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Please leave Fido home on July 4th!

Original post made by dogfather, Danville, on Jul 2, 2014

Time for the DF's annual reminder that Independence Day is your pet's WORST Day of the Year. Ask any shelter worker -- sadly, some facilities still pre-kill this week to make room for the inevitable overflow stream of panicked strays who've been spooked by fireworks or other July 4th celebrations.

SO: Please, PLEASE leave Fido home if you are going to the Danville Parade. Not a year goes by without seeing some terrified pooch high-tailing it down Hartz with its people in futile pursuit. They're fast, but no match for a car. That's true even if you think Fifi's not gun-shy -- hell, those old shotgun-totin' gomers scare ME! Further, it'll be hot, Rover's wearing fur, his feet are bare on the hot pavement, and he's a Lot closer to it than you are.

Later, when you go out to see fireworks, leave your pets INside with no escape route -- screens are no barrier for them -- and leave the stereo or tv on -- preferably no 1812 Overture renditions. Garage if necessary, but no tethering -- I once spoke with a woman whose beloved hounds hung themselves over her deck -- and many an owner has come home to a dog draped over the fence. Don't do that to your best friend.

Thanks!

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