On July 6 my DH and I left our two dogs confined by our invisible fence (brand name) and left for the evening to celebrate my BIL's 89th. When we got home one of the dogs was not here, and lots of fireworks were going off next door. On the days surrounding the 4th we were home, and the dogs took turns huddling under my feet. I thought about leaving the house open for the dogs, but, that is not our habit when we are away for a few hours, and the invisible fence has kept them both secure for over a year. We needed to amp up the power for the one who was missing, but, he had not run the fence since then. Morning of the 7th, still no doggy. In the afternoon I put an ad on craigslist, stayed on hold at Animal Control for over 1/2 hr before giving up, filled out an online missing pet report, and worried a lot. Later that evening I got a call from Animal Control letting me know that Koda (missing doggy) was at the emergency trauma center. Long story short: He was hit by a car and his left front leg was broken and needed to be amputated. My bills for this is add up to about $1400. (I shopped around for a vet, one estimate was over $3000....) Yes, I know it could be worse. Yes, he's young and will do fine on three legs. Yes, I'm glad he's finally home today. But I'm still upset. I personally don't like fireworks, and we never buy them. I feel that Koda's injury is at least in part the neighbors fault. If we had left on the 4th I'd be much more tolerant, but, seriously, why do they need to set off fireworks on the 6th?!? I plan on talking to the neighbors as soon as a responsible adult shows up over there, and asking for help with the vet bill. Does anyone out there on this forum have any suggestions?