Dog Afraid of Smoke
Don’t Let a Dirty Oven Spoil Your Dog’s Holiday!
By: Bonnie Sweebe
Stress clings to the holidays like dog hair on a black coat. Mine began last week when I fired up the oven for some Christmas baking.
Has this ever happened to you? You preheat the oven to start your holiday cooking. The oven beeps. You open the door, forgetting about the last food spillover, and smoke rolls out.
You run to open a window, but you’re too late. The smoke alarm goes off sending the dog into a panic. You turn off the oven, open a window, grab a dish towels to fan the blasted siren while the dog freaks out.
Your furry friend runs into the bathroom and hides behind the toilet. Finding no relief, it pants and darts back and forth and heads for the closed basement door. Bam! Whining, it runs to the laundry room, scratching to escape through the back door, petrified of the smoke that is prohibiting fresh air from passing through the dog’s narrow airways and entering into its tiny lungs. Everyone is shouting orders. Holiday stress is here—even for your dog.