As regards the earlier post to this community... for the asshole pet-owners of Portland
First thanks for your clarification...
"...not all pet owners are assholes or ignorant, just most of them!"
I'll keep in mind that having a dog only *more than likely* makes you an asshole.
I also appreciate your concern for pet safety regarding keeping pets away from fireworks, that's a perfectly legitimate concern.
However, after spending all last night and *most* of last week staying home *with* my 2 petrified dogs. I'm not sure it's only the pet owners who should be taking a look at themselves. Unless you live in darkest suburbia, there is no quiet place around July the 4th. Leaving your dog at home by him/herself just means your dog is alone and terrified or destructive in the house. Kids are setting crazy warzone sounding fireworks for 2 weeks either side of July the 4th on every street in Portland. I haven't taken a survey of how many/how often these kids are attended versus unattended, but I can tell you that I'm surprised that there aren't more kids in the hospital over the weeks around the 4th. I watch my dogs like a hawk around the 4th. I think it is just as irresponsible and far more irritating and dangerous (in that if there were no explosions, dogs would not be freaking out) that children are not more closely supervised and restricted during that same time?
Last night my poor old Boxer (who was more than likely teased by children with fireworks) was doped up on Xanax and fell down a whole flight of stairs after some JACKASS let off one of many illegal M-80s in the neighborhood. I carried my 85lb dog up the stairs last night. All my dog owning friends have had miserable dogs for the last week.
I don't want to hear about how "No, not all pet owners are assholes or ignorant, just most of them." I want to know why kids are given so much leeway to run wild with big loud objects that explode fire and make everyone miserable for 2 weeks, and with which they could very easily shoot their eyes out.