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A quick note about family pets and fireworks

I don't have a dog but I do have cats. The one cat loves thunderstorms but hates the noise from the vacuum sweeper. The other cat hates thunderstorms but doesn't mind the noise from the vacuum sweeper.

For both the public and neighborhood fireworks, I turn on both TV's, close all windows and drapes, turn on the central air unit and set-up floor fans in various places all for noise blockers. Even though I set all these noise blockers up, the cat that hates thunderstorms ends up being an all night lap kitty on July 4th.

Some (hopefully) helpful tips that I've found online for homes with dogs:

1. Exercise them during the day before the loud festivities begin.

2. Make sure they have time to eat and go potty before dusk.

3. Keep them occupied during the fireworks. Hand out treats and bring out a new toy. Or maybe give them a toy that has treats inside it.

4. Use a Thundershirt on them. Some websites that I was reading claimed wrapping an Ace bandage around their midsection would be as effective as a Thundershirt.

5. The veterinarian may have relaxer to give to your beloved family pet. It won't take away their fear but it will help relax them.

6. Some dogs feel safe in crate. It may be helpful to leave the door open on the crate so that they can come and go as they please. Just don't forget to put a blanket and a few toys in the crate.

If anyone else has helpful tips to share, any insight is welcomed.

Good luck tonight, Pet Parents. I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!

Jeremy Richman, father of Sandy Hook Shooting victim Avielle Richman, found dead

in suspected suicide. This news of a third suicide due to senseless gun violence is beyond upsetting.

The father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victim was found dead in Newtown, Connecticut, on Monday in what police are calling an apparent suicide.

Jeremy Richman, 49, a neuropharmacologist, was discovered at Edmond Town Hall on Newtown's Main Street by officers responding to a report of a suicide at 7 a.m., according to the Newtown Police Department.

Richman's daughter, Avielle, was among the 20 first-graders and six adults killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, police confirmed.

He was the founder of the Avielle Foundation, which aims "to prevent violence through brain health research and fostering community." The nonprofit is housed in Edmond Town Hall.

Richman and his wife were among the families who sued right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, alleging he had defamed them by repeatedly claiming that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

More at link:https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jeremy-richman-father-sandy-hook-shooting-victim-avielle-richman-found-n987006

Incoming Storm for Central U.S.

A powerful storm will unleash a ferocious mix of snow, rain and wind across the central USA through Thursday.

"While not a tropical system, winds will rival what's seen in a Category 1 hurricane," said weathermodels.com meteorologist Ryan Maue.

The worst weather is forecast for the Plains, from Texas up to the Dakotas. "We expect a major blizzard to unfold with winds likely to approach hurricane force, heavy snow and massive drifts," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Wednesday, 1-2 feet of snow and howling winds will lash portions of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, where blizzard warnings are in effect. The National Weather Service warned of "impossible travel conditions."

"You risk becoming stranded if you attempt to travel through these conditions," it said.

A blizzard warning was issued for Denver, where 4-7 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 44 mph are forecast for Wednesday. At Denver International Airport, delays and cancellations will be likely, AccuWeather said.

Thank you, Hillary Clinton!

After our country was attacked on September 11th, 2001 you fought for the first responder's.

You fought tooth and nail to get these heroes funding and healthcare. In reality, nobody should have fought for basic health rights for the first responder's, it should have been given automatically.

You also fought for additional legislation since the air quality wasn't safe due to asbestos and all types of unbreathable materials after the tragedy. Again, this situation should have been obvious.

You are appreciated much more than you know. Thank you, Hillary Clinton for making a difference.

*In remembrance of all the brave victims of this tragedy. We will never forget*

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