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30 July 2022 - 7:21 pm
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I'm going to rant for a minute. 

The fireworks over the 4th weekend spooked Baxter. He hasn't wanted to walk at dusk or later. It's been too hot to walk during the day, and it's tough for me to walk him before work. We went tonight and he seemed to finally start to settle in. As we're making our way back home, some asshole a couple of streets over shoots off fireworks. It will be another month, at least, until I can get Baxter to walk at dusk again. He was terrified. After I got him home, I drove back out to where the sound was coming on, but I couldn't find the stupid people. 

I'm pretty understanding about fireworks on the 4th, even a day before or after. But July 30th is way too late for that ****. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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30 July 2022 - 7:43 pm
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AGGGH! I so so so hate fireworks. Rant away, I'm with you on that. Poor Baxter! Yeah, until things calm down it sounds like brain games and fun at home is the way to go. Then short, short walks outside as the weather mellows out.

I'm NOT understanding about fireworks even on the 4th, you're a better human than me!

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30 July 2022 - 8:00 pm
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Well, now he's doing zoomies around the living room. So he doesn't seem to be too traumatized. I still bet it will be difficult to get him to go for walks in the near future. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 



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30 July 2022 - 8:33 pm
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I'm so sorry😔 Bo doesn't seem to mind noises but the kitties in the house HATE them!!

Oscar has actually managed his way under rugs (room sized) to hide from the noise.  He jumps over counters and behind the fridge.  It's awful.  

I used to love fireworks,  now I dread them.  I'm glad Baxter is zooming and not totally traumatized.  Hopefully his walks will be better, quicker.

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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30 July 2022 - 8:41 pm
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Oh trust us, we are all on the same page with you about fireworks!!

And for this to happen whie sweet Baxter was happily taking  his walk with his favorite hooman really piffes us off!!

Really hoping Baxter can get pass this sooner rather than later.  Maybe take lots of treats with you and have him focus on those treats and, as Jerry  said, start with short walks.

Let us know how it goes in the next couple of days.AND, we would love a video showing   Baxter doing zoomies!!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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30 July 2022 - 8:43 pm
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Oh gosh Jackie poor Oscar so traumatized!  Glad at least Bo is chill. 

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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1 August 2022 - 1:49 pm
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Aww, poor Oscar. That sounds awful. 

Before I had realized I had been adopted by Rocky, and my parents were still fostering him, we took him and my parents other two dogs to the park to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. I have no idea what we were thinking. Such a terrible TERRIBLE idea.

We get to the park and sit down and for 30 minutes or so, everything is fine. Then the fireworks start. That first flash of light and then the explosion, I think Rocky jumped three feet into the air. I've never seen a creature more terrified than he was in that moment. My parents dogs weren't exactly thrilled, so my dad and I took the three pups back to the car and went home. My parents dogs rode in the back, Rocky cowered at my feet in the front. I don't know, maybe that was the initial moment when he decided he was going to adopt me. 

I drive past that park fairly frequently and think about that moment just about every time. Needless to say, that was the last time we decided to take the dogs to watch fireworks. Absolutely no idea what we were thinking doing that. 

Baxter did walk last night. But he stopped about halfway through to head back home. Not sure if it was fear of fireworks or the rain that was about to start up. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

Virginia




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1 August 2022 - 2:35 pm
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I had been adopted by Rocky

Hahaha.....that's exactly how it works!.

Even though it was an awful experience for Rocky and crew, he clearly  saw you as a source of protection  and security.   That's  a very special  feeling for a dog to have about the hooman he "picked to adopt".

Glad Baxter did at least start his walk and definitely the rain could be a detour for a longer walk,  We'll hope that's the case.

Refresh  my memory.  I had forgotten that Rocky was first a foster by your  parents.  How long had they had him before you realized  he already had plans to adopt you?  Was it the fireworks experience  that sealed the deal.

BYW, always give our best wishes to your parents,  okay?

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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1 August 2022 - 5:17 pm
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They had him for a couple of weeks and then I took him for a week as a sort of trial run. He had heart worm, so after that week he went to the rescue group to get treated, but I told them he had a home and I'd be back to get him once his treatment was done. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

The Rainbow Bridge


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2 August 2022 - 10:37 am
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Yeah I totally forgot that part about Rocky's story too! He totally adopted you after that experience.

What a story about the fireworks. It took courage to share it! I know that there's a LOT of things we did with Wyatt and Jerry that we look back on now, and think the same thing "What were we thinking?!" But we learn as we go, and that's the blessing of being with dogs, they are so forgiving during all of our stumblings!

I'm glad Baxter went out last night. He probably sensed storms coming. Smart boy. Hope the rain doesn't keep you guys in for too long.

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