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Old 01.08.2017, 23:03
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

I hate it, absolutely hate it.

We have a year and a half old child, and we live near some fields on the edge of the village. Last night and this, on and on and on. So close that the walls shake with the bangs.

What is it with the broken glass everywhere? This morning it was all over the shop.

I have work tomorrow, our lad's up and periodically crying and it's sodding 23:00.

Other posters have it right. Next year our holiday will be at this time. Seems it's very location specific. I lived in Basel prior to this and it wasn't nearly so intrusive. Go to a display if you want to get involved, if not, a few distant bangs to be heard at home. Here it's Apocalypse Now.
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Old 02.08.2017, 11:47
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Tonight we are in a hotel in a village in Germany. The hotel parking lot is full of cars with Swiss plates and dog cages in most of them.
Thanks for taking me back to one of my favourite, surreal memories.

Back when I was a hotel receptionist, our favourite night of the year was the last Saturday in June, the night before a local dog show. It's also the main day at Glastonbury. We would stock up on dog bowls and treats, and happily check-in all our four legged guests.

This particular night, we had Paul McCartney's live at Glastonbury on the big screen in reception, just as the dogs were coming back from their pre-bedtime walk. It ended up with about 40 owners singing along to 'Hey Jude', then some of the 60 or so dogs in reception joined in. The award for best singing would definitely have gone to the three Great Danes who stole the show.
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

Happy to report that this was one of our easiest 1 Augusts on the day itself.

Perhaps because the fireworks started Friday night and by Tuesday the local pyromaniacs were a bit tapped out after 3 days of fun. Perhaps because folks had to go to work the next morning.

Heffalump took himself into the cellar mid afternoon and refused to come out until Wednesday morning.

The Belltie was away with the fairies a good part of the night (as he increasingly is these days) and didn't notice much.

Big surprise was Hooligan. She was calmer than in years past - so much so that I am wondering about her hearing. There have been a few incidents in the last few months that set that little voice in my head a-chattering, but as with other signs that my 'baby' is no longer a spring chicken I've not wanted to go there. But time marches on... Made for an easier 1 August, but perhaps for the wrong reasons.


Hope all your doglets made it through the night without too much trouble.
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Old 03.08.2017, 08:26
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

It was of the worse for us I'm afraid

Between the loud bangs which started on Friday () and the thunderstorms, Brownie basically spent three days in our bathroom in the dark, under a shelf.

Cookie, on the other hand, seemed blissfully unaware that anything was happening!
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It was of the worse for us I'm afraid

Between the loud bangs which started on Friday () and the thunderstorms, Brownie basically spent three days in our bathroom in the dark, under a shelf.

Cookie, on the other hand, seemed blissfully unaware that anything was happening!
I'm so sorry! I remembered from the vet that the zylkane takes a week or two to work....maybe not long enough.

I'm glad you had a relatively easy time, MC.

We had an amazing thunderstorm right at five with big hail. So we were in the cellar early, then out for a while. After dark, we were back in the cellar and Lily went right to sleep. Here she was at 23:50 on one of our spare beds. (Had to edit out cellar junk and husband)

In the afternoon, some guy and his kid were outside on the street setting off fireworks as cars and people went past. He could have put himself in a less annoying position.

Otherwise, ok.

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Re: August 1 and all that noise

We had a pleasant 1er Août & better still, very few fireworks or firecrackers to keep us up or give the impression we were under attack

Truth is, would be hard to beat the noise of the fireworks on the final day of Paléo which was pretty intense this year, IMHO
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

Bringing this thread back up as the annual PSA for all pet owners new to Switzerland this year:

Despite the tinder-dry conditions, so far few cantons have forbidden fireworks in residential areas. Which means we can likely still expect the usual barrage of rockets and the ensuing noise. In some areas fireworks will start at dawn and continue throughout the day, in others they only really get going with sundown.

(The fireworks sellers in my area seemed to be doing brisk business today, a portent of things to come on Wednesday.)

Please keep your pets' wellbeing a top priority over the holiday.

Be aware of their fear level, do what you can to minimize their stress. Have a read through previous posts, there are lots of good suggestions.

Keep your dogs on lead when outside, even in your own garden if there is even a sliver of a chance of escape. If you are entertaining guests, make sure everyone knows the rules for opening doors. Every year dogs and cats take off in fright, even those who have never bolted before. And sadly some never make it back home.

It would be wise to make sure you know which vet practices in your area will be doing emergency duty on the 1st - just in case.

Here's hoping all our pets stay safe.
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Bring your dogs to Glarus: we have a cantonwide firework ban until further notice.
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Big thumbs up for Glarus!

(In so many ways... )

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Is the ban down to the dry condition of the land in Glarus with fear of fireworks catching and spreading fire?
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Is the ban down to the dry condition of the land in Glarus with fear of fireworks catching and spreading fire?
It is. But it's an ill wind &c...
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That’s a very kind offer. I shall bring mine on the 30th and come get them back on the 2nd. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the holidays. Do you take kids too?
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

The Gemeinde of the Bad Zurzach region in the North of Aargau also announced a firework ban on Friday.

Not unhappy about that at all....
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And here's the chance for "Zwischenverdienst". Carpe diem!
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Thanks for taking me back to one of my favourite, surreal memories.

Back when I was a hotel receptionist, our favourite night of the year was the last Saturday in June, the night before a local dog show. It's also the main day at Glastonbury. We would stock up on dog bowls and treats, and happily check-in all our four legged guests.

This particular night, we had Paul McCartney's live at Glastonbury on the big screen in reception, just as the dogs were coming back from their pre-bedtime walk. It ended up with about 40 owners singing along to 'Hey Jude', then some of the 60 or so dogs in reception joined in. The award for best singing would definitely have gone to the three Great Danes who stole the show.
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

As of Thursday 27 July, a ban is in place along most of Zürichsee's Gold Coast, namely:

the district of Meilen,
the municipalities of Hombrechtikon,
Küsnacht,
Meilen,
Zumikon,
Männedorf,
Erlenbach,
Herrliberg
Uetikon am See

The last paragraph roughly translates as:

The general prohibition of fire means specifically:
• No open fires in the open air (even in gardens, on balconies or barbecue areas)
• No grilling with grills that run on wood, coal or charcoal
• No fireworks burning
• No bonfire
Prerequisite for a lifting of the ban are extensive and widespread precipitation, combined with a drop in temperatures.
07/26/2018
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https://www.kuesnacht.ch/page/312/news/7185
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No ban yet for Geneva on fireworks or bbqs. At least with my limited french and 5 minute google search
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Similar ban for Winterthur (open fires, fireworks, etc) as of 27.07

Good.
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Re: August 1 and all that noise

I am so pleased to see that many Gemeinden are more mindful of environmental safety and issuing fireworks bans . Unfortunately the chance of that happening where I live is pretty low.

We have a ban in woods and areas 200m adjacent to woods but fireworks are still as of today allowed everywhere else. On our walk this morning, I saw someone actually measuring the distance from the edge of the wood to his picnic grill. I kid you not.
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No ban yet for Geneva on fireworks or bbqs. At least with my limited french and 5 minute google search
All I can find for Geneva is the same that meloncollie describes above, but with rivers running dry over there, it could all change.
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