Your dog probably hates July 4 and might run away

Lake Highlands dog Agent Bauer: Photo by Kim Leeson
Dog Agent Bauer: Photo by Kim Leeson

So imagine you’re a dog, just chillin in your hammock after a long hot day when suddenly the sky erupts — booming, crackling, catching fire, exploding. It is terrifying, for Dog’s sake!

And that is why your pet is more likely to make a run for it on Independence Day than any other day of the year, according to a friendly reminder from Dallas Animal Services‘ Jody Jones.

“The Fourth can be a very scary time for pets. The sights and sounds are very frightening,” she says.

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She suggests area residents make the preemptive move of downloading an app that can help reunite pet owners with lost animals — it’s called Finding Rover and creators boast “state-of-the-art technology that enables anyone to instantly identify missing dogs by simply taking or uploading a photo of the dog. The facial recognition technology for dogs has proven to be 98 percent successful.”

Added bonus: If you download the app before July 4, you can support Dallas Animal Services by helping the organization secure a $20,000 grant, which would go toward caring for homeless animals.

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