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Communities across the United States will be starting their celebrations of Independence Day this week, with many businesses closed on July 3 for a long weekend. Most people are looking forward to parades, cookouts, and pool parties, often capping the day with a fireworks display. In my neighborhood, we have the official fireworks scheduled for July 2, and many households will be setting off their own “fireworks” throughout the weekend.

I love the display, but my two dogs hate the flashes of light and loud noises. Taran, my eight-year-old lab-pointer mix has severe anxiety issues on a good day, and he’ll hide in the dark for hours after the fireworks are over. Bella, my eight-year-old lab-hound mix, will curl up in a ball in her crate and ignore everyone.

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