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(Gothamist)   Fireworks spook dog at party, so he runs home. Across NJ. And then the George Washington Bridge. At rush hour   (gothamist.com) divider line 31
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2012-07-06 12:41:21 PM  
Dog gone
 
2012-07-06 12:41:50 PM  
I had to sedate my dog two nights in a row because of fireworks. Sad thing to see.
 
2012-07-06 12:44:58 PM  
Fireworks shows don't start until well after rush hour. TFA doesn't even mention rush hour.
 
2012-07-06 12:45:29 PM  
my fat dog was so spooked she tried to crawl under out bed and got herself wedged under it
 
2012-07-06 12:45:34 PM  
Dogs hear differently from us and when there's tons of fireworks going off they are basically tortured. If you can't be. Bothered to invest $40 for a see of doggy earplugs you are basically an animal abuser. If I saw some poor pooch unprotected and howling on a fireworks night I'd hop your fence to give him some plugs and I might take him with me.
 
2012-07-06 12:46:49 PM  
www.backpacker-backgammon.com
 
2012-07-06 12:47:16 PM  
Poor little guy! Most of the fireworks were cancelled here in suburban Maryland this year, but we did get some nearby last weekend and my buddy was barking at them like mad.
 
2012-07-06 12:48:27 PM  
Hope the dog had his EZ-Pass with him.

/Hates toll cheats
 
2012-07-06 12:49:44 PM  
Juman found the frightened dog on the catwalk

No wonder he got arrested.
 
2012-07-06 12:49:52 PM  
Are we sure he wasn't just trying to get the hell out of NJ?
 
2012-07-06 12:51:06 PM  

Ned Stark: Dogs hear differently from us and when there's tons of fireworks going off they are basically tortured. If you can't be. Bothered to invest $40 for a see of doggy earplugs you are basically an animal abuser. If I saw some poor pooch unprotected and howling on a fireworks night I'd hop your fence to give him some plugs and I might take him with me.


j.wigflip.com
 
2012-07-06 12:51:12 PM  
He should have taken the Lincoln Tunnel.
 
2012-07-06 12:58:32 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-06 12:59:06 PM  
My blue heeler was freaked out by fireworks on a ranch while celebrating New Years Eve. I would have put him up at the ranch house, however, someone got overzealous and set them off early.
Mingus, my dog, hauled ass to my truck, and the door wasn't open so he just ran.

He was MIA for 18 hours... just showed up at the ranch house.

/now looking into dog earplugs.
//didn't know they existed.
 
2012-07-06 01:20:53 PM  

A Midsummer Night's Toker: Fireworks shows don't start until well after rush hour. TFA doesn't even mention rush hour.


I think someone needs to reread the farking article.
 
2012-07-06 01:21:56 PM  

Ned Stark: Dogs hear differently from us and when there's tons of fireworks going off they are basically tortured. If you can't be. Bothered to invest $40 for a see of doggy earplugs you are basically an animal abuser. If I saw some poor pooch unprotected and howling on a fireworks night I'd hop your fence to give him some plugs and I might take him with me.


Doggie earplugs?

Thanks. My dog Suzy is terrified of fireworks/thunder storms. I tried the Thunder Shirt and it did bring her panic down a notch. She wasn't runnung all over the house in sheer terror. She stayed right beside me.

Off to do the google.
 
2012-07-06 01:22:08 PM  
WTF is with people that take dogs to fireworks? I've never taken mine to them and never will. They also don't mind them or thunder (fingers still x-ed)

We had some tourists from overseas lose their dog when it was scared at fireworks here in Halifax. Took a massive search until the dog was found, and then the family had to send someone back to Canada to bring it home.

Poor dogs, dumbass owners.
 
2012-07-06 01:37:00 PM  

booger42: WTF is with people that take dogs to fireworks? I've never taken mine to them and never will. They also don't mind them or thunder (fingers still x-ed)



I think it's usually probably that they are out for a whole day of activities, which just happen to end with fireworks. Most folks probably figure that they'll deal with the dog if he's freaking out, and don't want to deny him the hours of fun he'll get exploring new sights and sounds and getting love from new strangers.

My little buddy isn't scared of thunder at all. Last weekend's fireworks that were a town or two over from where I live just had him barking at them when I let him out in the backyard, but once I told him to chill he did. I think if we were actually AT them though, he'd probably have been a lot more insistent on barking. He didn't seem scared, but he did want to bark at the funny noises.
 
2012-07-06 01:41:10 PM  

Ned Stark: Dogs hear differently from us and when there's tons of fireworks going off they are basically tortured. If you can't be. Bothered to invest $40 for a see of doggy earplugs you are basically an animal abuser. If I saw some poor pooch unprotected and howling on a fireworks night I'd hop your fence to give him some plugs and I might take him with me.


