Oh, how dogs suffer through loud holidays like the 4th and New Year’s Eve! My 14-year-old Pekingese is nearly deaf but hears every firecracker from inside my shower where he cowers in fear, knowing the world is once again on the verge of exploding.

By the way, Carolyn, he doesn’t fear my feet but is petrified of his food dish and all delicacies within it, running to hide beside the bed when my husband again commits the dastardly deed of feeding him! Fortunately, his paranoia of food loses the battle with hunger, resulting in a full tummy and more days on this evil-filled earth where he is loved and adored.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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