The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 17, 2013

Your View: For our pets

By Tracy Allan Cope
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — A great big thank you to Leland Browne for his letter, “Ban the ‘noisemakers’” (Globe, July 15).

I have to say that I am a Fourth of July Grinch. A childhood dog died from the stress of the Fourth of July fireworks. Another dog, a faithful friend of 12 years, also died from the same stress on July 5, 2009.  For me, after living through May 2011, the noise of unexpected ear-shattering bangs and booms not only distresses my dogs but sends waves of sheer panic through every nerve of those of us suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Not to mention aftermath observations of this year’s neighborhood chaos: two car windows broken out and mounds of trash.

Since a trip for me and my dogs to England for the next Fourth of July is fairly unlikely, and I am unaware of anyplace in the area to get away from them, a ban on fireworks within the city’s limits would be a welcomed relief.

The city’s fireworks display is bearable because it is anticipated. It doesn’t send stress through every nerve wondering, even for that split second, if I am not going to make it out alive this time. For the duration of the city’s fireworks show, we can at least plan to take our dogs out for a ride to get away from the noise.

Please, for our pets and for those of us who just aren’t ready for the unexpected shots of stress through our systems, let’s take all the hoopla out of our neighborhoods.

 Tracy Allan Cope