As many in America prepare to celebrate Independence Day, pet owners everywhere are preparing to drug their pets. Last 4th we didn’t get our dog drugs and I spent the holiday trying to calm down Dante, our poor 120 pound anxiety inflicted dog. Of all the dogs we live with, he’s the most sensitive to fireworks and thunder.

With fireworks going off every night for the week plus before the holiday, the poor guy is hyper ventilating in terror for hours and there is nothing we could do but try to soothe him. He was so scared to go outside, he had accidents in the house. Imagine sh*****g yourself in terror.

Personally, I love loud fireworks and chaos, but since I’ve seen the stress some animals endure, I’m no longer a fan. This year I hope noiseless fireworks become more common, at least in residential areas. Or perhaps people could save the celebration to just one night when pet owners can be prepared to drug their animals, the vet condoned way pet owners handle the 4th of July.

And speaking of vets… I can’t imagine all the vets who suffer PTSD. Waking up to “the bomb bursting in air” at 1 a.m. is traumatic without PTSD. Thanks for living the nightmare of war… in appreciation, have some more nightmares. Thanks for your service.

So, without shouting from a soapbox, I urge everyone to just get noiseless fireworks and light up the sky. I’ll be celebrate along with Dante and all the humans who may share his fear of loud noises. Yes, I will miss the cacophony of chaos, but why mimic bombs bursting to celebrate freedom? I think it’s a better option to celebrate freedom with light and love.

Don’t take my word for it. Here are other viewpoints on noisy fireworks:

Purchase noiseless fireworks here: Phantom Fireworks

Get Ready For The Fireworks. How To Keep Your Pets Safe And Happy This 4th Of July from

Fireworks and PTSD: How to Raise Awareness from

It’s time for silent fireworks from The Hill

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at

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