When you get right down to it, you have to admit that fireworks are pretty silly. Do we really need to celebrate America's birthday with noisy, multicolored explosions? Every single year?
But no one is a bigger critic of fireworks than dogs, who are uniquely sensitive to (and fearful of) the booming sounds that become unavoidable on the Fourth of July. That's how Simon Flarity, a Marine veteran in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, came to lose his beloved service dog Tito. According to Flarity, Tito—an 11-year-old male pit bull—took off running when he heard fireworks over the holiday, and nobody has seen him since.