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Animals deserve a fireworks-free Fourth
MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 7-2-12 | Lindsay Pollard-Post

Posted on 07/02/2012 2:59:11 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

I once "oohed" and "ahhed" over fireworks, but that was before I knew how our annual celebrations of freedom wreak havoc on other species. For animals, Fourth of July fireworks aren't festive - they're frightening and sometimes even fatal. Animals' ears are far more sensitive than ours. Deafening blasts can cause them intense pain and even damage their hearing. The endless bangs and booms cause many dogs and cats to panic and jump over backyard fences, slip out of their collars, break free from their chains, dig out of yards, tear through screened windows or doors and even crash through picture windows in a frantic attempt to escape the explosions.

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KEYWORDS: 4th; fireworks
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"There are plenty of ways to celebrate without traumatizing animals or keeping the neighborhood up all night. Going for a bike ride, having a picnic, watching a movie or hosting a vegetarian backyard barbecue are just a few."

"vegetarian barbecue "

LOL

1 posted on 07/02/2012 2:59:20 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

what the heck is a vegetarian bbq? I don’t think my egg even knows that one.


2 posted on 07/02/2012 3:00:44 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TurboZamboni

My dog doesn’t love fireworks but he’ll live.


3 posted on 07/02/2012 3:01:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TurboZamboni

I hate busy-body liberals.

There is only ONE thing that can stop us from having our fireworks - it’s so hot and dry it’s dangerous here in middle TN. lol

Many cities aren’t going to have their annual fireworks shows.


4 posted on 07/02/2012 3:03:23 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: TurboZamboni

There is always some bleeding heart crying about something.


5 posted on 07/02/2012 3:08:35 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: TurboZamboni
There are plenty here on FR that harbor a secret fear that someone, somewhere is enjoying themselves.

This is the same thing.

I expect to hear the far off booming of fireworks.

/johnny

6 posted on 07/02/2012 3:09:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TurboZamboni

“Closing blinds and curtains, keeping the lights on and playing classical music at a normal volume will help minimize the booms and flashing.”

Setting off the fireworks outside would probably help too.


7 posted on 07/02/2012 3:09:32 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Imagine how traumatized my hunting dogs are! When they here thunder, their tails start wagging.


8 posted on 07/02/2012 3:10:08 PM PDT by fini
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To: cripplecreek

mine loves fireworks, but not the really loud ones.


9 posted on 07/02/2012 3:10:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: count-your-change

my dog like country AND western.


10 posted on 07/02/2012 3:11:56 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’m not gonna charge my animals anything to watch and they enjoy the feast that begins the festivities with all that BBQ’d flesh they don”t care about a little noise in fact I’ll bet they are asleep 2 minutes after they eat !


11 posted on 07/02/2012 3:13:49 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: TurboZamboni

Since fireworks are legal here in the great state of South Carolina, Wed evening I’ll be sitting on my screened in porch enjoying the displays courtesy of my neighbors. They usually put on a more than adequate show.

FU Lindsay hyphenated-last-name!

My dog has been enjoying fireworks for years.


12 posted on 07/02/2012 3:15:46 PM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Liberals have a visceral hatred for any sort of patriotic display. And one with warlike explosions is just over the top for the limp wristed faggots...........


13 posted on 07/02/2012 3:15:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: All

My dog shakes and won’t get out of my lap. She does the same thing with thunderstorms. We got her a “thundershirt” and give her an organic sedative. This seems to work somewhat.

But I dislike fireworks for a different reason. They make noise and idiots can’t just seem to pop them on the holiday they’re celebrating. They pop the damn things for three days and way too late in the evening. If I wanted to hear “booms” all night I’d move to the Middle East. Or Chicago.


14 posted on 07/02/2012 3:17:33 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: TurboZamboni

For those whose dogs do get jittery...we found a product named the Thunder Vest. Our female Yorkie goes crazy when fireworks or storms happen. We did not believe it would work - but it does....she maintains a nice, peaceful demeanor now....thank goodness one of our friends recommended it.


