“Seattle’s Second Chance Shelter smelled of damp fur and dog breath. Frantic barks and whines pierced the air and assaulted Anna’s ears. She shrank back from the desperation that hung in the air like mist. All the sad eyes begging for a home. The furry foreheads rumpled with anxiety. Anna’s tender heart slid to her feet.
‘We shouldn’t have come here,’ she shouted to her boyfriend, Jeff.
‘You wanted to check out the dogs,’ he said.
Anna was clutching the Second Chance flyer she’d found that morning on Jeff’s windshield. Coming here had seemed the best way to goad themselves into action after weeks of talk about adopting a dog. But now, engulfed by the dogs’ distress, Anna wasn’t so sure.
‘We could have looked for a dog on Petfinder,’ she said. In their rented condo, they could have studied photos on the computer screen.
‘You can tell a lot more of you see a dog in person,’ Jeff said.
‘Yes, but I want to take all these dogs home.’
‘We can only afford to care for one.’”
We all know everyone enjoys a good celebration and the holidays, and we know you want to include your animal companions in the festivities. July 4th is a pretty big holiday with lots of activities going on, mostly barbecues and fireworks. Here are some safety tips so you can include your pets in a way that keeps them safe and happy:
- Keep your pets away from food and alcohol
- If you want to take those cute/funny photos of your pet(s) wearing festive costumes or headpieces: put it on them, take a bunch of photos, then take it off
- Pets generally do not like wearing said costumes or headgear for long periods of time, so limit how long they wear it
- Keep your pets indoors, in a quiet room or with some soft music playing so that the loud noises of the fireworks are less likely to scare them
- Have treats and/or toys in the room with your pet to keep them occupied
- Make sure that the room your pet is staying in is “Escape Proof”
- secure all windows, pull down shades, make sure doors are locked/closed tight
- Talk with your vet about possible options to keep your pet calm
- Some options may be a ThunderShirt or consult with your vet if considering a mild sedative
- If your pet is going to be outside with you during day activities, make sure to have a water bowl accessible for your pet to stay hydrated.
- To help your pet be less anxious about you leaving them at home, exercise them beforehand so they are more likely to be calmer and fall asleep during night festivities
- Make sure your animals have up-to-date tags that are secured to a collar or microchipped, in case they become loose due to being frightened by the holiday festivities
*We do NOT claim ownership to images used in this post*
Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. Thanks for rushing to my side when I called out for you, and holding me when I cried. Thank you for taking me to all my doctor/vet visits so that I stayed healthy. Thanks for teaching me important lessons, and helping me grow.
“Our dog has special needs, the greatest being the need for a lobotomy. After that, he could use a good dose of Prozac. Add some Ritalin and he’d approach the vague semblance of a well-adjusted canine. Feels almost doable.
Except for his tail of freakish accidents and half-baked suicide attempts.
Sometimes I think Henry—that’s the dog—had ended up in a different family, we’d all be better off. Some combinations just don’t mix. Take Mentos candy and diet cola. Put them together, and you get a carbonated geyser blowing your bottle cap.
Pets are supposed to be fun. A pleasant enrichment of your life. Dogs especially. Loving, loyal, sleeping by your feet.
I don’t believe in divine misprints. But life with Henry makes me wonder.”
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young is a story that will have you laughing constantly. This amazingly touching story about all the mishaps, accidents, and disasters that come from one boxer named Henry. Through the ups and downs, Henry helps his family see what is truly important in life, thus bringing the ultimate happiness of having a canine companion in a family.
We have included a video by the author because we know you’ll want to see the legendary Henry that inspired the book.