Fireworks, barbeques, beverages, pool parties... all of these things that we look forward to the 4th of July for spending time with our friends and family. Well, what about our four-legged family members? A lot of the things that make this holiday so fun for us can be potentially dangerous and even fatal to those furry ones we love so dearly. While we are eating something right off our Weber grills, laughing with our friends and raising a glass to our country (please don't make me type the word Uhmerica in this post... I beg of you), the family dog may just be sitting by our feet, desperately hoping for some human food (thinking: "please, please, please... I can tell it's a special day today... please let me have some food..."). They probably don't recall what happened just a year ago, shortly after the sun went down. All those loud explosions that may as well be guns going off close to them. You may think you're in the clear if you left your pet at home and didn't bring them to the big fireworks show, the one that makes us all oooh and ahhhh at the display. However, your neighborhood friends who still think piccolo petes and firecrackers are just the coolest things ever will put plenty of fear into the heart of your pet. All this noise is very scary to your pet and, if they are not in a safe and secure place in your home, can often cause them to flee. This is why July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Below are some tips to help keep your pets safe and sound so you can enjoy your holiday.