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Plan Ahead For A Safe Family Fourth (260)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Fireworks, picnics, and swimming are all part of July Fourth fun, but these activities require careful thought when youngsters are involved, University of Tennessee professor said Wednesday.  “There are a lot of safety issues that need to be emphasized around the Fourth of July,” Dr. Jan Allen of UT’s Child and Family

Pooches Spooked By July Fourth Fireworks (264)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Booming fireworks that make July Fourth fun for people can terrorize dogs, a University of Tennessee animal behavior specialist said Wednesday.  Dr. Elizabeth Shull said low-frequency, percussive noises such as fireworks and summer thunderstorms trigger wild fear in about 20 percent of dogs.  Under such circumstances, ordinarily well-behaved pets may become aggressive,