My family and I sans pets were sitting waiting for the firework display. All around me I see several families with their furry friends. I am thinking to myself, wow, my dog would not be happy with me if I took her to see the fireworks. Way too loud and too many people! At any rate, we found a spot on the side of the road with a perfect view of the Broadmoor Hotel fireworks. The fireworks just begin and the next thing I see is not bright lights, but a little furry tan dog scurry quickly by like it was being chased. First I thought, oh my I should run after it, but then I thought, there is no way I am going to catch up to that scared little pooch, so I refrained from chasing it and scaring it further. I was bothered by the incident for the rest of the night. I have had several friends who have lost their dogs during the holidays due to fear, it is amazing what pets can accomplish when they are scared. That 6 foot fence is no longer an obstacle when the fight or flight reflex is in place! I only hope that little doggy stuck close to the road and was caught at some point in time. I am thankful I have microchipped my animals to increase my chances of finding my pets if they are lost. Microchipping can reunite you with your loved ones, so always consider microchipping when you get a pet. Every Humane society microchips all their adopted animals, so if it is best practice for them, why not your pet too? Another consideration when there are celebrations, is that while you may enjoy the holidays and festivities, it can be very stressful for your pet, so be mindful of how your pet is feeling and maybe consider keeping them inside where there is some buffer to the festivities. A lost pillow or two is a much better trade off to a lost family member (aka your pet).
Now a little prayer for that pooch, may the road you traveled lead you to home safely and may you be reunited with your family.