HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! (and STUPID PEOPLE – Part 1)

American Independence Day is coming up very soon!  The 4th of July is a weekend full of picnics, BBQs, celebrating the birth of the United States of America.  It is also a week long obsession with FIREWORKS, a time when house and wildfires get started and many terrified pups go missing.

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Since I’m deaf most fireworks don’t bother me, as long as I don’t see them.  And my Sissy PaiGow used to love to watch fireworks when she was alive.  In fact, she would sit and watch Dad light one, run back to a safe distance, and look up in anticipation of resultant whistle, bang, and light show in the sky; then she’d go and nudge Dad to light another one.  But, she and I are in the minority when it comes to pups who don’t have a tremendous fear of fireworks.

Here are some SAFETY TIPS to help keep your pups safe during the July 4th Holiday.

First, keep in mind that even though July 4th is only one day out of this week (that’s why it’s called a Holi-DAY peoples and not a Holi-WEEK), there are some REALLY STUPID and inconsiderate people who light fireworks for the entire week before and after the holiday.  That being said, just like everything else we end up having to do here in America, we have to perpetually defend ourselves and our families from the actions of the STUPID PEOPLE.  So, that means, keeping your pets safe and indoors during this time.  Ideally, it is best if you can be with them to assure them that everything is going to be OK.  But if you can’t, keeping them indoors with the TV or radio on to help distract from the fireworks noise and the curtains closed so they can’t see the strange bursts of color in the sky.  You could also try a thunder shirt (www.thundershirt.com) to help keep your pups calm and reduce anxiety during this time.

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Umm, in case you haven’t figured it out folks, most doggies (not unlike most people) don’t fully understand that the combination of potassium nitrate, sulfer, charcoal, and metal oxides is what makes the loud bright things in the sky.  You are STUPID to think that leaving your pet out in the backyard alone with fireworks going off all around the neighborhood, is not going to scare them or worse terrify them so much that they try escaping in any way they possibly can then find themselves lost, scared, and confused.  Nothing I hate hearing more the day after 4th of July (or New Year’s) about someone’s pet got out of the yard and is now wandering the streets alone and scared.  All because of STUPID PEOPLE.

Other STUPID PEOPLE antics during the July 4th holiday are those numbnuts who light fireworks in large dry grassy fields behind their homes or their neighbor’s homes.  Hmmm…

Dry Grassy Conditions + FIRE + wind = STUPID AND HOMELESS!!!

One more thing, STUPID PEOPLE often leave the evidence of their careless STUPID activities lying in the street, or the park, for the rest of us to find the following day.  Some of the remnants have sweet smells that might be attractive to your pet.  Do a reconnaissance of your yard, walking path, or park area before allowing your pet in that area.

OK, enough of the serious stuff.  It’s America’s Birthday, it’s still a time to celebrate, Happy Independence Day Folks!

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Hope you enjoy these delish treats Mom made for me to celebrate Independence Day!

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PEANUT BUTTER AND APPLE OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients:

1/2C All Natural Unsweetened Applesauce;
1 egg;
1/2 C All Natural Peanut Butter;
1 1/2 C Water;
4 1/2 C Brown Rice Flour;
1/2 C Ground Flaxseed Meal;
1 C RolledOats;

How To:

Preheat oven to 350oF. Mix applesauce, peanut butter, egg, and water with handmixer. Inseparate bowl combine rice flour, oatmeal, and flaxseed meal. Add applesauce mixture to flour mix and knead with hands until ingredients are thoroughly distributed and forms a smooth dough. Working in sections, on a floured surface or between sheets of parchment paper, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets. Bake for approx. 30-40 minutes or until firm. Turn off oven leaving cookies in to cool completely. Tip – half way thru baking time, carefully turn treats over to help them cook more evenly.

NOTE: ALWAYS consult with your pet’s veterinarian regarding ingredients, serving sizes, and special dietary requirements prior to making changes in your pet’s diet.

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