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Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night

In collaboration with YuCALM

Doc has been in a weird mood lately.  We think something out there has spooked him.  If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you will be familiar with what he’s like – over-excitable, over-friendly and loves, loves, loves the outdoors.  As soon as he sees the door open, he’ll be out as if he’s bum is on fire.

Doc having fun in the garden with a baking tin he found somewhere.

Lately though, you’ll have to literally drag him outside even in the morning, unless he knows you’re following too.  And if by chance you come in before him, he’ll whimper by the door till you let him in.  If not, he’ll find his way in, even if it means squeezing through the small window in our boot room.


Something has definitely spooked him and we’re worried about what he’ll be like on Bonfire Night.

Thankfully we were provided the following tip by YuCALM and Lintbells National Dog Happiness Survey and we thought we’d share it with you lovely folks, especially for those who are dog owners too:

Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night:

1. Do – keep your dog safe indoors and ensure they have identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details: 37% of survey respondents said their dogs are likely to react to stress by running away.

2. Do – provide a safe hiding place indoors (such as a tent or pet bed in a quiet, secluded part of the house): 56% of dog owners told Lintbells that their dogs tend to react to stress and anxiety by cowering or hiding.

3. Do – act calmly and normally, providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.

4. Do – make sure the environment is safe if your dog starts to react in an uncharacteristic way: 13% of survey respondents said their dogs become destructive when stressed.

5. Don’t – keep the house in silence, a radio or TV can help mask the noise of fireworks.

6. Don’t – leave your dog alone at night if at all possible: 21% of survey respondents felt that being left alone was stressful for most dogs and in fact it’s estimated that up to 80% of dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.*

7. Do – draw the curtains or blinds and if necessary drape over additional fabric to muffle noise and flashes of light.

8. Do – take your dog for a long walk during the day so they are more likely to rest or sleep in the evening.

9. Do – think about using a supplement or other aid to help your dog feel calm and relaxed.

10. Do – ask your vet or certified animal behaviourist for advice about longer term training which can include desensitisation (helping your dog to become accustomed to triggers over time by slowly building up their exposure) and counter conditioning (helping your dog to start associating a fearful event with positives rather than negatives).

Doc was also given a YuCALM pack which consisted of the following lovely items:  A blanket for comfort, a new toy for exercise, a dental cotton bone for play, some doggie treats and lastly some vitamin supplements to help with doggie stress.

And there’s Doc with his guilty look which he’s perfected over the years, even though he hasn’t done anything.  Btw, that lovely blanket will be shredded to pieces in the morning hey-ho.

He absolutely loves his dental-chewy toy.  Doc says woof!  Thank you!

Do you worry about your dogs or pets on bonfire night too?

Late Post: Bonfire Night

For those who are not familiar with Guy Fawkes Night, this  happens every 5th of November.  It commemorates a failed plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. To celebrate the King’s survival, people decided to light bonfires around London.

This year, the 5th of November fell under a very wet Thursday.  I don’t think there was much celebrating in our area that day.  By Friday, the weather was still bad but at least turned better in the early evening and as we drove back from little T’s gymnastics class, we saw some beautiful fireworks display on our way home.

The next day, though still gloomy, we planned to meet up with some friends in the next village which had a Bonfire Night celebration planned on their cricket grounds.  And I’m glad we went, it turned out to be a fun night after all.

They lighted a huge bonfire far from the crowd.

The Cricket Club charged £5 at the entrance, but this included a burger or some hotdogs.  I think it was so worth it!  A lot of the children from little T’s small village school were there, so all the kids had fun playing together.  It actually felt like a school gathering.

And there’s little T with her friends running around like loonies with their glow sticks in hand.  At one point, they decided they were too warm for their coats!  While the adults all huddled together sipping mulled wine and commenting on the cold wind.

And before long, the fireworks display began.

One of the mums bought some sparklers and little T and her friends gamely sat down with their own little “fireworks”.

Before the night got too cold, we all decided it was time to go home and agreed that it turned out to be a great night in spite the bad weather at the beginning of the day.

Did you go to any fireworks display?

Do you like fireworks?

Doc doesn’t.  He hates them.  He spent most of the night on his bed, cowering.  Poor doggie.  What to do with him on New Year’s Eve?!

Word of the Week: Cramming!

Do you remember cramming when you were a student?  Or perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who never had to resort to that?  Lucky you!  I crammed a lot as a student, with exams, homework, or projects.  You name it, I probably crammed for it!

As an adult I also crammed with script and article deadlines.  To be fair though, I’ve never missed a deadline not as a student and definitely not as an adult.  Let’s just say I’m very good at cramming 😉

And since we went on a holiday, I missed a whole week of my online ModPo class, so the past days were all about …

To make things even more difficult it was the week of Aleatory poetry, chance writing, quasi-non intentional writing or whatever you want to call the these modern poets who liked to, let’s just say dwell too-darned-much-in-possibilities.  This kind of poetry makes my head want to explode, simply because I grapple with the meaning of most of the poems.  They say, you should just go with the flow and let language happen.  I can’t.  I have to know what it means, otherwise what’s the point of it all?  Anyway, I won’t bore you guys with the details.  But definitely this week has been all about cramming!  But I managed and I’m happy to say I’m back on track.


In other news, we celebrated Bonfire night also known as Guy Fawkes Night last Thursday.  You know “Remember, remember the 5th of November”.  For those who don’t know what I’m on about – Bonfire Night is celebrated here in England to commemorate the gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the King of England in it.  Anyway, we normally don’t really celebrate it.  But this year, we decided to buy a few fireworks since little T has never really seen them up-close.  We also invited some of her little friends over.

It was a little bit too much for S’s three-year-old sister, but little T and S absolutely enjoyed the sparklers and fireworks we had in our small garden.  The downside was, since it was a school night, she had a bit of a meltdown and refused to go to bed.

What was your week like?
Thank goodness it’s Friday!
Have a lovely weekend folks 🙂

Toffee Apples

are whole apples covered in toffee or sugar candy and are traditionally eaten on bonfire night or Guy Fawkes Night – Remember, remember the 5th of November. Yes, the famous gunpowder plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.

Yesterday was the 5th of November.  The weather was bad in our side of the world.  Usually, our village would manage to have some sort of celebration and we’d manage to catch a glimpse of the fireworks from our window.  Last night, we had none.

So instead, to commemorate bonfire night, the little one had her first bite of a toffee apple.  She loved it.