Notes from a small dog: Pets and fireworks…

She says it is fireworks season again…which means loads of pops, bangs and fizzes. Two-legses may like them… four-legses, not so much. I used to be really scared…

But I’m all growed up now and my two-legs is pretty well trained; she closes the curtains for me, puts the noisy box on to cover the bangs and makes sure I have somewhere safe and cosy to snuggle though I usually just hide sit under her desk to protect her..

She says most two-legses are pretty good about that sort of thing. But, just in case, there are loads of things you can do… so I thought I’d share the RSPCA’s advice video. You can visit their page here too for other creatures… like horses. They get nervous of everything anyway…I’m not even allowed to say hello to them… so fireworks must really spook them.

Enjoy your fireworks… but keep us safe!

Much love,

Ani xxx


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 and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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66 Responses to Notes from a small dog: Pets and fireworks…

  1. I am grateful we live outside of town, so we don’t really hear the noise much. We do hear the guns, though. Ironically, the guns are not nearly as noisy as fireworks. Comparatively speaking, guns are reasonably quite and they don’t go off continuously like fireworks.

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  2. quiet, not quite. Oof.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Good advice Ani xxx

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like you are in good hands, Ani. Maybe there’ll be an extra piece of cheese to help offset the stress. πŸ˜‰

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  5. We’ve got pops and bangs going off here already. I don’t like them, but we have music on which is nice and restful so I can snuggle up on my cushion between their chairs. Sometimes they put one particular film on, funny creatures taking over the world, lots of bangs and whistles, which I’m used to. I don’t like going out in the dark to wee though as sometimes a bang goes off mid squat! XX Maggie.

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  6. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, your two-legs took some so, so sad pictures, but she clearly does her best to help you. I don’t have a four-legs in the house right now, but I have lived with both dogs and (sorry to have to mention them) cats, and none of them liked the bangs and pops.

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  7. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Ani and Sue Vincent share advice for humans to help their four legged loved ones deal with fireworks noises.

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  8. Aw … Your poor ears, Ani. Glad you have a great two-legs who looks after this for you. πŸ™‚

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  9. Mom pinned this to her “Shih Tzu Solutions” Board, Ani – even though you’re not a Shih Tzu, this is good for ALL of us!
    Woof! TINK

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  10. Fireworks have been going off here for two weeks. Every time I hear them I ask that Gods creatures stay safe.

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  11. jenanita01 says:

    Yes, I wish they would confine their use to just one night… makes it hard to protect animals all the time…

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  12. Reblogged this on The Literate Lurcher and commented:
    November 5 isn’t our favourite day – we’re not fans of big bangs. Annabelle is going to put the Rock Show on at top volume so we can’t hear them. Funny how we can sleep through any amount of death metal but we can’t cope with a few fireworks!
    Here’s what our friend Ani has to say about Bonfire Night, including a useful link to the RSPCA’s advice…

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  13. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    For more tips, please also watch the video on Sue & Ani’s original blog post 😎

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  14. Oh dear, poor Ani, it is Guy Fawkes time again.

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  15. It’s amazing how sensitive pups are to loud noises. Thanks for the reminder, Ani. ❀

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  16. Carol says:

    Great advice and I have had dogs which didn’t like bangs and definitely not the firework season…However, Saangchai is a strange dog he loves fireworks ..If I shut him indoors he goes we have to set them off outside our gates and he has his nose to the gate and if the gate wasn’t there he would be trying to play with it..Crazy dog..I have to protect him from himself…Never had a dog like him..But this is Thailand and fireworks are always going off so maybe that has something to do with it.

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  17. willowdot21 says:

    Nice one Ani it never hurts to give the two legs some advice πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡


  18. macjam47 says:

    Great advice! people often forget how even a thunderstorm can scare their pets. We live near a large amusement park and in the summer they have fireworks every night at 10:00. We don’t have a pet ☹ bit many of our neighbors do. Most keep them indoors.


  19. This is my first fireworks season, though I heard lots of fireworks nearby earlier in the year. I’m not scared though. I sat and watched them with the humans. Well, I did until I got bored and decided to take a nap. I’m not scared of thunderstorms either. I was scared the first time I heard a big thunderstorm, but the humans said there was nothing to worry about and I decided to believe them, and nothing bad happened so I didn’t get scared after that. Lots of licks, Lilie


  20. We got a nice den built for us, Ani. It’s still up because there’s still fireworks going off, but not as many as the nights go on. We’ve been told it will be built again on New Year’s Eve (whatever that is?)
    Hope Bonfire night wasn’t too bad for you this year.
    Lots of barks & waggly tails,
    Toby & Austin


  21. pawprintsandmint says:

    I was always worried about thunderstorms and fireworks with our Dog Bear, but somehow he grew up in an area with a lot of noise from jets, and a few thunderstorms here and there that he was luckily De-sensitized to all the noise fireworks make. Even for Guy Fawkes night I was a little worried… but it didn’t phase him. I always feel sad for all the pets who get so scared 😦 it’s definitely not a fun time for them.


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