I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but what is it about the 4th of July that turns people into rude and obnoxious idiots? Last night (Sunday...2 nights before the 4th) I was shaken from a deep sleep by firecrackers at 1:30 am on the South. My dogs went berserk and didnt settle for another twenty minutes. One was shaking so badly that I had to put him in a quiet part of the house to calm him down. I saw on the news this morning that you can put cotton balls in your dogs ears (and mine) and that could help. Looks like that is what I will be doing for the next few nights.