Friday, June 27, 2008

Blowin’ Stuff Up

One of those nights of the year that dogs and cats hate must be coming up. I see film on TV of people blowing the hands off mannequins and blowing up watermelons, so the Fourth of July must be on the way.

I’ll never understand why humans get such joy out of things that make so much noise. For us dogs and cats it’s not so much fun and sadly a lot of us get so scared we run away from home.

Don’t mean to be a bummer this week but, like Pop, I don’t like loud noises and people playing with things that can hurt them and scare animals. That stuff should be left to pyrotechnics professionals and kept out or the neighborhoods.

Mr. Pop says that it’s typically American for people to drink too much alcohol, play with explosives and then call it a celebration.

Have a great weekend and hug someone real tight

Fred the Cat (the cat who loves you guys!)


Blogger Fixer said...

Yeah, Shayna hates fireworks too. The 4th is not her favorite holiday, as opposed to Thanksgiving.

June 27, 2008 2:17 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Alcohol and loud, noisy and potentially dangerous things.

The American way!

June 27, 2008 3:16 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Oh, come on now, Fred. I understand many of you four legged types hate the noise -- the doggie type around here spends most of her time frantically trying to hide under things far too small -- but as a small boy at heart, I love to shoot things into the sky and watch them explode into multi-coloured sparks. And I still have all my fingers and skin.

Idiots will be idiots, however, and Darwin will most certainly lay claim to some who endeavour to shove fireworks into their pantaloons for the video camera while drinking to the point of stupidity. Or set their house on fire. Or blow their kid's hand off.

Besides, you're a week early on this one. Thanks for the reminder that I haven't done that in years -- I'll have to go pick up some skyrockets...

June 27, 2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

they scare me.

June 27, 2008 4:09 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

I'm feeling selfishly grateful that our joint custody, aging Samoyad is spending the fourth at his mom's house. Otherwise, it's just more puddles for me to clean up.

July also brings a visit from the Blue Angels this year. And we live under the flight pattern.

I'm thinking ... Valium stuffed olives in the martinis?

June 27, 2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

It is so horrible for the poor babies. My mutt, Chance, always tried to climb in my lap during the fireworks and thunderstorms. At over 80 pounds, he was NOT a lap dog. Since he passed away on Jan 2, 2005 the fireworks are very bittersweet in LeftLeaning house.

June 27, 2008 6:56 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

We live out in the country, so there's not too many bozos out there blowing stuff up.

I wish I could hug you real tight, Fred! Take care!

June 27, 2008 6:59 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I hear you. I don't like loud noises. It doesn't feel like a celebration, more like punishment. I wish they would stop it.


June 27, 2008 7:15 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I was wondering why there were fireworks displays on every corner here in FLorida. They are illegal in NJ, to sell. But, of course the nuts still bring them in.
I only like the controlled big shows. Much safer.

June 27, 2008 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

What do you expect, as George Carlin said, "We are the only country that mentions rockets and bombs in our national anthem"

Peace, love and good happiness stuff.


June 27, 2008 7:48 AM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Keep your cat indoors during the 4th of July festivities. It's way to scary for kitties!

June 27, 2008 8:07 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I just wish the bastards would cut it out at a decent hour. Some of us have to work the next day, dammit!

June 27, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

We're with you dude.

Luf, Us

June 27, 2008 11:16 AM  
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June 27, 2008 11:31 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

having just had someone of the feline persuasion move into my home [and, yes, we signed the papers immediately deeding the house over to him :) ] I'm not looking forward to the fourth, either.

acourse, living in the Tampa Bay area as he is, he's pretty much used to loud noises already. thunder directly over the house 1ce or 2ce per week has helped him acclimate somewhat.

still, alcohol and fireworks--- who thought up THAT combination?

June 27, 2008 12:42 PM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

we use mild doggie tranquilizers here. he gets so overwhelmingly traumatized that he shakes for days, unless we do it this way. hes' a sheltie, so a bit excitable anyway. the cats just crawl under the bed and hibernate.

June 27, 2008 2:49 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

POP (And Fred, of course)-

I'm just glad that the fourth is finally on a Friday nite once more. Not that the local idiots won't be setting stuff off all week anyway, but. . .nice to not have to worry about the wee ones being kept awake by their inconsideration.

June 27, 2008 9:34 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Alcohol and explosives don't mix but I was young and stupid too. I do not think liking them is unique to us. I think it is around the so called civilized world!
These days I am rather laid back myself and didn't even know the 4th was close. Used to be my favorite holiday. Go outside curl up and enjoy the safe air in your yard Fred!

June 28, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

We recently realized Diva is spooked by fireworks - our old dog Alice never minded anything. But someone was setting off bottle rockets in their back yard the other night and she freaked out and ran into the house and was shaking. I think it was the whistling noise they make that got her, not the bang.

Baxter on the other hand has no issue with them.

June 29, 2008 2:02 PM  
Anonymous pursey said...

I hear you Fred. Those "splsions" give me the jitters. Why is it that we celebrate with blowing stuff up?

June 29, 2008 8:43 PM  
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