Today’s blog post will be hosted by 2 of our foster dogs, Kramer and Benny. We asked them their thoughts on 4th of July safety for themselves and their friends and this was their responsive conversation:
Wise Wiener: Hey guys! As you know, 4th of July is coming up, so we wanted to ask you what thoughts you had on safety for this great holiday!
Kramer: Yes, 4th of July! The time when people get together to celebrate our nation’s independence with parades, family, hot dogs, fireworks….
Benny: They eat wieners on 4th of July? I’m a weiner dog, does that mean we get eaten? If so I’m not sure I like this holiday anymore!
Kramer: Oh Benny settle down, we don’t get eaten. I was talking about the actual hot dogs.
Benny: Phew! I thought I was going to start digging a hole to hide in!
Wise Wiener: Hey guys, focus! People really want to know some safety tips!
Kramer: Right, right! Okay, one of the things that I think is important is making sure that we dogs have readable tags that are up to date. That way if we run away out of fear (because some of us do) anyone who finds us will be able to contact our owners much easier.
Benny: I think it’s also important to make sure that if we have a microchip that that information is accurate as well.
Kramer: Yes I agree. Especially if you come from our rescue because all of us leave with a microchip!
Wise Wiener: Any other advice?
Benny: Well of course! Part of how you can prevent us from running away is making sure that all the gates, doors, and fences are closed any time you enter or exit the area, and looking for signs of damage or holes that we can squeeze through.
Kramer: Also, if you are having guests over make sure that they know to close the gates/fences/doors as well.
Benny: Some places you also should shut the windows!
Kramer: Why windows?
Benny: Some dogs can jump Kramer. Unlike us with our short, stubby legs…
Kramer: Ah yes. Forgot about that.
Wise Wiener: You guys definitely have some great advice? Got any more tips?
Kramer: One thing that helps some dogs is exercising before the fireworks start. It helps us to relax. Also letting us use the bathroom beforehand so that we don’t wet ourselves.
Benny: I did that once, a long time ago. It was embarrassing!
Kramer: Bet you still do haha.
Benny: Nope. I’m a big boy now!
Kramer: That’s not what Beans told me.
Wise Wiener: Okay enough barking, anything else you want to say?
Benny: Try and find a quiet place for your dog to go to when the noise gets too loud. Just like people, we like to be in some place comfortable when we get scared.
Kramer: Also, if you use medications to calm us down you will want to make sure that you get them before the holiday. Most vets and pet stores are closed for the holiday so you will want to be prepared.
Benny: I just want to go back to the hot dogs really quick. Make sure that if you have bones or any other dangerous foods out that you take care of them before we get to it. Would hate to be poisoned from your celebration!
Kramer: Good point! Also the same goes for lighters, alcoholic beverages, sunscreen, insect repellent, glow necklaces or bracelets, tiki torches, candles, and all that.
Benny: And I think the last tip that we can have is don’t bring us to public firework displays with lots of people. It’s best to just leave us at home. And I can’t stress this enough: DON’T LOCK US IN YOUR CAR!!!!
Kramer: You said it Benny!
Wise Wiener: Awesome tips you guys, thank you for sharing with us! And to those of you reading this, we at the Long Dog Retreat hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July!