The boxer Val

It never fails -- the biggest, toughest dog in the house is the one most afraid of fireworks.

Instead of just having the Shih Tzu follow me around everywhere, now I’ve got a 55-pound boxer following me too -- and closer than the Shih Tzu has been. Poor Val shakes when the neighbors shoot off firecrackers, even if it’s a little one. I rub her behind the ears and tell her ‘It’s OK,’ but I don’t think she believes me.