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Fireworks , ugh

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TrendyNannie6 Thu 31-Dec-20 08:33:38

I can’t stand the things, frightening all the wildlife and pets . Hoping we won’t have many in our area tonight, we have three pets our dog reacts to them by wagging his tail and barking, one cat runs behind sofa and the other one watches them out the window, feliway at the ready

Chewbacca Thu 31-Dec-20 08:44:51

I can understand your feelings about them but there has been precious little to lift the spirits this year hasn't there? If a few sky rockets at midnight give someone a smile for 60 seconds, I'm happy to live with the inconvenience.

Jaxjacky Thu 31-Dec-20 08:53:50

Apologies to those with animals, but I love fireworks and am sure we’ll get some locally tonight, booting 2020 away. I’ll be jumping up and down to look out of the front or back door, they cheer me and have done since childhood.

Charleygirl5 Thu 31-Dec-20 08:57:14

Provided they are not next door my cat does not bother. In November the fireworks were so close bits were falling in my garden and Tara and I were both unhappy, retiring to bed for some comfort.

Viridian Thu 31-Dec-20 09:03:57

I love fireworks, and my blind daughter says she's been hearing them for a day or two where she lives, and the sound gives her cheer.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 31-Dec-20 09:30:34

Sorry I am another firework lover, I do however have sympathy with folks who have animals who are terrified or upset by them.

There should be regulations in place whereby they can only be set off on certain days, so that those with animals can be prepared.

Lucretzia Thu 31-Dec-20 09:43:08

Can't stand them

My small dog gets so upset. I have tried many things to ease the trauma but nothing works

She barks. She whimpers. She runs around, panting. It's awful to watch. Tried anything and everything but nothing calms her down.

I wouldn't mind if they were let off on the 5th November. I could cope with that. Now we get the fortnight involving Halloween and Bonfire Night. And of course New Year's Eve.

But there's nothing I can do about it.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:02:40

I don't like them either - what's the point of a bang and a quick shower of whatever it is - a very short spectacle. I wouldn't mind if they were quiet and I believe that they are available. My late cats never took much notice of them but I feel very sorry for those animals who are terrified.

Blossoming Thu 31-Dec-20 10:15:19

I was burned by one as a child. Where we live there is usually a display on a floating platform on the water, but I haven’t seen any notices this year.

Hetty58 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:16:49

I didn't enjoy picking up all the firework litter this morning!

Those rocket sticks and tubes are dangerous to dogs. The grey plastic, bullet-shaped 'remains' are a real pain to collect up, too. Will the litter loot 'firework lovers' help?

I won't enjoy staying up late looking after a terrified dog and cat tonight either. I'll have my radio on loud to tone down the racket a little (sorry about that).

I'll keep all my lights, inside and out, on of course.

It's a new and growing trend of protest, locally, just to take the edge off the 'fun', firework lovers!

JdotJ Thu 31-Dec-20 10:20:10

Same with our small dog. One, poss two nights would be endurable but we have had fireworks being let off near to us since early Nov, inc Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. Why???? Would you set light to the £10 notes used to buy the fireworks instead and all stand around 'ooohing' and 'aaahing' watching them go up in flames. No.

EllanVannin Thu 31-Dec-20 10:21:06

I never gave the fireworks a thought, the darned things will be at it most of the night angry I hope it pours with hailstones !

GrammaH Thu 31-Dec-20 10:22:03

I absolutely love them & we will be having quite a few. We live on a farm with no livestock, the house is in the middle of the property & we are currently between pets. We have no close neighbours. I'm really excited about seeing the beautiful colours light up the sky at the end of this grimmest of years

timetogo2016 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:28:08

I don`t like them tbh.
A waste of money and not good for the environment,poluting the air for seconds seems crazy.
But that`s just my opinion.

sf101 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:30:02

I too love fireworks, all my dogs have been taught from puppies that they are not scary things but fun. My latest is a rescue greyhound so first time in November with fireworks, she didn't bat an eyelid.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:33:47

I enjoy watching fireworks, I must admit.

What I don't like at all is that anyone can let them off.

I shall stay indoors this evening, not just because of corona, but because I don't have any idea whether the neighbours setting off fireworks are drunk or sober, responsible or the reverse.

The cat prefers to be near us, while there are fireworks, which is another good reason for staying indoors.

Caragran Thu 31-Dec-20 10:33:50

Wouldn't be a problem if they were silent fireworks but it's like living in a war zone some of the explosions are way over the top. Noisy ones should be banned.

Lucretzia Thu 31-Dec-20 10:34:41

Ha, sf101 I'd like to see someone try to train my dog not to be scared of fireworks.

We have had many dogs over the years, our JR is the first one to be scared. We too had a beautiful retired greyhound who lived to be 15. He didn't give a monkeys about fireworks either

We had horses. Petrified of fireworks.

I wish I'd known someone like you who could train animals not to be scared!

You could make a fortune!

songstress60 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:36:21

I hate fireworks as the damage they do to pets is terrible. Last year a Patterdale puppy had a heart attack and died all to satisfy the selfish fans of fireworks! My poor dog, Kim used to vomit with anxiety when he heard them. I would like them banned. The firework fans can find some other source of pleasure. Let's respect animals.

Corkie91 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:36:29

Its not just a few fireworks though its hours on end every night for the last fortnight up to 3am So inconsiderate and what a waste of money

EllanVannin Thu 31-Dec-20 10:37:58

What's exciting about those which are like incendiary bombs continually going off ? Until 3am and longer.

Oldwoman70 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:38:48

I don't like fireworks but accept that on certain days (nights) people like to use them to celebrate. That's fine, but please keep it to just those nights, we don't need to hear sudden bangs and flashes on "normal" nights.

Fireworks are also getting louder. I think I may have posted before visiting my mother on a night there was a huge firework display in the city - I found her hiding in a cupboard as she thought the city was being bombed! Silent fireworks are available so why not use those?

QuickFire9 Thu 31-Dec-20 10:44:40

Trendynannie6 I think silent fireworks are the way to go. That’s what they do in Belgium. I think wildlife and pets are far more important than 60 seconds of a bang. The animals are traumatised, some for days while babies are woken and children too. I think it’s a very selfish thing to do unless in an organised space properly run.

Sarahmob Thu 31-Dec-20 11:00:58

Sorry, I do understand the feelings of those with animals who are frightened by them, but I love fireworks. I shall be watching them with enjoyment this evening. Although I do think that they should be limited to bonfire night and NYE.

MollyG Thu 31-Dec-20 11:07:47

Me too, hate the things