School holidays have started, we are half-way through December and the Sunshine Coast's Christmas festivities are well under way, with the New Year's festivities just peeking their heads over the horizon. Many of these family-friendly celebrations are accompanied with spectacularly colourful firework displays. Unfortunately, these fabulous events are not always appreciated by everybody, especially our four-pawed family members.
I am not sure if you realised this, but there are approximately 53,000 dogs, that have the pleasure of calling the Sunshine Coast home and to these four-pawed family members, the 'going off with a bang' of the traditional firework displays can be extremely frightening.
Not everybody in the home enjoys fireworks! Image: animatoreman>Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons
Wise words of advice from the Council for Firework events:
Please keep pets indoors, close the curtains and turn the TV volume up, hopefully masking the fireworks' noise. Here's hoping that the TV's increased volume doesn't upset the neighbours;
Stay with pets, to keep them calm;
If for some reason, you won't be at home, consider using the services of a 'four-pawed' baby sitter or perhaps move your furry friends to a different location i.e. a safe place for the night;
If your dogs do accidentally escape during the fireworks displays - and I see many postings about 'missing' dogs, during and after firework displays - please make sure that your dog is microchipped and registration details are up to date, so you and your four-pawed buddy can be reunited;
A fashionable alternative for man's best friend.
A fashionable alternative for man's best friend! Image: Alexas_Fotos>Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons
The Sunshine Coast Council have our and our four-pawed friends' best interests at heart and have subsequently published a list of some of the upcoming community events that will have a fireworks display. Please note that besides these listed events, there may well be other events that are also having firework displays, in which case a quick browse of local publications in your area, would be advisable.