Here at the Pajama Factory, we love dogs! Here’s Wally, who lives nearby with Anna, all ready for the holiday… (Wally is also available for adoption, so get in touch if you’re interested in having him join your family!)

You have to be careful with your dogs on the 4th—they often get very afraid when the fireworks start, but the Marin County (CA) SPCA recommends a few things you can do to make their evening easier:

“Every year, dogs and cats escape from their yards or homes in fear during the holiday festivities,” says Keri Fennell, Marin Humane Society director of shelter services. “Some pets become lost or wind up at the Humane Society.” Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for you and your pet.

Always: Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays. A quiet, sheltered “den-like” retreat is best. Close windows and curtains and turn on the TV or radio to help drown out some of the noise. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure to remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed. Make sure your pets are wearing current identification and tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned to you promptly.

Never: Never take your dog to a fireworks display. It’s usually hot. There are always large crowds. And the dogs really don’t enjoy it. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a tether. Pets who normally wouldn’t try to leave the yard may panic and try to escape. Dogs may become entangled in their tethers or hang themselves if they try to leap over a fence. To avoid injury, keep your pets indoors.