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Your Fireworks Are Making My Dog Shake

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by AJB007, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. AJB007

    AJB007 New Member

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    To those setting off fireworks here in Broadlands, close to Milford Drive: My dog is shaking violently and panting very fast, yes, he is having a panic attack. He has been given medication and a thundershirt, but it is not helping too much. If you can please launch your fireworks quickly and not drag it out over several hours each night, we would appreciate it.
     
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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Only quiet fireworks should be allowed within high density areas- imo.
     
  4. SK8R

    SK8R On the Clover Meadow

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    My two cornish rex kitty boys hate fireworks too. It is a very common problem I think.
    hubbs and I put on nice music, and try to have a lot of other noise going on, but it only helps a little.
    warm laps and snuggles help
     
  5. SK8R

    SK8R On the Clover Meadow

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    This is sad. It helps if you sit with them and just like with a frightened 2 year old, act calm and let them know they are safe
     
  6. AJB007

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    We do that for a few hours
     
  7. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    I am not a dog owner now... but grew up with them, but it really surprises me that you are not more prepared for this. I thought it was common knowledge that pets often (especially dogs) get scared with Fireworks. There were a few things that we always did when I was a kid to help the situation and it was just something that we dealt with on July 4th. The last thing I would think to do is ask or expect that people would stop or go faster.... that is just not realistic.

    I understand the concern for our 4-legged friends but I hope you can find some better ways to help them next time.
     
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  8. jwf

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    How prepared can you be when people are shooting mortars and rockets over your house?

    This isn't like when I was a kid with fire crackers and bottle rockets. What people shoot off here should be illegal in a densely packed area like this.

    I feel for you and your dog. All you can do is hide in your basement and turn up the TV till it is over. Great way to celebrate the 4th.
     
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  9. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    Anything that launches or explodes is illegal in Virginia.

    "Many types of fireworks (including firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air) are illegal in Virginia unless you are a licensed contractor"

    http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/safety/fireworks.htm
     
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  10. ChrisL

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    Private residents in Broadlands are out of control with the illegal fireworks and the hours at which they are being set off. I don't have a pet, but I do have a 7-year old who would like to sleep. It was definitely a rough weekend. I hope you and your furry friend are doing better now! As LostSoul pointed out. You can call the police on essentially any firework that "rises into the air" Take a walk around a fireworks stand next year before the 4th... you will have a good idea how small the items that are legal in Virginia are versus what our neighbors are setting off. We had one using mortars that made lovely bursts about 150 feet in the air and managed to rattle our townhouse. I'm pretty patient with it all but around 11pm I was on my way to the phone when it finally stopped on Saturday night. Good luck!
     
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  11. jsteye

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    I have to agree with Zeratul here; you pet is Your issue, not mine. If folks are popping off illegal fireworks or late at night, call the police. Why do I have to be affected by your issues. I tend to see so many "Don't Tread on Me" license plates around here but it's only cool until it affects you right?
     
  12. AJB007

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    Thanks for everyone's feedback on this matter. I have lived in Broadlands since 2011 and it is a great community. Before involving the police in a matter that is not an immediate threat to my life, my preference would be to deal with matters among fellow community members first in hope of possible resolution/compromise.

    Zeratul - Regarding my preparedness for illegal fireworks with my dog I would respectfully tell you that we are rather prepared actually - soothing music, a thunder shirt for anxiety, sound masking devices, comforting/petting the dog until the fireworks are over, and if severe enough anti-anxiety medication has been provided by our vet. If you can provide any other helpful tips that you have used, I would be appreciative to give them a try.

    JWF - I wish we had a basement to retreat to but we only have crawl space. I appreciate your consideration and agree that it is not exactly the safest place for fireworks.

    ChrisL - Thanks for sharing your experience. It can be a challenge to raise this up to neighbors since these are the same people we live among, but I am hopeful that by initiating this discussion that others will continue to express their thoughts and/or concerns here should they have any.

    JSTeye - Again, you like Zeratul are right, this is my issue and I am sharing it with the members of this forum. I don't understand why you are asking, "why do I have to be affected by your issues"? Are you the one setting off the fireworks?
     
  13. jsteye

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    "JSTeye - Again, you like Zeratul are right, this is my issue and I am sharing it with the members of this forum. I don't understand why you are asking, "why do I have to be affected by your issues"? Are you the one setting off the fireworks?"

    Yes I was, once. I was enjoying some fireworks on my driveway with my daughter During The Daylight Hours. My neighbor came by asking if we could stop because of his dog. We did but I was a little upset because one, that was his issue not mine, it was during the daylight and finally, I had to stop what I was doing because of someone else even though I was following HOA edict.

    Every year everyone knows people will have fireworks because of the Fourth of July holiday. Get prepared.
     
  14. Hayes Clyburn

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    im 15, and when i see you guys say *not when they are launcing mortars and rockets over your house* Trust me buddy if they were launching mortars over your house YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WOULD NOT LIVE TO TELL THE TALE. they are fireworks, I currnetly have more than 10 pets of many kinds at my household, every 4th of july they get scard yes. but we deal with it, and they dont have panic attacks, so it seems more like your pets than the people launching the fireworks, also here in virginia theres barely anything to do. I wouldnt blame these people for having a little fun. Even if its at your discomfort
     
  15. jwf

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    Hayes,

    Check out https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks

    You might learn what mortar fireworks are and yes they are shot over my house and yes you can survive too. And no they aren't legal here for a good reason. These aren't bottle rockets or shooting stars. These are professional grade fireworks that should never be shot off in the middle of a residential area like this.
     
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