In the United States, the 4th of July holiday heralds the peak of summer in all its star-spangled-banner glory. We celebrate our freedom with a day at the beach, or grilling burgers and hot dogs with family and friends. When evening falls, we top off our celebration with a show of spectacular fireworks.
For many Shelties though, those spectacular fireworks incite fear. Whereas some dogs try to find a safe spot in the house on their own, perhaps under the bed, others may be driven to bolt panic-stricken from their homes or yards. The 4th of July celebration then ends with the heartbroken family searching for their lost family member. In fact, July 5th is noted for an increase in lost animals being brought to shelters. That is one of the better outcomes.