Bangs and Booms

These days, fireworks are set off regularly from October to mid January.

happy new yearGuy Fawkes may have had the monopoly for Nov 5th, but now there are umpteen reasons for displays, be they private or professionally organised.

My nephew is qualified and licenced for official larger displays, and we are talking BIG MONEY that’s allowed to go up in smoke, not to mention his fee for setting things up and subsequently off.
Hubby and I both liked to ‘ooh’ and ‘aahh’ over the pretty colours, sparks, and trails in the sky as rockets shot up into the air to explode into millions of stars and secondary patterns.
Add music, and it truly was an enchanting and magical vision to behold.
In years past, Hubby always had a single rocket for his birthday, but all that has changed.

It’s not the cost, though prices are extortionate and for £10 you are lucky to get more than half a dozen fireworks and a packet of sparklers. Many families get together and hold barbecues where everyone contributes to the firework display so that their kids can have a good time and watch a show that lasts more than five minutes.

Our gripe today is why do they have to be so damn LOUD?
Whizzes, whooshes, cracks and bangs, and the dog is heading for cover, trembling like a leaf.
It is not a good time for domestic animals, even though there are forms of medication you can buy through your vet, or you may have your own personal remedy for calming your pet.
I hate to see Maggie so distressed and know there is little I can do other than try to comfort her and ensure she’s safe and nothing can hurt her.

There was a firework display scheduled for 6.15 this evening (Nov 1st) about 2 miles away. It was well advertised, so pet owners would know what to expect and when.
We walked Maggie early, as did several other dog owners, but even at 5pm, we got caught out as rockets and bangers were going off in local properties.
Luckily, Maggie didn’t bolt, but she wasn’t happy and desperate to get home.

We closed all the curtains and selected a noisy film to watch, one she is familiar with, and with the help of the wind picking up, it wasn’t too bad in the beginning.
However, there were some really loud and flashy things going off well after 7pm, and it was like World War III had started on our doorstep.
bangShe was shaking uncontrollably, so we covered her with a jumper and Hubby kept his arms around her, stroking her all the time trying to give her reassurance. She eventually settled, though she’d raise her head every time another whizzbang went into orbit and she’d start to tremble again.
Even at 9pm, the odd firework was still going off, though it’s doubtful it was anything to do with the organised display which sounded as if it had reached its climax around 8pm.
More than likely, there will be several similar events this coming week, and Maggie will be in for disturbed evenings for the duration.

I wish someone would invent a quiet firework with all the wonder and excitement of these noisy terrorisers which play such havoc with our pets’ disposition.
But then I suppose the bigger the bang, the bigger the thrill.
They don’t call them Crowd Pleasers for nothing.



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Bangs and Booms

  1. It’s interesting you should bring this up, as I’ve been reading quite a few posts about folks wishing that the local Diwali celebrations would decrease on the ear-splitting scale. And I agree, I think the bangs and whistles are growing increasingly louder each year, which makes it hard to enjoy without believing you’ll soon need a pace maker.
    Poor Maggie. I wish they made little ear plugs for pups.

    • Well, they’ve already made ‘Doggles’ for dogs who like to put their head out of car windows, so maybe Plups are in the pipeline. We had more fireworks last night, but being enveloped in Daddy’s jumper seemed to do the trick.
      Unfortunately on her final walk last night one unexpected whizzbang startled her and she did disappear. Hubby came back to the boat in a panic, so I got my coat and went out with him. I didn’t have to go far as she was making her way along the pontoon back home. I shall have to be careful now that I’m on my own for a few days, especially as the celebrations are likely to continue for the rest of the week.

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