This is Trigger..Say hi to Trigger, everybody! :) He is a very friendly, loyal dog.. But he has a problem and it's called FIREWORKS!! Also thunderstorms and loud gunshots, but today we are going to talk about his problem with fireworks and why Momma has been so mad at the neighbors lately... 3rd of July (what? yes 3rd!) some neighbors were blowing off fireworks and Trigger takes off, he goes to a house down the road and the animal control officer picks him up... We get him home Monday morning the 4th.. That evening we were gone to the town celebration and he runs off again.. Note: he has a wireless fence that keeps (or is supposed to) him in the yard.. Tha dog catcher brings him home again... Then on the 5th was our veterans program w/ a fireworks show after..well this is just down the road and so we put Trig in the barn...A nice, big, safe barn.. With lots of water, his food, etc... When Tyrel goes out to his room after we get home he finds that Trigger had gone through a glass door!! (yes, glass!) thankfully he only had a scrape on his paw... The next night he gets away again and gets picked up by the dog catcher (come to find out his battery was missing from his collar, a faulty one, I believe) This time the man is getting a little upset w/ us as am I with the whole situation!! He said he might start fining us.. We need to lock up Trigger, chain him, etc.. I was like ya then he will just strangle himself! It's not like we hadn't been trying to keep him calm and safe.. I was not happy at all with all of the fireworks going off, day or night.. How do you plan for that? Then Saturday night we went to my parents for a campfire and to roast marshmallows, and we decided we better put Trigger in the barn to be safe.. After all the glass was cleaned up and there was no more doors to go through in there.. Sunday morning we discovered that ya, he could still get hurt! This is what happened:He somehow got on top off some bins and tried climbing out the window, well he sliced up his front legs pretty good and got a small cut on his nose.. Tim and the kids got him cleaned up and bandaged, but that only lasted a couple of days.. Now tell me, what are we supposed to do with a dog that freaks out so bad? We can't stay home all the time and let him lay on Laban's bed.. (that's where he heads when he comes in the house in a panic).. Poor dog, I think he is getting anxiety over the whole deal.. Why can't people just blow off fireworks on the 4th? and do they have to do it day and night? It's hard to know when to be there for the dog and if we can ever go anywhere.. I know it is their right to blow off fireworks, but why oh why do they have to do it all week long? I am beside myself with what to do for our poor dog, my brain is frazzled and I just can't deal with it all right now! Thankfully the fireworks seemed to have stopped and he is doing fine..knock on wood!! Maybe reading this will help somebody think... And now that I have that off my chest, I will get back to my day!