Last week was Independence Day where the great game of "Gunshots or Fireworks?" began all across the country. This year was no different. I've heard more peaceful settings at the police range during quarterly qualifications than I did over the July 4 weekend.
Here's hoping you made it through the July 4 holiday safely and with no animals or small children escaping when the illegal fireworks exploded overhead. It's crazy to me to think that people in residential neighborhoods still persist in using those aerial fireworks they have no business setting off; especially when the region has endured a string of 100-plus degree days and everywhere you look is tinder box dry. Do they think they are immune to injury or the potential fire hazards? Please, leave it to the professionals.
Readers of my column are probably familiar with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Dante and Gino, who I've written about in past pieces. But this past year at Villa Paloma we've picked up a couple other additions – far smaller in size – that have joined the pack in the household.