I am shocked by how inconsiderate and narrow-minded this author is. To begin with, Sevin dust would have to be ingested in quite large quantities to have done close to this level of harm to your animal. I, as my father before me, use this very dust in our gardens constantly, and we have always had animals around. They have all lived to ripe, old ages. Your assumption is based on nothing but speculation and a clear desire to lay blame on other's doorsteps. Your comment about "seething" because another family did not forgo celebrating a holiday in the way they chose because YOUR elderly dog was not well...that shows an incredible amount on selfishness on your part only. Our dogs are also afraid of fireworks, as are vast majority of canines. Each year we take the dog in, give Benadryl according to our vet's instructions, and run fans as background white noise to help cover the sounds. We don't go around asking other people to alter their lifestyle and not enjoy themselves because WE chose to have pets.
The fact that these people agreed to stop using what they previously chose as an insecticide because of their paranoid neighbor's wishes shows they have far more consideration than you do.
If you are so concerned with all these toxic things to your pets ,then it is YOUR responsibility to build a larger fence, brick wall, bubble, whatever barrier that you would deem environmentally acceptable to keep out the world in general. I suppose this comes off as less than charitable but really, have some common decency. I come across more and more people each year that are full self-righteousness against everyone, bully others until they agree with a certain wild point of view, and never stop to analyze their own actions or words. Clearly you care about your dogs, which shows decency. I would imagine you have some good overall qualities but being a good neighbor, an open-minded person, and an objective writer are not among them.
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