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To have expected a warning (fireworks)?

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FlapsTie Sat 05-Nov-16 17:59:14

Our back neighbours (adjoining gardens) have just had a huge firework display.

We have a cat and a dog who have been scared shitless. With a bit of warning we'd have kept them indoors, upstairs and sheltered from it as much as possible.

Us humans actually enjoyed watching it but we had to watch from inside (as they did) due to the falling debris, which we discovered after a few minutes of stepping outside.

Our kids play together and we are on nodding terms. AIBU to think a knock on the door at some point during the last few days would have been appropriate? Or am I being a grinch?

gettingtherequickly Sat 05-Nov-16 18:01:30

It's bonfire night, I think expecting fireworks in the locality is normal.

We have 4 dogs and I wouldn't expect the neighbours to tell me if they were planning a display.

BratFarrarsPony Sat 05-Nov-16 18:02:58

It is November 5th....what did you expect? no offence.

FlapsTie Sat 05-Nov-16 18:03:07

In the locality, yes. But backing on to our garden?

Backt0Black Sat 05-Nov-16 18:03:23

........ ok. Next bonfire night falls on the 5th Nov.

I have horses. I don't like fireworks as it stresses them. But I do expect they will be set off on the 5th Nov.


FlapsTie Sat 05-Nov-16 18:03:51

The pets have never been bothered by fireworks before. This was just incredibly close.

Wishforsnow Sat 05-Nov-16 18:05:30

Put a reminder in your calendar for next year so you will know what to expect in the 5th

Bruce02 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:06:12

Yabu. It's bonfire night. Lots of people have fireworks in their garden. I have never had anyone pretty warn us or expected it. I have never prewar new anyone we are letting off fireworks on what is,essentially, firework night.

FlapsTie Sat 05-Nov-16 18:06:40

Ok. I'm being a grinch. Bah humbug.

Shamalamalam Sat 05-Nov-16 18:07:00

Loads of my neighbours are having fireworks in their gardens tonight and my dog is also terrified.

No, I didn't expect a warning to be honest. It's November 5th, I've stayed home with him as I assumed there would be fireworks all around us

Sparlklesilverglitter Sat 05-Nov-16 18:08:53

Yabu, it's bonfire night and it's not unusual to let off fire works.

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Nov-16 18:12:25

Pets should be indoors anyway so YABU.

Tinkfromlovejoy Sat 05-Nov-16 18:16:55

Yep yabu, but so am I. I have all our pets on lockdown and am getting increasingly annoyed at the distinct lack of fireworks so far. grin

neveradullmoment99 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:20:37

I also think YABU. We have fireworks in the back every year. Its bonfire night! Keep your pets in. You should have known and planned for it.

neveradullmoment99 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:21:13

and forgot to add, my neighbours have pets. I dont tell them. I assume they know.

sleepy16 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:22:54

I did text my neighbour what time we were letting of a few as her grandson (in her care) is disabled and sudden noise can upset him.
But I guess it is firework night so it's to be expected.

TallulahTheTiger Sat 05-Nov-16 18:23:27

flaps I don't think YABU hate bloody fireworks!!

FerretFred Sat 05-Nov-16 18:24:21

The dog and I did a ten mile walk earlier. She is so knackered she can't even raise her head, let alone quiver!

SecretNutellaFix Sat 05-Nov-16 18:25:21

Actually I will say YANBU.

The fireworks being let off where I live are huge- proper explosions. My two cats are super stressed.

I personally would be happy to see a ban on fireworks being sold to the general public.

KitKat1985 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:26:27

Normally I'd say YANBU but given that it's bonfire night I think it's fair to say its a given that people are going to be letting off fireworks, so I think YABU in this instance.

Pollyanna9 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:28:07

This may be harsh but Jesus H Christ.

It's BONFIRE NIGHT, our UK celebration (not effing US Halloween). We do FIREWORKS on this night. If your pets are scared and you're doing NOTHING to prepare them, shame on you really.

There's a turkey farmer in the UK - weeks and weeks before bonfire night he exposes them to the noise of fireworks every night until they adjust and don't get scared. If you don't do this then pat and cuddle your dog when they display fear, you reinforce fear ready for next time.

I'm sick of seeing posts from my local pet sitting service (who are fab by the way) saying 'Pets are scared of fireworks'. Ok, fair enough, and I don't want to see any animal scared. But seriously, we should stop a national celebration/event for them? When there's stuff ALL pet owners could to to prepare, address, and support their pets instead of leaving them until it's flippin' bonfire night and they're terrified. There is a lot you could do in the weeks coming up to it to get them used to it so....

Mindtrope Sat 05-Nov-16 18:28:10

OP I have been caught out tonight too. I let out two cats out for a quick pee at 5pm, thinking fireworks wouldn't start for a while, but they came hard and fast quite quickly. Still very noisy. Cats not back yet. A bit worried.

HelenaDove Sat 05-Nov-16 18:28:11

Yeah cos animals can shit to order to suit your timetable neveradull hmm

JennyHolzersGhost Sat 05-Nov-16 18:30:02

Yanbu. It's basic manners - like letting neighbours know about building works in advance and apologising for any inconvenience. Always amazes me that people are so thoughtless. Back gardens are quite a different matter to the local park displays - much closer.

I'm also a pet owner and am spending my evening inside playing 90s House very loudly to drown out the bangs !! grin

Pollyanna9 Sat 05-Nov-16 18:30:14

Might I also add, I think there should be a massive limit on fireworks sold to the public because of all the prats out there. Sell them 48 hours before bonfire night and no sooner would really help.

But if you've got pets that you love, why in gods name wouldn't you prepare them for something you know is going to happen? Until such times as a law like this is passed (which will of course be largely unenforceable unless every possible retailer of fireworks including the internet can be regulate and policed...).

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