SUMMARY: Sleepy. Busy.
Well--stayed up past midnight on New Year's Eve for the first time in years. Because local [illegal] fireworks started going off around 10:30 and didn't quit until 1:00. And they terrified Chip.
I closed all the windows and curtains and doors in the house (normally I have the bedroom windows open a bit) and turned on the radio in my bedroom and did my best to comfort him. The radio helped until the noises became too loud and too frequent.
Best results seemed to be with him right up against me, ears/top of head at the very least covered with the comforter and my hands covering his ears as well. Poor guy.
It was around freezing here, which is pretty cold for us, so that's probably why it was less than 2 hours, thank goodness. And the day before was cold and windy, so there was pretty much nothing then. I hate to think what it would've been like if it had been nice! Maybe more like 4th of July, which went on from mid-June until mid-July.
Then got up early to try to catch an early movie with an agility friend (Sparkle and Ben's Human Mom). Ended up getting a later-morning one instead, then a quick shopping trip, then a quick visit to a casual post-race "breakfast" party at another agility friend's house, then home to play with the dogs in the yard.
And then--tired and recovering by lounging on the couch and reviewing email and all--and then this.
Happy 2015, and dog bless us, every one!