Time sure flies. First the flurry of Christmas festivities ... then it slips into the new year. And now in a matter of a week it'll be February!
Them blasted fire-crackers that most celebrating household play with relish. It doesn't help either that firecracker supplies can be found in abundance - most would enthusiastically set one or two strips off now in January! (can you believe the 'enforcement' - or lack of BANNED items!)
Which explains why Trixie's already complaining now (she's whining to me a lot more these days) and you can see her trying to get into the same room as I am whenever she 'feels' one is about to be set off! The poor girl is going to be down right miserable come the CNY!
Now what's this about firecrackers and the chinese new year? It's got to do with scaring away evil spirits (you'd scare me and the Dog Woods Pack away too even if the dogs and I are half Chinese! ;) !) and to usher in the new year.
It's the 'playing' or firecrackers that is deemed fun which explains the enthusiastic sporadic bursts of loud bangs over the evenings leading up to the chinese new year which Trixie particularly is unhappy about and which I've put up with living here.
Anna (the other perky ear-ed member) seems unperturbed - mainly because she's kept in her crate in the evenings after those few violent confrontations she's had with Trixie. There's something quite comforting about lying low in the cosy confines of one's crate when there are loud scary noise to deal with (am quite glad Anna is not scared of storms nor the rest of the Dog Woods Pack). Trixie on the other hand seems to be working up some kind of whiny anxiety every time it pours the older she gets (for some unfanthomable reason). Thankfully, not as bad as what I've seen with Donny (the rehomed German Shepherd) who'd get restless and refuse to eat.
While the rest would barkingly howl or protest after each loud bangs. The puppies who are not quite puppies anymore, seem to have develop some cautious reservations about those loud bangs in the nights. Hopefully none of their reactions would be as anxious as Trixie's - that Belgian Malinois is known to climb fences to get into where you are when firecrackers are let off! I suppose their floppy basset hound-y ears help in a way by shield their highly sensitive ears from all manners of loud pops.
CNY eve is one very loud and long bursts of firecrackers (some sounding more like dynamite blasts) all set off in unison just before the stroke of midnight. Imagine the extent of most (with the exception of this household) households thorough out the city setting off firecrackers! It's not only deafeningly loud, it's smoky, smelling of burnt gun powder and whatever that's in those crackers and fireworks that's permeates the air till dawn! Not at all environmentally friendly exercise I'd say and the dogs would be positively cowering! :P
So wish us all luck with coping with all those loud bangs in the nights.
Interestingly enough, the first day of the CNY celebration falls on Valentine's day! Talk about double whammy for them doggies. Good thing, they don't know what Valentine's day is all about ... else they'd have even more to be complaining about!