Yeah, stealing a dog from its owner for a stupid reason wouldn't be traumatic for the animal, good point.
 
2012-07-06 01:45:28 PM  

mongbiohazard: booger42: WTF is with people that take dogs to fireworks? I've never taken mine to them and never will. They also don't mind them or thunder (fingers still x-ed)


I think it's usually probably that they are out for a whole day of activities, which just happen to end with fireworks. Most folks probably figure that they'll deal with the dog if he's freaking out, and don't want to deny him the hours of fun he'll get exploring new sights and sounds and getting love from new strangers.


Good point. And when being a tourist, leaving the dog at 'home' isn't all that easy.
 
2012-07-06 01:47:46 PM  

A Midsummer Night's Toker: Fireworks shows don't start until well after rush hour. TFA doesn't even mention rush hour.


It's the George Washington Bridge. It's always rush hour.
 
2012-07-06 01:54:49 PM  
Good lord, I keep my dogs inside when there are fireworks. Fireworks commonly spook dogs. The two guys I have don't seem to be affected by them, we can hear them in the house, but I'm not taking chances.
 
2012-07-06 02:16:28 PM  
Our two cocker spaniels loved fireworks (tailwagging, clamboring to go out into the backyard) and watch/listen. They are bred as hunting dogs - to cock birds - and I guess they thought they'd finally gotten successful, people were shooting in the distance (from their point of view).

Our American Eskimo-spitz dog has an entirely different view and needs to have a place to hide in the quietest part of the house.

And the Pomeranian, whose first Fourth this was, was bemused and then angry at so much noise. Some stupid online vet says you're not supposed to comfort a frightened dog, so I'm glad she was mad instead. Wouldn't want to upset the online vet.
 
2012-07-06 03:43:01 PM  

Sgt Oddball: Are we sure he wasn't just trying to get the hell out of NJ?


^ ^ ^ THIS!
 
2012-07-06 03:50:57 PM  

Hoboclown: It's the George Washington Bridge. It's always rush hour.


This. There are exactly three ways to get from Manhattan to New Jersey, and it always seems like a quarter of each's population is trying to get onto said bridge at any one time.
 
2012-07-06 03:54:18 PM  
My shorthaired pointers don't care, but I'm still not going to bring them to a fireworks display.
 
2012-07-06 04:34:16 PM  
I always knew there were thunderstorms coming even though no clouds in the sky when our dog was cowering behind the toilet . same on the 4th of july.
 
2012-07-06 05:07:17 PM  
I took my German Shepherd to the fireworks and my female companion took her two runt dogs (a chihuahua-dachshund mix and a Jack Russell). All 3 were fine with them, and they looked up most of the time and watched.

I've had my Shepherd to fireworks before, as well as a gun range, and we play in thunder storms. Loud noises don't scare him. It's all part of training. If your dog hears a big bang and you immediately start petting/cuddling/soothing it, it assumes that it was right to be scared. If you act like nothing is wrong (or even better, go forward and repeatedly face the noise like nothing is wrong**) then your dog will learn that the noises aren't anything to be scared of.

**no, this is not torture. It is a dog and they learn through reward and aversion. Coddling it at improper times just ends up reinforcing the unwanted behavior.
 
2012-07-06 05:59:50 PM  
We put our spaniel in the spare room one year and went to the fireworks. She got so freaked out that she tore apart all the couch cushions of the sofa.
 
2012-07-07 01:54:48 AM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: And the Pomeranian, whose first Fourth this was, was bemused and then angry at so much noise.


That's the only reaction I've ever seen a Pomeranian have - either total excitement or total pissy rage. Leave the fear to the Chihuahuas, poms seem to have that gene bred out.

Downer story: While watching the fireworks at a friends', someone walked by and asked if we'd seen a fat little dog go by, but we hadn't. Not long after, we actually did see a fat little Chihuahua run by, the opposite direction, and tried to call its name. (I forget now.) A few minutes later he ran right back the other way, and we were all relieved, figuring he was booking it back home. This was all in between the neighbors launching off mortars and massive bottle rockets, so I can understand why the dog was so freaked out of his mind. Unfortunately, a half hour later he came running right back, and when he wouldn't come to me I started running right back and by some stroke of luck found the guy - knocked on the right door after I thought I saw someone calling a dog from it on my way up - and walked back, but the dog had scampered off by then. The guy did nothing but talk about the little critter the whole way back, I could tell it broke his heart to see that he'd run off again.

Unfortunately, the dog had just moved in a few weeks prior, so I have no idea if it knew its home well enough to find it again. :\
 
2012-07-07 03:33:31 PM  
What?? I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

tifr.us
 
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