15 posted on 07/02/2012 3:19:14 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: TurboZamboni
Hey! We give 'em a chance. Not our fault if they can't avoid the bouncing bombshells. Okay, maybe I shouldn't laugh at the coyotes running down the road joyously in flames, but I do. I figure one of us should enjoy it.

By the way, I only go to vegetarians barbecues if they serve beef ribs and baked potatoes. I try not to go overboard on the tossed salads.
16 posted on 07/02/2012 3:23:36 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Jack Russells are the bravest dogs in the world but just don’t like fireworks or thunderstorms. Mine just retreats to under the bed till they’re over.


17 posted on 07/02/2012 3:25:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TurboZamboni

My dog loves to go to the range (but does stay in the car parked well away from the line). Fireworks are just not a problem.


18 posted on 07/02/2012 3:26:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: driftdiver

Throw a vegan on the grill?


19 posted on 07/02/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: TurboZamboni
Lindsay Pollard-Post from PETA. There's a tangle of neuroses that makes a three-tailed tomcat in a rocking chair factory look normal by comparison. These days instead of medicating them they let them write letters to the editor.

In fact, Lindsay, animals don't do that because they're frightened of fireworks. They do it because they hate you.

20 posted on 07/02/2012 3:28:08 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: count-your-change

>> Setting off the fireworks outside would probably help too.

lol


21 posted on 07/02/2012 3:28:32 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

What I want to do after reading this stupid article is, fire up the car and speed up to run down animals in the street. And I don’t even like fireworks.

How about the “call to prayer” bellowing out of mosque PA’s? What’s that do to the little creatures?

Thanks TurboZamboni.


22 posted on 07/02/2012 3:28:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TurboZamboni

Is that you, Morghanne Q.E. Wolfe-Slattery? Spoken like a true Euphorian.


23 posted on 07/02/2012 3:30:25 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I always enjoy those occasional 4th of July stories where some idiot loses a finger or two while blowing something up.
It does my heart good.


24 posted on 07/02/2012 3:32:42 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: TurboZamboni

Vegetarian barbeque?? No idea how to cook a vegetarian on a grill, is it worth doing???


25 posted on 07/02/2012 3:33:50 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: TurboZamboni

Jackie the Rifle Dog says, "Over my dead body!!"

26 posted on 07/02/2012 3:35:02 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Fledermaus

How about a LIBERAL-FREE Fourth of July? They hate America so why don’t they just crawl up their asses where their brains are, and stay quiet for a day?


27 posted on 07/02/2012 3:39:00 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: TurboZamboni
It really isn't a problem for me, because I have never had the practice of taking my cats to the fireworks show. I never set off fireworks in my house, but the cats don't have a problem with neighbors doing it outside, because they are safely in my house.

I do worry about the cockroaches and termites that live outside being exposed to such harsh noise, because I can't figure out anything else to worry about. /sarcasm

28 posted on 07/02/2012 3:39:18 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Some dogs like fireworks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd-jWxUl4nc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiE09—j1uM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJOemihzUHY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysnHzJW0uBk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWrLDJlSIA8&feature=related


29 posted on 07/02/2012 3:39:32 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Fred Hayek
She definitely is from Diversityville.
30 posted on 07/02/2012 3:40:15 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

The problem here is people who don’t pay attention to their pets properly.

My dog is deathly afraid of guns & thunder. Easy solution, I just put him in a safe place in the house, and if I can’t find one, in his kennel box. While he still shakes and shivers, he doesn’t attempt any escape or destruction. He feels safer in a hiding place or that kennel.

If people recognized what their pets are telling them, they’d take care of them better.

This article is just another way to bring people down on the 4th for celebrating the way we always have. Ie., quit shooting all fireworks, guns, etc. so the people who are too stupid to own pets don’t lose theirs. I wonder if this writer ever thought that the animals that escaped shouldn’t be with the people who own them in the first place?


31 posted on 07/02/2012 3:41:22 PM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: TurboZamboni

{whispering}Pssssst. Keep it down. You don’t want to traumatize Bambi, do ya?


