Noisy celebrations

A few days ago, when it was almost bedtime we heard some unexpected noises. There were loud bangs and hissing noises. The cats laid their ears back and looked ready to make a mad dash for a hiding place. I got to my paws, ready to protect everyone.

One of the bipeds said, “It’s alright, it’s only fireworks. Settle back down, Clowie.”

Then she told the cats not to worry. They soon relaxed and it wasn’t long before they went back to sleep.

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I looked at the jar where the treats are kept and the bipeds laughed. One of them went and opened the jar and took a couple of treats out. He brought them over and put them on my paws. I waited until I was told I could take them, it sometimes feels like I’m waiting forever when they do that trick with me! They told me how good I am and that always makes me happy.

The fireworks were over within a few minutes. It was one of the neighbouring villages celebrating their saint’s day. In larger towns there are sometimes huge firework displays, but in the villages the display tends to be brief.

This coming weekend will be quiet here, but I suspect it will be a noisy one for many of my friends. It is the weekend before Guy Fawkes night so there will probably be fireworks this weekend and the next.

Keep all your animals safe. There’s some advice from the RSPCA about fireworks here.

I am fairly relaxed about fireworks – I wrote about my First Guy Fawkes night and how my bipeds convinced me that fireworks are nothing to worry about.

Tomorrow is Halloween and that can be quite noisy as well. My bipeds made sure I had a good time on my first Halloween!

Have a good time if you’re celebrating, but be safe!

See you next Wednesday!

73 Comments

  1. Great advice as always Clowie. However beautiful a fireworks display is there are countless animals and birds terrified with each bang 🙁

  2. I don’t think a whole jar of treats will stop me fretting when those fireworks start. Hope everyone stays safe and great advice Clowie xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Excellent advice Clowie..always put yourself in your pets position and keep them safe ..enjoy your treats…good girl 🙂

    • Thank you. Humans seem to use fireworks at more celebrations and it can be a worry for people with animals.

      • Our shelter always had massive intakes after fireworks doggies jumping through glass windows etc..we always stay home with the pets..we have the TV on we don’t act any differently and just say hush now..it scares our sheep too Clowie…thunder shirts are good for stress pets or a small den like area in the house ..poor pups and kitties and sheep etc …

        • Yes, it’s even more difficult with animals that are outside. My biped used to have horses and it was a worry, they would stay with them for the noisiest part of the evening.

          • We pop the sheep in a small shed cosy is always better..we haven’t had them since moving here..i think because our fire work celebrations co incide with bushfire season ..so they are not allowed.Poor horses 🙁

  4. Not looking forward to Guy Fawkes Night at all. I will be hiding behind the sofa for a while. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Hi Clowie! I’m glad you’re not scared by the noise of fireworks – I really don’t like them myself but we don’t have fireworks for Halloween here so at least I’m safe for a few more months. New Year’s Eve will be NOISY though – I’ll make sure and get some earplugs before then!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Hi Sammy! New Year’s Eve can be very noisy here and there’s a celebration for the winter solstice just before Christmas that can be loud! I hope you find some earplugs that fit!

  6. I tolerate the fireworks OK, but DeDe don’t and neither do the cats. DeDe will try to bark at them….. gives me a headache!

  7. Thunder, fireworks, guns, nothing phases me, but my Kuvasz sister is a furry wreck with noise. She goes upstairs and hides in the bathroom. Silly girl!

  8. It is crazy on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve here in Missouri. I am not a fan of fireworks. I wish they would ban them everywhere and not allow them to be made/sold. They scare me and all of our past cats have been extremely frightened of them. When I had horses it was a special worry. The neighbors horses go nuts and have gone through the barbed wire(not our fence) in our west pasture. Thankfully no one has thought of shooting fireworks for Halloween.

    • It’s even more difficult with animals outdoors than ones indoors. It wouldn’t worry me if fireworks were banned. I think it would be a great first step if fireworks were only allowed at organised events. At present anyone can buy them and set them off anywhere, lots of children get injured as well.

  9. I’m not a fan of this fireworks… but with treats I think I can tolerate even the Boom&Bang :o) Tomorrow I have to stay in the livingroom (with treats, of course) while the kids come and get their treat bags… not really fair, huh?

  10. No Guy Fawkes’ night here…but the local fiestas always start with what sounds like a volcano going up…so i’m glad we’re a fair distance away!

  11. You’re the best teacher, Clowie. We sure love coming to your posts.

    I bark, me Max, and run around the house when there are loud banging fireworks or any strange noises. Bella’s the quiet one. My biped mom says I’m just a vocal guy. We both get treats to help us not be afraid. Seems like that’s a universal anxiety plan all around the world.
    Wag wag, Max (& Bella)

  12. We are with you, Clowie! Fireworks make us very unhappy and then we walk around scared and dizzy for days – so we completely understand! Wishing you a very quiet Halloween!!

  13. You are braver than we would be. We have never heard fireworks because we live in the middle of nowhere. Mummy Janey would be scared if she heard them too.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

  14. I’m lucky my beast rarely acknowledge any unfamiliar noise, he hears them but doesn’t react or act crazy. I’ve seen puppies run like crazy whenever they hear a bang!

  15. That’s great…you figured you should be rewarded for not making a fuss about all the noise with some treats!

  16. Glad you aren’t spooked and that you are well rewarded! Eko could sleep through just about anything I think.

  17. We don’t get fireworks in our little village, so there are no big bangs for us! And what a good dog yous is about the treats! My hairy slobbery sisters would never ever do that.
    Kisses
    Nellie

  18. Luckily fireworks aren’t very common here for Halloween, just the Fourth of July. I’m not comfortable with the loud noises, either. I usually watch them with my hands near my ears, ready to plug them when things get too loud!

  19. It’s too bad that these kinds of celebrations scare some of our furry friends.

  20. Clowie well done for warning peeps. We moggies will be in with parents snuggled in front room with tv on to help distract x

  21. Great blog as always! Wow you are such a smart dog Clowie! Sweeney hates fireworks! I wish fireworks are banned. It should only be used by professionals. So many animals run away or get hurt because of fireworks. Not every user or dog owner is considerate or responsible.

    • Thank you! Lots of animals are afraid. I agree with you, I don’t think fireworks should be on general sale. They cause so many injuries to children and animals.

  22. Good advice! Fireworks are already banging around here…I’m off home to Europa for a week or so I think! It’s a ghoulish night out there tonight so I’m holed up pawing mournfully at my PC wondering how I’m going to stretch the mobile broadband allowance another 2 weeks! They’ve changed the billing cycle and I’ve only just found out. It normally goes over tonight, for this cycle I’ve got to wait till 16 Nov!!! Library PC’s here I come! lol 🙂 Reckon that’s the gremlins and the fireworks combined! Very bad for dogs and wolfies! 🙂 Gimme a martian chicken to calm my nerves! lol 😉

    • Limited broadband for two weeks? Poor Wolfie! I dread to think what they’ll charge you if you use it while you’re on Europa! The firework season gets longer every year.

  23. The college next door has fireworks fairly often so i got used to them early on and pay them no mind…It’s good that your hoomins got you so comfortable with them Clowie…Momz read that post to me and they did it very sensibly Guy Fawkes sounds like fun…Share some pictures if you can

    • I’m glad the fireworks don’t bother you, Gizmo. Guy Fawkes night can be lots of fun. The bipeds say it can get really cold after dark at this time of year, so then everyone is wearing loads of clothes and still complaining about cold feet!

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