I wonder how many pet owners (like me) and people with young children have now got to the stage where we wish that there could be some degree of regulation over the use of fireworks.
Personally, I feel that if we knew to expect fireworks on November 5, or possibly the weekends either side of it, we could be prepared and try to alleviate the misery and distress caused to pets.
I would accept that, for a short period around Bonfire Night, I would have to sedate my hyperventilating and utterly terrified dog, who is too frightened to leave the house and sits quaking with fear each time she hears the explosions and bangs.
I would be prepared to continue to pay for sedatives and leave Blyth on the designated nights in search of quieter places where my dog could find some peace and relief from the fireworks.
However, it appears that fireworks now feature for up to three weeks before and after November 5 and there is a brief lull before they start up again at new year.
I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun and am more than prepared to try to accommodate the time honoured practice of enjoying fireworks, but isn’t it time that common sense and mutual consideration could prevail?
Tonight is Saturday, November 9, and, as many pet owners will testify, the noise of fireworks has been incredible and prolonged, with some explosions sounding like incendiary devices in a war zone.
My dog is desperate. There are even startled birds flying around in the darkness. How much longer will this go on?
Surely it can’t be too difficult to come to some agreement over the use of fireworks.