32 posted on 07/02/2012 3:44:26 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: TurboZamboni
Seems a little counterproductive -- people reading this might be tempted to do things they otherwise wouldn't do, just to spite the writer.

But then, a lot of the criticism is counterproductive as well -- animal-rights advocates may make greater nuisances of themselves than they otherwise would because they get off on the abuse.

The idea that having the right enemies means one must be right cuts both ways, though it's often wrong.

33 posted on 07/02/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by x
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think this Petey dog enjoys fireworks more than anyone else!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFP8rvp7MNc


34 posted on 07/02/2012 3:51:10 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TurboZamboni
Animals belong on the grill or in the smoker just before the fireworks.

Yummy!

35 posted on 07/02/2012 3:55:46 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Funny as heck! Thanks for posting those.


36 posted on 07/02/2012 3:59:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Terry Mross

Our local pet store has Calm pills that work wonders on my dog. They contain vivarium root, etc.


37 posted on 07/02/2012 4:04:55 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Fledermaus

So far, more than two dozen Tennessee counties have a burn ban in effect, including Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Maury, Montgomery, Sumner and Wilson counties.

It is depressing to see the farm look like it does now


38 posted on 07/02/2012 4:04:59 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: TurboZamboni

This is just exceedingly stupid. I would think that there are far greater things to be concerned about. Keep that yappin’ mutt indoors. Of course, I’ve never owned a dog that I could fit into a “thundershirt!”


39 posted on 07/02/2012 4:08:20 PM PDT by old school
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To: driftdiver

It’s where you grill vegetarians. Corn-fed vegetarians can be quite flavorful, when slowly roasted on a spit and slathered in Barbeque Sauce. . .


40 posted on 07/02/2012 4:22:12 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: count-your-change

“Closing blinds and curtains...”

Our Cairn was so upset over fireworks, we finally got him a “feel good” prescription. We give him two pills the evening before and another pill a few hours before the fireworks are about to start. Vets are not usually hesitant about giving a prescription if the dog is relatively healthy. Just some advice for anyone with a terrified pooch!


41 posted on 07/02/2012 4:28:13 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: TurboZamboni

“...hosting a vegetarian backyard barbecue...”

That mean barbecuing a few vegans and vegetarians...and bringing in a pack of dogs or cayotes to enjoy? Rare would be fine for the guests, just enough that they weren’t still breathin’...


42 posted on 07/02/2012 4:39:14 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: TurboZamboni

LOLOLOL...

I am surrounded by German Shorthair Pointers. GSPs... When the ‘crakers go off they stand by the door whinning, wondering why I don’t have the shotguns out.....after all, with all the noise, it must be opening day on something! “C’mon Dad...Let’s GO! Let’s get ‘em!”


43 posted on 07/02/2012 4:42:52 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: TurboZamboni
My dachshund slept through the fireworks last year.

-PJ

44 posted on 07/02/2012 4:46:39 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: rabidralph

Hah! When we were teens my mom had a beagle that hated the fireworks. Some years mom would get him doggie tranqs but one year when my folks went out of town on the 4th we served him a dish of beer and got him sloshed.

Worked so well that we did it every year afterward.


45 posted on 07/02/2012 4:58:01 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

LOL! And now he probably looks forward to the 4th of July!


46 posted on 07/02/2012 5:01:37 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: TurboZamboni

San Francisco, of course, has replaced its traditional fireworks spectacular with a gerbil-based show, “The Star-Spangled Raggot”.


47 posted on 07/02/2012 5:07:27 PM PDT by RichInOC ("ARMAGEDDON!!!" [BOOM!] "And the rodents' red glare, gerbils bursting in air...")
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To: momtothree

Give the pills to the owners and let the dog look to its own.


48 posted on 07/02/2012 5:25:18 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: TurboZamboni
B-B-Qing a vegetarian.

Now we're talking my kind of fun.

49 posted on 07/02/2012 5:54:42 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: SunkenCiv
What I want to do after reading this stupid article is, fire up the car and speed up to run down animals in the street.

Maybe even some squirrels, cats, and dogs too...

LOL

50 posted on 07/02/2012 6:18:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM OBIWAN IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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