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Fireworks are a freakout for furry friends
Editor:
Just when I was getting used to quiet nights in the Columbine area, last night I heard a couple loud firework “pops.” Sure enough, a few seconds later, my dog came downstairs, hunkered down and headed straight to the bathroom to hide.
Like many dogs in Colorado, my dog is a rescue. An X-ray showed that she still has two pellets embedded in her body from being shot by a pellet gun before I adopted her. I can only imagine that every time my dog hears a gunshot-like sound, she immediately experiences fear of the pain from that pellet gun.
We moved to Jefferson County a few short months ago.  Unfortunately ever since we moved, it feels like all we’ve heard are fireworks — not just firecrackers and small fireworks that stay on the street, but large fireworks that light up the sky around you. 
The worst period of time was the full two months of June and July. Practically every day we’d hear a firework during our walk, at which point my 75-pound dog would immediately cower down, turn and try to run as fast as she could in a full-fledged panic back to safety, dragging me behind her. 
I’ve been afraid she’ll get loose because of the force of pulling against her collar, will try to run home by herself and end up lost or getting hit by a car. If we’re home when we hear the fireworks, she’ll immediately retreat to take cover in my bathtub or my closet.
I understand that as a society we like fireworks, and fireworks are a given on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. I even enjoy fireworks myself. However, what I don’t understand is why every single day of June and July and at least once every month thereafter there are individuals in the area who feel that this evening is a great evening to set off a large firework.
The next time you consider lighting a firework on a random September evening, keep in mind that a few short blocks away, my large, sweet dog will be dragging me down the street in complete fear to get back home.  
My dog is not the only dog in the area that fears fireworks. Please try to keep your firework pastimes to major holidays out of consideration for both your furry neighbors and their owners.  And did I mention that it’s illegal in Jefferson County to light fireworks that explode or leave the ground?
T. and K. Nelson
Littleton