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Happy Fourth of July!

By Phil Plait

Uncle Sam Goat says have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

But ... as Matt Inman of the Oatmeal points out, the fifth of July is one of the busiest nights of the year for animal shelters because lots of pets go missing on the fourth, terrified by fireworks. My own dogs have had a rough week due to neighbors' fireworks. Like Matt says, give them extra belly rubs and treats, because they have no idea humans are enjoying themselves and have quite a different view of the evening.

I'll be checking in on my ungulate family members tonight. Cud-chewers or not, keep your own in mind.

Edited to add: Yes, that is my actual goat, and his name is actually Sam.

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