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Smith: The worst day to be a dog

  • Chris Smith.

A friend and fellow dog lover plans to lead her sweet Shiloh to the car early Friday evening and take him for a long, quiet ride.

Nice idea. Shiloh is one of many dogs terrified by the booms, bangs and shrieks of fireworks on Independence Day. Every year, frightened and agitated dogs run off after escaping over, under or through fences, or through screens.

“It's a busy night,” said Sandra Lupien of Sonoma County Animal Services. “And it's a busy day the next day.”

Terrible things can happen when a frightened dog takes off through the streets or countryside. Lupien and Linda van Teslaar, who worked for years for the Humane Society before switching to Western Farm Center, plead that we keep our dogs and cats indoors and, if possible, stay with them.

Both suggest it can help to play music or a movie to muffle the pyrotechnics. You might also consider asking your vet about a tranquilizer.

Or hop in the car with your buddy, put some soothing cruise tunes on the radio and hit the road. You know the dog, if he could, would do the same sort of thing for you if you were scared.

SO UNCOOL, DUDE: Amid the good vibes at last weekend's High Times marijuana fest at our “Smoke-Free” Sonoma County Fairgrounds, somebody stole a piece of glass-tube art from the booth of the Headroom Smoke Shop of Willits.

This wasn't just any smoking tube, says the shop's Todd Weatherhead. The “Grape Ape” tube is a unique piece created by Puntington Wigwag and worth perhaps $25,000.

Of course, Weatherhead has posted a reward. This rip-off, he said, is “kind of like stealing the Mona Lisa of the glass world.”

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