays have already taken place,  you couldn’t eat another hot dog if you had too, and you don’t think it’s safe to eat the potato salad.  Having  a bit of a let down?  How about some July 5 trivia, just for fun!?!

  • My mother was born on the 5th of July.  She always called herself a delayed firecracker. delayed firecracker (OK, not earth shaking,  but I thought I’d throw it in!)
  • I found a really cool picture.  Technically, it didn’t happen on July 5th–it appeared online on July 5th, 2008.  It took place in January of 2007 in Perth, Australia.  But, it is one cool picture!!!  Fireworks, lightening and a comet appearing in the sky at the same time!  You have GOT to see this!
  • And the piece de resistance…Tadah!!!!!   The Bikini was invented in Paris, France on this day in 1946!  Did you know that it was named after the location of the first peace time explosion of a nuclear weapon?  The explosion occurred on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean 4 days before.  Louis Reard named his little contribution to swimming attire after the island because it cause such an “explosion on the fashion scene”!  At the time, he couldn’t get any self-respecting fashion model to wear it, so he had to get a nude dancer!

My….. how things have changed!                                  04-thong-bikini-12

Now I know you are thinking to yourself, what does this have to do with being a dog lover????  Well, check THIS out!  🙂 Continue reading

4th of July and Your Dog–Are You Ready?

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4th of July!  Visions of flags, parades, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon, homemade ice cream, loved ones and fireworks come to mind!  As much fun as all of these things are for us, for dogs, there are some real dangers!

While some dogs are not affected by the excitement and noise, many have “doggie panic attacks”.  They may lose bladder control, try to find a place to hide, jump through sliding glass doors, go under, over or through the fence and generally be miserable.  Years ago I had a beautiful 80 pound mixed breed dog named Oreo.  She was really afraid of loud noises.  When a  loud noise occurred (thunder, fireworks, something being unexpectedly dropped) she would crawl under the bed.  Fear must have somehow been able to make her shrink, because she always managed to get under the bed.  For some reason, getting her out seemed to always require lifting the bed–box springs and all–high enough for her to escape.

Hide under the bed

What brings about such an illogical (according to us) reaction?  Well, for starters, a dog’s sense of hearing is about 10 times more acute than that of a human! Therefore, your dog experiences the loud noise at a level 10 times louder than you do.  If the noise you heard was that loud, you probably would be looking for a place to hide or a way to get away from it, too! Continue reading