A cautionary note from the small dog

ani 003Er, hello?

Who said you needed to have fireworks for Halloween? Hmm? I know there is that Bonfire Night thingy coming up… I know ‘cause it gets dark early then they start letting of the whizz-pop-bangs every night… and I guess they are allowed for that. But Halloween? I don’t think so…

It’s bad enough spending Bonfire Night under her chair, and New Year, without starting this malarkey in October… and it’s still going on tonight too!

It’s not that I’m a scaredy-cat or anything. I just don’t like the things. So I hide wait under her chair till they’ve stopped.

Last year, she was rotten and took a picture. This year she has learned her lesson and draped a big, black blanket over the chair so it is like a tent underneath. That’s much more dignified. And I’m handy in case she needs me… you never know, she might get scared and need to stroke my ears or something, just to reassure her.

So, I’m okay… but I know a lot of dogs who aren’t, this time of year. I can’t speak for cats, they don’t let me get close enough to find out… but I would imagine it must be the same for them. And rabbits and stuff. So in the interests of inter-species relations, I’d like to suggest you follow the advice of the RSPCA (even if she does say that it is Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalsnot Ani. I keep telling her otherwise. Especially when she’s stingy with the cheese…).ani 002

If there will be fireworks near you, just give the furries a thought.

Me, I’ll be under the chair in my tent if you need me…

Much love, Ani xxx

Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season Infographic - RSPCA

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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79 Responses to A cautionary note from the small dog

  1. Ritu says:

    Poor thing! I know, these fireworks… Unnecessary until 5th November… And (sorry) whenever Diwali is, if you live anywhere with Indians around! I think it’s 11th November this year.
    There was a family having a Halloween party on our street, and they thought 11.30pm would be a good time to set off one of those massive ones that whizz pops 50 odd times! Great!

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  2. KL Caley says:

    So true Ani, my two fluff-monsters (dogs) hate them and seek out comfort under the coffee table. Once a year should be enough (maybe New Years’ at a push but that seems to be a relatively new thing too)!

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  3. Fran says:

    Wonderful pictures. What a dear little Ani! I so wish the animals could understand what is going on.

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  4. That should go in TV as an advert for safe celebrations. How could anyone not listen to Ani 🙂

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  5. A serious point made with humour

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  6. jenanita01 says:

    some fireworks are so noisy, and so much more so for our furry friends. I think the worst thing you can do, is leave them alone on the worst nights, for they can bear almost anything if you are with them.

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    I don’t know when fireworks at Halloween started – seems bizarre when only a few nights later is the accepted time for them. You stay snuggled close to Sue, Ani, when the whizz bang pops begin. She’ll appreciate you looking out for her!

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  8. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Spare a thought for your furry friends (in your house or in the wild) when letting off fireworks – ALWAYS…

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  9. ksbeth says:

    i always feel for the animals and small children during this time. i remember crying and hiding under a blanket during fireworks as a child.

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  10. fransiweinstein says:

    What a face! And please tell Ani that cats don’t like scary noises either.

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  11. Poor Ani, hope she has a peaceful bonfire night. They’ve been letting the fireworks off in the village for days now too 😱🎃💥

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  12. Poor Ani, she speaks for so many. My dog used to pull back the shower curtain and hide in the (dry) bathtub. ☺

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  13. What is this obsession with fireworks for any event? They used to be so special when only available once or twice a year, now? Yawn. We are determined to destroy all magic. (and people wonder why kids are all depressed – what do they have to look forward to?)
    The German firmly agrees with this Ani. She automatically curls up by the bathtub at the first pop to wait it out.

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  15. A worthy post.
    Maggie likes to hide behind one of us, or snuggle in real close. We cover her with a blanket or one of our jumpers, close all the curtains and black out the windows, and have a small light on at her eye level. If she wants to go into the bathroom, we let her, but carry on a normal. We find putting a noisy DVD on also helps as she’s familiar with the sound which detracts from the whizz bangs and pops. We’re not sure yet whether living on a boat helps or not!

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  16. Thanks for sharing. Hope Ani is feeling better. 🙂

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  17. Allie P. says:

    Poor big sweetie! Hopefully she is doing better today.

