Pet Health

A Dog’s Plea to Ban Fireworks

Written by Rachel Phelps

As a proud American Dog, I propose to you my friends, that it is time for change!  Us dogs and cats deserve the right to be able to enjoy the Fourth of July with our families without the risk of being scared by these evil devices called fireworks.

Last night, I tried to tell the fireworks to leave me alone but the people setting them off ignored my demands (or they couldn’t hear me in the house over all the explosions!).

It is time for us pets to take a stand and say we are Americans too!  We request, no we demand, to be able to enjoy our yard without the threat of fireworks hurting our ears.  Today is the most dangerous day of the year for us pets because many of us run away when we are scared.  Until fireworks are banned, here are some great tips to keep us safe tonight. Fireworks are Stressful – Helping Your Dog on the 4th of July


So as an American Dog, I move that we ban fireworks to protect our cats and dogs.  Who is with me?  If so comment below.  Maybe we can start a movement … hehehe.  I’ll lead it with my patriotic hat on! J

About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website


  • I agree wholeheartedly concerning firecrackers, etc, in the neighborhood. The official city/township fireworks that are the big, beautiful displays would be okay. And sparklers/silent ones. As a dog mom, 4th of July is just as difficult on me to keep my scaredy dogs comfortable.

  • Preston – We are behind this movement 100%!! Our Mommy never puts off any fireworks, because it is scarey & dangerous. The local community has a “show” at the lake which is several miles away & we still get scared. It is no holiday for us or Mommy! We consider it animal abuse! Thank you drawing the line & allowing us to voice our opinion on your blog. You rock, Preston! MAC & Lady Tess Westies (rescues living in AR)

  • We agree. It is very unfavorable to be inconvenienced with these loud nonsense sounds. Mommy and daddy only takes us out early on this day to avoid being scared.

  • The rescue I work with said over Facebook that the Fourth of July is one of the busiest times for pounds and shelters because so many dogs get scared of fireworks and bolt from their owners. This is a good example of why we should be desensitizing our dogs to loud noises during every season, not just fireworks season.

  • I’m with you Preston. Fireworks are dangerous and scary on so many levels for all animals, including the animals in the wild – and even fish! I’m glad you have started this movement. Bark on, Preston, bark on.

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