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  18. joey says:

    Funny thing, but our Sadie is 5 now and she always “watched” fireworks with us, but this summer she got spooked at the finale and so we’ll be leaving her home in her cozy crate next year. She won’t hear much of it from home, since we can’t hear a thing.
    We lived on a military base, very loud, cannons daily, ammunition noises frequently — maybe she’s not used to the loud booms anymore. Not too sure. Poor thing.

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  19. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sam was terrified of fireworks and I know that he would have been under the tent with Ani.. I know that they can look spectacular in a big display but personally would be happy if they were banned completely. Noisy and dangerous.

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  20. theowllady says:

    Poor Ani! Sending hugz! @v@ ❤

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  21. It’s deer hunting season here and I’m having trouble figuring out which are fireworks … and which are rifle shots. Garry said yesterday’s noise were NOT gunshots and I suppose he would know. The dogs weren’t scare. I was scared. Where do I hide?

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  22. Fireworks are illegal here. I walked out to the beach and into a group of big men who were shooting off fireworks. I asked them to stop since their cannon noises were scaring my pets. Guess what? They stopped. I guess they felt I was insane, so they had better cut it out. I thanked them and walked back home.

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  23. A very thoughtful piece, Ani. You take care now and look after ‘her’…she might be scared really and not like to admit it. Is there room in your tent for two?

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  24. dgkaye says:

    Too cute Ani! 🙂

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  25. Hi Ani: I know just how you feel! We don’t have fireworks around my – er,our – house, but we do have lots of thunderstorms here in NC, Thunder and lightening make me rattled, er, anxious. My humans bought me a coat and they put it on me during the storms. It fits really nicely and is very warm, and it makes me happy, er, less anxious. They also cover my crate with a blanket when they go to bed. I think you might like the coat – it comes in a lovely blue and also red. I’ll have me human send your human the link to the site, if you’d be willing to try it.
    Your friend, Angel

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hi Angel,
      We’ve seen those coats and though they look like a really good idea, after she tried to get me into one in winter…to keep me warm and dry in all that snow… we decided she’d need to grow more arms before we tried again. She doesn’t seem to have done so yet…
      Much love, Ani xxx

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  26. davidprosser says:

    If the country is going to adopt the American Halloween festivities instead of the old Penny for the Guy of Nov 5th then maybe the Bonfire Night should stop. Either that or make fireworks legal only for registered Bonfire/Firework displays. I’m not a party pooper but I’m fed up of fireworks every night from last Friday to Nov 5th and maybe beyond.
    No fireworks for New Year except at the turn of a Century maybe.. I remember when they were sold just once a year for a week or so, now they seem to be on sale all the time.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  27. I don’t like them fireworks either Ani. My dad has bought me a comfort jacket this year. The lady in the shop said it was 100% guaranteed to work. That pleased my dad as he thinks he can return it anyway and get his money back. I don’t like wearing it but I guess I’ll give it another try. My dad said he is going to build me a tent like in this post your put together. We only had one trick or treater call on Halloween and she was dressed as a cat! Well, you can imagine my reaction to that!

    Keep safe.
    Lots of barks and waggly tails
    Toby
    xx

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      A CAT? Have they no heart??? She tried me in a jacket… well, she tried to get me into one….not happening. The tent works fine though Toby. And its all warm and cosy in there.
      Much love, Ani xxx

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  28. kirizar says:

    Be well, Ani. I agree about the disturbing preponderance of explosives startling one in a suburban neighborhood. Even knowing an appropriate holiday is around the corner, the fact that people think setting off what sounds like an M-80 in a housing area that might have babies, or likely pets, is just inconsiderate. I think there should be designated ‘blowing up sh… stuff’ area where people can gather together and count how many fingers they have lost to their preferred entertainment. (Six or less digits and you are a winner!)

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  29. Eliza Waters says:

    So glad we live in a rural area. 4th of July has a few fireworks that go off, but not so bad. I hope Ani makes it through Guy Fawkes alright. Do they have Valium for dogs? 😉

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  30. Poor animals. A “lot” of fireworks are set off here in India. It goes on for days. The animals really suffer. You’ve given some good ideas, Sue.

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  31. lbeth1950 says:

    My poor little guy is terrorized! It’s so hard on animals. Beautiful dog!

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  33. reocochran says:

    Sweet dog ♡ and sending you and yours hugs today! 🙂

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